The Celebrant will introduce and also conclude the prayer. The reader should pause for several moments between the intercession and its response. Leave about 20 seconds for quiet prayer.There is no response after this – move straight to the Hail Mary.
CELEBRANT:Brothers and sisters, Pope Francis assures us that “intercessory prayer is an expression of our fraternal concern for others, since we are able to embrace their lives, their deepest troubles and their loftiest dreams”. Let us ask the Lord to intercede for us.
READER:The response is: Hear our prayer.
READER: Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to hesitate when the Spirit calls us to take a step forward. Let us ask for the apostolic courage to share the Gospel with others and to stop trying to make our Christian life a museum of memories. In every situation, may the Holy Spirit cause us to contemplate history in the light of the risen Jesus. In this way, the Church will not stand still, but constantly welcome the Lord’s surprises. ……. (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord…..Hear our prayer.
READER: We pray forthe members of parliament as they debate our country’s future. May they always consider the needs of the poor and powerless..….. (PAUSE) ……In Your mercy Lord …Hear our prayer.
READER: Let us pray for those who lost their lives in the eruption in Guatemala May their families receive the comfort and aid they need to overcome this tragedy in their lives...… (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord … Hear our prayer.
READER: Let us pray for Faye Johnson and James Evans who are to be married here next Saturday, 23rdJune. May their love for each other remain steadfast and strong in good times and in bad……… (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord …Hear our prayer.
READER: We remember Brian Gowan of this parish who died recently. We pray that his family and friends will be consoled and that he will granted eternal restin the light of heaven……… (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord …Hear our prayer.
READER:Let us consider our needs and those of the our community ….. (Long Pause)…. Let us ask the intercession of our Lady: Hail Mary..
After a short pause the Celebrant will conclude the prayer.
CELEBRANT: Lord, You have been with us throughout our lives and know our every need. Listen then to our prayers through Christ Jesus, amen.