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.

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.

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