PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL Solemnity of Epiphany January 5/6, Lord, hear our prayer.

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1 Solemnity of Epiphany January 5/6, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, the love of God reaches to the ends of the earth. As the three kings were led to the Savior, let us approach the Lord and humbly bring our prayers to him: 1. For all who lead the Church, that they will continue with faith and confidence to bring the message of the Gospel to all they meet, we pray to the Lord. 2. For leaders of countries, that they will always respect the dignity and worth of each life, we pray to the Lord. 3. For Christians throughout the world, that they will bring the light of Christ to their families and friends, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and friends, that they will know the happiness of eternal peace, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God of hope and joy, listen to the prayers of your people who have gathered to celebrate your mighty love. We make all our prayers in the name of Mary s Son, Jesus, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

2 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord January 12/13, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, the Lord has filled us with his Spirit as we celebrate the arrival of our Messiah. As his children, let us bring our prayers before him: 1. For leaders of the Church, that they will always strive to preach a message of peace, we pray to the Lord. 2. For Christians throughout the world that they will recognize their gift of baptism and bring the light of Christ to their families and friends, we pray to the Lord. 3. For the people in our neighborhood, that this Cathedral will be a sign of God s loving presence in their lives, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and friends, that they will know the happiness of eternal rest, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Father in heaven, you sent your beloved Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. Send us out into the world to proclaim your Gospel message of peace and joy. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

3 2 nd Sunday in Ordinary Time January 19/20, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, uniting our voices as one, we bring our prayers and petitions to our loving Father: 1. For all who lead the Church, that they will strive to break down barriers between peoples of all races and nations, we pray to the Lord. 2. That the Holy Spirit will enlighten us to spread the Gospel message, we pray to the Lord. 3. For Christians throughout the world, that they will bring the light of Christ to their families, friends, and neighbors, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and friends, that they will know the happiness of eternal peace, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God of endless mercy, hear the prayers of your people and bring unity to all who gather in your name. We make our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

4 3 rd Sunday in Ordinary Time January 26/27, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, God is the author of all life, human and divine. Recognizing his great love for each of us, let us raise our voices in prayer: 1. For all who lead the Church, that they will continue to speak courageously about the dignity of each human life, we pray to the Lord. 2. For all musicians who enrich the liturgical life of the Church through their musical gifts, we pray to the Lord. 3. For all those in the field of education, that they will ignite the hearts and minds of young people with a love for God and for learning, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and friends, that they will know the happiness of eternal peace, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God of life and truth, bring us to the knowledge of the wonders of your creation. Help us to recognize your voice in the miracle of every life. We make our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

5 4 th Sunday in Ordinary Time February 2/3, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, God loves each of us and hears all our needs. With this in mind, let us raise our voices in prayer: 1. That all who lead the church, especially our Pope and bishops, will hear the cries of the poor and preach the message of the Gospel with strength and conviction, we pray to the Lord. 2. That working together, all government leaders will bring an end to famine and suffering throughout our world, we pray to the Lord. 3. For an increase of religious vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and friends, that they will know the happiness of eternal peace, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God of life and truth, bring us to the knowledge of the wonders of your creation. Help us to recognize your voice in the miracle of every life. We make our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

6 Ash Wednesday February 6, 2008 Celebrant: My sisters and brothers, let us humbly raise our prayers to our God whose mercy is everlasting: Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! 1. For the Church throughout the world, that this Lent may be a time of renewal and conversion, we pray to the Lord. 2. For nations of the worked, that they will work together for the peace and true justice for all, we pray to the Lord. 3. For the sick and suffering, that they may be comforted in the mercy of Christ, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) that they may rest eternally with the Father of consolation and mercy, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God of mercy, your love is eternal. Give us strength to follow you through acts of kindness and love. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

7 1 st Sunday of Lent February 9/10, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, as we begin our Lenten journey let us raise our voices in prayer: 1. That our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, and all the bishops, will be faithful examples of the Gospel message, we pray to the Lord. 2. That those who participate in the RCIA will be strengthened by God s wonderful love, we pray to the Lord. 3. That those participating in the FAITHFEST will be ignited by a zeal for service and commitment to the Church, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and friends, that they will know the happiness of eternal peace, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Hear our prayers, O God of mercy, and help us to have a clean and loving heart as we continue to follow in your path. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

8 2 nd Sunday of Lent February 16/17, 2008 Celebrant: My brothers and sisters, God is the giver of all good gifts; let us call upon him with faith and thanksgiving: Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! 1. For Pope Benedict, Archbishop Favalora, and all who lead the Church, that they will always rely on the love and mercy of God, we pray to the Lord. 2. For our nation, that we use our gifts and talents for the good of others and for peace in our world, we pray to the Lord. 3. For all married couples, that they may draw closer to God through their own faithfulness and respect for one another, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our relatives, parishioners, and friends, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Heavenly Father, hear the prayers of those who have gathered today in your name. Give us wisdom and understanding so that we may always be faithful to your law of love. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

9 3 rd Sunday of Lent February 23/24, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, let us pray during this time of Lent for all who are in need: Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! 1. That all who lead the Church may boldly proclaim the Word of God so that many will be brought to the faith, we pray to the Lord. 2. That the sacrament of reconciliation will be recognized as a sacrament of God s tender mercy, and frequented more regularly by Catholics, we pray to the Lord. 3. That Christians everywhere may reject all that is contrary to the message of Christ and be examples of faith and hope, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and friends that they will know the happiness of eternal peace, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Heavenly Father, help us to turn our minds and hearts toward you during our Lenten journey. Hear our prayers for who seek to do your will. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

10 4 th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) March 1/2, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, we come before God our loving Father and we present our needs and hopes: Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! 1. That all who lead the Church, especially Pope Benedict, may boldly proclaim the Word of God so that many will be brought to the faith, we pray to the Lord. 2. That those preparing to receive the sacraments at Easter may open their eyes to the wonders of God s love, we pray to the Lord. 3. That Christians everywhere may reject all that is contrary to the message of Christ and be examples of faith and hope, we pray to the Lord. 4. That the sick and suffering may be helped through our prayers and sacrifices, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God of light and truth, turn our minds toward you during our Lenten journey. Give us strength and hope as we draw closer to the day of resurrection. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

11 5 th Sunday of Lent March 8/9, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, we come before God our loving Father and we present our needs and hopes: Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! 1. For all who lead the Church, especially Pope Benedict, that they will always be shining examples of commitment and fidelity, we pray to the Lord. 2. For those being received into the Church at Easter that they will be inspired to open their ears to the wonders in scripture, we pray to the Lord. 3. For those who are abused and neglected by inequality and injustice, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, parishioners, and our friends, that they will rest in the peace of God, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God of light and truth, open our eyes to the gift of faith that you have given us. Hear our prayers and answer our needs through Christ our Lord. Amen.

12 Easter March 22/23, 2008 Celebrant: Our hearts rejoice because the Lord is risen from the dead. With faith and confidence, let us bring our prayers before the heavenly throne of God: 1. For our Holy Father, and all our bishops, that they will proclaim the Easter message with strength and conviction, we pray to the Lord. 2. For Christians everywhere, that they will be examples of God s love by respecting all life, we pray to the Lord. 3. For all who have been received into the Church through baptism and profession of faith, that they will continue to follow in the footsteps of Christ, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, that they will know the glory of the resurrection, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God, almighty Creator, through the death of your Son you have brought life to the world. Hear the prayers of your people who rejoice in the mysteries of his resurrection. We make these prayers in his name, Christ our Lord. Amen.

13 2 nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy) March 29/30, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, let us turn to the God of life, seeking always his divine mercy and consolation: 1. For your servant, Pope Benedict, that he will be a sign of the mercy and compassion of Christ, we pray to the Lord. 2. For the Church throughout the world, that through the sufferings of countries ravaged by war we may be inspired to take up our cross and follow in the footsteps of Christ, we pray to the Lord. 3. For all who suffer because of infirmity, that they will be comforted by the passion and resurrection of Christ, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who doubt, that their faith may be strengthened in the knowledge of Christ s merciful love, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O God, hear the prayers of your people who cry out to you. In your mercy and love, raise us up to the new and eternal life given to us by your Son Jesus, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

14 3 rd Sunday of Easter April 5/6, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends in Christ, let us turn to God who is our life and our consolation, our hope and joy: 1. Look kindly upon all who lead the People of God, especially Pope Benedict and all bishops, that they may boldly proclaim the Word of God and bring many to the light of faith, we pray to the Lord. 2. Look kindly upon all who preach the Word of God, that they may be strong in their conviction to follow Jesus, we pray to the Lord. 3. Look kindly upon your Church, that many will be inspired to serve you as priests and consecrated people, we pray to the Lord. 4. Look kindly upon all who suffer because of sickness and old age, that they will be comforted by the passion and resurrection of Jesus, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Loving Father, strengthen us by the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son. Hear the prayers of all who gather in his name, Christ the Lord. Amen.

15 4 th Sunday of Easter April 12/13, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends, let us bring our prayers to God who gives us life and hope: 1. For Pope Benedict, Archbishop Favalora, and all bishops and priest, that they may continue the mission entrusted to the Apostles, we pray to the Lord. 2. For this faith community, that we may remain faithful to our vocational promises and live the Gospel with enthusiasm, we pray to the Lord. 3. For all discerning their vocation, that they will be open to the will of God in their lives, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, (pause) especially our family members, friends, and parishioners, that they may know the fullness of resurrection, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Loving and merciful Father, hear the prayers of your family who have gathered together in your name. Give us the courage and strength to follow your call. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

16 5 th Sunday of Easter April 19/20, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends in Christ, with confidence in God s great love for us we bring our prayers before him: 1. For Pope Benedict, and all who lead the Church, that they will manifest God s merciful love to the world, we pray to the Lord. 2. For all Eucharistic ministers, that through this holy service many people will be drawn to a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we pray to the Lord. 3. For young people throughout the world, that they will manifest God s goodness in their lives, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all our parishioners, family members, and friends, who are sick, and for all who have died, (pause) we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Loving Father, your Son has given us the gift of eternal life. Here our prayers and help us to follow in his paths. We make these prayers through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

17 6 th Sunday of Easter April 26/27, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends in Christ, with confidence in God s great love for us we bring our prayers before him: 1. For Pope Benedict, and all who lead the Church, that they will manifest God s merciful love to the world, we pray to the Lord. 2. For those men preparing for ordination to the priesthood, that they dedicate themselves to building up the Body of Christ by word and deed, we pray to the Lord. 3. For newly baptized persons, that they be filled with a love for Christ found in the poor and sick, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all our parishioners, family members, and friends who are sick, and for all who have died, (pause) we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Loving Father, your son has given us the gift of eternal life. Hear our prayers and help us to follow in his paths. We make these prayers through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

18 Ascension of the Lord May 3/4, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends in Christ, with confidence in God s great love for us we bring our prayers before him: 1. For Pope Benedict, and all who lead the Church, that they will manifest God s merciful love to the world, we pray to the Lord. 2. For all the baptized, that they will dedicate themselves to building up the Body of Christ by word and deed, we pray to the Lord. 3. For young people throughout the world, that they will manifest God s goodness in their loves, we pray to the Lord. 4. For those men preparing for the sacrament of Holy Orders, that they will have the strength and perseverance to carry you re their priestly responsibilities. Celebrant: Loving Father, your Son has given us the gift of eternal life. Hear our prayers and help us to follow in his paths. We make these prayers through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

19 Solemnity of Pentecost May 10/11, 2008 Celebrant: My dear friends in Christ, gathered in faith, hope, and love, let us bring our prayers before God who gives us his great gifts of the Spirit: Come, Holy Spirit, come! Come, Holy Spirit, come! 1. That our Holy Father, and all ordained ministers of the Church, will bring the fire of God s love to all the world, we pray to the Lord. 2. That those preparing for the sacrament of confirmation will be attentive to God s call to serve his people, we pray to the Lord. 3. That the newly ordained priests will radiate Christ in word and deed, we pray to the Lord. 4. That the leaders of the world will work tirelessly for peace and justice, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Loving Father, pour forth your Spirit into our hearts so that we may have the courage to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus to all the world. Make us messengers in His name who lives and reigns with you, one God forever and ever. Amen.

20 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity May 17/18, 2008 Celebrant: My sisters and brothers, our God is a God of love and compassion. Let us now offer our prayers to him who is the source of all goodness. 1. That Pope Benedict, and all who lead us in the Church, will continually turn to the love of Christ as their inspiration, we pray to the Lord. 2. That world leaders will strive to become messengers of peace to all humanity, we pray to the Lord. 3. For the sick and suffering, that they will always know the healing love of the Father, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all who have died, especially our family, friends, and parishioners, that they will see the eternal light of Christ, we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: Father in heaven, through the inspiration of your grace help us to proclaim our baptism in word and deed. We make these prayers in the name of Jesus, your Son and our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

21 Solemnity of Corpus Christi May 24/25, 2008 Celebrant: My sisters and brothers, let us turn to the Lord who nourishes us and gives us strength: 1. For our Holy Father and all the bishops, that they will always turn to Christ the Good Shepherd as their source of inspiration, we pray to the Lord. 2. That Catholics everywhere will grow in their love for Christ made present in the Eucharist, we pray to the Lord. 3. That we will remember with love and respect all who died in the service of our country, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all the intentions we hold in our hearts (pause), we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: O loving God, you feed and nourish your people with the gift of finest wheat and the cup of salvation. Hear the prayers of all gathered around your sacred altar for we make them in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

22 26 th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 27/28, 2008 Celebrant: My brothers and sisters, with hope and courage we turn to God who is full of love and mercy and ask him to her our prayers: 1. For all who lead the Church, that they will be examples of faith and courage, we pray to the Lord. 2. For al teachers, that they will be filled with the wisdom and joy of God, we pray to the Lord. 3. For all children, that they will be nurtured and loved by family and friends, we pray to the Lord. 4. For all our parishioners, family members, and friends who are sick, (pause) and for all who have died (pause), we pray to the Lord. Celebrant: God of grace and love, we bring our petitions to you mindful of your care and mercy. Hear and grant our prayers which we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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