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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sunday Intercessions ~ The Feast of Christ the King

It is the Feast of Christ the King./ We thank God for the liturgical Year of Grace that is ending/ and pray that we would live fruitful lives of faith,/ hope and charity./ We pray to the Lord.

This feast originates from a time when the world was again preparing for war./ We pray for a world converted to the mind of the just and peaceful Jesus./ We pray to the Lord.

Jesus our King asks us to feed the hungry,/ give drink to the thirsty,/ clothe the naked,/ shelter the homeless,/ visit the sick and imprisoned./ We ask for the insight and will to follow his mandate well./ We pray to the Lord.

Jesus tells his disciples to own nothing,/ yet once again we begin the holiday shopping season,/ which promises meaning and happiness in owning things./ We pray for hearts that are inwardly free for the pursuit of spiritual and deeply human concerns./ We pray to the Lord.

Jesus our King wears a thorn-crown./ We pray for those who suffer human indignities,/ torture,/ enslavement,/ false imprisonment,/ false execution./ We pray to the Lord.

Advent begins next week./ We pray to delay feasting and celebrating without first entering into our own personal Advent-tension of light and dark./ We pray for those who will approach Christmas through the doors of repentance and reconciliation./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray that the sick would know the gentle love and consolation of Jesus,/ our crucified and risen King./ We pray too for those who have died this past year and for those who mourn them./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Jesus told his disciples to own nothing. Although this is not possible in the world we live in, might we remember to be more generous towards others during this season with not only things, but with the gift our ourselves.

    1. Yes of course, to be generous in the gift of ourselves. But while the television and the stores tell us we must absolutely have everything, the gospel fact remains that Jesus does say, "Own nothing." We could say, "Ah, if only," Or we could try an experiment and for a year see what it feels like and what good might come of it to make some practical efforts in that direction. Most Christians don't even try - we're only momentarily edified by the nuns who "give it a go." Saint Basil's rule remains: "If I haven't used it in a year, it no longer belongs to me, but to the poor." We begin with naming "it."

  2. I hope to approach Christmas through the doors of repentance and reconciliation.
    Thank you for that petition. Your insight into the hearts of people and their needs is so welcomed.

  3. Anonymous ParishionerNovember 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    As Thanksgiving approaches I would like to express my thanks for your weekly intercessions, and all of your posts. I can still feel your presence in my life and the influence it has had on me. I am truly grateful that you came into our lives even for a brief time.

  4. And I am thankful too: for all the kind people I've met along the way, the support, the love, the generosity and hospitality, the worship together, the shared desire to be good ...