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

Intercessions for 3rd Sunday of Lent

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 3rd SUNDAY OF LENT this can be copied and used for personal and group prayer.

PRIEST: The Spirit of the Lord has given us confidence in the Father’s love for us, let us rejoice and pray for strength and courage to respond to that Love and turn to him with faith.

READER: As disciples of Christ we are a covenanted people, May our practice of the commandments be a sign of true worship. Lord in your Mercy; Hear our Prayer.

As we prepare for the Passion of the Lord, may our hearts be filled with integrity and repentance. Lord in your Mercy; Hear our Prayer.

We pray that the victims of war and violence, be helped and protected in their need. We pray especially for those who are responsible for the conflicts, that they may be given a change of heart and courage to end all violent acts.

Lord in your Mercy; Hear our Prayer.

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 in your Mercy; Hear our Prayer.

We pray for those afraid and in despair over how they are to live without employment or income, may we come to the aid of the poorest in our society. 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 get the care and treatment they need.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.

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, as we prepare ourselves by a renewal in our practice of the faith, grant that we may follow Jesus’ commandments joyfully, and celebrate his Passion Death and resurrection in true righteousness.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Reflections on Mission for March

MARCH – WEEK 1 Fair Trade

Fair Trade is one response of ordinary people that can help the lives of millions of small craft workers and farmers. By buying a genuinely fairly traded product there is that assurance that most of the money goes to the producer and not to some billionaire multinational or millionaire mogul that runs sweatshops, uses child labour and rips off the struggling farmers by paying a pittance for their produce.

For over forty years, the fair trade movement has grown and spread around the world and thousands of world shops across Europe have brought new prosperity to once impoverished workers, craft makers and farmers. This has been achieved because they pay a just and fair price for the products and deliver back to the producers a share of earnings through many social services benefits and development projects. Fair trade is the hope of the Philippine poor.
Shay Cullen (Philippines)

Woe to those who build their houses by unrighteousness, and their upper rooms by injustice; who make their neighbours work for nothing, and do not give them their wages (Jeremiah 22:13)

Reflect: How can you give more support to the Fair Trade movement?

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MARCH – WEEK 2 Globalisation

Globalisation is a process which is transforming the spatial organisation of social relations and transactions. There has emerged a consciousness that we all belong to one world and share the same space. What is unique at the present time is the scale and the intensity of world-wide interconnections. The world feels smaller, and events in one place have an impact in no time on people thousands of miles away.

For those who are strategically placed to take advantage of the opportunities for travel or investment, all this feels exhilarating, pregnant with the possibilities. But the flip side is that globalisation is a very uneven process. A phrase like global village sounds naively cosy, but for many people the experience of the global village is an experience of alienation and exclusion from most of the benefits and prosperity associated with globalisation.

Sean Dwan (Korea, Ireland)

Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation (Mark 16:15)

Reflect: Identify who benefits and who suffers from globalisation. What imperatives are there from our faith to respond to the situation?

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MARCH – WEEK 3 Bleeding to death

I awake to the sound of loud knocking on the door downstairs. “Pader, pader tabangi intawen kami” (Father, please help us). I know from experience that it must be another sick person in my Philippines parish in need of immediate help. Downstairs I meet Josing with a worried look on his face. He is a poor tenant farmer in his early twenties. His wife, Ising, lies on the floor in a makeshift hammock, looking very pale and ill. She is seven months pregnant and has severe bleeding. She must go to hospital, 30 miles away, but Josing has no money to hire a jeep.

I drive them, and as I listen to the groans of Ising in the back seat I feel very angry. Why is there no ambulance in the town? Why so few health personnel? Ising dies three hours after being admitted to the hospital. The blame for her death must be laid at government policies that give priority to paying back so called foreign debts at the expense of providing basic health care for its people. How long must the poor bleed to death so that these debts can be paid.

Oliver McCrossan (Philippines, Ireland)

Your clothing is stained with the blood of the innocent and the poor. You killed them even though they didn’t break into your houses (Jeremiah 2:34)

Reflect: In what ways does international debt affect poor countries and communities? Why should Christians get involved in the issue?

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MARCH – WEEK 4 A simpler lifestyle

I have come to the view that the community of believers has a unique contribution to make in the struggle for a more just world, and that presently we are distracted from even beginning to identify it, much less acting out of it, because of over emphasis on political lobbying and corporate campaigning.  The last thing that I wish to imply is that the believing community should not engage the political or corporate world. However, such action has only limited power because the deepest roots – not the only ones – of the forces that destroy the poor, our environment and ourselves lie elsewhere…. within us. 

We are enmeshed in the consumer culture that has us believing that as soon as one standard of living is achieved, a higher one should be sought.  We have become immune to the truth that we are part of a rich world lifestyle where desires and life choices are at the expense of the poor, future generations and the planet itself.

Eamonn O’Brien (Philippines, Taiwan, Myanmar, China, Britain)

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17)

Reflect: In what ways could you simplify your lifestyle? How important is it to do this?

Engaging the Powers Part 2

The Bible study group will continue with the subject of The Domination System.

The Greek words Kosmos meaning world, aion meaning age and sarx meaning flesh have generally been translated as ‘world’ in the scriptures.

In ancient Greece there were various meanings according to context. Kosmos, can mean variously, world – universe, Creation, humanity, the planet Earth, the Theatre of History. These conventional usages of Kosmos are roughly similar in Greek and English but alongside them, there is in the New Testament, another usage, that is quite unique in that period. It refers to the human, sociological realm that exists in estrangement from God, or the dominant system.

The notes for the session 3rd March 2021, below can be down loaded the audio recording of the session is also avaailable