Bidding Prayers

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Below are a selection of topical Bidding Prayers that are made available FREE each Thursday by 5 p.m. for use that weekend. N.B. The more general prayers for the Church and the World, which are linked with the Sunday Readings, are provided in our publications The Living Word and Common Worship Living Word. If you would like us to send you a free sample copy of either of these publications please email or call us on 01420 88222.

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Sunday 20th August 2017


Lord God, confident that you never turn away anybody who comes to you, we place our prayers before you, knowing that you will hear even our unspoken petitions.

As we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero, who died a martyr’s death for the people of El Salvador, let us pray for Pope Francis, that he might also have the courage, health and strength that he needs to lead the Church of our own time.

Let us pray for everyone affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona and elsewhere in our troubled world. We pray for an end to violence and bloodshed. We pray for peace, reconciliation, understanding and mercy.

Let us pray for the leaders of our country and of Europe in the Brexit negotiations, that the results will bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people.

Let us pray for the people of Sierra Leone as they cope with the aftermath of the landslide, that those who died might have eternal rest and the survivors find courage, comfort and support.

Let us pray for peace, compassion and justice in our world, that families might live and grow together in happiness, security and love.

Let us pray for students who are receiving exam results at this time that they might be able to look towards a future that is filled with confidence and hope.

As global media once again focuses on a solar eclipse, let us remember and celebrate Jesus, the true Light of the World.

Lord of life and love, we bring our prayers to you in the name of your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, who live and reign with you for ever and ever. Amen.


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