Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Intercessions ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent

Snowdrops in my sister's garden

As we prepare for Easter/ we pray for Christians whose faith in the Resurrection is weak,/ who doubt heaven and Christ's gift of eternal life./ We pray to the Lord.

Lent is the Church's Springtime./ We ask for gifts of inner warming and melting/ where thoughts of others are frozen and hardened./ And for new growth in Christ/ where the Church has lost its way./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless our families where there is difficult news to bear,/ where relationships are strained/ where problems stress us./ And for those who have no family or friend./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the nine countries which have nuclear weapons:/ The United Kingdom,/ France,/ China,/ India,/ Pakistan,/ Israel,/ The United States and North Korea,/ asking for stability,/ non-aggression and responsibility./ We pray to the Lord.

There are sixty million refugees in the world./ We pray for them and all who are without homes and in a strange land./ We pray too for those countries,/ who though overwhelmed,/ are trying to be welcoming and helpful./ We pray to the Lord.

Awaken in human hearts the spirit of civility,/ kindness and justice./ Console those who are rejected and fearful,/ especially the elderly,/ the sick/ and the  children./ We pray to the Lord.

Give to those who have died,/ mindful of our own dear ones,/ the gifts and blessings of life/ and joy in Christ./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. These always help me to go beyond my normal thinking and see things in a new way; think about the world differently.

  2. Many of us have estranged family members and those that should be there for us and are not. I pray for the reuniting and strengthening of families all over. That they will be wholly present for us in times of trouble and need. Friendships come and go, but our family is always our family.