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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 24th May 2015
My brothers and sisters, in the power of the Holy Spirit which has been given us, let us bring our prayers to God our Father.
We pray for Pope Francis: may he be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to proclaim to all people the joy of the Gospel and to continue to lead God’s people in the ways of humble service.
We pray for all those who face persecution for practising their faith, or for standing up against injustice and oppression; remembering the sacrificial witness of Blessed Oscar Romero, we join our prayers with his for the voiceless poor of our world.
We pray for the people of Iraq and Syria, for South Sudan, and for all those parts of the world suffering from conflict and violence: may the ways of peace and justice prevail.
We pray for all migrants, especially for those forced to leave their homeland by war, poverty or persecution: may they be welcomed in the communities where they seek refuge, and may we value the gifts that they bring.
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 all who have died recently that the Lord may welcome them into his kingdom of happiness, light and peace.
Giving thanks for the beatification of Oscar Romero, let us pray that his sacrificial witness to the poor will inspire all followers of Jesus Christ to imitate his example. (Prayer from The Romero Trust).
Heavenly Father, rejoicing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit that you have given to us, we ask you to hear the prayers that we offer in the power of the same Spirit, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.