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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation September 1, 2015 The following Prayer of the Faithful may be used in preparation for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Several petitions are
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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation September 1, 2015 The following Prayer of the Faithful may be used in preparation for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Several petitions are provided which may be used at Masses and other liturgies leading up to and on this day of prayer. Seeking eyes of faith that recognize your triumph of new creation all around us, we raise our prayers to God. 1. For the Church, may the mystery of God invite us to contemplate more fully his profound love for our world, we pray: 2. For our elected officials, that they may be mindful of the value and dignity of the least of our brothers and sisters, especially the poor, the elderly, and the unborn, we pray: 3. For a greater respect for the earth, that the nations may unite to protect our world and preserve it, we pray: 4. For our stewardship of the earth, may we recognize and appreciate the gift of creation, and take good care of our earthly resources, we pray: 5. For the earth, may we revere creation as God s handiwork, treating all living creatures with respect and striving for Spirit-led stewardship of our material resources, we pray: 6. For all people working to care for animals and wildlife, may God bless them in their work to preserve the diversity of God s creation, we pray: 7. For the virtue of hope for all humankind, may God s kingdom come and usher in a new order of creation, free of the limits of sin and death, we pray: Lord God, look with mercy on your people. Forgive the sins we have committed against the beauty of your creation, and teach us to reverence your presence in every human person. OR God of many blessings, since the beginning of creation you have bestowed on the world countless gifts and treasures that reveal your love for humankind. Through your Spirit grant us the wisdom to recognize our gifts, the faith to accept them, and the courage to use them to continue to share your love in the world. OR Creator God, the Holy Spirit inspired great love in St. Francis of Assisi for all of your creation. Enflame our hearts the same way to recognize the work of your hands in the natural world, as well as in the faces of the people who rely on your grace the most: the poor, the sick, the weak. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Corinna Laughlin, and Maria Laughlin 2015 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609; ; Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time August 23, 2015 To whom shall we go? Let us bring our prayers before the God who is our only source of hope: 1. For our Church leaders, that at times when they are discouraged they always choose to serve God, we pray to the Lord: 2. For government officials, that in an age when there is a call for an easier way, they may be faithful to the hard sayings of the Gospel in all their work, we pray to the Lord: 3. For married couples, that their relationships may be bound in mutual love, honor, and respect, that they may truly be a living sacrament, we pray to the Lord: 4. For those who are called to priesthood and religious life, that they may find the courage to walk in the Lord s path, we pray to the Lord: 5. For those who are called to the single life, that they fruitfully continue their journey to the Father in this way, we pray to the Lord: 6. For the assembly gathered here today, may they find life in the Spirit, and be nourished in their desire to live out their Christian calling, we pray to the Lord: Hear our prayers, O Loving God, and grant that we may draw nearer to you, in our thoughts and in our actions, until we too cry out, Lord, to whom shall we go? Jill Maria Murdy 2015 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time August 30, 2015 Worshipping God with our hearts and not just our lips, we bring before him our prayers and petitions. 1. For Church leaders, for Pope Francis, all bishops, priests, deacons, and lay ministers, that they may witness to a way of following Christ that is honest and true, we pray: 2. For national leaders, for our president, members of Congress, and all local public servants, that they may generate love in all they do, we pray: 3. For all who defile our world through negative speech, that they may use words that build up, not tear down, we pray: 4. For all who seek the path of conversion, especially those who desire to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we pray: 5. For our faithful departed, especially those who honored God in this life with generous and loving hearts, we pray: Merciful Father, your Son teaches us to look deep within to discover that which is the root of all sin. Give us hearts that desire serious introspection, so that we may know all that comes from within may be fitting for your honor and glory. Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 6, 2015 Bringing to Jesus all who are in need of healing, we pray. 1. That the Church might always administer the Sacrament of Baptism so as to open minds and hearts, ears and mouths, to God s glory, we pray: 2. That those who have been abandoned along this world s roadsides may be welcomed into our lives, we pray: 3. That all who use language to dishonor others may have their mouths cleansed, we pray: 4. That all who are deaf may be guided by others who have a good sense of hearing, we pray: 5. That the dead may be purified by the loving mercy of our God, we pray: Lord Jesus Christ, out of loving mercy, you healed all the distressed, and you opened the ears and loosened the tongue of the man who could neither hear nor speak. Open our eyes anew this day, so that we might hear your Word, and touch our tongue so that every sound we make might give praise and glory to God. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 13, 2015 Taking up the cross, we turn to God with our prayers and petitions. 1. That Christians may sit patiently with those who are negotiating whether to carry the cross, we pray: 2. That laws created by legislators may be just and might not place unnecessary burdens on people, especially the poor, we pray: 3. That doctors and nurses may listen carefully to their patients and not create rushed solutions to their problems, we pray: 4. That those who have shirked the cross may not be afraid to pick it up again, we pray: 5. That the dead may be counted among the first in God s glory, we pray: Father of mercy, you love the world with abundant care. Your Son mandates that the cross is the way to life with you. May we pick it up with great hope this day and never seek shortcuts that would bypass the transforming lessons of obedient and sacrificial love. Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 20, 2015 Let us turn to God with humble and contrite hearts. 1. That the leaders of the Church may see themselves as servants, we pray: 2. That government leaders may serve their people without hoarding power, we pray: 3. That heads of households may count themselves among the last, we pray: 4. That we may all work together within our communities to promote harmony, we pray: 5. That all who are homeless may find a place to call their own, we pray: 6. That the dead may be raised to new life in Christ, we pray: Lord Jesus, you foretold your Passion and Death as you journeyed with your disciples along the way. In the house, you reveal that true discipleship is found in the desire to become the servant of all. May we, the household of the Church, be willing to shed our lives for your sake and the sake of the Gospel, so as to serve without counting the cost. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 27, 2015 We turn to the Lord in humble prayer, that we might perform mighty deeds in his name. 1. For the Church, as she creates the desire to belong to Christ, may she be an attractive option for those outside the Church, we pray: 2. For all peacemakers, including those who do not follow Christ, may they unite their hearts together in love, we pray: 3. For a willingness on the part of all religions to work together for the prosperity of our planet, we pray: 4. For those who do not believe in God, that all atheists may embody love and concern for others, we pray: 5. For all who have died, especially for Christians who died outside the Church, may they be washed by God s loving mercy, we pray: God of all peace and every consolation, you created a world of great diversity and gave humanity the gift of free will. Help us to determine what is right and good for the benefit of all creation. May we learn to respect and honor those who do not follow Christ yet pursue your will in hidden ways. Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time October 4, 2015 Bringing our prayers to the father, we pray that he may hear them, and open the Kingdom to all his children. 1. For the children whom we are called to be through our Baptism into Christ, we pray: 2. For the children who experience war, abuse, shootings, and inner-city and domestic violence, we pray: 3. For the children who will not grow into adulthood due to starvation and incurable disease, we pray: 4. For the children who are orphaned and for all those willing to adopt children and welcome them into their homes, we pray: 5. For the children we have known who have taught us lessons of God s love and joy, we pray: 6. For all children, and all peoples, who have died, may God lead them into his heavenly Kingdom, we pray: Loving Father, make us childlike in our service of you this day. Help us to see that we discover your love more easily when our hearts are not burdened with selfish pride. Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 11, 2015 In God, all things are possible. Let us turn to him with our prayers and petitions. 1. That Christian men and women may seek first the Kingdom of God before any material possession, we pray: 2. That developed nations may not use their wealth as a weapon against underdeveloped nations, we pray: 3. That those who are entrusted with great wealth may strip from themselves the temptation to worship money and possessions, we pray: 4. That the poor and those who labor under unjust conditions may turn their need into true love for God, we pray: 5. That those who died hoarding their wealth may receive the gift of God s great mercy, we pray: Loving Father, your Kingdom of mercy and redemption is the greatest gift we can hope to receive. Your Son promises that it belongs to those who have renounced the allure of wealth and see you as the source of their salvation. With you all things are possible. Open our eyes to this truth apparent in our world. Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 18, 2015 Making the choice to serve and not be served, we bring forth our prayers to God. 1. That those ordained for service in the Church may willingly carry the Cross of Christ so as to give their lives for others, we pray: 2. That our president, members of Congress, and all elected politicians may lead us as servants, we pray: 3. That those who abuse power in any way, especially those who lord their authority over others, may be humbled, we pray: 4. That the powerless, especially those who suffer from poverty, imprisonment, or rejection, may turn to the Lord for a renewed sense of strength, we pray: 5. That the dead may be counted among the chosen in the Kingdom of Heaven, we pray: Lord God, your Son Jesus Christ teaches us that to serve and not to be served is the way to live in your Kingdom. Help us to be selfless and to freely give up our place of honor and prestige for the benefit of others. Make our world a place of genuine equality in which there are no rich and no poor. Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 25, 2015 With a faith that wants to see anew, we bring to God our prayers and petitions: 1. For all called to discipleship, that their greatest gift to others may be their faith, we pray: 2. For the citizens of this country, that our love for justice and freedom may be matched by our desire for mercy and compassion, we pray: 3. For those who are blind, and for those who work to prevent blindness, we pray: 4. For all who earn what little they have through begging by the side of the road, that they may find dignified employment, we pray: 5. For all the deceased whose faith has been rewarded with God s merciful and loving embrace, we pray: Compassionate Father, your Son gives sight to the blind and calls the lowly to a life of discipleship. May we be among those whose faith is demonstrated by a willingness to call out for healing and mercy. Correct our vision, Lord, so that we may see this world according to your loving design. Solemnity of All Saints November 1, 2015 In gratitude for the blessing of the saints, we come before our God in humble prayer. 1. For Pope Francis, and all those who have guided our Church, we pray to the Lord: 2. For those who guide our nation; may they embrace the wisdom of the saints, especially as this election draws near, we pray to the Lord: 3. For all those saints who have provided example for us by their holy lives of virginity, right married life and martyrdom, we pray to the Lord: 4. For all who pray, Lord, this is the people who longs to see your face, that we may all aspire to sainthood and lives of holiness, we pray to the Lord: 5. For all of those souls who are still awaiting entrance into God s Kingdom, we pray to the Lord: We bring our prayers and praise to you O God, knowing that you have heard them all and so we pray: Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Through Christ Our Lord. Jill Maria Murdy 2015 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time November 8, 2015 Like the poor widow, we have the courage to bring our prayers before God just as we are today: 1. For the leaders of the Church, that they may be good stewards of all the gifts that have been given to the Church, we pray to the Lord: 2. For our government officials, that they may find equitable ways to care for those in need, and be mindful of those who have little, we pray to the Lord: 3. For all those who lost their lives fighting for freedom in World War I, that we may recall them and their sacrifice on this remembrance day, we pray to the Lord: 4. For all those who have a hard time trusting that God will take care of their needs, that he will strengthen their wills, remove their fears, and give them the courage to follow God s will, we pray to the Lord: 5. For all those gathered here to pray today, and for those who support this parish, giving what they can through their financial gifts, or sharing of talents as volunteers, liturgical ministers, or members of committees, we pray to the Lord: O Lord, God of Zion, you reign forever, giving sight to the blind, raising those who were bowed down; loving the just, and protecting the strangers. We thank you for your marvelous, merciful love, for hearing our prayers, and for being present in our hearts and our lives. Through Christ, Our Lord. Jill Maria Murdy 2015 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time November 15, 2015 Hoping that our God is near, we bring before him our humble prayers. 1. For the Church, that she may be vigilant in waiting for the Lord s coming and the dawning of his Kingdom, we pray: 2. For kingdoms in this world that function according to tyranny, that their people may know real freedom, we pray: 3. For people who live in fear of the end of the world, that they may convert this fear into action that promotes peace and justice, we pray: 4. For ourselves, that as we continue to be built up into the Body of Christ, we may endure forever, we pray: 5. For Christians who commit themselves to daily prayer, that they may persevere in hopeful expectation of the coming of the Son of Man, we pray: God of infinite mercy and compassion, your Beloved Son, Jesus the Christ, walks upon this earth and comes to meet us where we are. May we call out to him in faith and offer him a place of welcome. Let us recognize him in the Word we hear, in the Eucharist we share, and in the world that gives way to your Kingdom. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe November 22, 2015 The Lord is King! He is bold in majesty! Confident in our faith, we turn to God in prayer. 1. For the Church, that the Word and the sacraments may show all Christians that Christ s Kingdom does not belong to this world, we pray: 2. For leaders of nations to understand that there is a greater power that does not belong to this earth, we pray: 3. For those who have no faith, that they may see Christ, the Alpha and Omega, and make him first and last in their lives, we pray: 4. For the Church gathered here today, may we put our hope in the Son of Man, who has freed us from our sins by his blood, and experience reconciliation and healing as we pray to the Lord, we pray: O God, through you all things are possible. Hear the prayers we have brought before you this day, and answer our pleadings. Help us to love you more and more each day through all our actions and our words. Jill Maria Murdy and Stephen Wilbricht, CSC 2015 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications,
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