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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 4th October 2015
My brothers and sisters, let us bring our prayers to the Lord, the Creator of all.
We pray for Pope Francis and the bishops, as they come together in Rome for the Synod on the Family: may they be guided by the Holy Spirit in all their discussions and decisions.
We pray for the people of Syria and all those parts of the world suffering from conflict and violence: may the ways of reconciliation, justice and peace prevail.
We pray for the leaders of the nations: may they turn from the ways of war and seek the paths of peace.
We pray for all migrants and refugees: may we respond to them with generosity as we recognise our common humanity.
We pray for all families, especially those who face difficulties in their domestic life: may we offer them the generous love and pastoral support that they need.
We pray for all those affected by the college shooting in Oregon: may those who have died rest in peace, and may those who have been left injured or bereaved know the comfort of God's love.
We pray for all those who have died recently: may they, and all the departed, rest in peace.
Heavenly Father, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, we ask you to hear the prayers that we offer in the power of the Holy Spirit, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.