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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Intercessions ~ Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday night we pray for the renewal of the Church throughout the world. / We pray especially for the Church where it is very poor,/ too comfortable, forgetful or lukewarm in response to Her Lord./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the renewal of the priesthood./ We pray for the priests who have cared for our families over the years./ We pray for priests who are tired,/ sick,/ newly ordained,/ elderly,/ addicted or troubled./ We pray to the Lord.

Tonight we pray for the children throughout the world who are preparing for the reception of their First Holy Communion soon after Easter./ We pray for hearts that are fervent for Jesus/ and for parents who will model for them a deep response to God in Christ./ We pray to the Lord.

The Eucharist is food/ and so we pray for those who have no food/ or only inadequate food./ We ask for grateful hearts that take nothing for granted,/ and that we would be generous in sharing with others./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who are sick,/ calling to mind family,/ friends and neighbors who are struggling with illness or aging./ We pray for those who are fearful or alone and for their comforting./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for those who have fallen asleep in Christ and for all of the departed/ that with the saints they may enjoy the place of refreshment,/ light and peace./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. As we are praying for priests, I pray for you Father, as you continue to nurture us from afar. Your words are far reaching and penetrate my thoughts often. I feel an immense gratitude for your inspirational thoughts.

    1. I am grateful for you kindness. I send a blessing to everyone these Triduum Days and in the joy of Easter!


    Question. Can dead Christians intercede for Christians who are living? Is it possible for deceased Popes, the Virgin Mary, and other dead saints to hear prayers and intercede for men who are alive?


    Prayer is offered to a person in two ways: one as though to be granted by himself, another as to be obtained through him. In the first way we prayto God alone, because all our prayers ought to be directed to obtaining grace and glory which God alone gives, according to those words of thePsalm (lxxxiii, 12): 'The Lord will give grace and glory.' But in the second way we pray to the holy angels and to men not that God may learn ourpetition through them, but that by their prayers and merits our prayers may be efficacious. Wherefore it is said in the Apocalypse (viii, 4): 'And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel' (Summ. Theol., II-II, Q. lxxxiii, a. 4).

    There are no Scriptures that instruct men to pray to men, dead or alive. Where in Bible does it say pray to angels? There is no verse in the Bible that would indicate that dead Christians can hear our prayers. Even if they could hear our prayers there is no Scripture that states they could intercede between us and God. There is no Scripture that says dead men can be an advocate for us to God the Father.


    Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (NKJV)


    Romans 8:34 Who is he condemns? It is Christ who died, and futhermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercessions for us. (NKJV)

    Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit make intercessions for Christians.

    Can Christians who are alive pray for other living Christians, of course they can and should. Praying, for, is not the same as praying to someone.

    Christians should not pray "to" other Christians. That would be worship. Men are to worship Jehovah God alone.

    Praying to dead Popes, the Virgin Mary and other dead saints is worship. God is a jealous God.


  3. Let's keep it simple. Intercessory prayer is - that we pray for each other. The baby is sick and word goes out to everyone - Pray for the baby! On the other side of the grave Christian in glory are not "dead" - the Virgin Mary is not DEAD - Heaven means ALIVE - more alive than we are here. So of course we can ask those in heaven to pray for us. And C.S. Lewis says, "If you've got a problem asking heaven to pray for us then at least pray WITH us." I don't like religion that's contentious or blogs that are about polemic. Just Jesus. And when about Mary - then Mary with Jesus in her arms.