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

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
God our Father has revealed the Kingdom of Heaven to us through the teaching of his Son, Jesus Christ. Today we ask the Lord for a greater understanding of his plan for humankind.

READER:
We pray for the Church: may her teaching about God’s kingdom, to which she leads everyone, be simple and direct. May her message touch hearts as well as minds: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for those in charge of industry: may they reconcile profits for their companies with the rights and dignity of each individual worker so that the purpose of work in God’s plan is not debased: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us remember those who are unemployed: may they use their time well to reflect on life and its ultimate purpose, resisting the temptation to give in to bitterness and depression. May the Lord open up new avenues of employment for them: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for a spirit of thanksgiving that we have the health to work: may we count our blessings that we can work each day and may we perform all our tasks with gladness and dedication: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, who always sought God’s will: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own intentions.

PRIEST:
God our Father, we pray to you that we may come to understand your ways. May we learn to praise you constantly for all your gifts to us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
God our Father has called us together to live in the community of the Catholic Church. As we bring to mind his many blessings on us, let us ask for all the graces we need to live together as true Christians.

READER:
Let us pray for the Church and all Christians: may they share their strengths and weaknesses in mutual love and grow together in the Christian life, witnessing to Christ’s presence among them: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for leaders of nations: may they appreciate that the people they govern are all brothers and sisters of the one human family. May their policies never be a source of division by which people become separated by reason of race, colour, creed or social position: (pause)  Lord hear us.

For the nations of the world: may they stand firm and united in their resolve to stop all forms of aggression. May they never cease to strive for a more caring, humane and just society world-wide: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for parents, teachers and all those with responsibility for children: may they lead by love and correct and guide with patience and forbearance. May they always remember that they too were once young and made mistakes: (pause) Lord hear us.

We make our prayers with Mary, Mother of the Redeemer: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own needs.

PRIEST:
God our Father, hear our prayers and change us, day by day, into the kind of people you want us to be. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
As we pray to the Lord with sorrow and humility for our sins, let us ask for the graces necessary to forgive from our hearts, those who offend us.

READER:
Let us pray for the Church in her mission of reconciliation and forgiveness: may she continually teach, preach and practice forgiveness of one another, taking example from the Lord Jesus himself: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for harmony and forgiveness among nations: let them learn to put past victories or defeats which resulted in unjust treaties firmly behind them. May they build for the future in mutual trust and harmony: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us remember those people hoping for a new start in life: may those with important decisions to make always turn to the Lord for advice, help and guidance while thinking through the options available to them: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for an ever greater spirit of forgiveness within the community: let our sign of peace at the Eucharist reflect the forgiveness we experience as members of the family whom the Lord himself forgives of their failings: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, Mother of mercy, as we say: Hail Mary etc.

We make our own prayers in silence for a moment or two.

PRIEST:
God our Father, we pray that you will accept our sorrow for our sins and that you will teach us how to forgive others as you have forgiven us. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Jesus Christ has called us to be his disciples and to take up our cross daily and follow him. Let us ask God our Father for all the graces which such discipleship means.

READER:
We pray for those in the Church who suffer for their faith: may they unite their trials and persecutions with the Passion of their Lord and Saviour. May they be witnesses to the world that the power of faith overcomes the pain of suffering: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for leaders of Christian movements in hostile, atheistic nations: may they experience deep inner peace of soul and a clear testimony of conscience in order to faithfully live out their discipleship of Christ: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those who are confined to bed because of illness: may they see their confinement to a sick room as a sharing with Jesus on the Cross. May their thoughts be centred on him in the glory of the Resurrection: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for those who find it very difficult to take up their own personal crosses, especially those who prefer the ways of the world: may their hearts be moved by the words of the Gospel and may they find the peace of mind that only a firm and true faith can bring: (pause) Lord hear us.

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

In the silence of our hearts, we make our own personal prayers to a Father who is always ready to hear us.

PRIEST:
God our Father, in this valley of tears, we make our prayers to you who are our strength and joy, that we may always follow you more closely. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A