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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Intercessions ~ First Sunday of Lent

Young Coptic Monks of the Monastery of Anba Bishoi ~ Egypt 

We pray for the healing of those who remain locked inside themselves,/ huddled against love,/ un-free,/ inaccessible,/ bent upon self-destruction./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Christians and Jews who live unprotected and vulnerable lives,/ who suffer the violence of criminals and terrorists./ We pray to the Lord.

As Lent begins,/ we pray to be blessed with the transforming gifts we need to come to Easter in the renewal of our minds and hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

Having begun the Lenten time with ashes on our foreheads/ we pray for so much of the world which lays in ashes and destruction./ We pray for a new global priority to save the world's children./ We pray to the Lord.

We offer prayer for those who suffer in the winter time:/ cold,/ hunger,/ homelessness,/ loneliness,/ accident or sickness./ And for those who are winter helpers./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our families,/ asking for the blessings of healing,/ safety and wholeness./ We remember families around the world trapped in war and desperation./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally,/ in our prayer we remember the dead,/ mindful that many die pre-maturely,/ or tragically by neglect or evil done to them./ And we pray for ourselves to be agents of life./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I like the picture of the young Coptic monks. It creates a connect to the faces of these young servants for Christ and how joyful and innocent they appear. It brings a feeling of empathy for the Christians in that part of the world. Jesus show us the way...

  2. Yes. Sometimes (perhaps often) we talk and talk about places around the world where people are suffering, afflicted or in trouble and don't really make a connection with their reality - that we are like them and they like us. So here they are - full of young hope, joy, fraternity, zeal.

  3. You remembered my intercession from last week. Thank you.

  4. Oh, to be sure - such a right and good prayer. I thank YOU!

  5. These prayers are always current and focusing. Thank you for your continued spiritual guidance.