UNIVERSAL PRAYER – 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Let us turn to the Father, whose love is better than life and from whom all good things come.
Let us pray for the Church all over the world; under the wise leadership of Pope Francis, may she be a beacon of hope to all peoples, proclaiming the truth and showing the path of life to which God calls each one of us.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Let us pray for world governments; in all their deliberations and decision-making, may they give priority to the welfare of their people, ensuring a just distribution of resources and opportunities, no matter what their creed, their colour or their race.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Let us pray for teachers, parents and children as they prepare for the new school year; in this time of uncertainty and fear, may rules be clearly laid down and adhered to, so that the children may, once again, enjoy their life in school and grow in confidence and knowledge.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Let us pray for the victims of the recent natural disasters throughout the world – hurricanes, floods and fires; may help be given to restore their homes and livelihoods and to rebuild their communities and neighbourhoods.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Let us pray for our parish community, especially the sick and those still self-isolating; may we all accept the crosses we have to bear in this life with generous hearts and may the Lord lighten our load and bless us with patience and peace.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Let us ask the help of Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted, as we pray: Hail Mary . . .
In silence, let us make our own petitions to the Father of all mercies.
Father, listen to our prayers and grant us the wisdom to discover Your will for us and may we strive each day to carry it out. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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