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Conversion and repentance

Dear friends and parishioners

We are at the middle part of the great season of Lent, when the Church brings us to the central Lenten theme of conversion and repentance. The Church reminds us in the first reading today of God’s Word to us at Sinai, urging us to live his life and walk in his ways. We are then urged in the Gospel to cleanse the Temple of our hearts so that we can enthrone there Christ, who St Paul proclaims in the second reading to be “the power and the wisdom of God.” Let us spend some time during the week reflecting on our situation in life, on our journey in faith, and prepare to bring our sins next Sunday to that same Jesus, to the Father and to the Spirit, to receive “pardon and peace”.

Fr Matthew

The season of Lent in our 3 churches

Please make sure that you read and absorb the special LENT FLYER that has all the details you need for Lent to help us all observe this important season.

This year we will follow the STATIONS OF THE CROSS live-streamed from St Brigid’s every Saturday commencing 20 February at 9.30 in place of Mass. We will pause at two or three Stations each week in a reflective way. Most of us “connect” with at least one of the Stations from our own experience of judging, or assisting, or keeping going etc – the great themes of the Stations.

This year we want to bring the Stations alive by listening to one another’s story. One of the organisers Ami Liddington writes: “Lent is fast approaching. We will be running Stations of the Cross every Saturday morning via live-streaming at St Brigid’s. We would love to receive life reflections from as many people as possible, across our 3 Churches. For more information and / or to volunteer a reflection, please contact Ami Liddington on liddingtona@talktalk.net.

Fr Matthew

Christ the King Bidding Prayers for the 4th Sunday in Lent, 2019

PRIEST – Confident of the mercy of our God we place before Him the needs of the Church, the world and ourselves.

READER – The response to our petitions is – “Merciful Lord ………… Listen favourably to our prayers”

Let us pray for the Church that she can put behind her the scandals of recent years and be a source of love and mercy to all, leading us closer to God…..pause……. Merciful Lord………..Listen favourably to our prayers.

There is too much conflict, inequality and oppression in our world and so we pray that those leaders and politicians who are in a position of influence will work more effectively to bring about change for the better….pause…Merciful Lord………..

We pray for the leaders of the U.K. and Europe that the current negotiations will involve compromise and result in a solution which is beneficial to all……pause…..Merciful Lord……

Let us pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died including Julia Churchhouse and Anne Cronin, whose funerals are on 9th and 11th April respectively…..pause……Merciful Lord………

In a few moments of silence, let us listen for the voice of the Lord and put before Him our own needs…….longer pause…Merciful Lord….

We ask Mary our Mother to join with us in our prayers, as we say… Hail Mary….

PRIEST – We make all our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour…. Amen

 

Christ the King Bidding Prayers for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, 2019

Priest: The Lord is our light and our help, let us call on him for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader: Let us pray for the Church: for all the holy people of God, and for those preparing to be received into the Church at Easter.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

Reader: Let us pray for our leaders, that in these uncertain times they will choose to work in the interests of the most vulnerable in our society.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Reader: Let us pray for victims of war and terrorism, remembering especially those killed in the attacks in New Zealand this week. We pray that the hearts of men and women are turned away from violence and hatred and towards justice and reconciliation.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Reader: We pray for our 3 churches, and especially remember our young people preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist and for the Catechists who teach them. May they all receive inspiration and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader: We pray for family and friends who have died. May they rest in peace in their homeland in heaven and see Jesus in all his glory. We remember especially Lilian Dyer.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Lady as we say – Hail Mary.…..

Let us pray for a while in silence.

Priest: Heavenly Father, in your goodness, listen to our petitions and answer our prayer of faith. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.