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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Intercessions ~ Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Enitrean Orthodox Icon ~  Mother of God

We ask that our Mass-prayer would reach into the farthest and deepest places of human suffering/ where people are lost,/ disappeared,/ imprisoned,/ trapped or threatened by the abuses of power./ We pray to the Lord.

As we enter an election season/ we pray for our nation,/ asking for the healing of polarization,/ dishonesty and bitterness./ We pray to the Lord.

In Respect Life Month/ we pray in solidarity with the poor,/ the elderly,/ the baby in the womb and those who live in lands of conflict and war./ For the softening of human hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Pope Francis as the time of synod comes to a close in Rome./ We ask blessings for him of health,/ safety and courage./ We pray to the Lord.

This Monday is the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross who generously served the sick-poor in 17th century Northern Italy./ We pray for those who care for the sick all around the world/ mindful of the great suffering of Ebola victims/ especially in West Africa./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask God to heal and bless our own families/ and families throughout the world/ in all their need and diversity./ And for persons without family or friend/ who suffer in anxiety and loneliness./ We pray to the Lord.

For the deceased persons we have known and loved over the years/ and for all the departed,/ we ask the fullness of life in the joy of God's mercy./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Thank you for helping us to offer meaningful prayers. They are very focused and compelling.

    1. I"m able to see how many people are looking at a particular post. That so many people seem to use these Thursday intercessions pleases me. They are even used by priests in other countries. That's wonderful. I've come to believe that every priest should (I almost never use that word) compose the intercessions for his parish each week instead of lifting generic intercessions from books composed by companies. The Sunday intercessions can be an important part of a priest's prayer.

  2. This is one of your prettier icons, very colorful. We get so distracted with our own comforts that we forget what is going on in the world and the needs of others. We don't mean to forget so I think these petitions are good reminders to read at the end of the day when life is more quiet. Appreciate it.

  3. I'm glad these intercessions help you to pray. Treasure even the little bits of silence you're able to find.