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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Intercessions ~ Feast of the Lord's Epiphany

6th century mosaic ~ St. Apollinaire, Ravenna

On the Feast of the Lord's Epiphany we pray for those who feel they are stumbling around in darkness:/ who feel lost,/ demeaned,/ hurt,/ discouraged,/ inconsolable./ frightened./ For those who carry within themselves the burden of separation and loneliness./ We pray to the Lord.

On this feast of light/ we pray for the people of good will/ who bravely deal with the deep shadow of terrorism/ gripping our world today/ and causing such fear and confusion./ We pray to the Lord.

The Magi visit the Child of Bethlehem and his Mother./ And so we pray for children everywhere:/ that they would be welcomed,/ loved,/ protected/and given all they need to grow/ as full and happy human persons./ We pray to the Lord.

Eastern Christians celebrate Christmas today./ We pray for them/ and for Christian homes everywhere/ to be centers of joy and hope,/ and for the strengthening of Christians who are threatened or menaced for their believing./ We pray to the Lord.

In the winter time/ we pray for people who lack stability and security./ For those who are homeless,/ cold,/ or out of work, / and that we would be aware and generous in performing the works of mercy./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who died/ or who were wounded in the terrorist attack in Istanbul at the start of the new year./ We recall too the 4th anniversary of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School/ asking for a new guiding star/ leading the nation to be healed of its terrible gun violence./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. It seems like life is more precarious in winter. The cold, dark days seem to expose our vulnerabilities. I try to remember all those that suffer especially during this light deprived time.

  2. I believe you are correct. For starts, we can slip and fall on the ice, we can get frost bite, the electric can go out in a storm and we're without heat. And indeed, the longer, darker days cause us to go INSIDE ourselves - if we will. There we discover ourselves and God speaking to us in the quieter time.

  3. How lucky, we are to experience this interior light in our every day events. Just by being kind, forgiving of others and listening to the needs of others. He makes things simple, even revealing His greatest power in a simple piece of bread. Jesus was such a great teacher for good.