Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Intercessions ~ Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time




August is the month of fires and floods./ We pray for those who have suffered losses recently,/ and for those who generously and bravely,/ rescue and help./ We pray to the Lord.

Direct us/ that our political positions and opinions would reflect the teaching of Jesus:/ Love your neighbor./ We pray to the Lord.

In these summer days/ free us from cynicism and despair./ Give us grateful,/ happy hearts/ for the generous love you show./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless religious leaders everywhere./ Give peace and security to Christians who are in trouble for the name of Jesus./ We pray to the Lord.

School will begin soon,/ and so we pray for children and young people:/ for their safety,/ and growth in learning and goodness./ And for the ones who have no school to go to./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who have no joy in life/ who know only trouble and pain./ Give us hearts that are eager to share./ We pray to the Lord.

For any who struggle with sickness,/ injury,/ emotional problems and  addictions./ Bless the people who help others to get well./ And we pray for those who have died and for their salvation./ We pray to the Lord. 

8 comments:

  1. Thank you Father Stephen. Each week I am so grateful that you give us these prayers. I insert little additions for family and friends, but your intercessions are the backbone of my daily prayers.

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  2. That's right - what I put up here is a starter and a pointer - inviting us to personalize the prayers. Thank you.

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  3. That's right - what I put up here is a starter and a pointer - inviting us to personalize the prayers. Thank you.

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  4. For all these things, in solidarity we pray. Amen.

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  5. I am always amazed at how aware you are of the many needs of people, places and things. It is a gift.

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  6. The generic intercessions (priests get them from different sources) say almost nothing. One woman wrote: "When we're sometimes invited to add our own petitions at Mass, I'm tempted to say in a very sweet, pious voice, 'May the roof of this church fall down on our heads right now,' and would anyone even look up?"

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    1. I am grateful for your inspirational prayer here. You do show a special awareness to the needs of the world.

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