Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Intercessions ~ Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time




Help us in difficulty and stress/ to be patient and kind/ to continue believing in love and hope,/ and not to lose our joy./ We pray to the Lord.

There are numerous wildfires in California, Arizona and Idaho./ The destruction is vast./ We pray for those who fight these fires,/ those who have lost their homes,/ and humbly ask for the gift of rain./ We pray to the Lord.

Monday is the Feast of the Holy Apostle, Saint Bartholomew/ who it is said brought the Gospel to India./ We pray for the Church in Asia/ which often struggles under poverty and persecutions./ We pray to the Lord.

As Pope Francis prepares for his visit to the United States/ we pray to be prepared to listen/ with open minds and hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

Grant good health,/ well-being,/ growth in goodness/ and peace to our families,/ colleagues,/ friends and neighbors./ Bless those who are alone and forgotten with friendship and support./ We pray to the Lord.

For the safety of summer travelers,/ for students and teachers who will soon return to school,/ for those who even from a distance make our lives easier or safer./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the sick,/ mindful of those who suffer from terrible diseases or who are near death./ For those who are sick with hatred or fear,/ and for the dead to know God in the divine mercy of forgiveness,/ joy and life./ We pray to the Lord.


2 comments:

  1. I will remember these thoughtful intercessions. Thank you for directing our prayers to those who might need them most.

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  2. Yes, maybe especially the disastrous fires in California and other states. And the poor people of Syria. The intercessions used on Sunday in most churches are pre-fab - generic - and as a result they offer very little. Some folks have clued their priest's into these to use each weekend. Actually, I believe writing the Sunday intercessions should be at the heart of a priest's prayer life - it's his holy "job".

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