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.