Prayers  for  the  week 

Our bible reading for this week:

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 
He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself.  Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 
And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  
While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, 
“Have you anything here to eat?” 
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, 
“Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.”
                                                       Luke 24 : 36 – 48     New Revised Standard Version
Almighty and Ever-living God,
open our hearts to your power moving
around us, and between us, and within us,
until your glory is revealed
in our love of both friend and enemy,
in communities transformed by justice and compassion,
in your people living in peace and harmony with each other,
and in the healing of all that is broken. 

A prayer for our nation and the church throughout our nation:

Almighty God,
ever-present around us and within us;
help us to be mindful of all you have given us to care for.
Please God, may we experience the renewing grace of your Son
and the rejuvenation of your Holy Spirit;
and may gifts and virtues that have become tired or overlooked be refreshed.
O God, renew our faith and holiness
that we may be inspired, blessed and transformed
into the Christians you want us to be. 
A prayer for our Parish and community
Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life;
to love as you first loved us;
and fill us with your peace;
to the glory of God the Father.
Suggestions for your personal prayer times during the week:

Loving Shepherd,
You love me and watch over me always, in my joys and in my pain.
Thank you for the great gift of your love and protection
and for leading me in the paths of righteousness.
May my heart be continually open to an awareness of your great love
and may I share that love with those I encounter, day by day.
Good Shepherd and Spirit of love,
help me to hear your voice, warm, familiar and loving; 
help me to hear you call my name as you guide me in life;
help me also to see the stranger you lead me to love and serve.
May your Holy Spirit set my heart on fire.
As the deer longs for water, so I long for you, my God.

Creator God, Source of all life,
thank you that that I can rest safely in your hand.
Help me to remain faithful, with your grace.
Give me a firmness of heart, 
that I may show greater love and care for all those in my life
especially those most in need of me today.

God of Light and truth,
help me to follow your light and stay in that light to which you draw me.
May your light shine through me,
so that the light and truth of your gospel
will touch the lives of those I have contact with, 
by your loving mercy and grace.
Risen Jesus,
I am in awe of how you have graced all of our lives
with the joy and the wonder of rebirth.
Help me to follow your example 
to live my life in service and love,
sharing my Easter joy with the ones you send to me.

Loving Lord Jesus, 
Open my mind to hear your warm voice telling me
not to let my heart be troubled or afraid.
Give me the wisdom to trust in you.
Help me to share your comfort with those around me.
Lord God,
there are times when, like the disciples, I do not recognise the Risen Jesus.
Fill me with your grace,
so that I may feel and be assured of his great love 
– and then share it with the people you lead me to.

You may be interested in The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Please click here to read about this year's theme, "Abiding in Christ" and to use the readings, reflections and prayers that have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta).