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Friday 17th September 2021

St Robert Bellarmine   (St Hilegard of Bingen)

24th Week in Ordinary Time 

The faithful women of today’s Gospel show us how to be generous in serving Christ.

1.             That we all may have a spirit of generosity, so that through our prayer, we can embrace the needs of all and bring them to God with faith.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             That we may be open to the Good News of Jesus Christ as were the women of the Gospel, and so that will hold him at the centre of our lives.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             That all countries will increase their sense of justice and generosity and enable more refugees from Afghanistan and other places of conflict to settle here in peace.

Lord, hear us. 

5.       That catechumens who prepare for their Easter Baptism, and the catechists who assist them, may be helped through the prayers of their patron, St Robert Bellarmine.

Lord, hear us. 

6.    That those who study the structure of language and words, and those who use the language Esperanto, may find in their patron, St Hildegard of Bingen, a model of learning and holiness.

Lord, hear us. 

Lord our God, in your great love as you save your people and let the truth of your word be known everywhere help is to be faithful to you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saturday 18th September 2021

24th Week in Ordinary Time 

It is the will of God that his word may be fruitful in the lives and hearts of all who hear it.

1.             May those who have heard the word, but have found it difficult to respond with full hearts, be helped by the Holy Spirit to accept and understand it.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             May the efforts of people of goodwill to secure peace in the Holy Land be blessed with success so that injustices gives way to justice and harmony.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             May more efforts be made by the free nations of the world to secure a good and safe future for refugees languishing in camps in many places

Lord, hear us. 

4.             May those who have asked for our prayers, along with those who have a right to them, receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, hear us. 

Eternal Father, walking in your light we fear no evil, for through the sacrifice of your Son love and truth have conquered hatred and lies, for he is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.


Sunday 19th September 2021

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

 Jesus has invited us to work with him  as a servant of those in need, and to welcome the lowly in his name.

1.             For Pope Francis, servant of the servants of God, that he will continue to guide the Church, and with humility and tenderness ,show us how to be servants.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

2.             For wisdom for world leaders, a wisdom that is pure, makes for peace, is kindly and considerate, full of compassion and intent on doing good.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

3.             For those places around the world enduring drought and poor soil conditions, that in this Season of Creation, those with skills and experience will share their knowledge, and make the lands sustainable.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

4.             For married couples, during this year of reflection on Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘The Joy of Love’, that ‘they will value that they are for one another and for their children, witnesses of the salvation which they share through the sacrament of marriage’.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

5.             For… personal needs ....

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

6.             For those who have died of Covid 19, especially alone without family or friends, that they will find joy in the heavenly home. We also remember .....

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

O God, save us by your name, hear our prayer, listen to our words, uphold our lives, and receive our praise. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Monday 20th September 2021

Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang and Companions

Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

God’s word has called on us to show kindness to others and to live peacefully with them.     

1.             May the Holy Spirit shine through us in all our actions and words, so that they bring grace to others.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             May the leaders of nations grant to their citizens freedom of religion, as did Cyrus the king in ancient times, so that all may worship God.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             May all who contributed to the building of this church through work or donations, and those who maintain it, be rewarded for their service and generosity.

Lord, hear us. 

4.             May the lay faithful of the Church in Korea, honouring their Martyrs today, rejoice in the spirit of those who laid the Church’s foundation in their land, and offered their lives as a noble sacrifice.

Lord, hear us. 

5       May for the Korean Church, may they support each other in faith and witness to the mercy of Jesus.

Lord, hear us. 

7        May unity come to the Korean Peninsula, human rights and freedom of religion be for all Koreans, and protection from nuclear weapons and aggression.

Lord, hear us. 

Gracious God, help us to act with justice, to speak the truth from our hearts and to keep our pledge. Through Christ our Lord.

 

Tuesday 21st September 2021

St Matthew, apostle

Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time 

St Matthew’s generosity in following Jesus and then writing an account of the Good News has been a source of rich blessing through all generations.

1.         That the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be proclaimed by the Church as the source of new life, and never be used as a means to oppress or intimidate people.

Lord, hear us. 

2.         That all who honour St Mathew as patron may be people with a great love for the scriptures.

Lord, hear us. 

3        That those workers who honour St Matthew as patron - accountants, tax collectors, customs officers and security guards - may carry out their duties with honesty and fairness.

Lord, hear us. 

4        That each of us may value that share of grace given to us as allotted by Jesus Christ, so that together we can build up the Church in holiness and charity.

Lord, hear us. 

5        That in the land where Jesus called Matthew there may be renewed commitment for peace as we mark this International Day of Peace.

Lord, hear us. 

6        That this United Nations International Day of Peace will focus world attention on Afghanistan, not forgetting Syria and Somalia.

Lord, hear us. 

Heavenly God, with the glorious company of apostles we praise and we acclaim you. Through Christ our Lord.


Wednesday 22nd September 2021

(St Maurice and Companions)

Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Just as Jesus sent the Twelve to proclaim the Kingdom and to heal the sick, so may the Church continue the same mission.

1.             May bishops, priests and deacons live sincerely what they proclaim and may those who belong to the healing professions always act with the compassion of Jesus.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             May missionaries who travel from village to village preaching the word of God, and offering to the people a pastoral love, do so in the spirit of the twelve apostles.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             May those who remain faithful to God in the midst of persecution and discrimination, especially in the Middle East, across northern and central Africa, and in China, continue to put their trust in the Providence of God.

Lord, hear us. 

4.             May the new hope which Ezra and the people felt when God delivered them from slavery, be a grace for all who today live in the slavery of religious persecution, so that they may soon have freedom.

Lord, hear us. 

5.             May the courage of the Egyptians, St Maurice and his companions, who were martyred in Switzerland, intercede for the Christians in the land of their birth, as well as for the people of Austria, soldiers, Swiss Guards, dyers and weavers, placed under their patronage.

Lord, hear us.

6. We pray for Fr Maurice, who writes these daily prayers for us, that in his retirement he will stay close to our Lord.

Lord hear us.

Gracious God, give us the grace to obey your word, so that shunning all falsehood we can walk in your light. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Thursday 23rd September 2021

St Pius of Pietrelcina

Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 

Herod was confused when he heard about Jesus, and that confusion awakened in him a desire to meet him.

1.    We pray for those who are curious about Jesus for whatever reason, that their curiosity will lead to sincere searching, and their searching discover him, the light and truth of the world.

Lord, hear us. 

2.    We pray for those who care for our churches – sacristans, cleaners, flower arrangers, laundry and maintenance people and gardeners – that they may be rewarded for their generosity of time.

Lord, hear us. 

3.    We pray for those who in the past built our churches, and those who are building churches today for the worship of God around the world, that they will value themselves are living temples of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, hear us. 

4.    We pray that the devotion of St Pio of Pietrelcina to the Sacrament of Penance will help us to grow in love for this sacrament of mercy.

Lord, hear us. 

5.    We pray on this International Day of Sign Languages for those who Communicate by means of them, and especially for those who have conveyed important health and safety messages during the pandemic.

Lord, hear us. 

Lord our God, you who takes delight in your people, give us the grace to praise and thank you  for all your goodness to us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Friday 24th September 2021

(Our Lady of Mercy)

Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 

The newly built Temple in Jerusalem was filled with the glory of God. But in Jesus, the Christ, we have the glory of God living among us in the Church, the Body of Christ.                    

1.        We pray that every Christian may be firm in their faith, rejoicing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and find in his death and resurrection, life and hope.

Lord, hear us. 

2        We pray that sufferings of the Christ and the sacrifice of his death will save the world from sin.

Lord, hear us. 

3        We pray that peace, which filled the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, will be God’s blessing today for that city and all the people of the Holy Land.

Lord, hear us. 

4        We pray that the Sisters  Mercy, in their many and diverse ministries, be inspired by Mary, the Mother of Mercy, and so grow in holiness, charity and mercy themselves,

Lord, hear us. 

5        We pray that all those placed under the patronage of Our Lady of Mercy will rejoice in the Lord this day.

Lord, hear us. 

Lord, you take delight in your people as you see the face of Christ your Son in their faith and love. Strengthen our hope and keep us loyal to you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saturday 25th September 2021

25th Week in Ordinary Time 

With trust in God’s care of us we bring these petitions to the Father of mercies.

1.    May the Jerusalem be restored as the city of peace for all people.

Lord, hear us. 

2.    May the barriers between peoples come down so that all can live as God’s children.

Lord, hear us. 

3.    May we come with confidence to God in prayer and never be afraid to open our hearts to God.

Lord, hear us.. 

4.    May we seek the enlightenment of the Spirit as we reflect upon the mystery of God.

Lord, hear us. 

5.    May the girls and women of Afghanistan be protected for all harm.

Lord, hear us. 

6.    May those with Covid 19 around the world receive the gift of healing.

Lord, hear us. 

Lord our God, in the shortness of our lives give us wisdom of heart, so that we can rejoice in your love now and forever. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.