INTERCESSIONS FOR THE 16th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

PRAYERS FOR THE 16th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

 PRIEST: The Scriptures teach us how to be hospitable to the stranger and friend alike. Let us not be afraid to serve as disciples of Christ and ask for what we need today.

READER: Let us pray for the Ministers of the Church, may they hear and respond to what the Lord God is calling them to be, true shepherds of his people. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for the gift of God’s spirit in our hearts. May we have the will to work for unity, justice and peace. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for the displaced and homeless, those without the means to live. May we be true neighbours full of compassion and practical help. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for Missionaries who face opposition and indifference to God’s message of life. May they be strengthened in their faith and courage.

Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for those who are experiencing the horrors of ethnic discrimination and hatred, May they be granted the human dignity only Christ can give. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

As we prepare for this Eucharist, we pray for all who cannot take part in it today for whatever reason. May we be inspired to reach out with true hospitality. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for all who bear the Cross of ill-health and long term sickness. May they be strengthened in their journey; encouraged by our prayers and support. Lord hear us. Response: Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for the recently dead and those whose anniversaries occur at this time…

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 as we say: Hail Mary…

PRIEST: Almighty and ever-living God we thank you for hearing and answering our prayers.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN