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.
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
CELEBRANT: As a community of believers of one heart and mind, let us pray through Jesus, the Son of God, gloriously risen from the dead.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That we, God’s people, shepherds and faithful, who have not seen and yet have believed, may give witness to the resurrection of Jesus by our firm faith, our sure hope, and our generous caring for those in need, we pray. . .
2. That all peoples ravaged by war and violence may know a Sabbath of healing and a season of peace soon and very soon, we pray. . .
3. That world leaders may find the means to conquer mistrust with mutual respect and understanding, and work together to respond to the needs of a world wrestling with many and great challenges, especially for the sake of the too many poor and hungry, we pray. . .
4. That our national leaders may labor unceasingly to make mercy and justice the cornerstones of our nation’s immigration policy, and common sense the cornerstone of gun legislation, we pray. . .
5. That the newly baptized and all of us may cherish God’s commandments; and, that we may, by the holiness of our lives, invite to share in Christ’s victory those who doubt, those who find no reason to come back home to a lost faith, and those who have not yet found faith in God, we pray. . .
6. That our First Responders, our essential workers, and our service men and women may be blessed with safety; and, the seriously ill in our community and among our family members and friends gifted with loving care and the healing touch of our God, (especially _________________,) we pray. . .
7. That Easter’s glorious promise may wrap the hearts of those among us in mourning; and, ________________________, (and) all our parishioners, family members, and friends, who have passed on marked with the sign of faith, live with the risen Lord forever in joy beyond understanding, we pray. . .
8. We pause to express, in the silence of our hearts, our personal intentions –
That God may receive with Easter kindness those unspoken concerns, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: God of glory, may the peace Christ bestowed upon the first disciples make this community of disciples one in heart and mind. May the same Spirit Jesus breathed upon them send us forth to bear witness to the divine mercy. We ask this in the name of Christ Jesus, our Risen Lord, forever and ever.