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Peace service 2021

For some years we have had a service in the Church at the start of the year to pray for peace. This year it was not possible to hold the service on New Yearís Day as the Church was closed due to Covid. We hope to hold the service later in the year. Below is the proposed layout of the service for 2021, appropriate hymns will be added in due course.

"A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace"

Pope Francis - World Peace Message 2021

Pope Francisí Peace message for 2021 reflects very closely the lessons expressed in Fratelli Tutti, the encyclical published in October 2020. The Peace Service was written using the Popeís words and prayers offered by Pax Christi.

Penitential Rite

Lord Jesus, you accept the rejected; you go in search of the lost.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you listen to our hearts, receiving our sorrows and our joys.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you come to us today in the broken and the vulnerable.
Lord, have mercy.

Gospel: Luke 10: 25-37

The parable of the Good Samaritan

Reflections on the parable taken from Fratelli Tutti paragraphs 57 Ė 71.

Bidding Prayers

It is Christ who is the Light of the Nations, and he asks us to bring that light to places of shadow and darkness. Let us pray for ourselves and for the world in which we are his witnesses. That Christ may open our eyes to see where the Spirit is at work in our world today, opening up new paths of peace and hope.

Lord Hear my Prayer

For our own homes, our families, our parish community; that the grace and peace Christ came to bring may reign over us, so that the stranger may find welcome and the hurting may find comfort in our company.

Lord Hear my Prayer

For our political leaders, that they may seek to find a shared understanding and achieve reconciliation in the face of divisions of every kind. And for our nation, that we may work to achieve a just peace across the world.

Lord Hear my Prayer

Let us commend to Godís mercy all who are sick, lonely and frightened, that they might be restored to health; and all who have died, especially those who have died as a result of the pandemic. May they dwell for eternity in the light of Godís face.

Lord Hear my Prayer

In a moment of silence, let us place before the Lord our own thirst for peace. Father, as the Spirit descended like a dove on your Son at his baptism, so grant that the same Dove of Peace may open up paths to a just peace for all in our world today. To you we make these our prayers, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ecumenical Christian Prayer from Fratelli Tutti

O God, Trinity of love,
from the profound communion of your divine life,
pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love.
Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus,
in his family of Nazareth,
and in the early Christian community.
Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel,
discovering Christ in each human being,
recognizing him crucified
in the sufferings of the abandoned
and forgotten of our world,
and risen in each brother or sister
who makes a new start.
Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one humanity
that God so loves. Amen.

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