Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Intercessions ~ Feast of the Lord's Baptism

The Jordan River

Prayer is the flight of the heart to God./ Grant to your Church and all who desire it,/ a renewal of this gift of prayer./ We pray to the Lord.

On this Feast of the Lord's Baptism,/ we pray for those who live without potable water,/ or where there is fighting over water,/ or where people are spiritually dying of thirst./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless families everywhere in their struggles./ Bless the children and the abandoned elderly with companionship,/ support,/ and all they need to live in health and peace./ We pray to the Lord.

Give us a new desire and resolve to create a peaceful world./ Inspire humanity where it is devolving in greed,/ power-abuse,/ lies and destruction./ We pray to the Lord.

Guide those who seek public office/ to the strengthening of conscience,/ good intention/ and the purification of hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

Comfort through justice and charity,/ those who are without basic necessities for whole living./ Heal the deep inner wounds so many suffer/ and those who are violent and angry./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the sick,/ those exhausted by war/ or the flight from conflict and disaster./ And we commend to God's parent-care the souls of all who have died./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Thanks for these each week. I always feel on track when the Intercessions show up each Thursday. They keep me centered around what is truly important in life and they remind me how blessed I am. A grounding.

  2. You're welcome. Maybe folks think of concerns I'm not bringing to these weekly intercessions. Forward them here and I'll include them. But not politicized: "That the president would..." "That the pope would..." No "For...that...." formula.

  3. I would like us to remember to pray for all those who do for others without expecting even a thank you. That their kindness will continue and their hearts not be hardened. These are the friends in our lives that we take for granted, but are most thankful for.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly. Sometimes we pray for the extreme things when we should not forget to be praying for the people closest to us. The might not necessarily need them as much, but I don't want to forget to be thankful for them. For example, the neighbor that takes in the mail when you are away. Or the friend who sends a Birthday card every year when you always forget theirs. My hope is that God takes our prayers and directs them where needed.

  4. Thanks for this good prayer. Stay tuned!

  5. "Prayer is the flight of the heart to God." What a beautiful thought.

  6. For our inner wounds, so deeply hidden. Thank you for understanding. Let us pray. Amen.

  7. I do understand and not from a book. I'm going off to Mass now in the little chapel here. Prayers for you and "all who suffer deep inner wounds." A blessing in the New Year!