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, the liturgical season and current events.
THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: Mindful that the prayers of the lowly pierce the clouds, in our need we humbly turn to the God of love.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That the Church may compassionately live, in its own communities, the love of God and of neighbor it preaches to others, we pray. . .
2. That soon and very soon wagers of war and merchants of terror may become makers of peace, ready and willing to give a new future to peoples devastated by their violence, we pray. . .
3. That the immigration policies of these United States may mirror the justice and compassion of the God who this day reminds us not to molest or oppress the alien among us, we pray. . .
4. That relief workers, providing assistance to the so many devastated by the hurricanes or made homeless by the fires, and the essential workers ministering to the needs of those afflicted with COVID-19, may do so in safety and be blessed beyond measure in their efforts to bring comfort and hope to God’s children, we pray. . .
5. That each of us, eligible to vote, before we exercise that precious right, may reflect seriously upon the many complex and grave moral issues that will confront the next President, we pray. . .
6. That all who bear the name of the Christ, young and old and in-between, may use their God-given gifts of time, talent, and treasure wisely and without reservation in service of their neighbor’s need, we pray. . .
7. That the seriously ill in our parish community and among our family members and friends may be gifted with love’s comfort and the healing touch of our God, (especially ____________), we pray. . .
8. That Easter’s great promise may lift up the hearts and spirits of all among us mourning loved ones; and, __________,__________(and) all our beloved dead, who served the living and true God, come to the everlasting embrace of God’s love and peace, we pray. . . __________
CELEBRANT: Gracious God, you call us to live in love and to act in justice. Listen to the prayers of your faithful people. Be merciful when we falter; grant us strength to persevere in all that is good. We ask this through Christ our Lord.