Let us come before God our Father in faith and hope, asking him to listen to our needs and those of our suffering world, remembering that we are the flock of Christ
We pray for our Church: that the Pope, our bishops, priests and all of God’s people may be given strength to follow their respective vocations
We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life
We pray for all our parishioners and members of our local community who are in any sort of need: may we go to their help and support with understanding and care
For all Christians : that in this holy season of Easter they may learn to walk in the path of truth and goodness with ever greater love and humility
That Christ may enlighten those in error, and guide those involved in wrongdoing helping them to once again follow the Good Shepherd
For doctors, nurses and all in the caring professions that their stock of understanding, compassion, caring and love may be constantly replenished
We pray for our world: may those who are undervalued and despised find true recognition and respect
We pray for those who are hungry and we remember especially the work of CAFOD
For those who are victims of torture and violence
We pray for those facing loss of any kind: may we listen to their pain, support them in their anxieties and offer them hope and love in their need
We pray for all who suffer and feel rejected, or who are wounded in body, mind or spirit: may the example of Christ’s acceptance of suffering help them to find comfort in their uncertainties and struggles
We pray for those who will die tonight May they find in God a merciful saviour and a sure comfort.
We remember especially all those of our loved ones who have now gone to their rest. We pray to Mary the kindest comforter of all who mourn.
Father, may the mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection transform our lives and lead us all to a share in his glory. May we who have experienced the love of the Good Shepherd be generous in sharing that love with others We make our prayers through Christ our Lord