INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 17th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

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INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 17th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

PRIEST: United in the faith we have proclaimed together, we now turn to the Lord with all our longings.

READER: Let us pray for Christian men and women in every corner of the earth. In God’s infinite love we have each been called to share one spirit, one body at the table of the Lord. Let us pray that, our communion will bring us closer to each other and to the Lord. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray that our hearts may understand how to discern all that is good, pure and noble and so become living examples of God's love for us. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray that we never fail to search out for that which truly precious, the values of God’s kingdom. May we be willing to pay whatever it costs. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for all those who are working for understanding and tolerance in our multi-faith world. We pray especially that we, members of this Catholic community, will take the lead in building bridges of friendship and understanding with other faiths in our neighbourhood.

Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

We pray or all those suffering as victims of violence and conflict. May those responsible and those with the power, work for peace and protect the poorest in society. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for all who mourn that they may be comforted. We remember all who are sick, those in hospital and those who are housebound. We remember especially the sick of our own community and our own families wherever they may be. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Now let us pray for a few moments in silence for our own needs and intentions.

Let us ask Mary the Mother of the Lord to pray with us: Hail Mary…

PRIEST: Almighty and ever-living God you have called your church in this place to be witness to the kingdom of God. As we share in this Eucharist together may our hearts be filled with your strength. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN

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