18th Sunday of the Year : Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

18th Sunday of the Year

Priest:
Father, in today's Gospel we have heard how Jesus took pity on the crowd; so it is with confidence that we place our needs before you in his name.

Reader:

We pray in the words of St. Paul that nothing will come between us and the love of Christ, Not even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. That through all these trials we will triumph, by the power of him who loves us. Lord, in your mercy

We pray for those who have the goods of this world but who still hunger for the food that doesn't perish. May they find the answer to their deepest needs in drawing close to Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Lord, in your mercy

For the Christian communities of the Middle East, especially in the Holy Land, in and around Mosul in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and all troubled areas of the world, that Christ may bring them comfort and strength.
Lord, in your mercy

For our relatives and friends who have died. May death not separate them from the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Lord, in your mercy

We ask Mary, Queen of Peace, to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we pray together: Hail Mary…

Priest:
God, our Father, grant that we who are nourished today by the Body and Blood of Christ, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ. 
Amen. 

Ss Peter and Paul: Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Priest

Jesus brought healing, comfort and new life to those who believed. Let us join our prayers of intercession for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader

For Pope Francis, the Church and her leaders: may they continue to be a sign of faith to all people in a world faced with sadness and strife. Lord in your mercy

For our priests and deacons: May their lives of service and that of all priests, deacons and religious, be an inspiration and lead to an increase in vocations. Lord in your mercy

For our Parish: may we continue actively to encourage others to share their gifts, energy and enthusiasm with our Church, so that our community of faith may be a living example of the mystery of God’s presence among us. Lord in your mercy

We pray for the sick and housebound who are with us here in spirit. We also remember all who have died and whose anniversaries occur about this time. May they enjoy the eternal light of your risen glory. Lord in your mercy

We now pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

Let us now ask Mary to pray for us as we pray Hail Mary…

Priest

Loving Father, you are always near to us. Hear these prayers which we make with confidence in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Easter 4 (Good Shepherd Sunday) : Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Priest:

God is our maker, redeemer and sustainer: we turn to Him for all our needs.

Reader:
Good Shepherd, risen from the dead,
you gave to the apostle Peter the care of your flock;
may Pope Francis be ever strengthened in charity and zeal.
Lord in your mercy

Let us pray also for our Bishop N 
and for all Bishops, priests, deacons and leaders of your Church;
strengthen them in the spirit to carry out your work.
Lord in your mercy

We thank God for the our Diocese and we ask God to bless it with an increase in vocations to the priesthood, Permanent Diaconate and religious life.
Lord in your mercy

We thank God for the work of Catholic schools in our diocese and throughout our nation and we ask God to bless them with an increase in vocations to Catholic education
Lord in your mercy

You called Mary to be your mother and ours; may we be always ready to use our gifts to care for others.
Lord in your mercy

Let us ask for the intercession of our Lady as we say Hail Mary
In silence let us bring our own needs and intentions to God.

Priest:

Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers which we make in faith through Christ our Lord. Amen.