Thursday, 7 March 2013

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2013 (Laetare Sunday)

Priest's introduction

Rejoice, dear brothers and sisters,
that God has reconciled the human race to himself,
and so we ought pray to him unceasingly with increased faith and devotion,
during this sacred Lenten season.


For the Universal Church, that the Holy Spirit may enlighten the intellects of the Cardinal Fathers, to ensure that the Divine Will may be accomplished in the election of the Supreme Pontiff.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

[For this diocese of N., that the Lord may grant us patience and fortitude until He sends us a bishop who may faithfully guide us into the way of Truth and Love.] *In dioceses sede vacante

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

For persons who have abandoned God's love and their religious duties, that their hardness of heart may be softened, and be reconciled with the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

For all mothers, that they might grow in understanding and thankfulness of their most sacred vocation, and always continue to cherish their maternity, a unique offering, in which the Lord God is ever-present.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

For families that are broken, that Love might triumph, and courage be bestowed in abundance on those who seek reconciliation with one another.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

For the dead, especially deceased mothers, that the Lord might look with loving kindness on them, so that they might rejoice in the heavenly Jerusalem.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

[Our Lady, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, taught God's holy people the true value of humility, and left an eternal example of accepting the Lord God's Will for our lives. We, her spiritual children, fly to her maternal breast in prayer: Hail Mary.] *In places where the Ave Maria is permitted during this prayer

Priest's prayer

Almighty ever-living God,
who bring salvation to all creation
and desire that no one should perish
hear the prayers of your people,
and grant that,
through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
of Saint Anne, and Saint Helena,
the course of our fallen world
may be directed to your peaceful rule,
and your Church rejoice in tranquility and devotion.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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