Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) (Peace Sunday)

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST

As brothers and sisters, as members of Christ’s Body, the Church, let us pray with the freedom of the Children of God for the freedom and dignity of all.

READER

We pray for the Church’s witness to peace and justice: that our lives may proclaim the dignity of every person as a temple of the Holy Spirit and a child of God:  (pause)  …  Lord hear us.

Let us pray for the young: that they may find in Christ what they are searching for – a place to belong, a challenge to use their gifts in the service of others, a way to build a more just world, and the joy of a life based on Gospel values:   (pause)  …   Lord hear us.

God our Father, may we never lose the ability to be shocked by the appalling waste of life, of talent and of money which is always involved in warfare and in preparation for war-fighting: (pause)  …  Lord hear us.

Let us remember migrant workers and for refugees forced to leave their homes because of conflict or need. My they know safety on their travels and find friendship and welcome in their places of exile: (pause)… Lord hear us.

May God bless richly all who work for justice in our world; on all who live prophetically and take risks for peace. In particular, we ask God’s blessing on the work of the international Catholic Peace Movement, Pax Christi: (pause)… Lord hear us.

Let us commend to God’s mercy all who are sick. We ask that they may be restored to health of mind and body. May all who have died be gathered with people of every race,  into the joys of God’s Kingdom:   (pause)  …  Lord hear us.

Let us ask Mary, Mother of all the earth, to pray with us: Hail Mary …etc.

In silence, let us place before the Lord all that is in our hearts.

PRIEST

God our Father, hear our prayers for our broken world and use us and guide us in your work of healing, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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