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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) (Aug 18, 2019)

  1. Whenever the Lord weeps over our harshness, may his tears melt our hearts of stone. Whenever he grieves over our double standards, may we be shocked into honesty again. May he make us receptive to his teaching, and willing to take risks and eager to run with our eyes fixed on him.

  2. Whenever the news overwhelmed us, may the Lord nudge us to fervent prayer. Whenever leaders meet to negotiate peace, may he be present at the conference table. May he breathe his value into our thinking, tear down the divisive barriers and renew us to lead the world into loving.

  3. We pray that whenever tempers are frayed and patience is wearing thin, the Spirit may give us space to collect ourselves and try again. Whenever the demands of family and friends remind us of our limitations, may the Spirit minister graciously through our weakness and teach us the humility of apologising.

  4. Whenever people are enveloped by pain or desolate grief or total exhaustion, may the Spirit bring refreshment and peace, tranquility and hope, and whenever the grip of the past prevent free movement into the future, bring release and healing.

  5. We pray for the dying, especially those who are fearful and distressed, may they be comforted and reassured on that last journey. May those who care for them and those who mourn their going be blessed.

Published on: 17-08-2019

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug 11, 2019)

  1. The Father knows both our gifts as a congregation and the needs of those in this parish; we ask him to bless our ministry in this place, to strengthen and encourage all Church leaders and to deepen our faith and sure hope.

  2. We pray that the Father may heal our nation and all the nations of what is in the past and still corrodes the present, so that we may build on good foundations and learn to govern ourselves with honesty, respect for one another and sensitivity to needs.

  3. We pray that the Father may be present in the daily living of our homes and in all our relationships, and make us more trustworthy in our friendships, and strengthen our resolve to live our faith in action.

  4. We call to mind all whose capacity to trust has been damaged; for those who are victims of injustice or corruption; for the very young and the very old, the frail, the vulnerable and the bereaved.

  5. We remember those who have completed their earthly life in faith and have now seen the Lord face to face. May they know the peace of eternity; we too look forward to sharing that life of joy.

Published on: 09-08-2019

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug 4, 2019)

  1. We pray for all those who give to support the work of the Church; may the Lord bless our giving, guide our spending, and help us to value the true wealth of his abundant love.

  2. We pray for the world’s economy; for fair management and distribution of resources; for fair trade and just wages; for greater awareness and concern about injustice; for a commitment to our responsibilities as planet-sharers and earth dwellers.

  3. We pray for all parents with young children; may they be blessed and guided in their parenting; we pray for families in debt; for those whose homes have been repossessed, and those whose financial security makes them forgetful of God’s love.

  4. We pray for those who are burdened with financial worries and all who struggle to make ends meet, all over the world; we pray for the emotionally and spiritually bankrupt, and those who do not yet know God’s love for them.

  5. We pray for those who have died, and those on that last journey at this moment; for a merciful judgement and the everlasting joy of heaven.

Published on: 03-08-2019

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 28, 2019)

  1. We pray for all who uphold and teach the faith, for young Christians in schools and universities, for Christians witnessing to their faith at work, for all in danger of persecution. We pray for strength and courage.

  2. We pray for discernment and wisdom as we strive for international co-operation in managing the world’s resources; for perseverance as we work towards peace and reconciliation.

  3. We pray for the good sense in our family and community life that knows the difference between generosity and indulgence between lenience and neglect of responsibility.

  4. We pray for all victims of abuse and tyranny, for all who suffer, war or disease; we pray for the grace to forgive, and for healing of body, mind and spirit.

  5. We pray for those who have died, and particularly for those who have no one to mourn their going; for those who have died unnoticed. We pray that they may rest in peace forever.

Published on: 27-07-2019

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 28, 2019)

  1. We pray for all who uphold and teach the faith, for young Christians in schools and universities, for Christians witnessing to their faith at work, for all in danger of persecution. We pray for strength and courage.

  2. We pray for discernment and wisdom as we strive for international co-operation in managing the world’s resources; for perseverance as we work towards peace and reconciliation.

  3. We pray for the good sense in our family and community life that knows the difference between generosity and indulgence between lenience and neglect of responsibility.

  4. We pray for all victims of abuse and tyranny, for all who suffer, war or disease; we pray for the grace to forgive, and for healing of body, mind and spirit.

  5. We pray for those who have died, and particularly for those who have no one to mourn their going; for those who have died unnoticed. We pray that they may rest in peace forever.

Published on: 26-07-2019

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 21, 2019)

  1. We pray to the Lord that he may continue to pour out his gifts on the Church, so that many may be saved and our faith may grow strong and bear much fruit.

  2. We pray to the Lord that he may look with mercy on the conflicts of our world; that we may realign our values and goals until they are in line with his will, and our laws and expectations reflect his justice and love.

  3. We pray to the Lord that he may bless our homes and families and all our neighbours and friends; may we listen to one another with full attention, and recognise one another’s gifts.

  4. We pray to the Lord that he may encourage the hesitant, curb the overpowering, heal the sick, refresh the exhausted, soften the hardened hearts, open the eyes of the complacent, and comfort all who are sad.

  5. We pray to the Lord that he may welcome into eternity all those who have died in faith; may we in our turn share with them the joy of living in his peace forever.

Published on: 20-07-2019

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 21, 2019)

  1. We pray to the Lord that he may continue to pour out his gifts on the Church, so that many may be saved and our faith may grow strong and bear much fruit.

  2. We pray to the Lord that he may look with mercy on the conflicts of our world; that we may realign our values and goals until they are in line with his will, and our laws and expectations reflect his justice and love.

  3. We pray to the Lord that he may bless our homes and families and all our neighbours and friends; may we listen to one another with full attention, and recognise one another’s gifts.

  4. We pray to the Lord that he may encourage the hesitant, curb the overpowering, heal the sick, refresh the exhausted, soften the hardened hearts, open the eyes of the complacent, and comfort all who are sad.

  5. We pray to the Lord that he may welcome into eternity all those who have died in faith; may we in our turn share with them the joy of living in his peace forever.

Published on: 19-07-2019

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 14, 2019)

  1. We pray that as Christians we may take to heart the need to walk the talk, and live out what we profess. We pray that nothing may get so important to us that it pushes God’s values aside.

  2. We pray that those in authority and power do not lose touch with the needs of those they serve, so that the poor and oppressed and vulnerable are always given value and respect.

  3. We pray for those in our families whom we love and have hurt or upset; we pray too for those who have hurt or upset us, and ask God’s reconciliation and healing.

  4. We pray for those who have lost hope of being rescued, noticed and valued; for the complacent who cannot see their poverty, for the prejudiced who mistake blindness for sight.

  5. We pray for our loved ones who have reached the moment of death; we give thanks for the example of their lives and commend them all to God’s safekeeping.

Published on: 13-07-2019

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 14, 2019)

  1. We pray that as Christians we may take to heart the need to walk the talk, and live out what we profess. We pray that nothing may get so important to us that it pushes God’s values aside.

  2. We pray that those in authority and power do not lose touch with the needs of those they serve, so that the poor and oppressed and vulnerable are always given value and respect.

  3. We pray for those in our families whom we love and have hurt or upset; we pray too for those who have hurt or upset us, and ask God’s reconciliation and healing.

  4. We pray for those who have lost hope of being rescued, noticed and valued; for the complacent who cannot see their poverty, for the prejudiced who mistake blindness for sight.

  5. We pray for our loved ones who have reached the moment of death; we give thanks for the example of their lives and commend them all to God’s safekeeping.

Published on: 12-07-2019

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 7, 2019)

  1. We pray for more workers to gather in the harvest of the kingdom; for our churches to be places of welcome and wholesome spiritual nurture.

  2. We pray for our nation and the nations of the world; for an upholding of godly principles and just laws, for reconciliation, peace and mutual co-operation.

  3. We pray for those among our families and friends who have no idea of the new life the Lord offers; we pray for them to discover him so they may share the joy of living in his love.

  4. We pray for those who are suffering, for those disfigured by disease or accidents, for the lonely, the confused and the outcasts.

  5. We pray for the dying, and their loved ones, for those who have passed through death, and the families and friends who miss them. May they be surrounded by the Father’s everlasting love.

Published on: 06-07-2019

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