Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Intercessions ~ Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Racism has been cited as our nation's original sin./ We ask forgiveness for the many manifestations of this flaw in our history and our own time/ and pray for the conversion of our national heart./ We pray to the Lord.

All around the world there are new huddled masses of people/ driven from places ruined by hatred and war./ We ask for hearts eager to welcome and help./ We pray to the Lord.

Thursday is the Feast of  sixth-century Pope Saint Gregory the Great./ We pray for Pope Francis to be welcomed to our country/ with joy and openness./ We pray to the Lord.

As September begins we pray for those who return to school,/ and those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance,/ asking for the blessings of good health,/ safety and peace./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for rescuers and helpers where there is fire,/ disease,/ war,/ calamity or disaster./ Grant us charitable hearts./ We pray to 
the Lord.

In our prayer we think of those who are sick physically or sick in spirit./  We entrust to God's care the poor,/ the displaced,/ the children who need to be protected,/ those who suffer injustice,/ the confused and those without friend or helper./ We pray to the Lord.

And we pray for those who have died this week or who are saddened by the death of loved ones./ We ask for the courage needed to address the gun violence which demoralizes and grieves so many./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I become overwhelmed with thoughts of prayer each week that I read these. So I take one for each day to focus on. This way as I go about my daily routine, I can concentrate my thoughts on a specific intercession rather than try to remember them all. I also ask for prayers for you Father, to keep up your good work here which I find most inspirational.

  2. What a creative idea! And I thank you for your prayer. In 1962, the Protestant Theologian, Karl Barth wrote that the Sunday Sermon and the prayers following ought to be intimately linked. He said, that the sermon (homily) needs to open up God's Word to us and "From there on it moves downward toward the concluding prayer, in which the declarations of the sermon (now again in direct calling on God) are to be brought closely together, but in this the service is above all to be opened outward toward all other men, toward the rest of the church and the world as an intercession that is as wide in scope as possible (is this not too often neglected?). I conclude that the priest therefore ought to create the intercessions himself - as the fruit of his own prayerful-awakeness. The bland processed prayers, taken out of books and used seemingly everywhere, really don't cut it then, do they?