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Vol: 46, No.22 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 31 2019  
and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found’.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/......
Cel: The parable of the Prodigal Son represents life lived in families. There is the Father who loves his children but the children are not able to reciprocate the Father’s love. Both are rebellious children but the younger son after having undergone a period of utter misery returns to the Father while the other son continues in his rebellion. As the Father in the parable represents God, let us ask for his mercy and kindness, saying,
Response: Lord, be merciful to us.
1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that they may guide the people to understand God as Father who loves and cares for us his children, we pray … R/
2. For the youth that as they come out of their parental protection in the pursuit of higher education or job may protect themselves by living a life of discipline and prayer, we pray … R/
3. That freedom coupled with responsibility may be the guiding principle in family so that every member of the family may grow and mature, we pray … R/
4. For people who are driven out of their homes or are forced to leave it for civil and political reasons that they may find safer places to live and work, we pray … R/
5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that enlightened by the Word of God we may ask our loving Father in heaven to enlighten us and inspire us to return to him when we offend him and depart from his presence, we pray … R/
(Pause to pray for personal and community needs)
Cel: God, our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who taught us to call you our Father. The picture that he draws in the parable is about a Father who earnestly desires the welfare of all his children. Give us the grace that we may always remain faithful to you. We make this prayer …
We place before you with joy these offerings, which bring eternal remedy, O Lord, praying that we may both faithfully revere them and present them to you, as is fitting, for the salvation of all the world. Through Christ our Lord.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.
For you have given your children a sacred time for the renewing and purifying of their hearts, that, freed from disordered affections, they may so deal with the things of this passing world as to hold rather to the things that eternally endure.
And so, with all the Angels and Saints, we praise you, as without end we acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…
The Lord anointed my eyes; I went, I washed, I saw and I believed in God. (Jn9:11, 38)
O God, who enlighten everyone who comes into this world, illuminate our hearts, we pray, with the splendour of your grace, that we may always ponder what is worthy and pleasing to your majesty and love you in all sincerity. Through Christ our Lord.
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