Universal Prayer – Fourth Sunday Of Lent

Let us make our prayers to the Father, confident that He will give us the strength and the courage to face the present challenges with trust in His loving care for all His children.

Let us pray for the Church all over the world in this Lenten season, that, under the wise leadership of Pope Francis, She may help us to unite our present sufferings with those of Christ, our Saviour and Brother.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for our Government and our civil servants, that they may implement rapidly the financial support they have promised to those whose livelihoods are threatened.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the victims of the coronavirus, that the dead will be at peace and the sick receive the prompt and effective treatment that they need.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the doctors, nurses, paramedics and scientists facing the challenge of treating the victims, that they will remain fit and healthy and carry on their vital work with compassion and skill.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

On this Mothering Sunday, let us pray that the Lord will reward all mothers for their essential role in caring and guiding their children and that, in their turn, their children will show their gratitude today and every day.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for every member of our parish community, that, despite being unable to gather together to celebrate the Eucharist, we may all draw close to Christ in our daily prayer and be generous in placing the needs of others before our own.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

In the silence of our hearts, let us make our own prayers for those known to us who are in special need of God’s saving help today.

May Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of us all, help us to see the world through the eyes of Jesus, her Son: Hail Mary . . .

Father, answer our prayers in the way that is best, for we make them through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

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