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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Intercessions ~ Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Early in July we pray for those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance this month./ We ask for them the blessings of good health,/ safety, /healing and encouragement./ We pray to the Lord. 

July is the Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus./ In his Blood Christ stands in a great solidarity with all of humankind./ And so we pray for those who bleed,/ even to death,/ by violence and hate./ And for those who cause others to bleed and suffer./ We pray to the Lord. 

In our Mass-prayer we hold the concerns of family and friends./ interceding for them in sickness,/ trouble,/ struggles and weakness./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Pope Francis who invites the world to the peaceful resolution of conflicts,/ and for the strengthening and blessing of every voice calling others to the beauty of justice,/ mercy and peace./ We pray to the Lord.

In humility we pray for ourselves and those who stand around us at Mass today,/ asking to be graced with everything we need for our own salvation./ We pray to the Lord.

Monday is the Feast of Saint Benedict,/ the Father of Western Monasticism./ We pray for the many thousands of monks and nuns who follow his simple rule of life,/ and that we would be faithful to the deepening of our own lives lived in Christ./ We pray to the Lord. 

For those who have died we ask the Lord's radiant compassion,/ the healing of inner wounds/ and freedom from suffering,/ pain and frailty./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I thank you for these prayers each week. They help guide me and direct my thoughts where they are needed. You always take the time to address the current events and happenings of the Church. Grateful.

  2. And I'm grateful for your prayer. I believe that the writing of the intercessions for Sunday Mass should be at the heart of the parish priest's prayer life. The generic intercessions taken from books are not helpful.

  3. For all those who are victims of the violence this week, and their loved ones, let us pray.

  4. I'm sorry to say but when these intercessions are posted each Thursday morning, between then and Sunday there is more often than not some terrible violent and deadly event somewhere. And so we keep this in mind as we pray. A nation wearying with all of this.