PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Blinded by grief, Jesus’ disciples failed to believe he had risen. As we face fearful times, let us put our trust in the power of God’s love and ask for all we need.For the whole human race:May the world emerge from this crisis with a new commitment to justice, peace and global solidarity. Risen Lord, hear us. R.Lord hear our prayer.For Christian believers around the world:May their faith in Christ and their outreach to others foster kindness and compassion in their neighbourhoods. Risen Lord, hear us. R.For all affected by the global coronavirus crisis:Those who have died and their grieving families, those who are fighting for their lives, those whose age or health condition puts them at risk.May the Spirit of mercy bring them comfort. Risen Lord, hear us. R.For politicalleaders and their advisers making difficult decisions, frontline healthcare workers directly exposed to the virus, those maintaining essential services: May the Spirit of service inspire themand us. Risen Lord, hear us. R.For people trapped in places of armed combat or terrorism, prisoners, detainees and refugees in crowded camps, the citizens of poorly resourced countries: May the Spirit of hope give them courage. Risen Lord, hear us. R.For all who have lost jobs, homes and livelihoods, people with serious mental health issues, those at increased risk of domestic violence: May the Spirit of lovegive them strength. Risen Lord, hear us. R.For those unable to visit their sick or dying loved ones, temporary residents and asylum seekers unable to access basic services: May the Spirit of peace sustain them. Risen Lord, hear us. R.For the recently deceased, especially those who have died from the coronavirus and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they be raised with Christ to eternal life. Risen Lord, hear us. R.
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All-embracing God, you dispel the darkness of death and fill the world with love and life. Deliver us from fear and lead us to your Son, our risen Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen