|Christ, Saviour of the World ~ Quinten Metsys|
We ask God for us to see the wind,/ the waters,/ the plants and trees,/ the morning and evening time,/the soil and the vault of stars at night,/ the sun and all the animals/ as blessings for us to treasure./ We pray to the Lord.
There is hardly a place on the planet that is without serious troubles/ often born of power claims and abuses./ We ask for a world of new-hearted leaders,/ dedicated to the up-building of their people's development and peace,/ especially that of the children and the most vulnerable./ We pray to the Lord.
It seems no one is exempt from terror threats/ even the pope./ We pray for Francis our Pope and for his protection,/ health and well-being,/ asking God to turn militant hearts to the beauty of God's peaceable truth./ We pray to the Lord.
Prayers are daily requested of us by family,/ friends and colleagues./ And so we pray for them,/ asking for their health,/ strengthening and renewed faith/ even in the face of challenges and struggles./ We pray to the Lord.
We ask God to turn to the world where there are tears/ and to bestow gifts of consolation,/healing and peace./ We pray to the Lord.
There are communities around the world where there is such severe drought that water supplies will end in a matter of days or weeks./ We ask God to bestow the wonderful gift of rain where it is most needed and desired,/ and for God to rain within us what we need for salvation./ We pray to the Lord.
We ask the Destroyer of Hell/ to bestow life to those in the tomb/ especially mindful of those we have loved,/ those who die without funeral rites or proper burial/ those who die in wars or who are forgotten./ We pray to the Lord.