Bidding Prayers for Sunday 3rd September

Lord, let us take up our cross and follow you. Enlighten the eyes of our mind so that we can see what hope your call holds for each of us. Hear our prayers we place before you.

We pray for Pope Francis as he releases his prayer intention for the month of September and invites everyone to pray and assist people who live on the margins of society.

We pray for the 70 people that have died, and the more than 50 that have been injured, after the fire in South Africa’s city of Johannesburg. We pray for their families and loved ones during their time of grief.

After 18 months of war, and a dramatic rise in Ukraine’s number of dead, we pray for all the individuals and families that are bereaved, uprooted, misplaced, injured, and struggling to survive.

As we continue to witness the devastating effect of climate change, we pray that world leaders, local governments and communities work together to protect our common home.

As we celebrate The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary this week, let us pray for all parents and recognise the huge role they play in creating a caring society.

We pray for ordinary people whose quiet, everyday actions manifest great holiness. Let us remember that even the smallest acts of kindness can create the biggest life changing impact.

Heavenly King, your constant presence in our life continues to inspire and encourage us always. Continue to guide us ever closer to you. Amen.