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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Intercessions ~ Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Agnes of Rome

Thursday is the Feast of Saint Agnes/ the girl-martyr./ We pray for Christians who are persecuted,/ in trouble or harassed./ And for other Christians who have grown spiritually bored,/ loveless or  indifferent./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the endurance of those who are kind to us,/ who do us any good,/ who expect nothing in return./ And that we would take no one for granted./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those whose heart's desire is to enjoy peace and security for their loved ones,/ to live in re-established community,/ and the blessings of their land./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis will visit Mexico in February,/ the Land of the Guadalupe,/ but also a land of poverty,/ struggle,/ violence and fear./ We pray for the Mexican people/ and ask blessings for the pope in his journey./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for new direction where hearts have grown hardened,/ prideful or intolerant./ Guide our families where there is trouble or sadness/ or where we have lost our way./ We pray to the Lord.

Re-assure the sick of your presence:/ the elderly,/ the heavy-burdened and frail./ Bless those who care for others in hospitals,/ nursing homes,/ orphanages and hospices./ Give to those who have died,/ the greatest joy of your fully shared life and love./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Thank you for your good prayer. For all those who struggle, in life's difficulties, with pain, with relationships and with good decision making, I pray to the Lord.

  2. Intercessory prayer keeps our hearts sensitive and awake and our gratitude keen.

  3. Your last intercession is so important. Reassure those in need of your presence. A visit will bring comfort and a smile to a loved one's face. And while you're visiting in a nursing home, spread the joy by stopping to talk with a stranger. The elderly are often forgotten and alone.

  4. So forgotten; so alone. Stopping to talk with a nursing home resident who is not your relative! And to touch! What a kindness!

  5. Thank you. These are always inspiring. I am one of those who take them to Mass each week to keep my prayer focused on the important intentions of the world. I am grateful to you for sharing them.

  6. I love that you and others do that. Bless your prayer!