Forgive us for war, O Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners!
Lord Jesus, born in the shadows of bombs falling on Kyiv, have mercy on us!
Lord Jesus, who died in a mother’s arms in a bunker in Kharkiv, have mercy on us!
Lord Jesus, a 20-year-old sent to the frontlines, have mercy on us!
Lord Jesus, who still behold armed hands in the shadow of your Cross, have mercy on us!
Forgive us, O Lord.
Forgive us, if we are not satisfied with the nails with which we crucified Your hands, as we continue to slate our thirst with the blood of those mauled by weapons.
Forgive us, if these hands which You created to tend have been transformed into instruments of death.
Forgive us, O Lord, if we continue to kill our brother;
Forgive us, if we continue like Cain to pick up the stones of our fields to kill Abel.
Forgive us, if we continue to justify our cruelty with our labors, if we legitimize the brutality of our actions with our pain.
Forgive us for war, O Lord. Forgive us for war, O Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we implore You! Hold fast the hand of Cain!
Illumine our consciences;
May our will not be done;
Abandon us not to our own actions!
Stop us, O Lord, stop us!
And when you have held back the hand of Cain, care also for him. He is our brother.
O Lord, put a halt to the violence!
Stop us, O Lord!
This Friday (11th March) we support Cafod with their Lenten appeal. The Pandemic has left so many people in tragic circumstances is some of the poorest countries and now the people of Ukraine will need help. Please take a CAFOD envelope and return it next weekend with the fruits of your self denial this Friday.
On Ash Wednesday in Church, we were delighted to welcome the children from Holy Souls Primary and Archbishop Ilsley Secondary as well as so many parishioners and families to Mass as we began together the season of Lent. As we received the Ashes on our head we heard the words 'repent and believe in the gospel' or ' remember you are dust and unto dust, you shall return'. We pray this Lent for renewal of commitment to the Lord and return to Mass on a Sunday now that restrictions have been lifted. While there's still no obligation to come to Mass, the Lord nonetheless calls us back to him, not on account of what someone tells us to do, rather as an obligation of the heart, an act of love, a desire to receive the fullness of God's love in the sacrifice of the Mass.
Below; Lent message to Catholics from Pope Francis and video from Cardinal Nichols:
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