Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Intercessions

At Christmas,/ may the simple beauty of Jesus' birth,/ summon us to love what is deeply human./ We pray to the Lord.

At Christmas,/ we pray for Pope Francis:/ his good health,/ protection and endurance./ We pray as well for those who do not understand his message/ or have closed their hearts to his teaching and example./ We pray to the Lord.

At Christmas,/ we pray for the Bethlehem's of our world today:/ the people and communities that are out-of-the-way,/ often poor,/ exploited and war torn./ We pray to the Lord.

At Christmas,/ we pray for that part of the world we call the Holy Land,/ asking for a peaceful time of mutual respect,/ cooperation and hospitality./ We pray to the Lord.

At Christmas we pray for our families and friends,/ asking for healing gifts where faith has been abandoned,/ or where there is trouble,/ bitter division or sickness./ We pray to the Lord.

At Christmas/ and the winter solstice in our hemisphere/ there begins the gradual return to light./ Where there is menace and fear,/ may Christian hearts be illumined by Christ's attractive and reassuring light./ We pray to the Lord.  

At Christmas/ may the Mothers of the world be blessed in the privileged work of raising children,/ and young people be graced with health,/ safety and growth in goodness./ We pray to the Lord.

At Christmas, / we pray for all who have died this year,/ and for those who mourn them,/ asking as well for the conversion of hearts which foment violence,/ injury,/ destruction and death./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Beautiful Father! Thank you for sharing these. You never fail to include the things we don't think of which is why I use these intercessions to guide my daily prayers. Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

    1. I"m pleased for that connection in prayer. God bless you at Christmas!

  2. For all these intentions and those which touch us personally, let us pray. This is a time for reflection and for being thankful for the blessings and the people in our lives whom we hold dear.

  3. These Intercessions are always the seed for my prayer. I let them take root in me each week and help my spiritual growth.

  4. I'm pleased for that. Blessed Christmas to you and your family!