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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Intercessions ~ Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

El Greco ~ Saint Matthew

Wednesday is the Feast of the Holy Apostle, Saint Matthew./ We pray for the Church to be un-distracted/ in proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ, the Savior./ We pray to the Lord.

Thursday is the first day of Autumn./ And that as the trees will drop their leaves,/ we pray to let go of resentment,/ bitter anger,/ harmful pride and self-justification./ We pray to the Lord.

Three and a half million children live in extreme poverty in the United States,/ yet poverty is not an election-time issue because the poorest people don't vote./ We pray for a new national consciousness/ and an end to indifference and blame./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our families and friends/ asking safety,/ well-being and health./ For anyone chronically sick,/ weakened,/ anxious or alone./ We pray to the Lord.

In our suffering world/ may we learn that diversity is a strength./ Guide world leaders/ and those who seek public office/ to be truth-tellers and unifiers./ We pray to the Lord.

Syria is nearly a failed country in this time of terrible internal war./ We pray for those who are bombing it ruthlessly/ to be returned to sanity./ For Syria's children who are terrified,/ homeless and injured./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for the many who die by war,/ disaster and untreated disease./ And for our planet where the environment is dead by exploitation and greed./ And that we would be given what we need for salvation./ We pray to the Lord. 


  1. To make our world a better place, we should embrace our differences not fear them. For this I pray.

  2. Let us pray to the lord that the world know leaders who are not influenced by opportunities for money or power; men and women who care for people, work for justice, govern with integrity, defend life and are filled with wisdom.

  3. It is hard to know what to say in times like these, so I go to prayer. One of my favorites is, The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil...etc. I came across this response by Abbot Deicoola. When asked why he always smiled? "Be what may be and come what may come, no one can take God away from me."

  4. I like that prayer too. It used to be said at the end of every Mass, with three Hail Mary's. The priest would kneel down on the bottom step of the altar and begin - people didn't leave. Anyway, while I love the prayer I'm uncomfortable with the bit about "cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits..." St. Isaac the Syrian says that we should even have mercy for the demons. I send them to Jesus instead. He knows what to do.