Sunday, March 3, 2013

Intercessions 3 March 2013

let us pray: 
Heavenly Father, 

you promised through your Son 
to hear the prayers 
of those who ask in faith:

In this holy & penitential season of Lent, 
we pray that your Church 
will work ever harder 
to prepare your children 
to be with you in heaven 
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

In this holy & penitential season of Lent, 
we ask also that all people 
will be ever mindful 
to ensure that the poor and needy 
receive a fair share of the bounty 
that your provide 
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

In this holy & penitential season of Lent, 
help us banish 
the preoccupation with worldly things 
from our communities 
so that the fears of all may be replaced 
with the hope of eternal life. 
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

In this holy & penitential season of Lent 
we give thanks for all those 
who work to guide your children 
on their path through this life; 
we pray for Michael, our Bishop; 
all clergy, readers, and others in ministry, 
whatever form it takes; 
and we pray that this time 
will guide us towards ever greater unity 
with our brothers and sisters in Christ 
from whom we are separated 
by the scandal of schism. 
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

In this holy & penitential season of Lent, 
we thank you for those 
who have suffered the trials of this life 
& now enjoy eternal bliss with you 
and the saints in heaven; 
we pray for those who mourn, 
those who are unwell, the dying, 
and those who care for them; 
we pray for those parts of the world 
that are denied the peace 
you desire for this broken world; 
& we remember those who struggle 
in their relationships, 
with others or with you. 
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

And in this holy & penitential season of Lent 
we ask that you hear also 
the the prayers of our own hearts, 
for ourselves and for those 
we know to be in need of our prayers 
(pause for silent prayer) 
Lord in your mercy 
Hear our prayer

Merciful Father
accept these our prayers
for the sake of you Son
our Saviour
Jesus Christ. Amen.

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