Friday, March 11, 2016

Petitions/Prayer of the Faithful for March 13, 2016

Ellen McHugh has written these petitions for our Church.

Prayer of the Faithful for March 13th, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Lent

Celebrant:   Trusting in the mercy and love of our God who walked among the poor, the vulnerable and the outcast, we voice our own petitions, saying, Lord, help us to be instruments of your mercy and peace.

For the Church, for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for our bishops and priests, for all who minister with love and mercy in the name of Jesus. We pray to the Lord.

That our loving God, who always hears the cries of the refugee and the immigrant, may enable men and women of good will to hear those cries and be moved to conversion and transformation. We pray to the Lord.

For a spirit of concern for the future of our Earth; help us to live as responsible stewards protecting this gift of creation God has placed in our hands.  We pray to the Lord.

For our catechists and for those preparing to receive the sacraments at Easter; that they may share with others the joy they have found in their friendship with Jesus. We pray to the Lord.

Inspired by today’s Gospel, give us the gift of compassion and the courage to acknowledge our own sinfulness, protecting us from sin that wounds ourselves and others.  We pray to the Lord. 

And for those for whom this Mass is offered [name them]. We pray to the Lord.

Let us pause now and silently offer to the Father our own particular intentions [allow for silence. . .].  We pray to the Lord.

Celebrant: Merciful God, as you answer our prayers, give us the faith and hope we need in this life; help us to be faithful stewards of your mercy; help us to grow in your love which lasts forever.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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