Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) (A) Apr 5, 2020

  1. If we as the Church are truly to be the Body of Christ, then, standing at the foot of the cross, may we learn what it means to love and keep on loving; to serve and keep on serving.

  2. If the world is ever to see real hope, may the Lord purify and transform our lives and stretch out our arms in loving forgiveness, with no exceptions and no small print, so that we shine as lights in the darkness.

  3. If our workplaces and neighborhoods and homes are to display and respond to his values, then may the Lord make us more fervent in prayer, more courageous in self-discipline and, above all, more loving in reaching out to them.

  4. If the terrible suffering of extreme poverty, injustice and oppression is to be addressed realistically, then may the Lord take away our greed and complacency and our assumptions about appropriate living standards, and teach us sacrificial self-giving of time, energy and resources.

  5. Through the life-giving death of Jesus, may the dying turn to the Father and know his merciful love; may the grieving be comforted, and may we all one day share with those who have died the eternal joy of heaven.

Published on: 03-04-2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent (A) Mar 29, 2020

  1. May God breathe his life into the Church; breathe holiness and deepening faith, breathe energy, inspired teaching and fervent praise; may he unblock the channels and make us more receptive to his gentleness and his power.

  2. May God breathe his life into the universe; breathe caring, honesty and compassion, breathe right values and good stewardship, peace and reconciliation, vision and hope.

  3. May God breathe his life into our homes and places of work; breathe increased patience and understanding, and the courage to live the Christian life, when to do so brings ridicule or demands sacrifice.

  4. May God breathe his life into those who suffer; breathe comfort and wholeness, forgiveness and new confidence, breathe peace of mind and the knowledge of his love.

  5. May God breathe his life into the dead and dying; breathe courage for the journey and the realisation that he can be trusted. May he breathe life that lasts for ever.

Published on: 26-03-2020

Fourth Sunday of Lent (A) Mar 22, 2020

  1. In our blindness we come to the Lord for insight and perception, for discernment and vision; may we focus our gaze on his glory in constant wonder and praise until we see with his eyes and notice with his love.

  2. Whenever our world is damaged or communities torn apart by prejudice, narrow-mindedness, or the refusal to see injustice or recognise needs, may the Lord anoint eyes and hearts to see with honesty and act with integrity and compassion.

  3. May the Lord help us to see things from different perspectives, and from one another’s viewpoint, so that we learn input as well as output, listening as well as speaking, the joy of giving as well as the humility of receiving; may we reverence one another in all our conversations, both face to face and when discussing those who are absent.

  4. We pray for all who are blind and poorly sighted, that they may be kept safe from danger and enabled to live full lives; we ask that the Lord bless those working to remove cataracts for the poor in the Third World and restore their sight. We pray for those who are spiritually blind; for those blinded by rage and hurt, jealousy or complacency.

  5. We commend to the Lord’s safe-keeping for ever all who have died in faith, and all who have been working in his service though they did not know him by name; as they see him face to face may their joy fill eternity.

Published on: 20-03-2020

Third Sunday of Lent (A) Mar 15, 2020

  1. Whenever the Church is dry and parched may the water of the Spirit well up to refresh and renew, to bring life and strong new growth. May the Lord make us more aware of our thirst for him, so that we come to him ready and eager to receive his living water.

  2. From the conflicting needs and agendas of the world we cry for mercy, for a deeper understanding of one another and a greater desire for co-operation and peace. We pray for sensitivity in handling delicate negotiations and the wisdom which respects and listens.

  3. We pray that in all our relationships we may be effective channels of the Lord’s love and forgiveness. May he make us awash with living water so that our homes and places of work, our shipping and leisure centres, our conversations and actions, are always in touch with his renewing power.

  4. We stand alongside all those who are suffering, whether in body, mind or spirit, and long for healing and comfort, for strength for perseverance and for patience in the dark times; we long for the living Spirit to envelop and sustain them.

  5. We pray for those who have come to the end of earthly life. May they, placing their faith in the God of life, share in the light and joy of heaven for ever.

Published on: 13-03-2020

Second Sunday of Lent (A) Mar 8, 2020

  1. We pray that as Christians we may listen more attentively and with greater urgency than ever before to the words of Jesus; that we may be more aware of his presence with us, both in our worship and in our daily ministry, and that we may have the courage to live out his truth with joy.

  2. We pray for those who do not know the Lord or dismiss him as irrelevant to their lives; we pray for those who influence and encourage others in what is evil, destructive or depraved, and ask that the Lord give protection to all who are vulnerable and in danger.

  3. We pray for all who are adjusting to new relationships in the family, new homes or new work and leisure patterns; we pray for stronger root growth in the Lord, so that we are not thrown by the changes and troubles of everyday life, knowing the reality of his faithfulness.

  4. We pray for all who are too exhausted or overwhelmed by circumstances and pressures to be able to pray; may the Lord surround all those who are troubled and heavily laden with the revitalising assurance of your presence, his understanding and his love.

  5. We pray that those who have gone through death may know the brightness of everlasting life; may we, with them, come to experience the glory and joy of heaven.

Published on: 07-03-2020

First Sunday of Lent (A) Mar 1, 2020

  1. As the Church begins this season of Lent may the Lord remind us of what is important and what is not; of where we are wandering away and what we need to change; so that by Easter we will be renewed and strengthened for service in the world.

  2. The world’s misery and pain and desperate need of healing are clear to see and affect us all. We pray now for this damaged world with all its weakness, longings and failings, with all its potential and hope.

  3. Whenever a child is born we celebrate the creative hope of God. We pray for all being born this week and for their families and communities, that all our children may be loved and cared for, safe and happy.

  4. We pray for all who suffer through others’ sin; all victims of abuse or oppression or apathy; all whose adult lives are distorted and misshapen by early damaging experiences which need God’s healing love.

  5. We remember those who, freed from the aging and pain of their bodies, can live now with the Lord in the peace and joy of heaven.

Published on: 28-02-2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Feb 23, 2020

  1. We pray for stronger faith and the courage to live up to our calling; for the grace to act always with generosity of spirit, until the whole Church models the wisdom which the world counts as foolishness.

  2. We pray for all the unresolved conflicts in our world. We ask the Lord to give us his desire for peace, his spirit of discernment, his understanding of unspoken needs, and his capacity for forgiveness.

  3. We pray for the homes and families we represent, and for all with whom we live and work. May we recognise the opportunities for generous, loving service and put aside any destructive possessiveness or self-interest.

  4. We pray for peace of mind and spirit in all those who are distressed or enveloped in pain. May they know the reality of inner healing, and may even the worst situations becomes places of growth and new life.

  5. We pray for those approaching death with fear, resentment and anger, and for all who counsel the dying and the bereaved. We pray that those who have died will know the joy of everlasting life.

Published on: 21-02-2020

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Feb 16, 2020

  1. Whenever our attention has wondered from his calling, whenever we have fallen short of his will for us, and failed to keep the spirit of his law of love, we pray that the Father may forgive us and transform us, so that we walk again the path that leads to life.

  2. Wherever the Church is asked to give leadership on sensitive issues; whenever the current world expectations of behaviour need to be challenged in the light of God’s love, we pray for the wisdom and guidance we need.

  3. Whenever our homes are lacking in love and mutual respect, whenever destructive relationships cause distress and heartache, and whenever people are made to feel they don’t matter, may the Lord give new realisation of his ways and his hopes for us so that his kingdom may come and his will be done.

  4. Whenever there is illness, unhappiness, injustice or fear; whenever people feel frustrated, imprisoned or trapped; may the Lord give us a greater sense of loving community, a heart to put right whatever we can and the willingness to stand alongside one another in our sorrows.

  5. Whenever earthly lives have come to an end, and people are grieving the loss of their loved ones, may the Father fill these places with the eternal peace of his presence; and prepare us all through our lives on this earth for everlasting life with him in heaven.

Published on: 15-02-2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Feb 9, 2020

  1. We pray that there may be a revival of longing for the kingdom to come, and a renewed commitment to working for it; for a desire to live out our faith and worship in our daily lives this week.

  2. We pray that all who have authority and power in our nation and our world may use it for good, upholding and instigating what is right and fair, and listening to the needs of those they represent. May we recognise our responsibility to support and stand up for God’s values.

  3. We pray that within our homes and communities there may be a new awareness of one another’s gifts and needs, more sensitivity and respect in our relationships; may we reverence one another as fellow beings, born of the Father’s creative love.

  4. We pray for all who are oppressed, downtrodden or despised; we pray for those who will not eat today and all who live in the degrading circumstances of poverty and powerlessness; we pray for a heart to put injustices right and strive for a fair sharing of resources.

  5. We pray for those whose life expectancy is short, for the babies and children who have died while we have been praying; for all who have come to the end of their earthly life and made that last journey through death; may the father welcome them in his mercy with the fullness of eternal life.

Published on: 08-02-2020

The Presentation of the Lord Feast Feb 2, 2020

  1. We remember those who teach the faith throughout the Church and throughout the world. May the Lord keep them close to his guiding, and open the hearts of those they teach to hear and receive his truth.

  2. We remember those in positions of authority and influence in this country and in all societies, that needs may be noticed and addressed, good values upheld and all people respected.

  3. We remember those who looked after us when we were very young, and those who have no one to love and care for them. We remember all young families and all the children in our parish, that they may be introduced to the one true God and live their lives in his company.

  4. We remember the elderly faithful and especially those who are housebound and can no longer join us to worship in person. We give thanks for their example and pray for an increase of our love for one another across the age groups.

  5. We remember those who have finished their lives on earth and commit them to the Father’s everlasting care and protection. We ask him to keep us faithful to the end of our life.

Published on: 01-02-2020