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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sunday Intercessions ~ The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for ourselves,/ our families and those who are around us at Mass today,/ and that Jesus would be able to depend on us./ We pray to the Lord.

Each week people entrust themselves to our prayer./ We pray for those concerns now:/ asking for health,/ courage,/ comforting and peace./ We pray to the Lord.

We long for a more just and safe world,/ praying boldly for the resolution of conflicts which would allow soldiers and sailors of every nation to return home in peace./ We pray to the Lord.

On the old liturgical calendar/ this Sunday is called Septuagesima, or seventy days to Easter./ From our distressed human condition we ask to seek the Risen Christ as our Remedy./ We pray to the Lord.

Since last Sunday the light has increased by a few minutes./ We ask for that inner Christ-light/ which finds us where we hide in shadows or stubborn unknowing./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis hopes for our Church to enter a new era:/ a simpler Church,/ a more humble, repentant Church,/ a Church which helps an anguished world to heal./ We pray for God to lead us to the realization of this fresh vision./ We pray to the Lord.

We commend to God those who are dead to this world/ that they may live forgiven and mercifully embraced by the Risen Christ./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I do pray for a more humble Church. One that is accepting of all of God's children. One that reaches out to the poor and the helpless. One that encourages us to live as Jesus instructed us to do. I see Pope Francis and his vision. I hope to see a Catholic Church that takes to his path and follows his guidance. I know many people who would pray for these things. It is the Church hierarchy that I worry will stop at nothing to prevent it.

  2. Thank you Father. Just being able to read these I feel like I am praying with you. This brings me a sense of comfort and peace.

  3. There are folks in countries all around the world who pray these intercessions as Sunday approaches. We pray with each other. Isn't this wonderful? Your comment just gave me an idea - that every week I'll include the names of 6 nations. In time we'll have prayed for ALL the countries of the world by name!