Sunday's Prayer of the Faithful

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Aug 23/24

Cel ----- in faith in Jesus Christ who asked each of us, ‘who do you say that I am' and who gives us the gift of faith in him, we pray


For the work of the church throughout the world in the spread of peace and justice, especially in Gaza, and for a lasting peace among the Israelis and Palestinians, and for peace in South Sudan, Lord hear us


Let us pray for refugees, like the peoples of Mosul, Syria, many of whom are  forced by violence to abandon their homes because of their Christian faith: and for all refugees, including those in Ireland, Lord hear us


For all involved in education as they return to school this week, that the coming school year be blessed for pupils, teachers, staff and parents,   Lord hear us


For an end to the cycle of violence in our country, for those who died by violence recently, and for their families, and for the Gardaí and other bodies who work for the safety of our locality, Lord hear us,


For all who have died, especially  the family member of Pope Francis who died recently,  and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time; may they enjoy the eternal happiness of heaven, Lord hear us


Cel:  Let us pray once again the prayer of St Francis for peace ----

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is discord, harmony;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;     

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen


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