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.
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
CELEBRANT: Just as the Lord Jesus raised his voice in prayers and supplications, so too do we now raise our voices on behalf of those in need.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That all the people of God---lay, religious, and ordained---may be faithful to the law of compassionate love written in their hearts, giving holy witness to the Elect and becoming ever more the grain of wheat that dies and bears much fruit, we pray. . .
2. That the judgment of this world may herald justice for the oppressed, and peace for the nations, we pray. . .
3. That our national executive leaders and legislators may reverence us whom they serve and, with integrity of heart and wisdom from on high, seek the best solutions to the nation’s challenges, justly and compassionately responding to the many needs of our citizens and of our immigrant sisters and brothers, we pray. . .
4. That the afflicted, who offer their prayers with loud cries and tears, may find new hope and strength in the loving care of the Christ’s community, we pray. . .
5. That the Elect may be freed from sin, given the faith to acknowledge Christ as the resurrection and the life, and grow in the holiness that leads to life everlasting, we
pray. . .
6. That the programs funded by diocesan Appeals which nourish Faith and lift up the hurting in many and varied ways may be generously supported by the faithful, we
pray. . .
7. That the blessing of safety may be there for service men and women, First Responders, and essential workers; and, the seriously ill in our community and among our family members and friends be gifted with comforting love and the healing touch of our God, (especially ____________________,) we pray. . .
8. That Easter’s glorious promise may console those among us who sorrow in these days; and ____________________, (and) all our beloved dead come to eternal rest and the everlasting embrace of our God’s love and peace, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: Father, you are our God, we are your people. Draw us ever nearer to you during these holy days. Sustain a willing spirit within us and listen with love to our humble prayer which we raise up to you through Christ Jesus, our Lord, forever and ever.