24th Sunday of the Year : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

24th Sunday of the Year

 

Priest:

We stand in faith before the Father and bring our petitions with trust in God's goodness and love.

 

Reader:

Let us pray for our Holy Father Pope Francis and all who hold positions of authority within the Church: may they blend gentleness with strength in a spirit of compassion towards others.
Lord hear us.

 

Let us pray for the graces we need to be forgiving and merciful, 

May we seek peace and reconciliation, and never be consumed by the false justice of revenge. Lord hear us.

 

Let us commend to the love of Almighty God, the victims of terrorism, especially those affected by recent attacks.  May God to grant them the strength and courage they need at this time of sorrow and trial. Lord hear us.

 

May God the Almighty Father give a place of life and rest to those who have died: may we share with them in the glory of Jesus Christ, who died to save us all. 

Lord hear us

 

Let us commend ourselves and all God’s people, both living and dead, to the intercession of our Blessed Lady as we say together,  Hail Mary …

 

In a moment of silence let us pray for all those who have asked for our prayers.

 

Priest:

Father, your love for us surpasses our understanding.  Your mercy exceeds what we would not dare to expect.  Help us to be mindful of our heavenly home in all we plan and do. May your unfailing love for us stimulate compel us to seek reconciliation and mercy.   We ask this through Christ our Lord.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

“Where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them”

 

Priest:

The Lord tells us that “where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them”. Let us come before him with confidence as we pray to him for our needs and the needs of the world.

 

Reader:

For our clergy and those devoted to the religious life:
Let us pray for all our priests, deacons, nuns and brothers that they may be given the grace to continue their ministry refreshed and with renewed hope. 

Lord, hear us.

 

For children and teachers at the commencement of the school year:

May the Lord guide and bless them, that they may grow in faith and love. 

Lord, hear us.

 

For all those suffering because of the extreme weather conditions caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma: may they strong in the face of adversity, and may they are assisted with compassion and generosity.
(pause) Lord, hear us. 

 

For all who suffer in body, mind or spirit: 

may they be cared for with gentleness and patience.

Lord, hear us.

 

For all those who have departed this life, remembering especially Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor,

May they be granted eternal rest and the joys of the kingdom. 

Lord, hear us.

 

Let us ask Mary, Mother of us all, to pray for us as we say: Hail Mary ….

 

Let us pray silently for our own intentions.

 

Priest:

Loving Father, hear these prayers and the prayers of all our hearts. In your mercy, grant that what we ask in faith, we may obtain from your love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

The Assumption of our Blessed Lady : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

The Assumption of Our Lady

 

The Priest introduces the prayers:

As we give thanks for the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven, let us pray that all things on earth may be made perfect by God, as we pray for the needs of the Church and of the world.

 

Reader:

We pray for the Church,

that the Church may give yet greater honour to Mary, Mother of  God, and respond to God's will as she did. 

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We pray for the peoples of the world,

may Mary protect them all with her prayers, 

and may God grant them peace and justice. 

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We pray for all those who suffer and those who care for them.

Mary knew the agony of her son's suffering when she stood at the foot of the cross, so may God bless all those who suffer, with the reassurance that he will deliver them from all evil. 

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We pray for those who have died,

may they follow Mary and all the saints into the glory of the heaven.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us. 

 

Let us join our prayers with the prayers of our Lady.

Hail Mary. 

 

Let us pray for a moment in silence.

 

The priest concludes the prayers:

Almighty and Eternal God, may we have the same faith as Mary, who trusted perfectly in your word, that you may hear our prayers and answer them. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

19th Sunday of the Year (A) : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

 

19th Sunday of the Year (A)

 

Priest:

Do not be afraid, Jesus tells us. Confident in his enduring mercy in the midst of our passing anxieties and dangers, let us pray for our needs and the needs of all the world.

 

Reader:

For our Holy Father Pope Francis, and all in positions of authority within the Church: that as true successors of Peter they may be living examples of the courage and compassion of Christ.. 

Lord, hear us.

 

For all who, like Peter, struggle to trust in God’s loving purposes, that they may never forget that he is always with them.

Lord, hear us.

 

For those who find prayer difficult: that God may give them the fortitude to weather the storm, until they can again feel the warmth and calm of his divine compassion.

Lord, hear us.

 

For all those who have died. May nothing ever separate them from the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus, our Lord. 

Lord, hear us.

 

Let us commend ourselves and all God’s people to the intercessions of Our Blessed Lady as we say Hail Mary…

 

Let us now pray for a moment in silence.

 

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 him. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6th) : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

The Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6th)

 

The Priest introduces the prayers:

Today we reflect on the glory of the transfiguration. Bathed in that glory, let us pray to God our Father for the needs of the Church and of the world.

 

Reader:

We pray for the Church,

may more saints be raised up in our age, ready to leave all things for the sake of the gospel, so that through them, God's power may shine out in the world, as it did through Jesus in his transfiguration. 

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for those who find it difficult to profess their faith,

may they be given the grace not to be afraid, and so, being full of inner confidence, may they proclaim the saving power of the gospel, which overcomes all difficulties. 

Lord, hear us.  

 

We pray for APF and other agencies of evangelisation ;

as they work tirelessly to spread the faith, may the Lord dispose us to give ever more generously to their work. 

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for the sick and those who care for them,

that the healing love of Christ may shine upon them. 

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for those departed this life,

that they may dwell in everlasting glory. 

Lord, hear us.  

 

Mary shared her Son's sorrows. We pray with her as we say: Hail Mary …

 

In silence we make our private prayers to God our loving Father.

 

The Priest concludes the prayers:

Father, on the mount of the transfiguration you glorified your Son, Jesus. May we live in the hope and trust that you are always with us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Corpus Christi Sunday : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Corpus Christi

The priest introduces the prayers:

My brothers and sisters, in the name of Jesus Christ the High Priest, in whose priesthood we share through the sacrament of baptism, we call on God our Father to answer our petitions, which we now make with confidence.

Reader:

We pray for the Church,
may the celebrations of the sacraments, especially the Holy Mass, fill us with a sense not only of God’s nearness, but also with awe at his greatness and compassion.
Lord, hear us.

We pray For Fathers, especially as today is Father’s Day.  May they create homes filled with love and built on the firm foundation of Christian family values.
Lord, hear us.

 We pray for all ministers of the Eucharist
may they minister with reverence in the Eucharistic assembly
and bring comfort to the sick and housebound in this blessed Sacrament.
Lord, hear us.

We pray for the leaders of the nations,
may Jesus’s concern for the hungry find a response in their hearts, so that no one in our world dies of hunger, or is forced to live in sub-human conditions.
Lord, hear us.

We pray for all who suffer
Remembering especially all those victims of the terrorist attacks recently,
and those affected by the Grenfell tower fire,
That anger toward those responsible may not consume their hearts,
But that they may know the love of God through the generosity and compassion of those who help them.
Lord, hear us.

We pray for those deprived of the sacraments,
may we be one in love and prayer with all those who are not allowed to practice their faith, and cannot receive their Lord in the eucharist.
Lord, hear us.

We pray with Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ our High Priest: Hail Mary … .

We make our private petitions in silence to God our Father.

Priest:
Father,
may the prayers we have offered
come before your heavenly altar
as tokens of our trust and worship.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Pentecost: The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

The Feast of Pentecost (A)

The Priest introduces the prayers:
On this great day, the Easter season comes to its completion, as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Let us ask God our Father to renew each one of us through his Spirit, so that the Church, the world and all those in need may be filled with his power.

Reader:
We pray for the leaders of the Church
may they, like the Apostles, be filled with God's Holy Spirit,
and speak to the world of his unending care for everyone.
Lord, hear us.

We pray for peace and joy in the world,
may the face of the earth be renewed, and the coldness of conflict and discord in society be dispelled by the fire and warmth of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, hear us.

We pray for all peoples who are despised or persecuted, because of their faith, skin colour or culture:
as those who gathered in Jerusalem on the first Christian Pentecost heard the Gospel in their own language, may all people overcome fear of others, and seek mutual understanding.
Lord, hear us.

We pray for those who are suffering and those who care for them,
may they be filled with the Spirit to bear their suffering in patient hope.
Lord, hear us.

Mary was with the disciples on the day of Pentecost,
we pray with her as we say. Hail Mary …

In the power of the Spirit, we make our private petitions to God our Father.

The Priest concludes the prayers:
Father, your Spirit renews our world.
May he fill us with your love and enable us to do your will.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ascension : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Bidding Prayers for Ascension Day. 


The Priest introduces the prayers:

On this day when Christ our Lord ascended into heaven, we make our prayers for the Church and the world, trusting that the Father will answer them out of love for his Son.

 

Reader:

We pray for the catholic Church,

may Christians use the media wisely and creatively to spread the Gospel and to build God’s Kingdom of justice and truth. 

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for peace, and an end to hatred, 

may God rid the world of violence and terrorism 

So all people may serve him in freedom.

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for the sick and those who care for them,

may they always feel Christ's presence with them 

in the midst of their suffering.

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for the dead,

may Christ, who has gone before us into heaven, 

prepare a place for us all in his eternal kingdom. 

Lord, hear us.  

 

With the Mother of Jesus, we pray. Hail Mary … .

 

Let us pray in silence to our Father in heaven.

 

The Priest concludes the prayers:

Father, just as your Son ascended to you, 

may our prayers rise up before your throne, 

and may our requests be granted. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sixth Sunday of Easter (A) : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Bidding Prayers for Sixth Sunday of Easter

The Priest introduces the prayers:
Brothers and sisters in Christ, Christ commands us to show our love for him and for the Father by loving one another. By our love the power of Christ's resurrection is made known to the world. Let us now show our love in our prayers for the Church and for the world

Reader:
We pray for the leaders of the Church,
may all the bishops be open to the promptings of the Spirit, and through him grow in the fullness of wisdom and truth and love.
Lord, in your mercy. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the peoples of the world.
May the whole world rejoice in the gift of love,
that hatred and bloodshed may come to an end.
Lord, in your mercy.

We pray for all those doing examinations at this time.
May the Spirit inspire them in their work,
that they may reap their just rewards.
Lord, in your mercy.

We pray for all who suffer and for those who care for them.
May God strengthen them in their discomfort,
as he shows them his love.
Lord, in your mercy.

We pray for the holy souls.
As Our Lord said “you will see me, because I live and you will live”,
May his promises be fulfilled in those we love, but see no longer.
Lord, in your mercy.

In the month of Our Lady, let us ask her to pray for us and with us as we say Hail Mary .

Let us pray for a moment in silence to God.

The Priest concludes the prayers:
Father, you have not left us orphans
but sent us the Holy Spirit
in whose power we make our prayer to you.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Easter 5 : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Easter Five (Year A)

The Priest introduces the prayers:
My brothers and sisters, with joy at Christ's rising from the dead, let us turn to God our Father in prayer. He heard and answered the prayers of the Son who loved us so much: let us trust that he will hear our petitions.

Reader:
Let us pray for the Church throughout the world,
that the Bishops of the Church will always lead us
in the way, truth and life of the risen Jesus.
Lord, hear us. 

Let us pray for those in authority,
that the Lord may direct them in the ways of truth. Where they are right, may the Lord strengthen and confirm them; where they are in error, may he direct them for the good of all people.
Lord, hear us. 

Let us pray for the sick and those who care for them:
that Christ may be the cornerstone of their lives
and a firm hope in times of trouble.
Lord, hear us. 

With Mary, who already shares in the resurrection, we pray, Hail Mary .

Now, let us make our private petitions to our heavenly Father.

The Priest concludes the prayers:
Hear our prayers, Father, as we place our hope in you. In your unfailing goodness grant that in prosperity we will not lose our zeal, and in adversity have faith and endurance. This we ask through Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Easter 3 : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Third Sunday of Easter (A)

 

Priest:

In today's Gospel we hear how when Jesus broke the bread, the disciples' eyes were opened and they recognised him. Let us pray that our eyes, too, may be opened to God's infinite love 

 

Reader:

For Pope Francis. May all our church leaders aspire to integrity and deep faith and lead us forward into a bright future. 

Lord, in your mercy    

 

For Peace in our troubled world, especially for those who suffer in places of violence and conflict. May Christ's love touch them with courage and safety.

Lord, in your mercy 

 

Let us pray for all who feel lost and uncared for

that the Lord will again show compassion to those who have wandered from him, 

and empower us to lead others to his presence.

Lord, in your mercy.

 

For all who have died and especially those whose anniversaries occur at this time.  

May they rest in peace with Christ and rise with him in glory. 

Lord, in your mercy .

 

We turn in prayer to Our Lady, ask her to join her prayers with ours as we say. 

Hail Mary …

 

Silently we pray for our own intentions.

 

Priest:

Almighty God, 

by whose Spirit the the Church is sanctified and governed,

hear our humble prayers, 

that by the gift of your grace, 

we all may serve you faithfully.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Divine Mercy Sunday : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Bidding Prayers: Divine Mercy Sunday

 

Priest:

Let us turn to God asking for all our needs and the needs of the Church and of all mankind.

 

Reader:

For Pope Francis.  May he draw the whole Church closer to the mercy of Jesus who enabled the apostle Thomas to move from his doubt to complete faith in Jesus, our Lord and God.

Lord in your mercy

 

For unbelievers and doubters: 

through our witness to the joy of Easter, may come to faith and trust in the merciful love of God.

Lord in your mercy

 

For politicians throughout the world: 

in their policies and their decisions may they be in inspired by God’s loving mercy for all people. 

Lord in your mercy

 

For persecuted Christians:  

May they be aware of the prayers of the whole Church 

and experience the merciful presence of the Risen Lord 

Lord in your mercy

 

For all who have died: 

May the Lord grant eternal rest to all the departed: especially those who have no-one to pray for them.   

Lord in your mercy

 

Let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours as we say - Hail Mary

 

In silence let us bring our own intentions to God.

 

Priest:

Almighty God, in your great mercy, we ask you to answer all our prayers which we make in faith through Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

3rd Sunday of Lent : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Bidding Prayers for the Third Sunday in Lent

 

Priest:

In his boundless generosity God provides us with the living water, which will become a string inside us, welling up to eternal life. Let us now we bring before him our needs, and the needs of the world, confident of his boundless mercy.

 

Reader:

 

We pray for our holy father, for all bishops priest and deacons, and all Christian people: that we may bring the living water of God’s love to all people, irrespective of their background or circumstances. 

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for the leaders of the nations,

That they may respect the dignity of all peoples,  and act with wisdom and integrity, to overcome the many challenges of our world.

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for those who do not have adequate supplies of clean water, because of poverty, war or natural disaster, and for the aid agencies that assist them in their need. 

Lord, hear us. 

 

We pray for our parish community, 

for those who are preparing to receive the sacraments of God’s love this Easter, 

And for all who are in any kind of need.

Lord, hear us. 

 

Let us ask Our Blessed Lady to join her prayers with ours as we say

 … Hail Mary.

 

Now in silence we pray for our own needs and intentions.

 

Priest:

Merciful Lord, hear our prayers, 

and grant that what we ask in faith 

we may receive through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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.

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.