Jesus Christ came into a sin-filled world and, by his death and resurrection, reconciled humankind to his Father. We make our prayers to the Lord for forgiveness of our sins, trusting in his mercy rather than in our own good deeds.
We pray for the Church: may she always welcome sinners into the fold and open to them the forgiving love which the Lord shows to those who truly repent: (pause) … Lord hear us.
Let us pray for those in charge of social welfare: may they look upon those whom they help as their brothers and sisters and as companions on the road to God’s Kingdom: (pause) … Lord hear us.
For those who are too proud to admit their sinfulness: may the example of Christ, who humbled himself to assume the position of one who serves, be their model and inspiration: (pause) … Lord hear us.
We pray for all members of this community: may we never become self-righteous and consider ourselves superior to others but, in all humility, acknowledge our sinfulness. May we seek the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness in all things: (pause) … Lord hear us.
We pray with Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, as we say together: Hail Mary … etc.
We make our own personal prayers in silence, bringing before the Lord our many needs.
God our Father, for the times when we have disobeyed your commandments, we come to you in sorrow and humility, trusting in your mercy and forgiveness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A