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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sunday Intercessions ~ Third Advent ~ Gaudete

Pope Francis has called the Church a "house of joy."/ Grant this to be so in our world of loneliness,/ pain and hatred./ We pray to the Lord.

The singing of the Advent O Antiphons begins on Wednesday - first calling Jesus the Wisdom of our God Most High./ We ask to be shown the path of knowledge - God's way of justice,/ compassion,/ and mercy./ We pray to the Lord.

This Sunday's liturgical color is rose/ a color taken from the dawn sky:/ In Christ there is a new beginning./ We pray with those who long to begin life again after sickness,/ war or disaster./ We pray to the Lord.

In the time of winter darkness and cold we pray for those who lack the necessities of shelter,/ warmth,/ food or friend./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask to be kept from a spirit of discontent and ingratitude./ Grant us to live Mary's way of awe before God's active presence in our own lives./ We pray to the Lord.

Our country suffers an insatiable thirst for drugs./ Give us a national and cultural sobriety/ born of satisfied hearts and a desire to serve./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who have died since last holiday time to enter a heavenly life of joy in the Holy Trinity. We pray to the Lord.


  1. These are wonderfully inspiring. Even when life gets to be too much and I put prayer low on my list of things to do, I always remember to print these out and keep them by my bedside.

  2. After awhile you'll have a whole book of intercessions on your night stand. I'll keep your thoughts in mind as I create the intercessions each week. I think this might be part of any priest's ministry and personal prayer life - writing the intercessions for his parish instead of using pre-fab intercessions from a book.

    1. This is true. It is a way for a priest to guide his congregation and help them explore their faith. To assist them in their spiritual life in making more meaningful and more deeply felt prayers. I feel as though many priests I encounter don't make that connection between himself and his people. I will make that my own intercession. That more priests will spiritually guide and care for their flock, like a true shepherd should, I pray to the Lord.

  3. I"m told that there are priests in Vietnam and Ireland who use these intercessions each week in their parishes. Sometimes they would have to delete on or another and create their own to suit their national or local concerns - but that's as it should be. You might let your priest know that this blog exists. Some priests don't take suggestions well - that's about power. But don't let that become the issue - just put it out there and then step back.

  4. As a child, when the pink candle was lit in the Advent Wreath, it always brought that feeli if excited anticipation. We knew that Christmas was close. Now I try to look at it as the beginning, the dawn of the new year and good things to come. A new kind of anticipation.

  5. If we were lost in a dark woods at night - all sense of direction lost - the dawn of the morning sky would re-orient us. In Christ, we know where we are. We know who we are.