Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy
on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.

Hear our prayers for all who are sick and facing illness of any sort, comfort them and bring healing. 

Hear our prayers for all who are recovering from surgery, may their healing be swift. 

Hear our prayers for those who are caregivers to the sick and injured, may they find their rest in you and hold compassion for themselves as well as for those they are caring for. 

Hear our prayers for all who mourn, may your Spirit surround them with your peace. 

Hear our prayers for those who are suffering from the effects of war, human conflict.

Hear our prayers for all who suffer from the natural disaster, especially on the Australian continent. Send your people to bring relief. 

Hear our prayers of thanksgiving for all we have, we know that everything is a gift from you. 

Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people.
Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name.

And in closing, Lord, we pray these words attributed to St. Francis. May they inspire us to become more like you and join Jesus in his mercy.

Lord, Make us an instrument of your peace.
 Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
 Where there is injury, pardon, 
Where there is discord, union, 
Where there is doubt, faith, 
Where there is error, truth, 
Where there is despair, hope, 
Where there is sadness, joy, 
Where there is darkness, light. 

O Divine Master, 
Grant that we 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. Amen.