May 13, 2020 | No Distinctions

Leader: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Psalm 122:1-2

Reader 1: I rejoiced because they said to me, “We will go up to the house of the Lord.”

Reader 2: And now we have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Reading –       Acts 15:1-6

Reader 3: Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters about this question.  … When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the Church, as well as by the Apostles, and the presbyters, and they reported what God had done with them. But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, ‘It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”  The Apostles and presbyters met together to see about this matter. 

Reflection:

Leader: Today’s reading introduces the controversy in the early Church over the question of circumcision prior to Baptism for the Gentiles. Paul and his colleagues believed that circumcision was not necessary for those who wanted to become Christians.  Peter had the opposite opinion.  After a discussion among the Apostles and presbyters, it was agreed that circumcision was not necessary for conversion to Christianity.  Paul argued that God can choose anyone, including the Gentiles, for God does not make distinctions between people. We should take this message to heart in our own time.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: Filled with your goodness, O God, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health that we willingly serve all who need our help, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: That those who suffer not lose hope and instead find comfort in the kindness of others, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: That those who are victims of violence and human trafficking find security and shelter, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer

Reader 3: Our Father …

Closing Prayer

Reader 4: God of all creation, you are the source of unity among all peoples.  Hear our cry for unity and peace that all you have created might live in harmony and give you glory.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Leader: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

May 11, 2020 | We Owe Credit

Leader: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Psalm 91

Reader 1: You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty,

Reader 2: Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

Reading – Acts 14:8-13

Reader 3: At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked.  He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.” He jumped up and began to walk about.  When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in human form.” They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,” because he was the chief speaker.  And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice.

Reflection:

Leader: As Paul and Barnabas continue to preach and gain followers for the Lord, they encounter successes and challenges.  Many have come to believe because of their healing and their preaching.  But some see them as being gods “in human form” and Paul corrects them.  Paul is very aware that his power to heal and to evangelize comes from God “who made heaven and earth.” (Acts 14:15) and he wants the crowds to give the glory to God.  Often successful leaders, even those in the Christian community are tempted to think that good things happen solely because of themselves.  This reading reminds us that we owe the credit to the Lord.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: Filled with your goodness, O God, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health leaders to serve with wisdom for the common good, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For the religious and chaplains who care for the spiritual health of those in our communities, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For those who grieve that they will be comforted and find peace, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer

Reader 3: Our Father …

Closing Prayer

Reader 4: God and Father of the Word made flesh., you have sent men and women to spread the Good News.  May your word take root in the hearts of all who hear, and bear fruit in the lives of all who follow your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever,   Amen.

 Leader: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

May 6, 2020 | Light that Shows the Way

Leader: I will praise the Lord among the nations.

Psalm 33: 20, 22

Reader 1: Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and our shield.

Reader 2: May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us who have put our hope in you.

Reading – John 12:44-46

Reader 3: Jesus cried out and said, ‘Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.  I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.

Reflection:

Leader: Throughout John’s account of the Gospel, he portrays Jesus in his relationship with the Father.  In today’s reading, Jesus emphasizes that this relationship shines through all his words and his entire mission.  Jesus adopts the identity give him by John the Baptist; he is the light that has come into the world to show forth the Father who will bring salvation to all people.  This mission of Jesus continues into our day and into our lives.  He is the light that shows us the way to the Father; he is the word that never fails to be our daily bread.  

Intentional Prayer

Leader: In your loving kindness, O God, hear us:

All: Lord, hear our prayer. 

Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health to serve well the most vulnerable in our mission for the common good, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: That the word of the God be a source of comfort and strength for those who are ill, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For those who feel they are alone to know that the Lord does not forget them, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer

Reader 3: Our Father …

Closing Prayer

Reader 4: God of the ages, you have sent down your word upon us in every generation.  Open our minds to receive the power of that same word that it might bear fruit in our lives and give you the glory you so richly deserve.  Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Leader:  I will praise the Lord among the nations.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

May 4, 2020 | We Must Never Exclude

Leader: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing that I lack.

Psalm 23:3b-4

Reader 1: He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Reader 2: Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

Reading – John 10:11-16

Reader 3: Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them.  This is because he works for pay and has not concern for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father know me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.  I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.  These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

Reflection:

Leader: The image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd is continued in this reading from John.  As in the reading from yesterday regarding the sheep knowing the voice of their shepherd, Jesus portrays himself as the shepherd who protects his flock from harm.  Then Jesus tells his listeners, who assume they are his only flock, that are many others that he cares about and that he will also shepherd.  His love for them comes from the Father, who desires that all who follow the Son be one people.  We consider ourselves members of the Lord’s followers, but we must never exclude others who God also loves.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: In your loving kindness, O God, hear us

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health, may we follow the voice of the Good Shepherd and include all who God loves, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For all who seek safety in their communities and acceptance in their own home, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer. 

Reader 3: For those who need comfort and sympathy during the hardships of life, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer

Reader 3: Our Father … 

Closing Prayer

Reader 4: O God of compassion, you gave us your Son to shepherd us and to lead us into the fullness of life with you.  Give us the grace to follow his teachings and to live faithfully with him who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God, for even and ever.  Amen. 

Leader: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing that I lack.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

April 20, 2020 | Baptized

Leader: Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
Psalm 97:11-12
Reader 1: Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Reader 2: Be glad in the LORD, you just, and give thanks to his holy name.
Reading – John 3:1-8
Reader 3: There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these things that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely, he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Reflection:
Leader: A constant theme in John’s account of the Gospel is the relationship between Jesus and the Father. In this passage, he instructs Nicodemus on the relationship and tells him that he too can be part of that communion when he is baptized in water and the Spirit. To be baptized in water is to belong to Christ; to be baptized in the Spirit is to be part of the mysterious and grace-filled union with God. This is our heritage, by virtue of our Baptism. We are immersed in the wonderful relationship that Jesus shares with the Father. There is no greater blessing.
Intentional Prayer
Leader: Filled with your Spirit, O Lord, we pray:
All: Loving God, hear our prayer.
Reader 1: That people of every nation be filled with the Spirit of justice, we pray:
All: Loving God, hear our prayer.
Reader 2: That the employees of CommonSpirit Health serve with compassion, we pray:
All: Loving God, hear our prayer.
Reader 3: That those who suffer in spirit or body know the tender embrace of the Father,
we pray:
All: Loving God, hear our prayer.
Reader 4: That we extend our resources on behalf of those who have scarce means to provide for themselves, we pray:
All: Loving God, hear our prayer.
All: Personal Petitions:
Reader 4: The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father…
Closing Prayer
Reader 5: Open our minds and hearts O God, to the power of your Holy Spirit, that we may be filled with the gifts that bear witness to your presence in our world. May our words and our works be true signs of the risen Lord, who lives with you, in unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Leader: Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!
Modified slightly from: Daily Prayer 2020, 2019 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL

April 15, 2020 | The Risen Lord

Leader: This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.

Psalm 104
Reader 1: How manifold are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all.

Reader 2: The earth is full of your creatures; Bless the Lord, O my soul! Alleluia.

Reading – Luke 24:28-32
Reader 3: As [the disciples] approached the village to which they were going. [Jesus] gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So, he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Reflection
Leader: Luke’s account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus is one of the most beloved of the post-Resurrection stories in the Gospel. It not only describes their journey, but also their progression from despair to incredible joy when they recognize the Risen Lord at the breaking of the bread. A good meditation for the reader is to “walk with” these two disciples and to sit with them at table in the company of the “stranger.” We are in the presence of the Risen Lord, may our hearts burn within us.

Prayer
Leader: With Easter joy, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For the leaders of CommonSpirit Health for wisdom and strength, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For those who have lost hope and who need to find comfort again, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For those who grieve that they find hope in the Risen Lord, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 4: For those who struggle with diminishing abilities, may they not be discouraged, we pray:

All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

Reader 5: The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father…

Closing Prayer
Reader 6: Loving and eternal God, you have sealed a new covenant of faithfulness and justice through sacrifice and justice through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus. As we celebrate the resurrection, grant that we may rejoice in knowing that one day we shall enjoy forever the banquet of the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, you son who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Leader: This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

April 13, 2020 | Easter Monday

Leader: This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Psalm 98: 2-3
Reader 1: The Lord has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
Reader 2: He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel.
Reading – Matthew 28: 8-14
Reader 3: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priest all that had happened. The chief priest assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say to him, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
Reflection
Leader: The women who come to the tomb have been faithful witness and followers of Jesus in his ministry. Now they are filled with both fear and joy at their discovery of the empty tomb. Surely their fear is based on wondering what this might mean; and their joy at the possibility of seeing their Lord again. Their encounter with Jesus turns into a new mission – their mission! What the Risen Christ instructs them to do he will also tell other disciples: go tell the others the good news. That same instruction has been given to us. We are the messengers of the good news of the Resurrection.
Intentional Prayer
Leader: With Easter joy, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health in our mission for the common good, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader 2: For all who are suffering and those who care for them, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader 3: For the members of our communities who have recently died, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader 4: For an increased awareness of those who struggle to find shelter and sufficient food, we pray:
All: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
All: Personal Petitions
Reader 4: The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father…
Closing Prayer
Reader 5: Almighty and eternal God, through the Resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, you have lifted up a fallen world and restored your covenant of peace and justice. Grant to us, the disciples of the Risen Lord, a new courage in our mission to spread this good news to the ends of the earth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Leader: This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

April 8, 2020 | Service

Leader: Lord in your great love, answer me.

Psalm 54:3-4

Reader 1: O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause,

Reader 2: O God, hear my prayer. Listen to the words of my mouth.

Reading – John 13:1, 2b-5, 12-15

Reader 3: Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father.  He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.  During supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.  He took a towel and tied it around his waist.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. So, when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?  You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.  I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Reflection: 

Leader: When Jesus got up from the table, and took a towel and basin of water, Peter thought this was a very bad idea.  But buried in this astonishing gesture was a symbol of service that was larger than a towel and a basin of water. It may have been at the end of the meal, but it was the beginning of a way of life for those first disciples and for us.  This ministry of service is never finished.  The command of Jesus, “as I have done for you, you should do,” remains the heart of the Christian community.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: To You, O Lord, our redeemer, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health to always be an agent of God’s own compassionate love, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For all who hunger and thirst for their daily sustenance, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For those who have died and those who grieve for them, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 4: For anyone who needs compassion and solace in these troubling days, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

Reader 4: The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father…

Closing Prayer

Reader 5: God endow us with the grace of reconciliation that we might bring your unconditional compassion to all those who seek to be in communion with your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Leader: Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

Modified slightly from: Daily Prayer 2020, 2019 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL

April 6, 2020 | Monday of HOLY WEEK

HOLY WEEK
Leader: The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Psalm 63

Reader 1: You are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.

Reader 2: My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me.

Reflection: Catholic Health Association USA – Lenten Reflections and Podcasts 2020

Leader: “Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2:6-8

Emptying out of what we cling to as our “self” is built into the very dynamic of life

Consider the seed that gives way to the mature plant; the parent bird that feigns injury and risks death to draw a predator away from its young; the human parent who will sacrifice most anything to ensure their children’s lives and well-being.

Reader 1: Holy Week witnesses to this truth — only in dying to ourselves, our ego and worldly expectations do we truly live. The week opens with the solemn proclamation of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ journey to the cross was a journey into an unfathomable vulnerability. In Christ, the God who possesses all power imaginable gave up all divine claims and became defenseless in the face of human brokenness and cruelty.

Reader 2: The deep mystery of our lives can only be grasped through a way of life that offers this kind of vulnerability to others. This is hard to understand and even harder to live. Culturally, we are all about filling up, not emptying out. We harbor an acquisitiveness deep in our souls that is greedy about most everything, even the coveted experiences we call our “bucket list.” Like Jesus’ disciples, we find the way of vulnerability and weakness foreign. It is only possible in the full light that the resurrection casts on all that came before and all that is to come.

Reader 3: The mystery of Jesus’ self-emptying life speaks to the deepest law of life itself. We, like everything else, are on this path of giving over to others, and this giving over is the only way to get ourselves back — our true selves, the selves made for love. Through seeming weakness and vulnerability this self overcomes those dark places in our lives and helps transform the world into God’s garden place.

Reader 4: This is why Catholic health care is such a remarkable environment in which to work. Daily we are placed in the midst of those living this mystery of vulnerability in such an unmistakable way. Stripped of all that is familiar and self-sufficient, our patients and their families struggle to embrace their dependence and need. They speak deeply to the human condition we all share and are called to accept in order to live in a new way. And we are the privileged companions in this great learning from one another, those who need and those who are needed

Leader: For Reflection

“I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me … for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”     (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Is there a spiritual practice you began this Lent that needs renewed commitment in this final week?

Do you often shield yourself from feeling others’ suffering?  Let some of that vulnerability seep in and help you remain grounded in compassion.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: To you, O Lord, our redeemer, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: That world leaders take up renewed efforts for peace among nations, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: That CommonSpirit Health always work for the common good, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: That Christians come together in peace and harmony, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 4: That all those who are ill find comfort in our prayers and our presence, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

Reader 4: The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father…

Closing Prayer

Reader 5: Lord God, in your great love for us you became vulnerable to the cross of suffering. Help us to experience the enormity of your love. Transform us into a people capable of sharing the power of your weakness, so that our community and world may become comfortable with compassion. We ask this in your holy and precious name. Amen

Leader: The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Peace be with you all and have a most wonderful week!

Modified slightly from: Daily Prayer 2020, 2019 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL

April 1, 2020 | Healing

Healing
I am healthy in mind, body, and spirit.  Being well takes many forms in mind, body, and spirit. My mind expands with new information to improve the quality of my life.  My body constantly regenerates and heals as new cells replace older ones to create a healthier version of my body every day.  My spirit is elevated and renewed in prayer and meditation as I strengthen my awareness of the divine presence within me.  All these are healing energies, and all are as close as the skin I am in.  As a spiritual being in a human body, I make wise choices for my mind, body, and spirit.  I embrace any opportunities I find for balance and self-care, and I am grateful for every moment of life.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.—3 John 1:2

All: Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart.

Psalm 54: 3-8
Side 1: God is present as my helper; the Lord sustains my life. Turn back the evil upon my foes; in your faithfulness, destroy them.

Side 2: Then I will offer you generous sacrifice and give thanks to your name, Lord, for it is good.

Reading – John 8:31-38
Reader: Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved by anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free. I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.”

Reflection: As we approach the Passion of Jesus Christ, the Gospel texts report the growing tension between Jesus and the religious leaders. Today’s reading describes a similar tension between Jesus and those who have come to believe in him. Jesus tells them that they will be truly free if they remain in his word. This freedom is different from the freedom they have known as descendants of Abraham. This is freedom from sin; it is the freedom that the Lord wins for us through his death. In these closing days of Lent our prayers are filled with gratitude for the gift of redemption from sin and death.

Prayer
Leader: With gratitude for the mercy of God we pray:
All: Merciful Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: That the world come to know the healing power of God’s love, we pray:
All: Merciful Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: That the Church be a shining example of reconciliation, we pray:
All: Merciful Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: That those who have strayed from the path of the Lord return to his embrace, we pray:
All: Merciful Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 4: That all those who seek forgiveness also be willing to forgive, we pray:
All: Merciful Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions

All: The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father…

Closing Prayer
All: O God of compassion, enlighten the hearts of those who seek reconciliation, and instill in us, your children, a firm desire to live in communion with all our brothers and sisters. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Leader: Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!