BIDDING PRAYERS:

14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Priest:             Let us rejoice as we pray to the God who comforts us as a mother comforts her child.

Reader:           For the Church, the Holy People of God; as lambs in the midst of wolves, may we trust in the strength given us by the Lord at this Eucharist to face the challenges of witnessing to our faith in an ever more secular society.

Lord hear us …………….………………………Lord graciously hear us

Reader:           For those who are persecuted for their faith; may they gain strength from the words of Jesus in today’s gospel, that, because of the witness of the disciples, he “saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.

Lord hear us …………….………………………Lord graciously hear us

Reader:           For those coming to the end of the academic year; may they reflect on the many graces received during this year and may those coming to the end of their time at a school or period of study move on to the next stage of their lives with the confidence that God walks with them.

Lord hear us …………….………………………Lord graciously hear us

Reader:           For those in medicine, nursing, health services and pastoral care; as co-workers with Christ, may their loving kindness bring those in their care towards the fullness of health both in body and soul.

Lord hear us …………….………………………Lord graciously hear us

Reader:           For the families of our community; may they be safe harbours of peace and security, most especially for our children and young people.

                        Lord hear us………………………………….….Lord graciously hear us

Reader:           For our Parish; may we always seek to be a place of welcome, discerning ever-new ways to reach out to all members of our community.

Lord hear us …………….………………………Lord graciously hear us

Reader:           Let us remember especially today (Jimmy Harrison and Bill Whittle, Vigil Mass); (The Parish, 9.30 am Mass); (George Joseph Ian Hargreaves, 11.00am Mass); (Mary Lloyd, 6.30pm) for whom this Mass is offered.

And also, all the Holy Souls and all those who have died recently, (especially Joseph Egan, Kenneth Moss and Michael Parker);  may they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Lord hear us …………….………………………Lord graciously hear us

Reader:           Let us pray for our own private intentions; (pause).   We ask Mary, our Mother, to join with us in our prayers: Hail Mary …

Priest:             Heavenly Father, your Son invoked your name in prayer while here on earth among us, we now follow his pattern and offer you these prayers.  We ask that you hear and grant them, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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