Prayers of the Faithful for Lectors
This beautiful story highlights for us the places on our lives where we need to be brought to fuller life. In the gospel, Jesus heals a man born blind from birth. This story calls us to reflect on the areas in our life where we need clearer vision.
What lets some understand the mystery and embrace it, while others are left in indifference or hatred? Hugo of St. Victor used to say: love is the eye! When we look at anything through the eyes of love, we see correctly, understand, and properly appropriate its mystery.
The reverse is also true. When we look at anything through eyes that are jaded, cynical, jealous, or bitter, we will not see correctly, will not understand, and will not properly appropriate its mystery. He listens to her story, accepts her as she is and transforms her shame to dignity. Jesus is ready to give us all life-giving water and to transform us on our Lenten journey. The Samaritan woman at the well was accepted for everything she was, just as she was.
That fulfilled a need that no affair of the flesh or the mind could ever satisfy. The story of Abraham reminds us that we are never too old to embrace new life. There, we can share our own visions of who God is in our lives. The followers of Jesus take the journey of Lent seriously. We reject temptation, rebalance our priorities, and choose to be in relationship with God.
In these ways, we show our holiness and perfection. For the church. For a spirit of hope in our world. May those who find themselves in darkness, depression or addiction find hope and renewal in the Word of God. For unity. May all Christians work together to manifest the love and presence of God in every society of our world.
For blessings upon world leaders. May they have the wisdom to work for peace and unity, and develop policies for the common good of all. For all who are discerning a call to ministry in the church.During the months and weeks preceding election day usually the first Tuesday in Novembereucharistic liturgies and prayers associated with other parish activities provide opportunities to reflect on our responsibilities as "faithful citizens.
However, if parishioners are to make informed decisions, they will need to think about how the values of their faith can inform their decisions as voters well before election day. In fact, as part of our call to active participation, it is important to integrate Faithful Citizenship's message about bringing our faith to the public arena into prayers and liturgies throughout the year.
Below are suggestions you may wish to consider in preparing eucharistic liturgies and other prayers around the theme of civic responsibility. This theme, when appropriate, may be emphasized at the following points in the Mass:.
The following prayers focus on civic duty and the well-being of our city, state, and nation as well as our leaders.
Liturgy and prayer suggestions
They may be used for weekday Masses, when permitted by the liturgical calendar. Some of these prayers may be adapted for use outside of Mass. When allowed by the rubrics, these prayers may be used with one of the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses for Various Needs and Occasions.
The following announcements can be made at the end of Mass or placed in the bulletin. See also the Faithful Citizenship bulletin announcements. They may be used periodically throughout the year to help parishioners prepare for the election season. The bishops of the United States have issued a statement on the importance of bringing the values of our faith to the decisions made in our public life.
In their statement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenshipthe bishops call for "a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable" no.
As you prepare for the upcoming election, please consider how the values of your faith can help you make your decisions. For information on Faithful Citizenship, visit www. The upcoming election offers Catholics a valuable chance to consider how the messages of the Scriptures and the insights of Catholic teaching can be applied to the priority issues of our society.
The U. Catholic bishops have urged us to recognize the moral and ethical dimensions of the issues and to "to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self interest" Living the Gospel of Lifeno.
We strongly urge all parishioners to become informed on key issues and to vote. If you would like information about Catholic teaching on our civic responsibilities, please visit www. We urge all eligible parishioners to participate in the election next Tuesday. The insights of the Scriptures and Catholic social teaching are important guides for our decisions about issues and candidates.
We urge you to become informed about the issues and how Catholic teaching guides us, and to examine the positions of candidates in light of Catholic teaching. Gracious and loving God, let your Spirit be with us me today. Hear our my prayers, and increase in us me the will to follow your Son Jesus.Holy Ghost Cathedral : Resurrection sunday - Prayer of the faithful Holy Communion Mass ending
Help us me to draw on the resources of our my faith as we I use the opportunities of our democracy to shape a society more respectful of the life, dignity, and rights of the human person, especially the poor and vulnerable. An authentic faith.For all baptized Christians, that we may be a people of gratitude for all God has done for us, we pray:.
For gratitude that there is peace, wherever it may be found — even in a world with war and conflict, we pray:. For gratitude as we recognize the gift of healing in anyone who has suffered from illness, addiction, depression or any kind of pain, we pray:.
For the grace to begin again: that we may grasp the opportunities to start anew when God opens new doors and opportunities in our lives, we pray:. We pray with Mmesoma Jessica Nwokedi and her family, as today, through Baptism, she begins her Christian journey of faith, we pray:.
For those who have died. May all who have died be forever held in the loving arms of God, we pray:. God of healing, your gifts are freely given. Help us to remember all that you do for us. Make us generous in our view of others, whose faith we may not recognize.
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We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. ASL interpreted a. Mass in Spanish p. May all who have died be forever held in the loving arms of God, we pray: Presider: God of healing, your gifts are freely given. Office Hours Monday through Thursday a. Friday a. Mass Times Saturday pm - Reconcilation p. Sunday a. October-April Weekday Liturgies Daily - a. Location Address East County Rd.The Liturgy of the Hours is a special collection of scripture readings, psalms, and hymns that constitute what is known as the prayer of the Church.
It is also called the Divine Office. Priests and other religious are required to pray sections from the Liturgy of the Hours each day. Together, the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours make up the official public prayer life of the Church. Do you have a Bible at home that gathers dust sometimes? You can keep up with Scripture just by following the daily Mass readings, either while attending Mass or on your own!
There are also several good magazines that publish the daily readings in a handy portable format, such as MagnificatLiving With Christand The Word Among Us. Jerome once said that ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.
Daily readings offer a wonderful way to get to know our Lord better in His Word. We hope these links below can be of some help. Pontius Pilate' s answer to Jesus testifying to God's truth should give us all pause, as it relates to us today! These prayers in times of financial difficulties can help you keep focused on what really counts in these turbulent times: God and His love and His will for us!
See the webpage link for the podcast li…. Read More. We hope these prayers can give you and your loved ones our Lord's healing grace in these difficult times. We hope these online daily and Sunday Mass videos can help you keep close to our Lord during the Coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever do you feel the need to be with our Lord with no masses around?
We want to remind our readers in this trying time to make Spiritual Communions whenever and wherever possible! See th…. Jesus' words to the women of Jerusalem on the Way of the Cross about cruelty to come apply to us as well!
With social sin we share sinful activities and often make each other partners in crime and shut God out of our lives! Virtue signalling is big nowadays, but trying to be good instead of just sounding good is ultimately more fulfilling! This moving account of the Nativity is a great way to meditate on our Savior's Birth! Recent Articles.Below are some sample Prayers of the Faithful that subscribed members have access to.
To subscribe to this service and receive new, fresh, and current Prayers of the Faithful for each week, please subscribe here. For the Holy Catholic Church and all Christian churches, may we trust in Christ and become one vigorous, fruitful community of faith, so that the world may see one King of Glory and one Kingdom of God.
For all of the devoted pastors, dedicated deacons, faith-filled teachers, and enthusiastic musicians, choir, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, welcomers, ushers, and altar servers, who serve their faith community, and make our celebration of mass moving, uplifting, and spirit-filled.
For all who suffer: the diseased, the poor, those denied dignity, and those who live without hope, grant them the peace of knowing that Christ the King will never abandon them nor tire of tending to their needs.
For those who have died, may they receive the grace of redemption and join their King in paradise. For the Holy Catholic Church, as it continues to speak out against all that would destroy human dignity, human rights, and human life, we thank you Lord.
For our dedicated pastor, as he comforts the faithful, encourages the hopeless, and inspires those who have lost their relationship with God, we thank you Lord. For this great country, where our voices do make a difference, where we have the freedom to live our lives in accordance with our beliefs, where our potential is not limited by our parentage, and where we have the opportunity to raise our families in comfort and abundance, we thank you Lord.
For our friends and family who love us, care for our needs, listen to us in our desperation, comfort us in our sorrow, advise us with caring concern, and, by their selflessness, bring us closer to God, we thank you Lord. For those who provide loving and compassionate care to the ill, the infirm, the elderly, the addicted, the poor, the hopeless, and the abused, we thank you Lord.
For the departed, who remain with us in our prayers and our memories, and for the promise of a joyful reunion, we thank you Lord.
For the Holy Catholic Church and especially our diocese, may they preach the word of God with authority and without apology, shepherd their flocks with love and tolerance, and work toward uniting the scattered people of God. For Christians everywhere, may we be courageous in the face of a world preoccupied with sex, materialism and self-indulgence, and meet these challenges with dignity and godliness.
For those who are facing the holidays with anxiety because of grief, divorce, estrangement, financial distress, and other personal tragedies, may they be protected from crippling fear and place their trust in the Lord, knowing that they are the clay and God is the potter, always working for their good. Vincent de Paul Society.
For those suffering from illness, depression, disability, addiction, disappointment, poverty, and hopelessness, may they trust that God will not abandon the work of His hands, but will abide with them, sharing their joy and their pain. Remember me. Enter your username or email:. Back to login About this website… This website allows subscribers access to "Prayers of the Faithful" prayers written for every weekend and holy day mass of the year, and personalized prayer requests for weddings, funerals, or any other activity where a special and personal prayer is desired.
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Categories Catholic News Website Information.In our own time we are experiencing the rapid transition from normal rhythms of life to being isolated in our homes. In these particularly difficult times, we call out to the Lord asking for his mercy and compassion in our community and throughout the world. Fourth Sunday of Lent, A, March 22, Jesus cured the man blind from birth and in doing so attacked physical as well as spiritual blindness. Third Sunday of Lent, A, March 15, As the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus on her daily visit to the well, we pray that we will find him in all our daily activities and that he will answer our needs.
Second Sunday of Lent, A, March 08, We climb with Peter, James, and John on the mountains we encounter in our lives hoping to stay with the Lord and that he will stay with us even though at times we are very much afraid. First Sunday of Lent, A, March 01, As we begin our Lenten journey we recognize that, like us, Jesus was tempted by the devil throughout his life, and we ask for the grace and fortitude to resist evil as he did.
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, A, February 23, We offer our failings to the Lord, knowing that recognizing our faults is the first step to overcoming them and living more faithfully as the beloved children of God. Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, A, February 16, We come to the Lord knowing that His law is a guide for our lives and asking that we may be blessed with the wisdom and grace to follow that law.
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Older posts. Post to Cancel.Finally, the priest says a concluding prayer. General Instruction of the Roman Missal states:. In the General Intercessions or the Prayers of the Faithful, the people respond in a certain way to the word of God which they have welcomed in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all.
It is fitting that such a prayer be included, as a rule, in Masses celebrated with a congregation, so that petitions will be offered for the holy Church, for civil authorities, for those weighed down by various needs, for all men and women, and for the salvation of the whole world. The custom of offering such prayers is rooted in the scripture from 1 Timothy :.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.
Priest or leader With all our heart and mind let us pray to the Lord. For the needs of the Church Inspire all those who lead and serve in this church.
May they know your guidance and direction. Lord in your mercy.
Catholic Mass Prayers & Responses
Hear our prayer. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of all those we encounter. Show us how to serve one another, to offer love, care and support. For the world Guide all those who are called to lead and advocate in the world, may they carry love with them always. Inspire our leaders, teachers, doctors, social workers and counsellors to be bringers of hope in all situations. Protect all those who carry peace to other nations. Bless the food, care and shelter they provide.
For those in need Comfort those who live with grief. Help them see the light of heaven. Come embrace those in pain and physical suffering. May they feel you close to them. Watch over all those who feel isolated and alone. Calm their fears and lead them into peace and freedom. For the local community Strengthen and encourage all those who seek to serve and protect the vulnerable. Lead us to be generous with our time, possessions and money. For those who have lost loved ones recently, comfort them in their grief and heal the broken-hearted.
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