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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 25th January 2015
My brothers and sisters, let us bring our prayers to the Lord, who is full of compassion and mercy.
We pray for Pope Francis and for the bishops: may they be guided by the Holy Spirit to serve all God’s people with love and humility.
As we come to the end of this Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, we pray for all Christian people: may the Lord draw us ever more closely into union with God and with each other.
We pray for those parts of the world where there is conflict and violence; especially for Syria and Ukraine, for Niger and South Sudan: may the leaders of the nations be led in the ways of peace, justice and reconciliation.
We pray for all those who work in our hospitals; for doctors, nurses, health workers and support staff: may they be given the resources that they need.
We pray for those who struggle to cope with the winter weather; especially those who are homeless, and those who cannot afford to heat their homes: may they be enabled to keep safe and warm.
Heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed that your kingdom is close at hand, we ask you to hear the prayers we offer in the power of the Holy Spirit, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.