Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sunday Intercessions ~ Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


We pray for all who are struggling this winter here and elsewhere,/ for those who lack food,/ friendship and proper shelter./ We ask for the softening of hearts to help those who are forgotten./ We pray to the Lord.

Each January the Church prays for the protection of all human life./ We ask for a national conversion which recognizes each human person as a thought of God,/ a heartbeat of God./ We pray to the Lord.

We all know people who have particular struggles,/ burdens and problems to bear./ We ask for them to be blessed with  gifts of courage,/ strength and endurance./ For the troubled country of Syria./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who despite their best efforts/ are still finding it difficult to secure work or to make ends meet./ And that we would be grateful for the work we have to do./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the men and women who are members of the armed forces,/ boldly asking for that world peace which would allow soldiers and sailors all around the world/ to return home in happiness and security./ We pray to the Lord.

As we approach the altar we pray for priests:/ for young priests and elderly priests,/ for priests who are tired,/ sick,/ unhappy,/ damaged or in any kind of trouble./ For the renewal and up-building of the priesthood in every place./ We pray to the Lord.

We hold our families in prayer now/ asking for restored health and consolation for all who are afflicted with sickness,/ sadness,/ trouble or anxiety./ We pray to the Lord.

We call to mind those known to us who have died./ We pray for deceased clergy and members of our parishes/ asking for their fulfillment in Christ./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I find these Intercessions especially touching. They unexpectedly struck a chord in my heart. Thank you Father Stephen for your thoughtful prayers that remember all those needing our attention.

  2. From these Intercessions I have drawn great strength knowing that we pray them together in solidarity. As they are posted here online, might I safely assume that we have your blessing to use them during our services? Thank you for your encouraging us to pray with more thoughtfulness.

  3. I'm pleased for the intercessions and the posts to be used in any way that helps people to pray. I thank you for your willingness.