INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 30th SUNDAY of the year

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 30th SUNDAY of the year

PRIEST: Today weare reminded by the word of God that we have a duty to proclaim the Gospel and introduce Jesus to those who seek life. Let us proclaim it with joy and give thanks to the Lord, Glorifying his Name.

READER: As we come closer to the end of the liturgical year, weare aware of the suffering of God’s people, especially the orphan, the widow and the stranger in our midst. May we truly become their servants and loving neighbours, coming to their aid led by the love and compassion of our God. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

We pray for those oppressed by depression, illness and infirmity. My the health services and carers truly put their patients welfare before the cost. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for all who have lost or about to lose their livelihood. that those with the means in the community may be true neighbours to them in their troubles. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the world’s leaders and diplomats that all nations may work together for their people with integrity, justice and compassion, and so build a world of peace, unity and hope for future generations. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for all young people. May they renew their faith and find their true vocation. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for Missionaries. Especially those living and working in difficult and dangerous situations. May they be strengthened and encouraged in their love of God and neighbour. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for people of the world who risk their lives for the process of peace and justice. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for those who have recently died… and for all our dead… and for all who mourn that they may be comforted. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

In the silence of our hearts, let us pray for our own families and friends.

Let us ask Mary the Mother of the Lord to pray with us. Hail Mary …

PRIEST: God, our heavenly Father,
we give thanks and praise and glorify your name
for the gift of being your people.
May we be always ready to share the Gospel of Hope
with all who are in need;
we ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Intercessions for 28th Sunday

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 28th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Prisoners week

PRIEST: The kingdom of God is like the wedding feast, where all are invited. We may not feel ready or worthy, but let us respond with gratitude and so let us turn to the Lord with all our needs.

READER: We pray for the Church throughout the world that Christian communities may be seen as a place of welcome for people of every nation, ethnic origin and tradition.

Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for all those suffering from the violence, horrors of war and armed conflict. May we be inspired to speak out for the poor and oppressed. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for prisoners, those incarcerated legally or otherwise, may they be recognised as human and treated with compassion and mercy. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for the peoples facing the pandemic, and especially for those unable to get the medical help they need. May we find practical ways to come to their aid. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for all who are sick and for all who are in hospital, and those who care for them. May they be given the support and means they need and to be aware that the Lord is with them in their troubles. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

And for the recently dead, may they be granted the fullness of life in Christ.

Let us ask Mary the Mother of the Lord to pray with us. Hail Mary …

In the silence of our hearts, let us pray for our own intentions.

PRIEST: Almighty and ever-living God, we give thanks for the invitation you give us to be your people, part of your Kindgom and for all the good gifts that you set before us. Help us to use wisely all your gifts and be ready share them ; we ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Intercessions for 27th Sunday

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 27th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

PRIEST: United in the faith we have proclaimed together, we now turn to the Lord with our needs and the needs of those who are close to us and for those who for whatever reason are separated from us.

READER: Let us pray for Christian men and women in every corner of the earth. In God’s infinite love we have each been called to produce the good fruit of our faith. Let us pray that, our harvest will be acceptable to the Lord. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray that our minds and hearts may be filled with all that is good, pure and noble and so become living examples of God’s love for us. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the exploited workers, those who are treated as commodities and deprived of freedom and justice. May we stand up for their rights. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

In this month of October, we pray especially for the Mission of the Church. May we remember we are all called to be missionaries according to our own abilities. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

We pray for all those who are working for understanding and tolerance in our multi-faith world. Help us take the lead in building bridges of friendship and understanding with other faiths in our neighbourhood. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

We pray or all those suffering as a result of the armed conflicts around the world. May those responsible and those with the power and means have the will to make a just peace. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

We remember all who are sick, those in hospital and those who are housebound. We remember especially the sick of our own parish and our families wherever they may be. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for all who mourn that they may be comforted. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Let us ask Mary the Mother of the Lord to pray with us: Hail Mary…

Now let us pray for a few moments in silence for our own needs and intentions.

PRIEST: Almighty and ever-living God, your goodness and strength fills us more that we can understand. As we share in this Eucharist together may our worship be the fruit of our lives.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Reflections on Mission for October

October -week- 1 Mission in Weakness

October -Week – 2 Listening and Learning

October -Week – 3 Right relationships

October – Week – 4 Christian Comfort

OCTOBER – WEEK 1 Mission in Weakness

Are you weak enough to be a missionary? Hardly a question one expects to find in a vocations’ brochure. Yet mission today needs people who have a real sense of their own limitations and feel the need for God’s empowering Spirit.

Faced with the global challenges of structural injustice, environmental destruction and increasing tension between peoples of different cultures and religions, one can easily lose heart and say, “How can I possibly change the situation?” The Spirit, however, is the principal agent of mission. Our task is to discern what the Spirit is doing in our world and offer ourselves as channels of the Spirit’s transforming activity.

To engage in mission in the way of Jesus means loving even those who do not deserve our love, forgiving when it is humanly impossible to forgive, hoping when we see no grounds for hope. Responding to these gospel imperatives is beyond human strength. But the Spirit can make us effective instruments in the hands of God who is bringing about the new creation.

Tom O’Reilly (Pakistan, Ireland, Britain)

I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me… for whenever I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Reflect: How important is prayer and contemplation in allowing the Spirit to work through us?

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OCTOBER – WEEK 2 Listening and Learning

I set out on mission to the Philippines in 1967 believing I was bringing God to the Filipino people. That changed the day I went to say mass for villagers celebrating a fiesta in honour of their patron saint. I arrived early and the church was empty. As I waited, I noticed that people nearby were already busy making preparations for visitors and that many were at the basketball court and the cock pit. I realised that God wasn’t in the little empty church but among the people, in their homes, with them while they were fishing or in their rice fields, with them in the cock pit and in the basketball court. God was with them when they struggled to survive in the midst of poverty.

Mission for me is being led by the same Spirit which took Jesus out among the people to listen and learn from the word of God that lives among the people. Going on mission is not about bringing God to people but of going to meet God, which is very much a listening and learning experience.

Ray Collier (Philippines, Britain)

Morning by morning he makes my ear alert to listen like a disciple (Isaiah 50:4)

Reflect: Use the long quote above to reflect on where you find God in your own lives.

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OCTOBER – WEEK 3 Right relationships

Every day we come into contact with the victims of globalisation. We meet asylum seekers caught in the crossfire of forces whose origins are in many cases global. We meet the unemployed from factories, from mines, from City offices, all closed as a result of global consolidation and merger. We meet the victims of child labour from countries who can compete in global markets only because they must exploit their weakest citizens. We feel everyday to some degree the ongoing devastation of the planet.

We shall walk in the Spirit of justice by which we shall exert every energy to create a social order, local and global, based on right relationship with our life systems. Thomas Aquinas wrote that in order to change the world we must change the images through which we perceive the world. To the extent that we can dream about and build a different world order which is just, equal, compassionate, and non-violent, we shall be salt and leaven and so change the world.

Frank Regan (Peru, Britain)

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11)

Reflect: In what ways can Christians be “salt” and “leaven” in today’s world?
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OCTOBER – WEEK 4 Christian comfort

The world economic system today is particularly embarrassing for Christians. The 1.5 billion followers of Christ, ‘who had no place to lay his head’, now control two-thirds of the Earth’s resources and, on average, are three times better off than their non-Christian neighbours.

Fortunately, there are signs that attitudes are beginning to change. During the past two decades some Christians in the ‘developed’ world are beginning to respond to the challenge of their brothers and sisters in the ‘developing’ countries. They are becoming more aware of the legacy of colonialism. This formed the basis of much of the West’s wealth while it often impoverished Third World countries. They now feel challenged to work for a new, more just, international economic order which will redistribute the world’s resources in order to ensure that every person in the world has enough of the world’s goods to live a decent human life.

Sean McDonagh (Philippines, Ireland)

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Reflect: What challenges does the affluence of Christians present to us?