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.

 

 

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.