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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Intercessions ~ Solemnity of Mary's Maternity ~ New Years Day

As the start of the New Year/ there is talk of a new arms race and nuclear proliferation./ We ask God to spare us,/ praying for world leaders to value good sense more than power./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Pope Francis as he speaks to the world at Christmas and the New Year./ We ask for the new global heart/ he hopes to call forth/ reflective of the energies of love,/ mercy and justice./ We pray to the Lord.

As God comes to us as a little child at Christmas,/ we pray for the children of the world:/ those hiding during bombardments,/ who hold on in sea crossings,/ whose hunger and thirst is unsatisfied,/ who are abandoned and fearful./ We pray to the Lord. 

The Christmas story edifies us with the protection and guardianship of Joseph./ We pray for parents around the world:/ for those who struggle to provide for their families,/ for parents who are out of work,/ for parents whose relationship is in trouble./ for those who have failed their children./ We pray to the Lord.

As a new year opens to us/ we pray for our own families and for our friends./ We entrust all their concerns to Mary's maternal care and God's great kindness,/ asking for good health/ and the resolution of problems which prevent growth and balance./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for those who are sick,/ frail,/ vulnerable and weak,/ to be supported in friendship and care./ We remember those who have died this past year/ mindful of recent tragedies in Berlin and over the Black Sea/ and for those who begin the new year in mourning/ awaiting the return of joy and peace./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. This year wasn't always the best of times. I am looking forward to the New Year and hoping for brighter days. May we let God's light shine upon us more brightly and help to reflect it around the globe.

  2. Thank you Father. We should keep these prayers in mind throughout the entire year. Peace and blessings to you.

  3. Even the seemingly best relationships can have their troubles. Sometimes we hide the hurt. Your intercessions often strike close to home.

  4. Happy New Year! Be grateful for every second of every day that you get to spend with the people you love. Life is very precious.