Bidding Prayers

Dear readers, please find the bidding prayers below for your preparation to read at Sunday Mass. Sometimes there are last-minute changes to the bidding prayers, for example to mark some event in the news, so please do not bring your own copy with you and check in the sacristy before Mass begins for the final text.

Second Sunday of Easter                                                                                                                   27th/28th April 2019

Celebrant

In the knowledge that God is present hers with us, let us pray

Reader

We pray for our bishops, priests and deacons, in their demanding ministry of love, that they may be given all the support, grace and anointing they need. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

We pray for the gifts of discernment and integrity among all those who govern, advise and lead. May all self-centred ambition be cleared away so that our leaders are free to serve. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

We call to mind those whose eyes are wet or tense with pain. May they sense the Lord’s reassuring love which can bring us through the darkest valleys. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

We also pray for the intentions of the weekend Masses, Johnny Rosario & Marshall Rosario, Alfred & Fatima Rajeratnam, Piedade Gomes, People of the Parish and Jean Carver. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in the hospital, that Go may grant them His healing touch. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

Let us ask Mary, Mother of the Church to pray for us and with us as we say:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Celebrant

Father, we know that you are here present, hear the prayers we make, confident of your love. Through Christ our Lord

 

 

Easter Day                                                                                                                                              20th/21st April 2019

Celebrant

Jesus Christ is Risen. The Lord of life cannot be held by death definitively. The victory of Christ over sin and death gives us hope and a pledge of eternal life. With joy in our hearts, let us offer our prayers and petitions to God.

Reader

We pray that the Church may proclaim with joy the Easter message of love and hope for the world. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

We pray that our lives as well as our worship will testify to the truth of the Resurrection. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

We remember those whose lives are filled with pain, anxiety or sorrow, and ask that the Risen Christ may transform their sorrow and pain into great rejoicing. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

We pray that the Risen Christ will touch our lives so that we will experience the depth of His healing and loving presence. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

We also pray for the intentions of the weekend Masses, Piedade Rodrigues, People of the Parish, Ingrid D’Lima Kolli and Reagan Pereira. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in the hospital, that God may grant them His healing touch. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

Let us ask Mary, Mother of the Church to pray for us and with us as we say:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Celebrant

Ever loving Father, may we continue to be inspired by the Resurrection of Christ; and may your blessings be abundant in our lives through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayers Passion Sunday  C                                                                                                                 13th /14th April 2019

Celebrant

As we recall Jesus entering Jerusalem, let us gather our thoughts to pray.

Reader

As the crowds welcome d Jesus, we pray that many more will welcome him into their hearts and lives over the coming year. We pray for opportunities to spread the good news and courage to take them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

We recall the donkey Jesus rode on, and pray for that real humility in our hearts which treats status and image casually, and truth and loving service seriously. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

The children sang and shouted praise; we pray for the children in our homes, our city and our land. May we not fail them in the support and teaching they need. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

We also pray for the intentions of the Masses this weekend, People of the Parish, Francis Rosario & Mary Rosario, Piomi Kanagarasa & the Boys, Rosario & Matildes Rodrigues, Maria Lobo’s family. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in the hospital, that Go may grant them His healing touch. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

Let us ask Mary, Mother of the Church to assist us as we pray:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

 

Celebrant

Father, hear our prayer; may we praise you not only with our voices but in the lives we lead. We ask this through Christ our Lord

 

5th Sunday of Lent C                                                                                                                                 6th /7th  April 2019

Celebrant:

God is present with us now. Let us bring him our prayers and concerns for the Church and for the world

Reader:

We pray that the loving Lord may continue to breath his life into the Church, so that we may speak his love to the world and be willing to suffer and prepare for sacrifice. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

We pray that the loving Lord may breathe his peace into the world, so that we may work together co-operatively, sensitive to one another’s needs and differences. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

We pray that the loving Lord may breathe his welcome deep into the souls of the dying, so that death is only the door leading to the joy of eternal life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

We also pray for the intentions of the Masses this weekend, People of the Parish, Mario Rosario, Declan Costa, David Ezekiel and Maria Lobo We remember too, those who are sick at home or in the hospital, that Go may grant them His healing touch. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

 

Let us ask Mary, Mother of the Church to assist us as we pray:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

 

Celebrant:

Father, accept these prayers, helping us to follow your example of forgiveness, and to love others as you love us. Through Christ our Lord

 

4TH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C)                                                                                       30th / 31st March 2019

Priest:

Let us pray to God who reconciles us through Christ.

Reader:

We pray for the Church that she will continue to spread the message of love and reconciliation in the world. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will increase our capacity to forgive one another and be truly reconciled with God and our neighbour. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for the grace to heal the past hurts in our lives and to deepen our relationships. May we be encompassed by the love of God as we equally demonstrate this love to all. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Hubbard Fernandes, Salvacao Da Silva, Thanksgiving to God, Lourdina and Anton Joao Mascarenhas and People of the Parish. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

 

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O Clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

Priest:

God our Father, we ask you to be merciful to us sinners, forgive our sins, accept our prayers and continue to show us your love through Christ our Lord. Amen.

3RD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C)                                                                                          23rd / 24th March 2019

Priest:

Let us pray to God who forgives our sins and invites us to true repentance.

Reader:

We pray for the leaders of the Church, that God will constantly sanctify them so that in turn they can draw people closer to God through their ministry. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That the grace of God will sustain in us the need for ongoing renewal in our lives. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for the leaders of the world, that the Holy Spirit will inspire in them a true sense of working for the common good and protecting the rights of the poor and marginalised of the society. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Vincent Rosario, The departed souls of Rajakumar family, Xavier Martins, People of the Parish and Meloshka Fernandes. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

Priest:

Most merciful Father, we ask you to accept our prayers and let your Will be done in our lives through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

2ND SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C)                                                                                         16th / 17th March 2019

Priest:

Let us offer our prayers to God who can bring transformation into our lives.

Reader:

We pray that the Church will be strengthened and motivated to undertake transformative apostolate in the world. May the Church be inspired by the light of Christ which dispels the darkness of prejudice, injustice, bitterness and lack of forgiveness. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for the poor and those who are experiencing different levels of pain and sorrow, that God will transform their sorrow into joy and equally grant them a positive sense of wellbeing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray that our families will be transformed into places where love will prevail over hatred, kindness over wickedness, peace over conflicts and unity over divisions. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Jeff and Margie Soriano, Terry Tuci, John Martin D’Sa, People of the Parish and Thanksgiving to God. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

Priest:

Merciful Father, we acknowledge our absolute dependence on you. May you listen favourably to our prayers and grant us renewal of hearts through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

1ST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C)                                                                                                   9th / 10th March 2019

Priest:

We offer our prayers to God who cares for us and loves us unconditionally.

Reader:

We pray for the leaders of the Church, that God will fill them with wisdom and courage as they struggle to lead God’s children to the path of righteousness and peace. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for strength to overcome temptations in our lives and to remain faithful to our vocation as children of God. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for all those who are finding it difficult to resist temptations in their lives; that the grace of God will inspire them to adopt a more positive approach to life. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Reynaldo Cubacub, People of the Parish, The departed souls of Alemao family, Tomas Fernandes and Ralph Emerson Prado. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

Priest:

Everlasting and loving Father, may your grace strengthen us whenever temptations assail us and may we be victorious through Christ our Lord. Amen.

8th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                                          2nd / 3rd March 2019

Priest:

In humility, let us offer our prayers to God who knows us more than we know ourselves.

Reader:

We pray for the Church, that as she struggles with her shortcomings in bearing witness to Christ, that God will sanctify her and inspire her leaders to outstanding lives of integrity. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That we may be more sensitive to the needs of the poor and marginalised of our society. May we be eager to assist them with love. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will transform us to be people of honesty who will show more understanding and compassion to others. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: People of the Parish, Zayn Alic Mascarenhas, Maria Fernandes, Thanksgiving to God and Joanita De Melo. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Priest:

God our loving Father, may our lives bear meaningful witness to you. May we learn to show love and mercy to one another through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

7th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                                           23/24 February 2019

Priest:

God loves us and remembers us in our frailty; let us pray to him now

Reader:

When conflicts threaten to disrupt our fellowship in the Church community, may the Spirit help us to deal with our frustrations and anger, and give us the grace to forgive  PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

When the differences in cultures block our understanding of one another and obstruct the peace process, may the Spirit broaden our vision to discern the common ground. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

When the layers of resentment have turned into rock, may the Spirit dissolve them with the rain of loving mercy . PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: People of the Parish, Bridie Sweeney, Mr & Mrs Hanley, Salvadorinho & Roquezinha Almeida. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Priest:

Father! Accept these prayers; may your love strengthen and encourage us all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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6th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                                           16/17 February 2019

Priest:

Knowing our need of God, let us pray

Reader:

We bring  to mind our Church both here in Hounslow and throughout the world, that we may aim for right values and right priorities in all decide and do  PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For all who lead and govern, and all meetings where important decisions are made, that justice and mercy may be their guiding beacon. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That those caught up in the frenetic pressures of life, and those who are stressed up to breaking point may find the insight and courage to change things. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: People of the Parish, Jeff and Margie Soriano, Terry Tuci, John Martin D’Sa. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

Priest:

We commend all our cares to the God who loves us as his children through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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5th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                                           9/10 February 2019

Priest:

Let us pray together in the presence of the Lord, our God

Reader:

That all who have been called to be workers in God’s harvest, searching for the lost and loving them into the kingdom. We pray for those who teach God’s love, both by word and the way they live  PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That those in authority and power, that under their leadership there may be mutual respect, integrity and justice . We pray for discernment to see where injustice needs righting and when we need to speak out. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for families suffering poverty or financial difficulties, for families full of tension and disagreement, and for families coping with grief and separation . PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: People of the Parish, Sr. Immaculate Mascarenhas, Sebastian and Eremita, Maria Garcia   Joana Fernandes. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, hear us, give us the strength and dedication to offer ourselves to do your will through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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4th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                                           2 / 3 February 2019

Priest:

Let us pray to our loving and faithful God.

Reader:

That the Church may be noticeable by its loving; the all Christians may be remarkable for their caring and joyful serving without restrictions or boundaries. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That our homes may be training grounds for the selfless loving which gives and forgives, and never ends. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That fears may be calmed and the anxious reassured; that all in pain may be comforted and restored to wholeness . PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: People of the Parish, Olga Gomes, Amelia Fernandes, Valanka Fernandes and Crispin Garcia. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Priest:

God our Father hear these prayers; give us all those qualities of faith, hope and love which last for ever  through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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3rd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                                           26th / 27th January 2019

Priest:

We are called to proclaim the Word of God through our lifestyle. Let us offer our prayers to God.

Reader:

That the Church will become a reassuring means of spreading the Word of God in our world. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That those who are suffering different levels of pains, insults, anxieties and persecutions because of their faith in God will persevere through the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That our families will become places where the Word of God is cherished and shared for the wellbeing of everyone. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: People of the Parish, Gabriel D’Souza, For the needy souls, Promotion and Thanksgiving and Meena Fernandes. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Priest:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Heavenly Father, may we be strengthened in our resolve to be more faithful in obeying your Word through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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2nd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                                           19th / 20th January 2019

 

Priest:

As the glory of Jesus is revealed, may we endeavour to be more attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us offer our prayers to God.

Reader:

That in spite of the shortcomings of the Church, she will continue to announce the message of salvation with love, courage and sincerity of heart. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That we may be more sensitive to the needs of the poor and marginalised of our society. May we work to uphold justice and equality. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That the gifts of the Holy Spirit will enable us to heal the past hurts we may have experienced and be reconciled to one another. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Arthemisia Gomes, Sebastiao Braganca, Hubert and Maria Rajakumar, Anthony Lawrence Dias Do Rosario and People of the Parish. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Priest:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

God of love and compassion, may we be inspired to renew our lives in fidelity to the Gospel values through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

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THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (YEAR C)                                                      12th / 13th January 2019

 

Priest:

Through the baptism of Jesus, God confirms His identity and vocation to redeem humanity. Let us offer our prayers to God.

Reader:

That the Church will be steadfast in administering the sacraments. We equally pray for all those preparing for baptism that the grace of God will make them faithful in their pursuit of holiness of life. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That individuals and the nations of the world will be more open to the Word of God and have the courage to live according to its demands. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

That we may be more faithful to the grace of our baptism by working for lasting peace, justice and forgiving love. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Talbert and Dee Rose, Johnny Sequeira, Baby Isabella De Gois Silva, People of the Parish and Ruben and Lydia Madronio. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Priest:

Almighty God, we pray that we will constantly cooperate with the grace of our baptism by obeying your commands and loving our neighbour through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (YEAR C)                                                          5th / 6th January 2019

 

Priest:

Jesus is manifested to the world. The visit of the three wise men encourages us constantly focus our attention on Christ. Let us offer our prayers to God.

Reader:

We pray that the Church will be true to her vocation as she strives purposefully to be the light that shines brightly in the darkness of our world. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for the nations of the world that God will enlighten the minds of their leaders to work for enduring peace, justice and love. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pray for our families that love, forgiveness, peace and unity will prevail despite the challenges that may confront us. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

For the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Lyvita Gomes, Mary Donovan, People of the Parish, Aathithya Aathavan and family and Thanksgiving Mass to St Anthony and St Michael. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them divine mercy and healing. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to intercede for us as we pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Priest:

Most loving Father, may we constantly follow Jesus the light of the world and strive to establish His kingdom of love, justice, peace and unity through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD                                        1st January 2018

Priest:

As we share with the Blessed Virgin Mary our faith and our love of God, we turn to him now with our prayers.

Reader:

For our holy Mother, the Church: that all people will be gathered as her children. PAUSE:

Lord, hear us.                        

For peace in our troubled world, especially for an end to violence in Iraq, Syria and the Holy Land: that through Our Lady’s maternal care harmony will come to reign. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

For all families: for the prayers and protection of Mother Mary and St Joseph over all families especially those families and marriages who are experiencing much difficulties in their relationships. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

For ourselves: that we will grow closer to the Lord in this New Year and like Mary, have hearts open to his grace and blessings. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

For those who have died: that they will have the company of Blessed Virgin Mary in the presence of our loving Father in heaven. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

We turn to Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God, to pray for and with us as we say:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Priest:

Loving Father, hear these prayers we make in faith, and by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary open our hearts to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.