The young people will lead the prayer of the faithful tomorrow. As three 8 year-olds and I will pray these, some younger ones will fill the nave with bubbles:
Fr. Simon: Our prayers are like bubbles that float around this sacred space. These prayers appear to be so fragile, so ephemeral, and yet are so beautiful, so lovely, so individual. Our prayers float to heaven as we pray for the Church, the World and we thank God for his goodness.
Reader 1: We pray for our Mother Church, for Kenneth our Bishop, for Father Simon and Mother Margaret and all who lead us. We pray that God will guide them so that we may all follow Jesus together. Lord hear us Lord graciously hear us
Reader 2: We pray for our own Mothers, and give thanks to God for all they do for us. We remember all those who look after us and love us. We pray that God will look after them all, either in heaven or on earth. Lord hear us Lord graciously hear us
Reader 3: We pray for the world, for all those places in the world where there is not enough food, or freedom. We pray for all those in Elson, and pray that all here may come to know Jesus as Lord. Lord hear us Lord graciously hear us
Reader 1: We pray for those who are sick, those listed on our notice sheet and those known to us. May God make them all better. Lord hear us Lord graciously hear us
Reader 2: We pray for those who have died, and those that we love but don’t see any more. May God comfort all those who miss them and bring all those who love him into his kingdom
Reader 3: Rest Eternal, grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them
Reader 1: May they rest in peace and rise in glory
Reader 2: We join our prayers with all those around the world, all those in heaven and the Mother of All Christians, Mary, our Blessed Lady of Walsingham as we say together:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Fr. Simon: Let us listen to what God is saying to us in a moment of quiet…
All: We make these prayers in the name of Jesus, our Lord, Amen