5th Sunday of the Year (A) : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

5th Sunday of the Year (A)

Priest:
Dear friends in Christ, let us pray to our heavenly Father, trusting in his merciful goodness.

Reader:
Let us pray for the Church as she witnesses to Christ in the world; that we may be always be salt of the earth and light of the world.
Lord, hear us.

For the leaders of every community and nation; that all governments may reflect the values of responsible caring, compassion and integrity, so that no individual or minority is abused or left in need. Lord, hear us.

For all who are troubled or distressed,
May all who feel their lives are overshadowed by darkness
See the clear the light of Christ shining upon them.
Lord, hear us.

For all who have died,
may the Lord welcome them into the light of his glory.
Lord, hear us.

Joining with Mary, who brought the Light into the world,
we make our prayer: Hail Mary…

We pray for a moment in silence.

Priest:
Father, God of love,
Increase our love for each other,
That we may salt for the earth
And that your light may shine through us
as we pray.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Priest

Christ taught us to set our hearts on the Kingdom of God, and on its justice. In that Kingdom our happiness will be complete, and all that we need will be given to us. 

 

Reader:

Blessed are those who know their need of God:

May the Lord lead us to seek his face in purity of heart.

Lord, in your mercy. 

 

Blessed are those who work for no reward, those who suffer for what is right:

May the Lord comfort them with his  presence, and lighten their burden.

Lord, in your mercy. 

 

Blessed are the gentle, those who show mercy, and forgive;

May they know the Lord’s forgiveness at the end of time.

Lord, in your mercy.

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, those who reconcile conflict and hate:

May they receive their inheritance as the sons of God.

Lord, in your mercy.

 

May the Lord bring consolation to all who mourn the dead:

And may they share the blessed hope of all who have died in the peace of Christ.

Lord, in your mercy.

 

The Angel said to Mary: blessed are you among women! We join our prayers with hers now, as we say: Hail Mary


We pray for a moment in silence.

 

Priest:

As we pray before you, Lord, we ask you, in your mercy, for the grace always to ponder in our hearts what we proclaim with our lips. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time A

 

Priest:

Christ, calls us to leave all behind and follow him. 

Let us now pray for the needs of the church and of the world:

 

Reader:

We pray for Archbishop Bernard, and for all clergy and religious. May they always be true to their calling and fruitful in the work of leading the God’s people.

Lord, hear us.

 

We pray for the rulers of the nations and especially for the United States as a new Government begins its work. May the leaders of all peoples work together to establish hope, justice and equality for all.

Lord, hear us.

 

We pray for vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life. May the Holy Spirit guide the hearts and minds of those called by the Lord, and give them courage to commit their lives in his service.

Lord, hear us.

 

We pray for comfort and healing for the sick and those who care for them. May the loving call of the Lord lift from them all disenchantment and despair.

Lord, hear us.

 

We pray also for those departed from this life: 

that Christ the light of the world may draw all his people to new life and the fullness of redemption.

Lord, hear us.

 

We ask Our Lady, Mother of the Church, for her intercession, as we pray: Hail Mary…

 

We pause in silent reflection with our personal intentions.

 

Priest:

Father, hear the prayers of your people. 

Grant us the strength and courage 

to be faithful to our calling.

We make these prayers through Christ Our Lord. Amen.