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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sunday Intercessions ~ Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

At the start of November we call to mind those who will celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries,/ and other days of remembrance this month./ We ask the blessings of peace,/ good-health and encouragement / We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Pope Francis who has undertaken the work of much needed reform in our Church./ We ask for a new out-pouring of the spirit-gifts of humility,/ courage and hope./ We pray to the Lord.

Civilians suffer terribly in wars/ not just soldiers./ And so we pray for the children and the elderly caught in armed conflicts./ For those whose lives are ruined and reduced to despair./ We pray to the Lord.

Early in November there is the remembrance of Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass/ - the official start of the Holocaust./ We ask for antisemitism to be driven from the heart of every Christian./ We pray to the Lord.

We entrust to God's care the families of the world/ in all their forms:/ aware of the needs for healing,/ reconciliation,/ sustenance,/ peace and stability./ We pray to the Lord.

At the altar we stand in a prayerful solidarity with Christians far away where there is persecution and suffering./ We ask for the expansion of our hearts;/ that we would not lose compassion./ We pray to the Lord.

In November we pray for the dead./ We pray for those who have died suddenly with no time to prepare,/ those who die in wars,/ by accident or neglect./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Dear Fr. Morris,
    Thank you so much for these Intercessions each week. I sincerely appreciate their prayerful messages to remember the world around us and those we may not think of on our own.

  2. Just came across these in my Twitter feed. These are great! I see you have been putting them up for awhile. I will be looking for them each week. Thank you!

    1. There's a new post every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Thursday is Intercessions that could be used in a parish at Sunday Mass - or individually at any time. Welcome!

  3. Your intercessions are like little whispers in the darkness, calling me to ask that light be shed upon those who are in need. That they may hear our prayers for them and realize the love that God has for them. I pray to the Lord.

    1. Did we see on the news about the little boy who got on stage with the Pope and wouldn't leave? He even wound up sitting in the Pope's chair. And the mom said afterward that the boy was adopted about a year ago and that she believes the Pope's blessing went out to all the abandoned children of the world. How gracious!