Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Feb 19, 2024 | Prayers of the Faithful

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from Ash Wednesday and the 1st Sunday of Lent 2024 for further reflection and prayer throughout the week.

God, in ancient times, women and men seeking you went into the desert, to put aside distractions that they might find you. You are now calling us to that time of reflection so that we might discover you again. As we gather at the beginning of this season of grace we pray:

That we might experience a bit of the desert in the weeks ahead, putting aside some of the busyness and noise of our everyday lives to find moments of silence with you. We pray to the Lord.

In this graced season of Lent, help us to find you in the discipline of praying, in the hard work of caring, in whatever we deny ourselves, and in whatever we set out for ourselves to learn or do. We pray to the Lord.

When we are stunned into silence by the cruelty, selfishness, and anger around us, fill us with your words of grace, hope, and peace so that we may offer them freely, joyously, generously, we pray to the Lord.

This weekend many faith communities in Maine are participating in a “Gun Safety Awareness Sabbath,” praying in unity for safety from gun violence for our families, communities, and state. Let us begin by joining our voices in prayer this Gun Safety Awareness Sabbath weekend. We pray to the Lord.

For James Ruggieri, who will soon become our Bishop. May God grant him courage, faith, compassion, and creativity as he comes to be among us as a servant-leader. For Pope Francis, Bishop Deeley, and all Spiritual leaders, we pray to the Lord.

In this graced time, Lord, you wait for us in the scattered ashes of our lives; you wait for us to find you: in silence, in the broken bread which strengthens us to serve; in the cup of grace which fills our emptiness; in our sisters and brothers who are willing to hold us up when we falter, so you can embrace us with joy and hope. Help us to be open to your waiting. Help us to slow down so we do not miss you, there, waiting. We pray to the Lord.

We are on the journey to Jerusalem. We pray now for our brothers and sisters who have walked this way before us, may they be with you in the fullness of life. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM For the Deceased Members of the Sears & Cribby Families by Arthur & Anne Sears

7:30 AM For Teresa Alden by Paul & Maryann Pendleton

9:30 AM For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

5:00 PM For Marjorie Lenois by Natalie Baltos

We pray to the Lord.

Lord, we know you hear our prayers, those spoken and those held in our hearts. You wait on this day, Patient God, for us to come back: to stop going away from you on our self-focused travels; to set aside our empty fears, to cease shaping you in our image, so that we can discover you closer than we ever dared imagine. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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