Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Intercessions ~ Seventh Sunday in the Easter Time

In the month of May/ the Church celebrates Mary in her contemplative faith./ We ask for our prayer to be strengthened/ and our believing/ when faith and hope are tested./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the peace of nations/ and for a new willingness to resolve global problems fairly and honestly./ We ask for leaders to put aside pride,/ vanity/ and a desire to be remembered as powerful and famous./ We pray to the Lord.

So much of the world remains poor because of human selfishness,/ corruption,/ exploitation and greed./ We ask for the conversion of hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

For every child to be welcomed,/ wanted and loved./ For the children who are left without security,/ food,/ education or health care./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those preparing for marriage,/ for the safety of travelers,/ for students as the academic year draws to a close,/ for the sick and those who help them./ We pray to the Lord.

The people of Nepal have suffered another great earthquake this week./ We pray for this suffering nation:/ for rescuers,/ for the injured,/ the homeless and helpless./ We pray to the Lord.

And for all who have died/ to be taken up into the place of forgiveness,/ healing and joy./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Sometimes I must force myself to remember that God does not abandon us, nor forget us in our times of trouble and need. He understands the heartache brought on by evil. So I will pray these intercessions with the belief that God will feel closer to us in these times and the despair will be pushed further away.

  2. I understand and I share your thoughts. But as the world goes - I also consider it a wonder that a heart can be sufficiently awake to hold these concerns. An awake, feeling heart - that's something of a miracle. If I stop caring to lift up these concerns to heaven - even when heaven seems faraway - I think then I'm in trouble. And I want to bless with prayers all those who are helpers and go good: the folks who rescue in Nepal, the people who help in the Philadelphia hospitals after the train crash, the soldiers who discovered and saved the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, a pope who calls out the war industry for what it is...