Prayer Cycle



New Members of the Church

especially on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations (4th Sunday of Easter)
Human Work
especially on St Joseph the Worker (1 May)
The Right Use of the Media
especially on World Communications Day (Ascension of the Lord)
The Church
especially on Pentecost Sunday


Candidates for the Sacraments
especially on the Sundays of Lent
The Needy and Hungry of the World
especially on Lent Fast Day (Friday after 1st Sunday of Lent)
Women’s World Day of Prayer
(1st Friday in March)
Penitents and Wanderers

Ordinary Time: Winter

Peace on Earth
especially on the Day of Prayer for Peace (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) and (from 2016) Racial Justice Day (3 Sundays before the 1st Sunday of Lent)
Christian Unity
especially during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18–25 January)
Victims of Human Trafficking
especially on St Josephine Bakhita (8 February)
The Sick and those who care for them
especially on World Day for the Sick (11 February)
The Unemployed
especially on the Day of Prayer for the Unemployed (1 Sunday before the 1st Sunday of Lent)

Advent – Christmas

Openness to the Word of God
especially on Bible Sunday (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Migrants and Refugees
especially on Migrant’s Day (3 December)
Expectant Mothers
especially on 4th Sunday of Advent

Ordinary Time: Autumn

The Harvest, the Fruits of Human of Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation
especially on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held
Students and Teachers
especially (from 2016) on the Education Day (2nd Sunday in September)
The Spread of the Gospel
especially on Home Mission Day (3rd Sunday in September) & on World Mission Day (penultimate Sunday in October)
Justice and Peace in the world
especially on Racial Justice day (2nd Sunday in September) and on Harvest Fast Day (1st Friday in October)
All Victims of War
especially on Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November)
Prisoners and their Families
especially on the Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependants (2nd Sunday in October) and during Prisons Week (3rd week in November)
Young People
especially on Youth Day (Christ the King)

Ordinary Time: Summer

A Deeper Understanding between Christians and Jews
Those who suffer Persecution, Oppression, and Denial of Human Rights

especially on St John Fisher and St Thomas More (22 June)

especially of the feasts of St Benedict (11 July), St Bridget of Sweden (23 July), St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (9 August) who with St Cyril and St Methodius (14 February), and St Catherine of Siena (29 April) are Patrons of Europe

Human Life
especially on the Day for Life (last Sunday in July)
from 2016 on the Day for Life (3rd Sunday in June)

especially on Sea Sunday (2nd Sunday in July)