LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ O Lord Most High, kindle our hearts and refine our souls with the purifying fire of Your Presence. Guide us to run with perseverance the race and understand the division from those who have not yet found their enduring faith.
RESPONSE: Fire our Faith
~ O Lord Most High, with the courage and wisdom of the celestial Cloud of Witnesses beside us, let our voices be heard by the leaders of our Earth, our Country, and our Community, to lay aside the clinging sins of destructive and unholy words and actions. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ O Lord Most High, sustain and comfort all who suffer physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and renew all who offer supportive care. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ O Lord Most High, accompany the mournful through the trial of loss, as the choirs of Heaven sing in jubilance for those now arrived in the splendor of Your Eternal Kingdom… add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: O Lord our God, Who rules the Earth, transform the fires of discord, violence, and hate that rage across this planet into the cleansing waters of Baptism, revealing the glory of Salvation, beneath the dross of human excess, and the eternal beauty of the Gospel message. We ask through Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of Faith; and the Holy Spirit, the Fire of Wisdom; who together with You are One God, in the blaze of Mercy, Justice, and Everlasting Peace, forever and ever. Amen.