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Saturday 27th February 2021

1st Week of Lent 

 Jesus is with us to help us grow toward that perfection and compassion found in the heart of the Father.

                    

1.       That the Church, under the guidance of Pope Francis, will always be a people consecrated to the Lord.

          Lord, have mercy.

 

2.       That we may have in our hearts the power of God’s love so that we ourselves can love, even our enemies.

Lord, have mercy.

 

3.       That those who are persecuted for their faith may pray for those who treat them badly, so that with patience and kindness they can win them over to God.

Lord, have mercy.

 

4.       That Christians may take seriously their responsibility to love God and their neighbour so that they can be a light of truth and goodness to others.

Lord, have mercy.

 

5        That St Gregory of Narek, who lived at the end of the first millennium,  and who was steeped in his Armenian culture and expressed his faith through the writing of prayers, intercede for the people of his homeland.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Father and King, how happy are those who walk the way of goodness. Keep them faithful to you.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Second Sunday of Lent

28th February 2021 

From the temptations in the wilderness, to glory on the mountain top, Jesus is always the one we listen to.

                                                                                                

1.    For Pope Francis, preparing for his Apostolic Visit to Iraq

beginning next Friday, that he may be kept safe from harm;

and for the health of Emeritus Pope Benedict who resigned

as bishop of Rome 8 years ago today.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

2.    For a greater attention to reading and listening to the word of Jesus

by all Christians, that he may lead us toward unity of faith and action.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

3.    For Christians continuing to face persecution in many places,

that they may hold fast to the truth, with God on our side who can be against us?

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

4.    For all who need support from Catholic charities in this time of Lent, we pray that our hearts may be generous in giving.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

5.    For poor countries, that wealthy nations will be true friends

and make the Covid 19 vaccine easily accessible to the poor. 

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. 

 

6.    For our own needs ....

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

7.    For those who have died because of a lack of suitable drinking water,

or through drought, that they may find eternal life in the living waters

flowing from the Heart of Jesus.

We remember especially our own deceased family and friends ...

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord of light and salvation, in this time of Lent nourish our faith, increase our hope and strengthen our charity. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.                  



Monday 1st March 2021

(St David)

Second Week of Lent 

Called to be compassionate like the heavenly Father, we seek the grace to have the mind and heart of Christ.

                                                                       

1.             May Christians put a high priority

on seeking the gift of compassion

so that they can bring practical help to those in need.

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy.

 

2.             May all Catholics continue with a generous spirit this Lent,

so that their alms giving will bring hope to many.

Lord, have mercy.

 

3.             May we all seek that conversion of heart this Lent,

through which we face the reality of our sin

and experience the forgiveness of Christ.

Lord, have mercy

 

4.             May the people of the land of Wales, find support in the prayers of their patron, the bishop St David.

Lord, have mercy.

 

5.             May this United Nations Zero Discrimination Day promote the right for everyone to live a full and productive life, ensuring that their dignity is respected.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Father, look with love upon your flock. Help all to walk in the light of Christ who is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Second Week of Lent

 Jesus calls us to be sincere in our Christian living.

 

1.             That Pope Francis, preparing to go to Iraq on Friday, will lead by example and communicate the Gospel with humility and simplicity.

 Lord, have mercy.

 

2.             That all who are tempted to make a show of their religious practices

may learn how to be humble in their love of God and neighbour.

Lord, have mercy.

 

3.             That every person on earth may heed the call of the prophet Isaiah and cease to do evil, learn to do good, search for justice and help the oppressed.

Lord, have mercy.

 

4.             That the people of Syria will be delivered from the present evil of constant violence.

Lord, have mercy.

 

5.             That we, through our Lenten sharing with the poor, may have a sense of solidarity with all who are in any kind of need.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Saving God, receive now our thanksgiving sacrifice and unite us to your Son, Jesus Christ who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.



Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Second Week of Lent 

The humility of Jesus in accepting the reality of his death is contrasted by the ambition of the mother of James and John who sought honours for her sons.

                                                                       

1.             May this Lent help every Christian to be humble

in their love of God and care of neighbour.

Lord, have mercy.

 

2.             May those who in the Church are fired with a selfish ambition

for power, money or honours, heed the call of Pope Francis and seek to be humble in the service of God’s people.

Lord, have mercy.

 

3.             May those who seek to find fault with good people come to understand how full of mischief and cruelty are their intentions.

Lord, have mercy.

 

4         May the Church in Iraq, joyful in the approaching visit of Pope Francis,

be strong in faith and generous in love, and be kept safe from all harm

in the coming days.

Lord, have mercy.

 

5         May today’s World Wildlife Day, with its theme of ‘Forests and

Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planets’, move governments to

protect our forests eco-systems for the sake of endangered species

and the people who live there.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Heavenly Father, be with those who are ridiculed and insulted by others. Sustain them with your grace and enable them to walk confidently in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Thursday 4th March 2021

(St Casimir)

Second Week of Lent 

The story of Jesus about the rich man and Lazarus continues to call Christians to a deeper sense of justice and mercy.

                    

1.             We pray that Pope Francis’ commitment to the poor will move the Church and all Catholics to make the needs of the poor a priority of service, especially throughout Lent.

Lord, have mercy

 

2.             We pray for Pope Francis preparing for his Apostolic Visit to Iraq tomorrow, along with all the people of that land, that safety and joy will mark his visit, and the presence of Covid 19 will quickly decrease.

Lord, hear us.

 

3.             We pray for hearts made sincere by God, so that our thoughts and actions will not be devious, bringing harm to others.

Lord, have mercy

 

4.             We pray for those Christians who are persecuted for their faith

on the African Continent and in the Middle East,

that religious tolerance will strengthen their right to freedom of religion.

          Lord, have mercy

 

5.             We pray for the people of Lithuania and Poland, that they may imitate this St Casimir’s love for peace, prayer

and a simple life style.

Lord, hear us.

 

Almighty God, guard the way of the just so that they can be steadfast in their faith. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Universal Prayer

Friday 5th March 2021

Autumn Ember Day

Second Week of Lent

We pray for the safety of Pope Francis as he begins his Apostolic Visit to Iraq in Baghdad this afternoon and for the well-being of all associated with his visit.

 

1.             That the meeting of Pope Francis with the President of Iraq, civil authorities and diplomats will strengthen the desire for peace,

heal the wounds of past wars, and promote harmony among all in that land.

Lord, have mercy.

 

2.             That the bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and catechists, who will

be with Pope Francis today in the Syro Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, will be affirmed in their mission to witness to Jesus Christ

in their daily lives through prayer, charity and faithfulness.

Lord, have mercy.

 

3.             That those who are critical of Pope Francis and his ministry,

may better understand that the Holy Spirit has called him and sustains him in his universal ministry.

Lord, have mercy.

 

4.             That we may unite ourselves with Jesus Christ and offer ourselves with him in sacrifice to the heavenly Father.

Lord, have mercy.

 

5.             That on this Autumn Ember Day we pray that the providence of God will

ensure good crops, healthy livestock, quality milk and cheese, fine wine and beer for the nourishment and joy of people.

Lord, have mercy.

           

Lord our God, bless our fragile world so that justice and mercy enrich all our lives. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saturday 6th March 2021

Second Week of Lent

Pope Francis continues his Apostolic Visit to Iraq, with a focus on interreligious dialogue and respect.

                              

1.    That the meeting of Pope Francis with the Grand Ayattolah Sayyil Ali Al-Husaymi Al-Sistans in Najah will be filled with the love of the One Eternal God, and one of fraternal respect.

Lord, have mercy

 

2.    That the Interreligious Meeting on the Plain of Ur, the birthplace of Abraham, will dissolve past animosity, and herald a new time of

communion between Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths under One God.

Lord, have mercy.

 

3.    That Pope Francis, celebrating tonight the Eucharist in the Chaldean Cathedral of St Joseph in Baghdad, will fill the hearts of all Iraqi

Catholics with joy, especially in this Year of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.

Lord, have mercy.

 

4.    That our faith in God’s mercy, reflected in the parable of the Prodigal Son and Loving Father, may be strong as we realise that when we repent

God casts our sins to the depths of the ocean.

Lord, have mercy.

 

5.    That we will offer our Lenten penances of this day for the welfare of all

whose lives have been deeply affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

Father and King, we offer our thanks to you, and pray that this Time of Lent may renew us in Christ your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.