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.


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

  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".