Hands in Prayer

 

PRAYER FOR OUR OUTGOING AND INCOMING PRIEST

 

Almighty God, You who called the universe into being, You who formed our inmost being and called us to be your people:


We give you thanks for your constant presence. Through seasons of constancy and even change, you are with us – calling us into deeper waters, calling us together in your spirit of unity, calling us out of ourselves into the world to serve others.


Grant that our pastor Fr Francis, now being called into new waters, might hold fast to your unending love and mercy. May his new parish that will receive him be a community of mercy and grace. Keep Fr Francis safe from all harm and give him the blessings of good health and the joy of living out his ministry. Grant him the fidelity to consecrated celibacy.


Grant Msgr Mel, our incoming pastor, the grace to shepherd us as a Good Shepherd. Give him the grace of discernment, the grace of prudence and wise judgment that he may carry out his role as father and counselor to us.


May we who undergo change hold fast to the promise that your mission is bigger than any of our plans. Grant that such a promise would bring both comfort and discomfort – comfort in a season of change and discomfort as it drives us all to love and serve you and each other more.


Strengthen us to be your Church in all times and seasons of life – a community where all are truly welcomed and embraced in your love; a community which finds ways where you are active among us and calling us to join in your saving work ; a community where the story of your love and grace and mercy are embodied.


We offer our prayers through the intercession of Mary, our Mother of Good Counsel. Amen.

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