Second Sunday in Ordinary Time : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for the needs of the Church and the world, that he may show us his mercy.

 

Reader:

For the Pope and all who have responded to God's call to ministry: that God will strengthen their service, renew their dedication and bless their works of mercy. 

Lord, hear us.

 

For justice in the world, especially, for the poor and helpless: that we, members of the richer nations, may be generous and merciful with all that we have.

Lord, hear us.

 

For a deepening of prayer in our lives: that we may grow in mercy through attentiveness to God’s will. 

Lord, hear us.

 

For those working in the emergency services, for the elderly and for those living alone: that during this spell of cold weather they may be kept from all harm. 

Lord, hear us.

 

For those who are sick, and those who have died, especially in our own community and families: May God bless them, and us. 

Lord, hear us.

 

We offer our prayers to God through the intercession of His blessed Mother, as we say, Hail Mary…

 

Priest:

Let us now pray for a moment in silence.

 

God, our merciful Father, 

listen to all our prayers which we makein faith

through your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever. 

Amen.


Mary, Mother of God : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

 

The Priest introduces the prayers:

My brothers and sisters, just as Christ embodies the wisdom of the Father, so Mary mirrors her Son. As we begin this new year, let us pray that we may her worthy children.

 

Reader:

We pray for the Church,

may we realise that in honouring Mary, we glorify God who has chosen to enter the human family through the channel of her flesh and the pure obedience of her soul.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We pray for those in authority,

may they, like Mary, be so open to the Spirit and humble in their service of others that they do not consider themselves superior, but acknowledge God as the Father of all.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Let us ask God to bless the sick and those who care for them,

may they call on Mary, who bore her burdens beneath the Cross in a spirit of total surrender to God’s will. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Let us pray for those departed this life,

may Mary welcome them into the kingdom of her Son.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us. 

 

Let us unite our prayers with the Mother of the Lord. Hail Mary .

 

As members of Christ's family, let us now make our own prayers in silence.

 

The Priest concludes the prayers:

God our Father, we thank you for bringing us through the changes of time to the beginning of another year. Forgive us the wrong we have done in the years that is past, and, strengthened by the prayers of Our Lady, help us to spend the rest of our days to your honour and glory. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christmas Day : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Bidding Prayers for Christmas Day

 

Priest:

In Christmas joy and hope, let us present all our needs to God with confidence.

 

Reader:

We pray for the Holy Church of God throughout the world,

that as she celebrates the birth of Christ, she may grow in holiness.

Lord, hear us.

 

We pray also for peace in the world 

that nations may resolve their conflicts 

Inspired and guided by Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Lord, hear us.

 

We pray for all those who are travelling at this time

that they may arrive safely to join their families, loved ones and friends to celebrate the birth of our Saviour. 

Lord, hear us.

 

We pray for all those who have died, 

that by the power of Christ's birth on earth, they may be born in heaven. 

Lord, hear us.

 

We turn now to Mary, Queen of Peace, to intercede for us as we say together:

Hail Mary...

 

Let us now pray in silence  to God our Father, who is always ready to hear our prayers.

 

Priest:

Father, the birth of your Son renews our hope.

As we make our prayers, today,

give us grace always to bear witness to him before the world.

For he is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.