As the year of grace draws to a close today,/ we pray for grateful hearts/ able to discern the life-sustaining,/ healing,/ supportive presence of God in our own day./ We pray to the Lord.
Today at Mass/ we invite and ask for Christ to enter the little universe of every Christian heart and mind./ For the disciples of Jesus/ to establish and promote Christ's reign of compassion,/ love and justice./ We pray to the Lord.
Syria is a land of many saints./ We ask heaven to help their tormented,/ wounded country,/ divided,/ bombed and exhausted./ We pray to the Lord.
Bad theology easily brings death with it./ We pray for religion which has become a scourge for the earth/ instead of a blessing./ We pray to the Lord.
For family and friends with whom we gather this week./ For those who are away from home by distance or alienation./ For the safety of holiday travelers/ and for people who are alone,/ jobless or depressed./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for persons (including ourselves) who are feeling vulnerable these days,/ badly shaken or in the dark,/ un-holy or un-well./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for those who are fallen asleep in death/ and who have entered God's land of light./ Grant peace to our world/ wearied and spent by violence and warring./ We pray to the Lord.