Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Intercessions ~ The Lord's Baptism in the Jordan

Cathedral Bell ~ Notre Dame de Paris

Remembering the Lord's Baptism/ we are mindful that the Jordan River is a place of division today./ We ask blessings for people of good will/ working for the healing of ancient grievances in the Middle East./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the people of Paris and all of France where deadly violence occurred this week./ We ask God/ who opened the Red Sea/ to open hearts to conversion./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis travels to the Philippines this week./ We pray for his journey to be fruitful and for the pope and many pilgrims to be kept in safety./ We pray to the Lord.

In the New Year we pray for family and friends who are struggling in any way./ We pray for people who suffer in the winter time from cold,/ homelessness or financial problems./ We pray to the Lord.

Where adults fight, children suffer./ We pray for a more sensitive world/ where the needs of children are a first priority./ We pray to the Lord.

Eastern Christians celebrated Christmas this week./ We pray for a unity of love among Christians everywhere/ modeling friendship and reconciliation for the world./ We pray to the Lord.

That we would live without enmity/ and for those who have died recently by violence and war/ to know God's gifts of peace and fullness of life./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Thank you for remembering the people of France. Violence seems to occur everywhere and for little cause. I pray that those in morning will find solace in their prayers and not more hatred.

  2. I hope you don't mind me repeating what others have already said, but thank you for these intercessions. I am always so happy to have them each week.

  3. There does seem to be a more urgency to pray more. Thank you for leading us in this quest for a more peaceful world.

  4. I'm able to see where these intercessions for Sunday are read: "far and wide". Indeed, I've even had notes that greet us from Asia, Canada and parts of Europe where together, through the posts, we're praying for a peaceful world. And peace doesn't just mean no war - but that we are rightly ordered or directed towards others.

    1. Peace within ourselves. Amen.