Christ the King bidding prayers, 24 January 2016

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 the quiet prayer. There is no response after this – move straight to the Hail Mary.

CELEBRANT: Sisters and brothers, we are gathered as Christ’s body knowing that He is here with us. Let us share with Him our needs

READER: (The response is): Hear our prayer.

READER:  Let us pray for the church. May we show mercy to others, remembering that we are sinners as well as saints. We also pray for the unity of all Christians.

…….. (PAUSE)……….. In Your mercy, Lord ……. Hear our prayer.

READER:  We pray for the leaders gathered in Davos at the World Economic Forum. May they set pathways to a more just distribution of the world’s wealth.

…. (PAUSE)…… In Your mercy, Lord  …. Hear our prayer.

READER: Let us pray for racial justice within our parish, our city and our country. May we face the prejudice in our hearts that prevents us from being one body.

….(PAUSE)…… In Your mercy, Lord …. Hear our prayer.

READER: We pray for Megan Bowgen, who died recently. May she enjoy eternal rest and may her family be comforted that she is at peace

…… (PAUSE)…… In Your mercy, Lord ……. Hear our prayer.

READER: Let us remember the sick, the suffering and the lonely in our parish and ask for the grace to help them.

…… (PAUSE)…… In Your mercy, Lord ……. Hear our prayer.

READER: Let us silently ask for our personal needs or the needs of others (Long Pause)…. Let us ask the intercession of Mary, mother of the Lord: Hail Mary, etc. 

After a short pause the Celebrant will conclude the prayer.

CELEBRANT:  May our spoken words win favour in your sight, O Lord, and our needs be granted through Your Son, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.