Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week of Easter

Apr 16, 2024 | Prayers of the Faithful

We offer these Prayers of the Faithful from the 3rd Sunday of Easter (April 13-14, 2024) for your continued prayers and further reflection.

It is the third Sunday of Easter and the first friends of Jesus still seem confused, locked in a room. It can take time, maybe a long time, for us to come to know how the love of God is present in our lives. Today we pray for ourselves and for those who are still searching for blessing, for You.

We pray for those who lock themselves away, afraid or unable to face the world. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who lock themselves away or who, by others, are locked out because they are different. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have done wrong and cannot face the consequences – and for those who have wrong and are locked away by others, we pray to the Lord.

We pray to know the Easter joy of being set free from all that holds us bound. We pray to know the gift of joy and laughter. To laugh is to celebrate the gift of life, enjoy it and thumb our noses at those who would destroy beauty and goodness. To laugh is to break the bonds of evil and oppression. We laugh, and the words of the tyrant, the bigot, the bully no longer threaten us. For the gift of joy and laughter, we pray to the Lord.

We count on the victory of Easter and entrust to God’s love all those who are suffering now, the homeless, the sick, the persecuted, those have hurt us and those parts of our hearts and memories that carry pain, for goodness is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Light is stronger than darkness. Life is stronger than death. Victory is ours through Him who loved us. We pray to the Lord.

Bless and embrace all our deceased loved ones, God. At this liturgy we especially commend to you those we hold in our hearts and those we name now:

4:30 PM Katherine “Kay” Nee by Jim & Mary Allen

7:30 AM Raymond Thibodeau, Jr. by Jean and Family

9:30 AM Katherine “Kay” Nee by Mary Catherine & Steven Martin

5:00 PM  The People of the Parish, both Living & Deceased

We pray to the Lord.

Hear these prayers. Be present in the minds of those who need your presence – be their light, their friend, their defender, and their hope. We ask all this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

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