Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sunday Intercessions ~ Third Sunday in Advent

Prophet Isaiah ~ Marc Chagall

Today is Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday!/ We ask not to be defeated by cynicism,/ sadness,/ argument,/ bitterness or complaint,/ but to be given the gift of joy in Christ's birth./ We pray to the Lord.

Soon we will be gathering with family and friends for Christmas./ We ask for the safety of travelers and for peace in our homes./ We pray as well for any of our relatives who no longer believe./ We pray to the Lord.

This has been a week of national remembering:/ a year ago, the murder of 20 young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School./ We pray for mourners and all whose lives need deep healing after experiencing the trauma of violent death,/ war,/ disaster and sudden loss./ We pray to the Lord.

We entrust to God's healing and care/ those who are sick or living with special needs./ We pray for those who are care-givers in homes,/ hospitals,/ nursing homes,/ hospices and clinics./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray a blessing for this week ahead,/ asking that we would be the living stones which build up the Church,/ and that we would begin each day in the freshness of Christ./ We pray to the Lord.

The Prophet Isaiah warns against putting our confidence in leaders and alliances./ We pray to know Christ/ whose light informs us for the renewal of our minds./We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the dead/ recalling especially our own dear ones./ For persons deceased who have taught us,/ opened up opportunity for us,/ or done us any good./ And for any person who has died with whom we have had resentments./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. These intercessions remind me that I have been blessed many times over. More than I can possible count. I will most certainly remember these intentions during the week to come.

  2. For all these things I pray to the Lord. Except that I find it most difficult to pray for those who have died with whom I have had resentments. This proves to be an impossible task for me. I cannot always find it in my heart to do so. So pray that we may find a way to accept the wrongs done to us and let go of the resentments we hold for things that cannot be righted.

  3. Perhaps the hardest part of Christian discipleship is forgiving. But "Father forgive them..." are the first words Jesus speaks from the cross. I imagine Jesus is very patient with us in this regard.