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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Intercessions ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sts. Joachim & Anna ~ Parents of Mary

In today's Gospel/ Jesus attends to the quality of our prayer./ We ask to be blessed as people of prayer,/ in the elements of praise,/ contrition,/ thanks and supplication./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray again for Pope Francis and the thousands who will travel to Poland soon for World Youth Day./ For safety,/ joy and growth in Christ./ We pray to the Lord.

Tuesday is the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anna/ the parents of the Virgin Mary./ We pray for parents and grandparents,/ and the health of families living in despair,/ and even incomprehensible suffering./ We pray to the Lord.

Wednesday is the Feast of the wonder-worker/ healer-physicain and martyr,/ Saint Panteleon./ We pray for doctors,/ nurses,/ researchers and technicians./ For those who ask for gifts of health,/ strength or recovery./ We pray to the Lord.

In this election season/ we ask to be a more kind people,/ more polite,/ tolerant,/ intelligent and peaceable./ We intercede for those who seek public office to be humble,/ genuine servants,/ skilled in uniting people./ We pray to the Lord.

Our suffering-nation needs a very deep healing/ afflicted with so much gun violence and death./ We ask heaven for that remedy,/ and entrust the sick,/ the wounded and disturbed to God's care,/ mindful of soldiers returning home./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the police officers and others recently murdered in gun-madness./ We pray too for their mournful families,/ friends and colleagues./ For the salvation of all./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Thank you Father. Anyone who has any awareness of the world should recognize the need to pray for these intentions. You take it all and wrap it up, making our prayer more manageable.

  2. Thank you for your good prayer - all of us remembering that there are only 7 intercessions each week. That's what fits on a page and not to weary anyone. But we are free and actually invited in our own prayer to add to these prayers, springing from from our personal heart-awareness. I hope the intercessions posted every Thursday in anticipation of the following Sunday spark prayer.

  3. They do spark prayer Father Stephen. Your intercessions ask us to think about world happenings which lead me to examine things close to my own heart. It becomes an continuous stream of thought as the week goes on.

  4. Saint Paul tells us in the Letter to the Philippians to tell God everything - even in the details.

  5. He is the one to talk personally to. I trust His love and advise. You lead us to Him everyday and help us to focus on the needs of the day. Always showing us; "Love does make the world go round".

  6. Who is the man reclining under the golden tree upon which Mary is standing? I always study the icons you put with your posts for all the symbolism I can find.

  7. Mary in the lineage of Jesse. Fruit of a golden tree!

  8. Prayer looks different for different people. But even in our individual differences we all share the same life from the same God. Thank you for keeping my spiritual life on track, and regular. Your prayer helps me feel closer to God in a deeper more personal way than I have ever known.

  9. These Sunday Intercessions are an important spiritual discipline for me. I'm glad they help folks to pray.