Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Intercessions ~ Feast of the Holy Family

Flight into Egypt ~ Austrian

We pray for the entire human family at Christmas time/ asking for all people to learn how to treat others well./ We pray to the Lord

As the light increases in our hemisphere now,/ one minute more each day,/ we pray for the enlightenment of minds to see ourselves and others as God sees,/ accepts and loves./ We pray to the Lord.

On this Feast of the Holy Family/ we pray for families that are on the move:/ immigrants,/ refugees and exiles./We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the world's children,/ mindful today of those who are exploited,/ enslaved,/ terrorized,/ unwanted,/ uneducated./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless world leaders with insight/ and a new willingness to safeguard peace for the sake of the families entrusted to their care and protection./ We pray to the Lord.

Friday was the Feast of Saint Stephen the First Martyr./ We pray in a heart-solidarity with the Christian martyrs of the Middle East and Africa./ We pray as well for the conversion of those who do hateful and deadly things./ We pray to the Lord.

As we contemplate Mary's pregnancy and the delivery of her Child,/ we pray for children waiting to be born:/ for their protection,/ health and welcoming./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who have died this past year,/ to receive the forgiveness of sins/ and the fullness of life promised by Jesus/ born of Mary at Bethlehem./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. In his Christmas address, Pope Francis, called on Jesus’ strength to turn “arms into plowshares, destruction into creativity, hatred into love and tenderness.” May we all heed his call and let us pray to the Lord to hardened heats into beating pumps of love.

  2. What a great honor to be named after St. Stephen the first martyr. I read he was so filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit. God put into his heart a marvelous love.

  3. Yes. My young mother "fought" to have me named Stephen Peter while the Irish aunts wanted Peter Stephen. Mother won, and I am very grateful. And that she spelled Stephen in the traditional way - with a ph.