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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Intercessions ~ Palm Sunday

The children of the Hebrews with palms before thee went...

On Palm Sunday/ we pray for the Christians of the Holy Land who live in great danger for their faith./ We pray as well for those who make pilgrimages to the shrines which mark the Lord's birth,/ life,/ death and resurrection./ We pray to the Lord.

As we contemplate Mary's Sorrow this week/ we pray for the mothers of the world and that they would be able to care for their families without fear,/ but in peace,/ safety and security./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who will keep the Sacred Three Days of Thursday, / Friday and Saturday,/ and Easter next weekend./ We ask for the turning of hearts to the higher things of Christ's self-forgetting love./ We pray to the Lord.

As we contemplate the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist this Thursday,/ we pray for communities where there is no priest./ And we pray for the renewal and growth of the Church around Christ in the Eucharist./ We pray to the Lord.

As the Church gathers to venerate the wood of the cross on Friday,/ we pray for those who suffer under their own heavy crosses./ For those who live where there is war,/ destruction,/ abuse and violence./ We pray for those who are unemployed or sick/ and for those who are recovering from accidents or surgery./ We pray to the Lord.

For Eastern Christians who have just begun Lent,/ and for the Jewish people who look forward to Passover,/ that we would love God and serve God together./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for those who have died since last Holy Week,/ that we would remember them gladly./ And for those who like Jesus/ die terrible deaths of loneliness,/ betrayal and pain./ We pray to the Lord.  


  1. When, I was in the city the other day I encountered this homeless pregnant girl on the street. It made me aware of the needs that surround us here, also. My prayer went out to her and all the vulnerable people in the world. Especially, all the babies and the children. You always make me aware of the needs of others.

    1. The disciple has new eyes for seeing. You understand. Walking in Manhattan is a thrill: the stores, the restaurants, the entertainment, the people-watching, the styling - but also the human story of suffering, loneliness and pain.

    2. How many of us stop and offer something to these destitute people and how many of us keep on walking? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked...let us remember what Jesus would have done.

  2. There are so many things to pray for here and in our own lives. I pray that we don't give up on prayer, even when it feels like we're losing the battle.

    1. Absolutely! Who knows how our prayer effects someone, something, somewhere. If nothing else it means my heart is awake. And that's
      not-for-nothing as the world goes.