(Above: Catholic children light candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after Christmas Mass.)
Prayers for All Needs
We beg you, Lord,
to help and defend us.
Deliver the oppressed.
Pity the insignificant.
Raise the fallen.
Show yourself to the needy.
Heal the sick.
Bring back those of your people who have gone astray.
Feed the hungry.
Lift up the weak.
Take off the prisoners’ chains.
May every nation come to know
that you alone are God,
that Jesus is your son,
and that we are your people, the sheep of your pasture. Amen.
In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
R/ Lord, have mercy.
For an evening that is perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us pray to the Lord. R/
For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, and guardian of our souls and bodies, let us pray to the Lord. R/
For the holy Church, that God may give it peace and unity and protect and prosper it throughout the whole world, let us pray to the Lord. R/
For this nation and government and all who serve and protect us, let us pray to the Lord. R/
For this city and for every city and land and all those living in them, let us pray to the Lord. R/
For fair weather, bountiful harvests, and peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord. R/
For the safety of travelers, the recovery of the sick, the deliverance of the oppressed, and the release of captives, let us pray to the Lord. R/
Let us pray to God who cares for all, and with earnest humility say: R/ Have mercy on your people, Lord.
Guard the Church. R/
Watch over Francis, our pope. R/
Protect and bless X, our bishop. R/
Save your people. R/
Preserve peace among nations. R/
Bring an end to strife and hatred. R/
Guide the rulers of nations. R/
Guide parents in the fulfillment of their responsibilities. R/
Nourish children by your loving care. R/
Support and give solace to the aged. R/
Be a helper to the poor. R/
Comfort those who are troubled. R/
Grant deliverance to captives. R/
Bring exiles back to their homeland. R/
Grant health to the sick. R/
Be present to those who are dying. R/
Admit those who have died into the company of the saints. R/