Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Grrrrr! Bidding prayers. Again

FJ was away on a well earned break so (I assume) the visiting Jesuit decided we needed a lesson in Current Affairs (I don't think the wee wifey reading it had written it, but you never know):

"Lord, we pray that in the deliberations of the G20 nations, the rich nations of the world will ensure a fairer distribution of the world's riches from the richest to the poorest and that the NGOs blah, blah, blah...."

It was the nearest I'll get to Bob Geldof in the pulpit shouting "Give us yer f*$%@!# money!"

Yes. Do give alms to poor people and help them out of poverty, here and abroad. Trade with them justly. Give money via ACN or Mary's Meals (but not CAFOD).

One last point. Here is the bidding prayer you will never hear:

"Dear Lord, we pray that Third World despots will pay heed to the seventh commandment and desist from impoverishing their people, while filling up their Swiss bank acconts and sending their wives on shopping trips to Harrods and Cartier and that they will follow the example of Zacchaeus. No, sorry, Lord, I don't mean they need to climb a tree but it might be nice if they repaid all they have fiddled and stolen. And the same goes for dodgy MPs and FIFA 2018 Bid Committee members. Allegedly.

Lord in your mercy..."


Blogger Patricius said...

It seems to me that many of these bidding prayers do not simply appeal to God for some want or need but seek to lecture Him on how the need should be met. In the example you give, for instance, the needs of the poor are barely addressed.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bidding prayers are often rather dull.

Perhaps having the suggested prayers would wake us up a bit!!

In Domino


2:12 PM  
Blogger Rusticus said...

As a lay reader I tend to re-word and/or censor (on the hoof) some of the more ghastly Bidding Prayers I am given to read out.

9:21 PM  

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