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.
PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY
CELEBRANT: As humble servants, we pray now for the needs of our Church and of our sister and brother human beings.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That this Holy Week anniversary remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection may renew in faith and in spirit all who bear His name, and lead God’s people, shepherds and faithful, to a greater desire to share God’s overwhelming love, we pray. . .
2. That Syria, Yemen, and all lands and hearts, ravaged by war and by every unholy violence, may soon come to a season of peace and a Sabbath of healing, we pray. . .
3. That Jesus’ suffering and rising and the commitment of his disciples to alleviating the pain of the hurting may be a sign of hope for peoples weighed down by injustice and hatred, and for immigrants crying out for compassion, we pray. . .
4. That those who are mourning loved ones, especially those lost to the corona virus, may gaze upon Christ crucified and be consoled in the knowledge that they do not walk alone but with the One who brought life out of death, we pray. . .
5. That our First Responders, our essential workers, and our service men and women everywhere may know the blessing of safety, we pray. . .
6. That the seriously ill in our community and among our family members and friends may be gifted with care, love, and the healing touch of our God, (especially __________,) we pray. . .
7. That __________, (and) all our beloved dead may rest in peace and the everlasting embrace of our God’s love, we pray. . .
8. We pause to express, in the silence of our hearts, our personal intentions -
That our God may receive with a special kindness those unspoken concerns, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: God of eternal glory, you anointed Jesus as your Servant to bear our sins, to encourage the weary, to raise up and restore the fallen. Seal our lives, as His, with the virtues of humility and obedience. We ask this through Christ our Lord.