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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Intercessions ~ Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Pharisee has only negative opinions of the Publican in the Gospel today./ We pray for the Church/ and that we would welcome,/ know,/ love and serve each other well./ We pray to the Lord.

Monday is the Jewish Feast of Sukkot,/ when Jews pray for the world in all of its need./ We join them,/ aware of those places where there is great suffering and pain,/ disharmony and fear./ We pray to the Lord.

Wednesday is the Feast of St. Evaristus,/ fourth Bishop of Rome,/ successor to St. Peter./ We pray for Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict./ For their safety,/ health and strength./ And for pilgrims to Rome/ as the Year of Mercy will soon end./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who do evil things./ For anyone who is blood-thirsty,/ deceitful/ or who loves war./ We ask for the healing of our country,/ and for the well-being of family,/ friends/ and children everywhere./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who have nothing to celebrate,/ no happy or good memories./ We ask blessings for peacemakers,/reconcilers and advocates of mercy and justice./ For the sick,/ the elderly and the poor./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask gifts of healing for all who live in active addictions./ For those who need new strength for a struggle./ For those who are overwhelmed with despair/ or who long to feel forgiven./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for those who have died/ to be assisted by the prayers of the Virgin Mary and the saints./ And that we would recognize the help God gives us for our own salvation./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I ask God to watch over my family and friends. That they will not know despair and hopelessness, but rather happiness and feelings of security. I feel lucky to have good people in my life to keep me going.

    1. These are difficult days. Maybe "difficult days" is always and in every place, but this is the time we live in and it's easy for folks to feel frustrated and hopeless. God's got his eye on the sparrow, Jesus says. All the more, our families.

  2. You bring sunshine to my day Fr. Stephen. Just knowing that you are out there praying along with us and offering us motivation to keep ourselves on a faithful path. I feel blessed.

    1. Yeah, remember the reading last Sunday, Jesus telling us to pray always and not to lose heart.