Prayer of the Faithful

Aug 5, 2020 | 96 comments

PRAYERS UPDATED EACH THURSDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY.

SCAN DOWN FOR SPECIAL PRAYERS AND REFLECTION ON THE CORONAVIRUS

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

THIS SUNDAY

INTRODUCTION;  PRESIDER

Fully aware that the Lord reaches out to those of us in trouble, let us ask confidently for his help.

INTERCESSIONS; MINISTER OF THE WORD

In today’s gospel we read how Jesus walked on the waters so that the apostles might recognise him as the Christ and believe in him. We pray that our faith be strong and never falter, even when faced with stormy waters in our lives.

  We pray to the Lord               R. Lord hear our prayer

We pray for those who have difficulty in accepting the invitation of Jesus to walk with him and accept his teachings. We pray that the Lord look kindly on them and, through his Holy Spirit, bestow on them the great gift of faith.

We pray to the Lord                R. Lord, hear our prayer

We are reminded in today’s Gospel of the dangers of the seas. We pray for all seafarers, especially our fishermen, that the Lord be always by their side to protect them.

We pray to the Lord               R. Lord hear our prayer

As we celebrate the life of John Hume, we pray for all peacemakers and ask the Lord to bless them in their efforts to bring respect, understanding, peace and love into our troubled world.

We pray to the Lord               R. Lord hear our prayer

We pray for the people of Beirut in the Lebanon and particularly for those injured and bereaved in this week’s horrific explosions, that the grace of God be bestowed on them and give them consolation at this time of great sorrow.  

We pray to the Lord               R. Lord hear our prayer

On this Saturday, August 15th, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven, a reward for her full acceptance of the will of the Father in accepting the motherhood of the Christ with its pain, suffering and loss. We pray to the Lord that we too be given the grace to also accept the will of God in our lives.

We pray to the Lord               R. Lord hear our prayer

We bow our heads and remember in silence our own personal intentions and the intentions of those who have asked for our prayers.

We pray to the Lord               R. Lord hear our prayer

CONCLUSION; PRESIDER

Give us, Lord, your saving help, as we make these prayers with hope and confidence. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE ABOVE PRAYERS ARE FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020 , 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 

COMMUNION PRAYER 

O Godhead Hid, Devoutly I Adore Thee

O Godhead hid, devoutly I adore Thee,
Who truly art within the forms before me;
To Thee my heart I bow with bended knee,
As failing quite in contemplating Thee.

Sight, touch, and taste in Thee are each deceiv’d;
The ear alone most safely is believ’d:
I believe all the Son of God has spoken,
Than Truth’s own word there is no truer token.

God only, on the Cross lay hid from view;
But here lies hid at once the Manhood too:
And I, in both professing my belief,
Make the same prayer as the repentant thief.

Thy wounds, as Thomas saw, I do not see;
Yet Thee confess my Lord and God to be:
Make me believe Thee ever more and more;
In Thee my hope, in Thee my love to store.

O thou Memorial of our Lord’s own dying!
O living Bread, to mortals life supplying!
Make Thou my soul henceforth on Thee to live;
Ever a taste of Heavenly sweetness give.

O loving Pelican! O Jesu, Lord!
Unclean I am, but cleanse me in thy blood;
Of which a single drop, for sinners spilt,
Can purge the entire world from all its guilt.

Jesu! whom for the present veil’d I see,
What I so thirst for, oh, vouchsafe to me:
That I may see thy countenance unfolding,
And may be blest thy glory in beholding. Amen.

Words: St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th Century.

PRAYERS FROM POPE FRANCIS

PRAYER FOR PROTECTION FROM CORONAVIRUS

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign
of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Our Refuge and our Hope, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

 

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

 In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of  mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity, that they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic  necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on  promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal   course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

 

PRAYER FROM CHURCH OF IRELAND ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL JACKSON

Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.
Amen.

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament,

I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul,

Since I now cannot receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart,

I embrace you and unite myself to you;

Permit not that I should ever be separated from You. Amen.

Lockdown – Brother Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

JUNE 7,  2020

 

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96 Comments

  1. Tom Mulligan

    I use the Prayer of the Faithful on this site very often. I find them to be very topical & relevant to people’s lives. The prayers echo, to a great extent, the Scripture Readings of the day. Sincere thanks to all concerned for this wonderful service

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    • Editors

      ACI thank you for your kind comment Tom. We think it important that, in the only part of the Mass where the laity have an input, the Prayer of the Faithful should be immediate and reflect the concerns of the community at that particular moment in time as well as relating to the overall theme of the day as dictated by the readings and gospel.
      Editors

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      • REMELYN PELOBELLO

        Peace and all good! Greetings from Holy Cross Catholic Church Nicosia, Cyprus. I am so delighted that I have found your site. Thank you so much! May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire you who have been given the gift to put into words what many of us find to be truly a challenge. Thank you for sharing your gift with us so that we can share them with our parishioners.

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  2. charles ongole

    I am a lay servant of liturgy in our Ten O’clock Family Mass here at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, Namugongo/Uganda where I find your postings of “The Prayer of theFaithful” most relevant and indeed Universal.Your posts inform our own needs and underscore our Catholicism pretty well indeed. I thank you from the heart and ask you always continue to pray for us, for conversion and repentance in the world, and all those in need.

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  3. Peter Mkali

    I am one of those people who enjoy the content of the prayers, and as one of the leaders in our Small Catholic Community in Lilongwe, Malawi, we adopt them for use when our community is leading in liturgy. We will be leading in liturgy on 15 January 2017 and I will be relying on your next post, I wonder when that will be? Stay blessed and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide you.

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    • Prayer of the Faithful Editor

      Peter,
      Thank you for your mail and we appreciate your comments. With regard to your query, as we try to reflect the “now” in our prayers, we tend to upload each Sunday’s prayers by the Friday noon prior to the Sunday.

      Consequently, we expect to upload the prayers for Sunday 15th Jan by noon on Friday 13th Jan.

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  4. Kelly

    I am planning our whole school mass for the Feast of St Brigid and I am wondering if you write prayers of the Faithful for this day?
    Kelly from New Zealand

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    • Editor

      Kelly,

      St Brigid is, after St Patrick, our most revered Irish saint and we will certainly be honouring her with special prayers on her Feast Day, February 1st. We will also be thinking of your school and hopefully the children will be making St Brigid crosses on the day and hanging them on the walls at home during the rest of the year.

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  5. Anne

    Love these prayers of faithful all down to earth. But I work in a church and lately they are not ready on a friday before one so I do miss not having them …

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  6. Editor

    Ann,
    Sorry, just recently saw your comment and am only now replying. We appreciate your deadline and have set our own now to be up on site each week by 12.00 noon Fridays. We want to wait until Fridays to be as relevant as possible for the weekend Masses.

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    • Anne

      Thank you…..

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    • Fionnuala Kelly

      I, too, look for your prayers sooner than Friday – we try to have ours ready by Thursday (with the option to update them if something happens).

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      • soconaill

        Hi Fionnuala,

        Our Prayer of the Faithful editor says:

        “Fionnuala,

        “Thank you for your comment regarding the update of our Prayers of the Faithful every week. In fact, following similar requests, we have been updating the prayers each week by 1.00pm each Thursday for at least the last six months or so. Perhaps, because our previous target was Friday, you did not notice this change.

        “We are appreciative of all comments received and try as far as possible to meet the needs of those who find them helpful each week in ensuring that the voices of the non-ordained are heard in their Mass.

        Regards,

        Editor”

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  7. Fr. Mario A. Rodrigues

    I just found this site just love the prayers of the faithful, would be good if we remember the sick as well as the departed, especially the departed Missionaries…God bless keep up the great work

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  8. John Mwengunga

    I am delighted.

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  9. gaudensio jada

    I am very delighted with this site because it provides an important part of the liturgy during Holy Mass. May God inspire the writer more so that Christians benefit from that gift of writing.

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  10. Lulu Tablante

    March 17 our 45th ann. Please share prayer of the faithful esp. we are at the Church where we got married at the Phil. We live in USA.
    Thanks & God bless.

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    • soconaill

      Many blessings, Lulu, on you, your spouse and your whole family. July 15th, 2019 will be our fiftieth anniversary. We live in Coleraine, Northern Ireland – but have a son, a daughter-in-law and three granddaughters, all American, in Boston. Stay warm, stay prayerful, stay safe! Sean O’Conaill

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  11. Sr. Gloria Salutan

    I don’t have any comment. But I humbly ask this favor:
    Kindly send me the daily prayer of the faithful.

    Thank you & Godbless!

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    • soconaill

      Our Editor for Prayers of the Faithful responds as follows:

      Sr Gloria, thank you for your response and your request for daily prayers of the faithful. Regretfully, we can only provide these for Sundays and Holy Days in the Church calendar. We have sought an alternative source for you but have been unable to find any site or publication offering POF on a daily basis. If any reader can enlighten us on this, we would be delighted to pass on the information.

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  12. Ger Cahill

    Hi in our church we ask our teenagers to do the prayers of the faithful. We have had a great response and they have been doing it now for the past 10 years or more. Its a great way to keep teenagers involved in the church. Thank you association of Catholics Ireland for your prayers each week

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  13. Anne

    Love to use these prayers of faithful. But never ready on Friday morning early so I cannot use them or help out the priest and have them done the weekend for him .Pity.
    Regards anne

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  14. Wilson Kwasi

    First time I’m getting to this. Ours is a small community called St Gabriel’s Mission Station, a part of St Edmund’s Pastoral Zone Mulang, in the archdiocese of Bamenda in Cameroon. I found these prayers very suitable and easily adaptable to our context.
    Thanks a lot and may the Holy Spirit continue to inspire the writers to do more.
    Happy Easter!

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  15. soconaill

    Many thanks, Wilson. And Happy Easter to you all in St Gabriel’s Mission Station.

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  16. Onyeka hamlet

    Let the Mercy of God locate me,my siblings, the Church all over the world, l pray oh Lord

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  17. neelar

    Hello. I cannot find your old Prayer of the Faithful archive. Can you let me access it?
    We do daily intercessory prayers and I would like to share them with those who might be interested. Thank you and God bless.

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    • soconaill

      There is as yet no archive for our Prayers of the Faithful, but your query prompts us to look into that possibility. I will get back soon to let you know if we can soon begin archiving prayers from now on.

      Thanks for suggesting this!

      Sean

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  18. Noel

    Many thanks, Neelar, for your query. Sean,our ‘expert’ on the website is away on vacation at the moment. I’m sure he will follow up when he returns.
    In the meantime wishing you and your community God’s Blessing.

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  19. data aldo

    Iam Aldo From Koboko Parish Arua Dioces Uganda.The Prayers Are So Nice And Easy To Read So Please Is It Possible To Send It To My Email Every Sunday

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  20. Sean O’Conaill

    I fear that we cannot yet do that, Aldo. Our resources are as yet too limited. We hope it isn’t too great an inconvenience to come to this prayer page.

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  21. Sean O Fleatbertaig

    Ar maidin mhaith Sean o Naomh Josephs i Toronto, go mbeadh an dillis agat don Domhnach Pentecost seo chugaill sa ghaeilge.

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  22. Noel McCann

    Tá áthas orainn a chlois ó léitheoir i Toronto. Go raibh maith agat as do dhea-mhianta agus táimid buíoch go dtóg tú an t-am chun teagmháil a dhéanamh linn. Go mbealaigh Dia agus an Spiorad Naomh tu féin agus do clainn uile ar an Domhnach Pentecost seo.

    We are pleased to hear from a reader in Toronto. Thank you for your good wishes and we appreciate you taking the time to contact us. May God and the Holy Spirit bless you and all your family on this Pentecost Sunday.

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  23. soconaill

    We listen to our readers, particularly those who prepare Prayers of the Faithful in their local parish churches, and over the past few weeks, in response to requests, we have brought forward the uploading of the prayers for the following Sunday to Thursdays.

    We hope to be in a position to do this each week from now on.

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  24. Mereoni

    Thank you so much for the prayers, I find it very helpful when I have to prepare for my community here in Nadi,Fiji. Your prayers are truly meaningful and inspiring.

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  25. John Ernest Whyte

    I thank God for identifying this Prayer of the faithful page. It will be helpful for me to always prepare my bidding prayers to read at Church.

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  26. Motlalepula.selepe

    I’m so grateful for this prayers of the faithful page,it reflects more on the gospel,and helps me prepare for mass in time,and helps me understand the gospel,thanks for helping in with your page

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  27. Anthony

    I have started to send the Prayers of the Faithful to our priest and he has used them – a significant improvement!

    Alleluia!

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  28. kathleen

    Thank you so much for your prayers I live in Sydney , regularly attend mass but also like to refer and pray before retiring each night. God bless from Kathy

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  29. GHAH SYLVANUS JICK

    Thank you lectors. May God give you the strength and zeal to carry on. Sylvanus from Cameroon

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  30. Richard Cooper

    Discovered your site as a “fall back” from our usual source, and found your prayers very meaningful and relevant. Will use more often in future in preparation of our prayers of the faithful at Mass. God bless you and greetings from Yorkshire!

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  31. Fr. Willy ochojila

    Nice piece of prayer for our present day world

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  32. Sharon

    I really appreciate all who prepare for us this wonderful gift. May you be blessed more and more. Amen.

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  33. Áine Bean Uí Dhufaigh

    Tá Aifreann Gaeilge againn gach Domhnach in Eaglais an tSlánaitheora Naofa i mBré,agus úsáidim do phaidreacha mar chnamharlach is me ag cumadh paidreacha i nGaeilge don Aifreann sin.Go raibh maith agaibh.
    Âine.

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  34. Anthony Chinemerem Nwaiwu

    This is a very useful material. God bless you for this.

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  35. Sarjoh

    Every Sunday , we use these prayers for our English mass in South Sudan. Christ Bless

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  36. Noel

    Sarjoh, thank you for your message. It is wonderful to hear that the ACI Prayers of the Faithful are being used by your community in South Sudan. May God Bless you and your community.
    Noel.

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  37. Carol Roberts Nurse

    First time using this site as a Lay minister I used the prayer of the faithful as a guide when preparing for service. Sometimes when time is limited. God bless, continue the great work God has started in each. Blessings from Trinidad and Tobago.

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  38. Jacob Shelu

    Grate effort, I am using this prayers in our Sunday mass with necessary change. Thank you

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    • Noel

      Many thanks, Jacob. Where are you based?
      God Bless your work.

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  39. Fionnuala Kelly

    I love this site, which I have only just discovered, but would request that you add the Celebrant’s opening and closing prayer too!

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    • soconaill

      The Prayer Page Editor responds:

      ”Fionnuala, thank you for taking the time to mail us. Take a look at the site now and see if we have met satisfactorily with your request.

      And wishing all who weekly check in to our prayers a Holy and Happy Christmas.”

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      • Fionnuala Kelly

        Yes, thank you! As a lay person who writes bidding prayers for use in our parish, this is a great help.

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  40. Lloyd Allan MacPherson

    Prayers for you all this time of year. Pray for me – the veil has been lifted on the ‘global lawsuit’ and attachments, constitutionally and religiously so I’m in fully fossil fuel industry view.

    It’s exactly where a social activist wants to be this time of year. You feel like an eagle landing after a successful hunt crossing river after river.

    Angels, what have we done? Together, we’ll cross this river.

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  41. Sue Gibson

    I always use your prayers when it’s my turn for our Sunday intersessions, and I know of others that do as well.
    Always in line with the gospel and sermon.
    Thank you

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  42. Noel Fernando

    I am from Sri Lanka. Well I do really appreciate your Ministry. May the good Lord bless you to continue the good work you are doing for his church and for his people. Thank you once again..
    God Bless you!
    Noel Fernando

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  43. Teresa Devlin

    Parish of Loughlinstown, Co Dublin
    I feel I have to write to you as I would like to thank you most sincerely for your wonderful Prayer of the Faithful link. I use it every week in our Church and I find them very inspirational and extremely helpful.

    Again many thanks and God bless you all.

    Kind regards,

    Teresa Devlin
    Parish Secretary

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  44. Rev. Rebello

    Greetings from All the way from Plainview, NY, USA. Your section of the prayer of the faithful is helpful to prepare the weekend liturgy. Thank You so much.

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  45. Jane Nnenne Ozoemena

    Thanks Tom, plz send more prayers so I can use for my Sunday prayer of the faithful in my church – like for the leaders in our country, for peace in our country, for the sick and homeless,for the Pope, bishop, priest.

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  46. Diane Villegas

    I am a new convert to Catholicism and have so much to learn. When I have questions, I turn to the many Catholic websites online but I get different answers and even different quotes from verses in the Bible. I looked up the original novena which is to be said during Jesus’ ascension to Heaven and the Pentecost and each website gives different prayers to recite. How or where can I get accurate information?

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    • soconaill

      Hi Diane,

      Because Catholicism is a world-wide church there are variations in English language Catholic websites, while the Bible has gone through different translations into English since print was invented. My advice is to remember that the Holy Spirit is everyone’s most important teacher, and will help you reach a calm personal decision on whatever differences you encounter. So pray as you read, always, remembering that peace of mind is one of the gifts that comes with prayer to the Holy Spirit. As Pope Francis tells us the truth is a person who makes His home with us, not trapped in text on the page. Don’t suppose that you need to master all the long unfamiliar words either. Jesus speaks always in simple words, to our hearts, and the Holy Spirit will give us simple words also, as will any good Christian teacher.

      You may encounter websites that try to stir up division in the church, for example by attacking Pope Francis. The Holy Spirit is also the spirit of peace and reconciliation – and that is another reason that prayer is necessary when reading on the Internet. Remember Jesus’s command always: ‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’ The Holy Spirit will be telling you the same, always.

      Welcome to ACI!

      Sean O’Conaill

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  47. Noel

    Hi Diane,
    I fully agree with Sean’s comments.

    I would also suggest that you perhaps look at Richard Rohr’s website and ‘The Centre for Action and Contemplation’. You could draw on his daily reflections which are accessible by email. Many people find his words inspirational, opening up challenging topics for consideration usually based on the core teaching of Jesus and the advice to focus on imitating Our Saviour in our daily life rather than placing God on a pedestal to be adored.
    I wish you every success in your journey on which I am sure, as Sean suggests, the Spirit will surely accompany you.

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  48. Maria Miranda

    Your post of the prayer of the faithful helps me a lot.I use it for our liturgy here in India for our English mass.Can you please post it a week before like a Sunday before.Thanks.Good work.God bless you.

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  49. Maria Miranda

    Would you please write for me the prayer of the faithful for Sunday July 14th 2019. I know your post is updated ever thursday but it is little late for me. Can u plz post it a Sunday before thanks. It helps me a lot for the Sunday English mass here in India. Thanks. Please mention for the rain. We need rain for our crops and our farmers.

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    • soconaill

      From ACI’s Prayer Editor:

      “Maria,

      Thank you for your message which is much appreciated. In our Prayers of the Faithful each week, we try to reflect the readings of the particular Sunday or Feast Day and relate them to the message which we see Jesus sending us.

      Additionally, we try to identify current concerns relating to what’s going on in people’s lives, in the Church and in the world. We try as far as possible to be immediate. To achieve this, the ultimate approach would be to prepare the prayers early on the Sunday morning or late Saturday night. As this is not practical, we set noon on the previous Thursday as our target deadline.

      This appears to be the favoured approach among the various parish personnel who use our website in the preparation and printing of their prayers. We wish God’s blessings on you in your mission of proclaiming the Word.”

      ACI Prayer Editor.

      ~

      And if you truly need a special prayer related to an immediate situation, Maria, remember that the Holy Spirit is equally close to all of us all the time – so just pray directly to the Holy Spirit, who will help you put words of your own to the need that you see. If you can comment here, you can do that too!

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  50. Mary E Gore

    Thank you for the prayers. They are very meaningful.We use them in Church and people like them because they are topical

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  51. Jalenga Moturi

    Grateful to have the prayers relevant to the days readings. Will certainly adopt this in our church am from Kenya

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  52. Joecollins

    Thank God for this site! Now I struggle less with fixing lines and intentions for prayer of the faithful in my Church!! I’m a Crossriverian

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  53. Neil Wickremaratne

    I am very grateful to the persons involved in this work as I often use this site and get guidance from it to prepare intentions for our parish in Welisara, Sri Lanka

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  54. Oswald Hall

    Relevant and topical, i am a deacon and I use these prayers every Sunday. I am In Jamaica

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  55. Patrick

    The comments here are very positive and richly deserved. These prayers are very well written, they are reading the times we live in very well and, unlike other sites, offering a response that is free of polemics and had a strong sense of what church really is. I use them in my parish all the times, having for many years written. These, however, are genuinely the prayers of a committed, engaged and well informed lay faithful. Thanks

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  56. Don Watson

    May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire you who have been given the gift to put into words what many of us find to be truly a challenge. Thank you for sharing your gift with us so that that can share them with our parishioners.

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  57. REMELYN PELOBELLO

    I am very delighted with this site because it provides an important part of the liturgy during Holy Mass. May God inspire the writer more so that Christians benefit from that gift of writing. My prayers, from “HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, Nicosia Cyprus

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  58. Ann Marie Maedani

    This is really helpful for my spiritual growth. I remember one time when mothers in our local community took the liturgy, I search for faithful prayers because I will take it on that sunday. It was really inspiring for the congregation.Thank you and may God continues to blessed you more.God bless you and now we are blessed by your gift.S.t Vincent Den Paul:Holy family parish Solomon Islands.

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  59. Neil

    As per next Sunday reading LK2:22-40 Jesus is presented in the temple. However, 1st intention is based on beatitude. is it correct?

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    • soconaill

      Reply from Prayers Editor

      Well spotted Neil.

      This Sunday is the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time. February 2nd, however, each year marks the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. This year, both coincidentally fall on the same day and while normally the Sunday of Ordinary Time would take precedence, we have noted that in some dioceses this year the gospel readings being used are those of the Presentation, while in others it is the Beatitudes.

      When we were originally devising this week’s prayers, we were using a missalette which contained the Gospel reading from Matt 5; 1 – 12, the Beatitudes.

      Thanks for your input. We have now uploaded Prayers of the Faithful to cater for both approaches. Will have to rap the Holy Spirit on the knuckles for this one.

      Prayers Editor

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      • Nei

        Thank you for your explanation and being kind enough to add more intentions.

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  60. Jen

    Thank you so much to the writers of these prayers. It is extremely generous of you to share your gift in this way. God bless.

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  61. Mike Galea

    Thank you for your wonderful prayers. I use them all the time for my own Parish. Regards, Mike Galea from South Australia 🙂

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  62. Joe Nisha

    Thank you so much for publishing these prayers. May God bless.

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    • Ako Yvonne

      So inspiring

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  63. Emmanuel

    This is very useful

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    • soconaill

      Great to hear Emmmanuel! Where are you based?

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  64. desgilroy41

    Prayer of the Faithful

    We would like to draw to the attention of our readers of the Prayer of the Faithful section that, in our redesign of our webpage, we have installed a new log-in button in the centre of our Home Page. We apologise to all those who were unable to find this page during this redesign when it was only accessible under Resources/ Liturgy section. Normal service has now been resumed.

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  65. Soline Humbert

    As a member of ACI I have a simple request :Could you please replace the word ”Celebrant ” by ”Presider ”?
    The present clericalist usage of having a single celebrant named undermines the reality that
    the Eucharist is a communal celebration, where ALL celebrate.
    In this respect The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland ( ACP) is ahead as it has already moved to ”Presider ” on its liturgical web page.
    Language does matter. Thank you.

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    • soconaill

      From our Prayers Editor

      Thank you Soline, for your comment.

      Point taken. Done.

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  66. Soline Humbert

    Thank you very much Seán for your prompt editing.
    Something we can all celebrate !:-)
    Soline

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  67. Ashuwa Saminu Babanwani

    Thank you so much for this. But please the headlines of the prayers should always be specify

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    • soconaill

      Our Prayer Editor has responded as follows:

      Ashuwa,
      Thank you for your comment and suggestion that the prayers contain “headlines” and that these headlines should always be specific. We are aware that some church guidelines also suggest this.
      However, as we try to reflect the gospel of the day and both the spiritual and temporal concerns of the faithful at the particular moment, we find that approach to be formulaic and restrictive. We note also that, at least here in Ireland, a similar approach is being taken in official church publications in devising the Sunday prayers.
      That said, should any congregations wish to take the headline approach, we have no issue with their editing our prayers to fit within that formula.

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  68. Jacob Ahuno

    Wow! this is great. How do I sign up for this in my mail.
    This will be useful for my Outstation (St. Cecilia Catholic Church) in Ghana

    God bless you all

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    • soconaill

      Just file the address of this ‘Prayers’ page, Jacob – and come back every Thursday. As this is a regular web service an email version or reminder is unnecessary and would require us to maintain an email circulation list to no purpose.

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  69. Becky Diederich

    Thank you for these wonderful prayers! We recently discovered this website here in Ohio, USA

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  70. Re. Elie Zouein

    Thank you for your wonderful prayers. I use them all the time for my own Parish. Regards,Rev. Elie Zouein from Saint Charbel’s Parish (Lebanese Maronite Rite ) Fredericton NB Canada

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  71. Ronald Machoka Ratemo

    Thank you so much for the prayers. they are spiritually enriching indeed. Be blessed.

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  72. Appreciative in California

    Such perfect prayers for these difficult times! All of your efforts and goodwill help the rest of us connect and hover together, so to speak, in God’s flock. Pax vobiscum.

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