BIDDING PRAYERS;  3RD SUNDAY OF LENT

Priest:             Let us offer our prayers to our God who Moses encountered in the burning bush: the one who is the source of all being;

Reader:          For the Church; may all the baptised people of God engage in the penance and renewal of this holy season of Lent

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

Reader:          For leaders of the Church; may they lead with humility and mercy and seek to protect the vulnerable and the least.

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

Reader:          Let us pray for our leaders of our country; may they be given the gifts of wisdom and understanding as they approach major decisions regarding the relationship of our country with the European Union and the wider international community.

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

Reader:          For the victims of the terrorist attack on the Mosques in New Zealand may all the people of our society express our solidarity to combat hatred and bigotry.

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

Reader:          For those affected by the cyclone in southern Africa; may we express our faith in practical ways that they may know the love of God is truly present in the face of tragic situations in our world.

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

Reader:          For our Parish; may we use this sacred time to cultivate and fertilise our faith so that the community around us may blossom and flourish in a new springtime of the fullness of life..

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

Reader:          Let us remember especially today (Leo Crook, Vigil Mass); (The Parish, 9.30 am Mass); (Kathleen Harvey 11am Mass); (Denis Hopwood, 6.30pm) for whom this Mass is offered.

Also, all the faithful departed, especially those who have died recently, (including ….           )

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

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

Priest:             Heavenly Father, we entreat you this day with these and all our prayers which we offer now upon your altar, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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