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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 24th April 2016
My brothers and sisters, in the joy of this Easter season let us bring our prayers to God our Father, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We pray for Pope Francis: may he be strengthened and supported in this Easter season to proclaim to all people the joy of the Gospel, and to encourage us to reach out to those in who feel estranged from the Church.
We pray for those parts of the world that are torn apart by war, especially for the people of Syria and Iraq in the continuing conflict in their lands: may the way to a just and lasting peace be found.
We pray for all refugees, especially for families forced to leave their homes through conflict, poverty or oppression: that they may find places of safety and be welcomed by those to whom they turn for help.
We pray for all those who are persecuted for their faith: that they may be protected and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We pray for all politicians, especially those standing for election at local or national level: may they act with honesty and integrity in all that they do.
We pray for all students facing exams at this time of year: may they be enabled to face this important time calmly and confidently, and achieve the success they deserve.
We pray for those known to us who have died recently, and those we remember at this time: may they share in the joy of the risen Lord.
Heavenly Father, in the joy of this Easter season we ask you to hear the prayers that we offer in the power of the Holy Spirit, through the one who was raised from the dead to bring us new life and new hope, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.