Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
We turn to Almighty God with our own needs and the needs of the world, praying particularly that he will send us grace and peace.
For the leaders of the Church: Guide the work of Pope Francis, bishops, clergy and all who strive to make known the relevance of your Gospel message; that we may be inspired to bring the Good News of hope and love to all we meet.. Lord, in mercy.
For Christian unity: As we begin this octave of prayer may your Holy Spirit open our minds and hearts that it becomes an occasion for renewed commitment to strive for a genuine ecumenism, grounded in the experience and hope of the early Church. Lord, in mercy.
For those affected by current and past natural disasters and conflicts: Grant consolation to the bereaved; hope to the anxious and distressed; patience to all who suffer and your saving power to all who need your mercy and protection. Lord, in mercy.
For all who are gathered here: John the Baptist recognised Christ as the Lamb of God, may our sharing of the Eucharist today strengthen us as active messengers capable of making the Gospel relevant in our troubled world. Lord, in mercy.
For all who have died recently: May they be called to the dawn of a new life and follow the Lamb of God to the heavenly Jerusalem. Lord, in mercy.
We pray with Our Lady, Mother of divine grace, as we say: Hail Mary…
In silent reflection, we now turn to our heavenly Father with our private intentions.
Heavenly Father, we ask you to hear our prayers and to grant us peace in our day, We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.