Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Mar 3, 2024 | Prayers of the Faithful

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the 3rd Sunday of Lent (March 2-3, 2024) for your prayerful reflection throughout the week ahead.

The ashes have fallen from our faces, but let our hearts turn ever more to you, God. Lead us beyond religious habit or duty to a desire for your love in our lives. In hope we pray.

For Pope Francis and other leaders in our world speaking your words of peace, of solidarity with those who suffer, words of your mercy and your sorrow at the suffering we inflect upon one another. We pray to the Lord.

For the United Nations and other international organizations working to promote peace, feed the hungry, provide clean water, and respond to the injustice and oppression that are facts of life for so many. We pray to the Lord.

Preserve us from the fear that makes us want to build walls around us and distrust others. Give us insight to see the structures of injustice by which we profit, and grace to cherish all people, knowing that we all live within your love. We pray to the Lord.

God, you have given us rules that are meant to guide us into ways of caring for one another. You have made us into the Church, which is Christ’s body in the world, each of us a part. Open our hearts to your love found when we love others and the power of your Spirit when we live as church. Let us not be content merely with an outward observance that can blind us to what you are really offering us. We pray to the Lord.

For those preparing to be baptized this Easter and for all of us that the blessing of our baptism be renewed, we pray to the Lord.

For the women, men and children whose lives here have ended. May they be flourishing in your presence and in union with others. At this liturgy we especially are praying for

4:30 PM Charlotte Perillo by Don Stokes
7:30 AM Dr. Richard C. Dillihunt by John & Judy Laplante
9:30 AM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
5:00 PM Richard Kress by Mary, Lynne and Phillis Sullivan

We pray to the Lord

We need to know that You are real, we need to know that Christ can feel, to touch and love and heal, so let the Gospel come alive in actions plain to see, in imitation of the One whose love extends to each of us. Amen.

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