Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday of Easter
Below you’ll find the Prayers of the Faithful from the 3rd Sunday of Easter April 23, 2023. It is our hope that they are a resource for you in your own reflections and prayers this week.
With-us-God, you came to share our human lives in Bethlehem – ‘the house of bread’. We pray:
For those who bake bread and break it on both sides of walls of separation: Jewish families gathered for the Shabbat meal, Christian and Muslim Palestinians sharing flatbread, we pray to the Lord.
For all whose love and time, along with God’s grace, make our Eucharistic Table possible and all who help bring food to our tables at home. Help us remember that what we choose to eat and drink makes a difference in the lives of others. We pray to the Lord.
For the hungry in this city, this land, your world: whose only kitchen is a soup kitchen, whose only food is what others don’t want, whose diet depends on luck, not planning. Feed your people, Lord, using our skills and conscience, and eradicate from our politics and private lives the apathy to hunger which comes from over-eating. For the hungry and the fed, we pray to the Lord.
That we may chew on the Gospels, let their words transform our lives, let all we do be with God’s breath inspired. Open our ears and hearts that we listen and obey the word of Jesus, holding to love, learning to forgive, and welcoming all our brothers and sisters. Create in us a community who welcome weakness, in covenant with Jesus. You have given us, one to another; may we stay close enough to hear His heartbeat. We pray to the Lord
Lord in these times when can feel we are losing hope or that our efforts to bring change to our own lives, our world, our church, are futile, let us see in our hearts and minds the image of Jesus’ resurrection, and let that be our source of courage and strength. We pray to the Lord.
For our loved ones who have walked the path of life in this world. Welcome them now, heal them of all that has hurt them. Feed them at your heavenly table. At this liturgy we especially entrust to you:
4:30 PM Kerry Joyce by Ruthie & Bill Green
7:30 AM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
9:30 AM Tammy & Joseph Katsbulas by their Daughter Serena Fellers
5:00 PM Joanne McHugh by John & Patti Coyne
We pray to the Lord.
Jesus, now Risen and alive with us, you are the Living Bread, given that all people might be fully alive. Loving God, we offer you these prayers, those in our hearts, and, most of all, a prayer for the day when all your children will be welcomed to your table and free to share their daily bread together, in peace. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.