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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Intercessions ~ Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ Quinquagesima

Ice church in Sweden

There are seventy countries where young girls are threatened,/ attacked,/ violated and even killed for going to school./ We pray for the safety of the world's girls/ and the conversion of anyone who would harm them./ We pray to the Lord

Lent begins this Wednesday./ We pray to leave the past in ashes,/ setting out on the forty day journey to an Easter transformation./ We pray to the Lord.

February is Black History Month./ We pray for the healing of our country where racial hatred endures/ and there is inequality and sorrow./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for healing and reconciliation where families are in crisis./ We intercede for the elderly who are alone,/ for those who are homesick/ and for children who are waiting to be adopted./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask the blessings of good health,/ safety and well-being for Pope Francis,/ for priests,/ deacons and seminarians/ and for the Church where it suffers by internal weakness or outside threats./ We pray to the Lord.

In the winter time we pray for the homeless poor./ the unemployed,/ those who must work outdoors,/ and all who help where the winter brings suffering./ We pray to the Lord.

For the sick,/ those in constant pain,/ those who daily manage handicaps and special needs,/ those who struggle with addictions,/ and for the healing of destructive anger./ We pray to the Lord.

For terrorists who take life,/ and for their victims./ For all who have died this week around the world/ and for the comforting of mourners./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. As I read this, I am reminded of people who suffer pain and sickness often in silence, bearing the weight of these illnesses with broad shoulders. That we may remember that we don't know that struggles that people have, yet they are in need of our prayers.

  2. I have a friend who lost his eyes to a landmine in Vietnam only a short time into his tour. He was 19 at the time and now 64. He is filled with inoperable shrapnel. Nerves have grown around the metal pieces resulting in constant and sharp pain. His struggle is un-imaginable.

  3. For those who remain locked inside themselves, huddled against love, unfree, inaccessible, bent upon self destruction. I pray to the Lord for their healing.

  4. I'll bring this intercession out into the front next week. Thank you. Very aware and sensitively phrased.