UNIVERSAL PRAYER – FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT – YEAR B

As we begin this Lent, this time of repentance, let us call to the Father and ask for His mercy and help in our struggles to turn away from sin and to come back to the path He has chosen for us.

We pray for Bishop Mark, that, ever guided by God’s Spirit, he may continue to lead the people of God powerfully in this time of re-building the Church, here in this place, on the foundation of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Christ’s love.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for our parish community, that every member will renew their efforts to strengthen the existing bonds of love, especially with those who have become isolated through the pandemic restrictions and who are, as yet, unable to join in the celebration of the Eucharist here in St.Clare’s.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for those key workers who, day after day, face the dangers of the coronavirus, that they will be strengthened by the gratitude of those in their care and rewarded by the Lord for their loving commitment.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for the success of the work that CAFOD does on our behalf, that our efforts and generosity next Friday, Family Fast Day, will bring hope and health to all our brothers and sisters living in poverty and danger.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for our young people, students and children, that they may soon be able to return to their schools and colleges and enjoy the opportunities for study and the restoration of friendships that they have been denied for the past year.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for the grieving families of all who have died during the pandemic, that they may receive comfort  in the sure hope that those they have lost will be safe in the arms of the Lord and will be filled with the joy and peace that only the Lord can give.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us invite Mary our Mother and Joseph, her spouse, to be our guides and companions on our Lenten journey: Hail Mary . . .

Let us pray deep in our hearts for those who have asked for our prayers.

Father, listen to our prayers and through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s death and resurrection, that we might reflect it in our lives. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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