Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Intercessions ~ Sunday in the Easter Octave

We pray for those who in the Easter time are meeting Jesus for the first time in the water of Baptism,/ asking for them to be strengthened and joyful in their new friendship with Christ./We pray for those who because of their Baptism are taxed,/ harassed,/ persecuted and even killed./ We pray to the Lord.

Globally there are reported to be almost two and a half million persons trapped in human trafficking./ Three million of them are children./ We ask for that new world where persons are safe and free./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope John XXIII's encyclical Peace on Earth/ condemned the killing of civilians in war./ We pray for non militants/ whose safety is threatened by airstrikes in many places./ We pray to the Lord.

At Easter/ Pope Francis asked us to join him in prayer for those nations of the world being destroyed by violent conflicts./ And so we pray with him for the restoration of peace in Syria,/ South Sudan,/ Kenya,/ Nigeria,/ the Republic of Congo,/ Yemen,/ Iraq and Afghanistan./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our families in the Easter time/ mindful of those who are sick,/ anxious,/ worried,/ addicted,/ or troubled in any way./ For gifts of healing and wholeness./ We pray to the Lord.

Our poor world is burdened and weakened in a great flood of guns and weapons./ We pray for those who make huge profits in the production and widespread sale of these new gods of metal./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who have died since last Easter to know God's eternal joys/ and for those around the world who are dying today in so many invasions,/ wars,/ and awful acts of terrorist violence./ We ask for a new global regard for life./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. There is so much sadness in the world. It is hard to know where to start to pray or even to begin to help. Thank you for showing us where to start our thoughts. Sometimes it feels hopeless.

  2. I understand the feeling of hopeless and helpless. The heart remaining awake to and aware of human suffering matters.