Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Intercessions ~ First Sunday of Advent

Advent's violet is the color of transition./ We ask for awareness/ to realize personally the need to transition from inner darkness to light./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis is visiting Africa through Monday./ We pray for his safety,/ and blessings for Africa,/ facing many challenges/ and often forgotten or ignored./ We pray to the Lord.

Monday is the Feast of the Holy Apostle, Andrew./ We pray for the countries which claim him as their patron:/ Scotland,/ Greece,/ Romania,/ Russia,/ Poland,/ Ukraine and Barbados./ We ask for these countries to love each other/ and to model solidarity and commonality for all the world./ We pray to the Lord.

As in our hemisphere we move into the cold and dark time of year,/ we pray for those whose lives are filled with discomfort and insecurity./For those for whom everyday is a dark day./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the world's children who are unwanted,/ turned away,/ disposed of,/ emotionally pained,/ hungry or abused./ And for hearts that welcome and support these littlest ones./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who are already trying to stay warm./ For the sick,/ the war-damaged,/ the dying/ and all who care for people who live in pain or need./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for those who have died,/ those known to us and those unknown./ We pray for all whose deaths were violent or particularly sad/ to share in the charity and joy of heaven./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving Father Stephen. You help me to see we have so much to be grateful for.

  2. Everything is a gift! HappyThanksgiving to you too and your family.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Father! Wishing you many blessings on thus day and for the New Liturgical Year that is beginning.

  4. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and the folks you'll be with today. Thank you for following the posts.

  5. For all those who are alone and experience sadness in their lives. I feel their pain and pray for them. For those who are able, please think about inviting someone you know to be alone for an upcoming holiday. Even the invitation might bring a glimmer of joy.

  6. Father,
    As always these are wonderfully inspirational. I just wish you would have used a picture of yourself in violet vestments. It would be nice to picture you as you are now.

  7. These are always so relevant to each week as they come. You must put real time into them. I think it is great to see a member of the clergy embrace the technology of today to reach the people. It seems so obvious yet feared by most who don't want to put themselves out there for all to see. I was happy to add Pauca Verba to my list of favorites in my feed. Bravo to you Father.

  8. The creation of these weekly intercessions takes a few days. They are at the heart of my own prayer. The priest needn't be afraid to use technology to reach people - for one thing there are younger people around (maybe even in the rectory) who are eager to help get the blog up and running. And using technology the priest reaches so many more people. Pauca Verba is read all over the world. Russia is the second greatest audience. I was writing a column for the bulletin each week and a parishioner said, "You're not reaching your audience; you have to get this online." I was anxious at first - but that fades quickly once things get going. It is a source of great joy for me. Thank you for following the post and for sharing the blog with others. Blessed Advent!

    1. You are reaching a large audience now. A broad reach to broaden our minds. You're column must have been quite an inspiration for your parishioners. A huge compliment to you for overcoming any anxiety you might have had about it, for it certainly has hit its mark and you have gotten it out to all of us all over the place. I am writing from warm San Diego and am happy to have found a spiritual base here.

  9. Well, pleased to me you, Johnny. I my youngest brother is John Daniel but everyone calls him Johnny. Johnny from "warm San Diego." It would be neat to see how folks connect with the posts. Some people stumble on them while others find the blog through a winding road of social media contacts. If you are new to the blog: posts go up on Tuesday, Thursday (always the intercessions for the following Sunday) and then Sunday itself. They usually are put up early in the morning. So - greetings from the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania on the Delaware River!