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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 28th March 2015
Today, we remember the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem, riding on a donkey and surrounded by people who shouted “Hosanna!” and laid palms in the road before him. We humbly offer him, our King and Lord, our prayers.
As Holy Week begins, let us pray for Pope Francis, that he will have the health, strength and courage to lead the world to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ love and self-sacrifice.
On Palm Sunday, the crowds who shouted Jesus’ praise would soon call for his death. Let us pray for those who suffer pain, unjust opposition and imprisonment for trying to do what is right, that, in experiencing the meaning of Good Friday, they will also know the joy of Easter Sunday.
In a particular way, we remember those who lost their lives in this week’s tragic plane crash, their families and friends and all who are involved in the recovery operation. We pray that those who died may already be living the new life of Easter and that all those who are mourning their loss may receive the courage, strength and support that they need at this time.
Let us pray for an end to violence and bloodshed in our world. As we enter Holy Week, we remember those Christians who, through their own suffering and death, are uniquely following the Way of the Cross with Jesus. We pray that they might receive compassion from those who cause their pain.
Let us pray for families at this time, that they might grow ever closer to God and to each other in love, understanding and generosity.
God of life and love, knowing that you listen to even the unspoken desires of our hearts we place our prayers before you, through Christ our Lord. Amen