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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Intercessions for the Feast of the Epiphany

Star of Bethlehem

The guiding star originated in the East./ We pray for Eastern Christians who are often persecuted for Christ:/for their strengthening,/ freedom and peace./ We pray to the Lord.

When the magi arrived at Bethlehem/ they found Jesus, Mary and Joseph./ We pray for the up-building of families everywhere,/ mindful of families where faith has been lost/ or where there is addiction,/ violence and financial struggle./ We pray to the Lord.

The star of Bethlehem signifies Christ's royalty./ We pray that we would claim Jesus Christ anew as Savior and Lord./ We pray to the Lord.

The magi discovered the Child called Prince of Peace/ in that part of the world which is often at war./ We pray to discover how we might be peace-makers/ and for global leaders to be given fresh energies to the creation of peace./ We pray to the Lord.

We pause to pray for the many people entrusted to our prayer./ We remember the sick,/ the un-employed,/ the elderly,/ the children,/ the dying/ and for their salvation./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for loved-ones who have died./ We pray for the faithful and the not-so-faithful departed,/ and that with them we would behold the face of God in Christ-Jesus./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I always find myself looking forward to these Intercessions as they cause us to take a moment to remember those around us and calls attention to the week to come. My religious education class meets on Thursday evenings and I use them to spur discussions and reflection. Wonderful idea to have these online.

    1. What a great idea? Is it effective? Does the class take an interest? Tell them you and I were in touch with each other and that I send them a blessing and good wishes for their families in the New Year. And that I would be happy for them to write to me with their own ideas. I'm a good correspondent.

    2. Yes, Father, I find it to be effective as they encourage the class to think about the upcoming Gospel and about how they can be better Christians. Even for those who do not attend mass on a regular basis. I can assure you that they understand them and they do open up discussion which is the goal I have in mind. I thank you for sharing them.

  2. Let us pray to be more like the magi who humbly welcomed the baby so different from themselves without feelings prejudice. That we may not pass judgement on people for their appearance, their status or their differences.