INTERCESSIONS FOR 3rd. SUNDAY OF LENT C

PRIEST: Let us give thanks with all our hearts for the Lord who forgives our guilt and heals our ills. As we prepare for his passion, we pray for his help to be bringers of justice and help for the oppressed.

READER: As disciples of Christ we have been anointed to bring good news to the poor and heal broken hearts, May we show true care for the weakest among us. Lord hear us. Lord Jesus help us.

As we prepare for the changes in our lives and a society that is to come, may we bear the fruit of true disciples of Jesus and be healers of division and discord. Lord hear us. Lord Jesus help us.

We pray for the victims of human caused destruction and disasters of the last month, for those who have to care for the injured, those who have lost everything and for the dead. May those with the means and ability, provide the help that is needed. Lord hear us. Lord Jesus help us.

Let us pray for missionaries everywhere, especially those far from home and family. May they be blessed with what they most need at this time. Lord hear us. Lord Jesus help us

We pray especially for those, who are enslaved and unjustly deprived of liberty and freedom. May we work for justice and salvation in our world. Lord hear us. Lord Jesus help us .

We pray for the poor and homeless a this time, may we come to the aid of the most vulnerable in our society. Lord hear us. Lord Jesus help us.

We remember especially the sick, those in hospital and those who are housebound, those of our own families wherever they may be. Lord hear us. Lord Jesus help us.

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 hear us. Lord Jesus help us.

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
as we look forward in faith to our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection,
grant that we may experience the repentance and forgiveness
that only comes through his Love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Intercessions for 2nd Sunday of Lent

PRIEST: With confidence in God who gave up His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to reconcile and justify us, we humbly ask Our Loving Father to help in all our needs.

READER: We pray for the Church that in this time of preparation, may we be transfigured with Christ, renewed in faith and hope reaching out to one another as true disciples. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.

In God’s infinite love we have each been called to proclaim the living Word of God. May we help each other to grow in our understanding of that Word and receive it in love and joy. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the people of Ukraine, who have suffered such deadly violence for so long. May the world’s leaders and diplomats find the courage and will to put an end to this conflict and build a just peace and real hope. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.

Let us remember the victims of violence and war everywhere,and especially the children who suffer so much. May they know the Love and compassion they need. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the people who use violence, fear and deadly force as a means to an end. May their hearts and minds be changed to recognise their victims as sisters and brothers. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for all who are sick and for all who are in hospital that they may be aware that the Lord is with them in their pain. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.

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

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

PRIEST: Almighty and ever-living God,

we give thanks for all the graces that you bless us with.

Help us to be filled with your spirit of Love and compassion as we prepare for the Day of the Lord. May be true witnesses to your Love;

we ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER Vocations Sunday

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER
Vocations Sunday
PRIEST: Christ is the Good Shepherd who gives his life for his flock. In our Eucharist today filled
with gratitude let us rejoice.
READER: As disciples of Christ we must learn to recognise and respond to his his voice when
he calls. May our hearts become a home for the word of God. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our
Prayer

Our vocation is to be children of God, our hearts filled with love, integrity and joy. May we
answer his call to serve our community as single or married, religious and ordained. Lord in
your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

We pray for all those who worship God, May we all sing for ever of his love and work together
for peace and justice today. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer


We pray for Missionaries everywhere, may their faith and courage be strengthened with love
and compassion. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

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


Let us pray for those who have recently died… and for all our dead… may they find the fullness
of life in Christ. Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer


Now let us pray for a few moments in silence for our own needs and intentions.
Let us ask Mary the Mother of the Lord to pray with us: Hail Mary…

PRIEST: Almighty and ever-living God,
we thank you for hearing and answering our prayers because we ask them through your Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
AMEN

Intercessions for 2nd Sunday of Easter

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER

PRIEST: God our Merciful Father has given us new birth as His beloved children, guarding us for the promised inheritance at the end of time. We are being tested, by all kinds of trials and refined as gold.

Jesus reveals himself to us as Lord and God, in the flesh and blood of his risen body. We turn to him now in our fears, doubts and needs.

READER: As disciples of Christ we must learn to recognise and respond to Jesus’ invitation to believe in his resurrection without reserve. May our hearts become a home for the word of God. In your Mercy. Response: Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for those suffering the horrors of war, the forces of evil and violent conflict in our world today. May the hearts of those responsible be changed by the experience of God’s life giving Love and Compassionate Mercy. In your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.

As disciples of Christ, may we never be afraid of proclaiming the Good News, to be agents of hope and healing for those we see to be in need. In your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.

We pray for all who care for most vulnerable in our world. May we be good neighbours of God’s Children. In your Mercy. Hear our Prayer

We pray for all who worship the God of Life. May we all work together for justice, peace and hope in a world redeemed by Christ.

In your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.

We pray for all who care for the integrity of God’s Creation. May we be good stewards of God’s World. In your Mercy. Hear our Prayer

We pray for Missionaries everywhere, may their faith and courage be strengthened with Joy in the resurrection of Christ. In your Mercy . Hear our Prayer.

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

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

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

PRIEST: Almighty and ever-living God,
we thank you for hearing and answering our prayers,
because we ask them through your Son Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.
AMEN

Intercessions for Palm Sunday

INTERCESSIONS FOR PALM SUNDAY

Priest: Let us turn to God, a God of tenderness and compassion, who hears us in all our needs.

Reader: We pray for the Church in this country and in every part of the world. As sons and daughters of the one God, may we be united in exposing the powers of evil and live in peace – witnesses to God’s love wherever we are. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

God so loved the world that that in Christ’s dying and rising we are set free from the domination of evil. Let us pray for Pope Francis and for all bishops – may they steadfastly lead the Church in loving, compassionate service of the world. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

We pray that we may set aside false distinctions between rich and poor,ethnic diversity and work together to build the kingdom of justice and peace set free in Christ. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

We remember all who work for peace amongst nations and peoples. We pray today for those nations in conflict and those peoples yearning for self determination. May the Lord bring hope to those who are in need and strengthen those who hunger and thirst for justice and for peace. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for the disappeared, those suffering torture and facing death at the hands of agents of evil powers. May God grant them courage and strength, knowing Christ is with them. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us

Let us pray for all our deceased relatives and friends, for all who have died recently and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time – May they rest in the peace that has no end. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us now pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

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

Priest: Almighty and ever living God, we are united in the Father, who gave his Son to us.
May our faith draw us ever more deeply into the divine oneness; breaking down the barriers of anxiety and fear and restoring hope.
We ask this gift of the Creator, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Engaging the Powers 5, The Victory of the Cross

Breaking the Spiral of Violence

This is final part of this set of studies of engaging the powers. It has been based on the works of Walter Wink, John Barton, Kallistos Ware and others including some of the latest discoveries of Archeology . The scripture texts are mostly based on the Jerusalem Bible and NRSV, with some modifications to illustrate the original languages and the meaning.

My thanks to all who have participated in this study over the last weeks. I hope the insights and challenges inspire a hunger for more understanding of our Loving God.

The cross marks the failure not of God, but of violence.

To understand what all this means one has to ask a question just who is Jesus? What is he?

Jesus is the God-man who saves us from our sins and pride. It is precisely because he is God and human at once, that he is able to save. Humans can not come to God, so God has to come to humanity, by making himself human.

God’s ecstatic love for Humanity, united himself to his creation in the closest of all possible unions, by himself becoming that which he has created. Jesus our saviour is a Bridge over the abyss between God and humanity, because he is both at once. The incarnation then is God’s supreme act of Deliverance enabling us into Communion with himself. The incarnation is is part of God’s eternal purpose.

We should not make the mistake that God, taking on our humanity is only an act of restoration, as a response to the Fallen nature of humanity. More fundamentally, it should be understood as an act of love and an expression of God’s nature.

Intercessions for the 5th Sunday of Lent

PRIEST: Today we are 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 celebration of the Passion of Christ, may we be
aware of the suffering of God’s people and come 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 young people. May this be a time of inspiration and strength to renew
their faith and vocations as married couples, single, religious, priests, all servants of
God. 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 service of the people. Lord in your Mercy; Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the world’s leaders and diplomats that all nations may work together for
justice, rejecting violence to build a world of peace and hope. 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 all who care for sick and for all who support them. May they be aware
that the Lord is with them in their work. Lord in your Mercy; Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for those who have recently died… and for all our dead. May they find the
fullness of life in Christ. 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.

Engaging the Powers 4 The Reign of God

Equality, Healing, Non-Violence and Sacrifice

Jesus challenged the very fabric of Jewish and Roman society. He challenged the laws of purity, including the rules against the sick and the deformed who were regarded as unclean, and so forbidden access to the temple for worship.

Jesus showed that his touching the unclean did not contaminate him, but healed them. He challenged the laws on Kosher food, the class system, Temple Worship, the social norms that belittled women and children, and the use of ethnic distinction and violence. Holiness is not something to be protected from the outcast and marginalised, rather Holiness heals and transforms them into wholesome people. The gospel of Jesus dismisses the purity laws across the board.

Downloads below for the use of the Bible study group in word and .pdf files

Intercessions for 4th Sunday of Lent

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 4th SUNDAY OF LENT

PRIEST: God, our Father Loves the world so much that He gave His Son to us that we may repent and believe and so come to eternal life.

READER: As disciples of Christ we must build a fitting temple for God. May our hearts become a true home for the Lord. Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer.

As we prepare for Pascal mystery of our salvation, may we open our hearts to be filled with love, integrity and joy. Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer.

We pray for the worshippers of God everywhere, May we all sing for ever of his love and work together for justice and salvation in our world.

Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer.

We pray for all our Missionaries today, especially those working in hostile and dangerous places. May their faith and courage be strengthened and so bear witness to the loving and forgiving God of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer.

We remember especially the sick, those in hospital and those who are housebound, those of our own families wherever they may be. May they experience the loving healing and compassion of God. 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.

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, as we look forward in faith to re-living the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Grant that we may experience the reconciliation, renewal and eternal life that our Saviour promises. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Engaging the Powers part 3 the Powers unmasked

Part 3 of our study of the Powers on Zoom Wednesday 10th March 2021 19:45 to -21:00

My thanks to all who participated. You are very easy to talk to, and thanks for the sharing.

the notes for session 3 are below as downloads in word and .pdf files

the Audio recording for session 3 in .MP4 format are below