BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Our Lord teaches us that we are to love God, and our neighbour as ourselves. We turn in loving prayer to the Lord and ask for the grace to fulfil this greatest commandment of all.    

READER:
Let us pray for the Church: May she reflect the love of her Lord by her unselfish love, not only for her own followers, but for everyone in our world: (pause)  Lord hear us.

We pray for peace in the world: we pray that all peoples and nations may learn the ways of peace by living in mutual trust and harmony, something which is ultimately founded on love: (pause)  Lord hear us.

For those who experience loneliness, especially those who have no one who loves them: may those who are shut in on themselves open their hearts to the Lord’s abiding presence. May they find the courage to reach out to others in their search for friendship: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for a deeper love of God in the community: may we know God by loving him, love him by knowing him and give him our hearts in complete service: (pause … )  Lord hear us.

We make our prayers with Mary whose love of God was both unique and profound, as we say: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own needs to God our Father, who truly loves us.

PRIEST:
God our Father, may the prayers we have made be answered by you in your love for us, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
God our Father gives us responsibilities in human society. We now pray that we may be faithful to our duties and witness to his love wherever we may find ourselves.

READER:
We pray for the Church: may she always give praise to her Lord and be a sign of contradiction to those who live by the standards of a materialistic and self-centred world: (pause) Lord hear us.

May the leaders of government never claim for themselves the honour and obedience due to God alone, but, by their laws and attitudes, acknowledge the existence of a higher order: (pause) Lord hear us.

We commend to God our Father all men and women with violence in their hearts. We pray that they will turn towards the Lord and work with others for the well-being of all: (pause) Lord hear us.

For a greater spirituality in our society: may we respond with generosity to God’s love and in everything we say and do, strive to give the Lord his due glory and power: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, Mother of the Lord, as we say: Hail May … etc.

Let us make our own personal intentions in silence to God our Father who hears our every prayer.

PRIEST:
God of justice and peace, hear your people as we call on you. Help us to speak of your greatness and power, of your gentleness and mercy. Renew our faith and our hope that our lives may speak of your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard, of which Christ is the vine and we are the branches, for all the graces to make his vineyard fruitful in the world.

READER:
Let us pray that all people may receive a fair share of the earth’s resources: may we all be encouraged to use these gifts with wisdom and integrity: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for those working for peace: let them never be unduly anxious as they carry out their work. May they commit all their thoughts and activities to the power of the Holy Spirit, who alone can bring success to their efforts. (pause) Lord hear us.

We remember the young people of the world: may their potential for a full Christian life be realised. May they find in the Church, the fulfilment of all their hopes and desires: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for all those organisations dedicated to the eradication of poverty and the suffering that goes with it. We pray especially for CAFOD, our own Catholic organisation. May we strive towards the day when such organisations will no longer be needed: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, who was filled with the grace of God, as we say together: Hail Mary … etc.

We make our own personal prayers in silence to the Lord of the vineyard.

PRIEST:
God our Father, we make our prayer to you, that what you have sown in us in faith, you may bring to completion in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist, a foretaste of the heavenly banquet, to which, as Christians, we are invited, let us pray to God the Father for all the graces we need.

READER:
God continually invites us to the banquet of a fuller, deeper and more spiritual life, a life worthy of our dignity as his children. We ask that we may become ever more open to recognising and responding to his beckoning. Lord hear us.

We pray for those who do not value their own lives: for those who are depressed and despairing, that they may come to know the love God has for them. Lord hear us.

Let us pray for those who grow our food and those who prepare it: that they may know the value of their work and be happy to share in God’s creation. Lord hear us.

For a deeper appreciation of the Lord’s goodness to us: may we never take for granted all the blessings of the Lord - life, family, friends and, above all, the Eucharist. Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary who gave us her Son, as we say: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own intentions to God our Father.

PRIEST:
God our Father, you have prepared a banquet for us and so we pray that we may make ourselves ready for the feast. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Jesus Christ came into a sin-filled world and, by his death and resurrection, reconciled humankind to his Father. We make our prayers to the Lord for forgiveness of our sins, trusting in his mercy rather than in our own good deeds.

READER:
We pray for the Church: may she always welcome sinners into the fold and open to them the forgiving love which the Lord shows to those who truly repent: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for those in charge of social welfare: may they look upon those whom they help as their brothers and sisters and as companions on the road to God’s Kingdom: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those who are too proud to admit their sinfulness: may the example of Christ, who humbled himself to assume the position of one who serves, be their model and inspiration: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for all members of this community: may we never become self-righteous and consider ourselves superior to others but, in all humility, acknowledge our sinfulness. May we seek the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness in all things:  (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, as we say together: Hail Mary etc.

We make our own personal prayers in silence, bringing before the Lord our many needs.

PRIEST:
God our Father, for the times when we have disobeyed your commandments, we come to you in sorrow and humility, trusting in your mercy and forgiveness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A