BIDDING PRAYERS:  EASTER DAY 21 April 2019

Priest:             In the radiant splendour of this most holy night/day, let us cry out to the Lord whose mighty deeds we have seen in the deliverance of God’s people through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Reader:          For the Church; may the whole people of God, especially the newly baptised, celebrate life as a song of joy to the Lord who has triumphed gloriously over sin and death.

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

Reader:          We pray for Pope Francis and all leaders of the Church; that in this holy season they may receive fresh heart so that God continues to work in and through them to inspire people to faith in our risen Lord.

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

Reader:          For all those who are persecuted around the world on account of their Christian faith; may this festival of Christ’s resurrection bring strength to their hearts that the gloom of malice and evil will ultimately yield to a springtime of freedom and justice.

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

Reader:          For those who are struggling with illness, anxiety or fear; may the risen Christ visit them with healing power and new hope.

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

Reader:          For our Parish, especially those who feel themselves on the periphery of the community; may the paschal light which shines for us today enlighten our hearts and may that light radiate out to our families, our local community and our whole society at large.

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

Reader:          Let us remember especially today (Douglas Roxburgh Vigil Mass); (The Parish, 9.30 am Mass); (Gerard Baron and deceased family and friends  11am Mass); (Michael Cox, 6.30pm) for whom this Mass is offered.

And also, all those who have died recently, especially Deacon Louis Livesey, Charles Boylan, Lucille Crook, Bernard McCarthy, Joseph Marsden Brindle and Joseph James Coupe; may they share in Christ’s victory over death.

Lord in your mercy ……………………………….Hear our prayer

Reader:          Let us pray for our own private intentions; (pause).   Mary witnessed the death and resurrection of her Son; we ask her to help teach us the Easter mystery: 

                        Hail Mary …

Priest:             O God our saviour and redeemer, you lead your people from defeat to triumph: hear and grant our prayers, through Christ our risen Lord. Amen.

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