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Sermon for 3 April 2016

Bidding Prayers


PRIEST. The Doors were closed in the upper room but you entered and filled the apostles with joy at the sight of your bodily presence. Listen O Lord to our confident prayers which we make now for our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Reader: We pray to God for all, like Thomas, who find faith difficult without touch or proof. Lift the veil from people’s eyes so that they may be filled with a lively Easter faith. We commend to God those under Instruction. Lord in your mercy.

For the gift of Christ's most precious wounds on this Divine Mercy Sunday - that all will find consolation and peace in them. We pray that the human person may be respected in embryonic form and the source of true Fatherhood for children be acknowledged. Lord in your mercy.

For all priests in their ministry of imparting the forgiveness of Christ through the sacrament of penance - that they be true and wise pastors and councillors of souls in the ways of true virtue. Lord in your mercy.

For all the victims of war in so many parts of our poor world and especially Syria and Iraq and the Land of our Lord's Birth and for the victims who are little children and parents in Lahore and Brussels, We pray that the suicide bombers cease their evil ways in destroying the innocent. Lord in your mercy.

Comfort our sick and renew their strength; deliver them from all pain and distress. We pray for all our sick who have sought our prayers that they may find healing in the wounds of Jesus: Mrs Keegan, Elizabeth Mallet, Patrick Snype, Mary Moran, Eileen Ramsbottom, Christine Booth, Irene Farrelly, John Lawson, Julie Brady, Ann Brady, Chris Lyden. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who have died that they may gaze upon the Risen One who has vanquished death forever: Patrick Grimes, Jimmy Boyle, Mother Angelica, Father Tom Crucified on Good Friday in Yemen, Dessie Moran , Margaret Churton AND for all whose anniversaries fall about now: Gerald Molloy and Grennan and Molloy Families deceased, Afran Zair, Noel Bohan.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed.

Mary Most Holy, Mary Mother of the Risen Lord - pray for us your children. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Holy Queen.

Priest: Watch over your little flock O Lord and guard us from the Ancient Enemy in this Holy Time of Easter and hear and answer our prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.