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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sunday Intercessions ~ Feast of the Lord's Epiphany

Star of Bethlehem

In the new month of January/ we pray for those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance./ For gifts of good health,/ safety and peace./ We pray to the Lord.

The magi from the East discovered the Christ Child of Bethlehem./ We pray to make discoveries for ourselves this new year/ which will lead to the fulfillment of our deepest inner desires./ We pray to the Lord.

The Bethlehem Star shone brightly./ We ask for God's light to lead us out of dark thinking to a brighter place/ where truth is evident and the choices for goodness more clear./ We pray to the Lord. 

The Christians of the Middle East/ the birth-place of Christianity,/ suffer terribly./ We pray for their consolation and protection./ We pray for the Christians of the comfortable world/ whose faith is often mediocre and un-evolved./ We pray to the Lord.

We entrust loved-ones to God's nurturing care,/ mindful of those who are addicted,/ sick,/ sad,/ financially troubled or emotionally burdened./ We pray to the Lord.

When the magi looked up and saw the star/ they were over-joyed./ We pray for people from whom joy has been taken by depression,/ war,/ chronic sickness,/ family dissolution or violence./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for all those who have died this past year:/ to know their living Redeemer./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Let us all pray to the Lord! Thank you and Happy New Year Father Morris!

  2. Epiphany lifts our eyes from the family celebrations and demands that we should take a more worldly vision. It demands that, like the three wise men, we should have the courage to follow the light of the star we have seen, no matter the hazards that await us; that the light of our faith, like that of the wise men, should be so strong that we are able to see and recognize our Lord in however unexpected a way He may present Himself to us; and that having recognized Him, we should bow down and adore Him. We pray to the Lord that we see this great light.

  3. Perhaps the posture of the magi as they come to recognize God in a child is a good lesson for us. As we approach the mystery of God, we too should be on our knees, prostrate, or in some manner recognize our feebleness before the wonder of God who so loved the world that he sent his only Son to save us from eternal separation from him.