Each week we are posting General Intercessions for the upcoming Sunday liturgies by Msgr. Joseph Masiello, retired pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Westfield, NJ. These intercessions are based on the assigned scriptures, liturgical season and current events.
NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: Let us pray on behalf of our Church family and the human family, for our God never passes us by, but rather draws near---in sunshine and in storm!
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That all who bear the name of the Christ, especially those suffering persecution, may not grow discouraged by wind and wave, but rather take heart in the Jesus who abides with us and has walked the way before us, we pray. . .
2. That hearts may be transformed so that the leaders of the nations as well as the makers of terror and violence may turn from the paths that lead to war to labor unceasingly for a world in which justice and peace shall kiss, even in the deserts of the Near and Middle East, we pray. . .
3. That the peoples of the earth may never again know the horror of a weapon of mass destruction—whether it be nuclear, chemical, biological, or an airplane, we pray. . .
4. That the President and the Congress may put aside differences and put in place legislation that responds justly and adequately to the many needs of a citizenry buffeted by coronavirus, societal unrest, and unemployment, we pray. . .
5. That success be granted from on high, soon and very soon, to those researching a vaccine and remedies to mitigate the coronavirus’ effects, we pray. . .
6. That anyone seeking a quiet place to find the Lord may discover it among us, and those who doubt the reality of Christ’s presence in their lives find in us, his disciples, the support they need to be not afraid, we pray. . .
7. That our service men and women, and our First Responders and healthcare workers may know only safety as they go about their essential labors; and, the seriously ill in our community and among our family members and friends be gifted with love’s comfort and the healing touch of our God, (especially) ____________________, we pray. . .
8. That Easter’s glorious promise may comfort those among us mourning loved ones; and, ____________________ ___________________, (and) all our beloved dead come to the everlasting embrace of God’s love, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: God of love, help us to listen ever more attentively to your voice, and respond ever more readily to your will. Be with us in times of peace; be with us in times of turmoil and strife. Draw near to all who are in need. We ask this through Christ our Lord.