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.
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: Let us turn toward heaven with uplifted hands, calling upon the God, who is our help, to attend to our prayers for the Church and the world.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That, following the lead of Pope Francis, all who confess Jesus as the Messiah may willingly take up the cross of self-sacrifice, we pray. . .
2. That the leaders of the nations may shun power based on violence, war, or terror, and commit themselves, more and more, to work together to build a just, stable, and peaceful world, we pray. . .
3. That all peoples under siege may be freed from violence in their land wherever it may be, and freed for creating just societies which cherish human rights, we pray. . .
4. That rain and moderate temperatures may soon and very soon come to those in California and in other places in the Western United States under threat from wildfires, and caring government action restore hope to those whose homes have been destroyed, we pray. . .
5. That God may grant success to the work of the hands of those searching for vaccines for the coronavirus and remedies to mitigate its effects, we pray. . .
6. That our service men and women may be blessed with safety as well as all First Responders and essential workers, in particular those fighting the wildfires; and, the seriously ill in our parish community and among our family members and friends gifted with love’s comfort and the healing touch of our God, especially ____________________, we pray. . .
7. That Easter’s glorious promise may comfort those among us in mourning; and, ____________________ (and) all our beloved dead come to the everlasting embrace of God’s love, we pray. . .
That God may receive with a special kindness those unspoken concerns, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: O God, in your power and glory, in your kindness, listen to the prayers of your faithful people, gathered to give honor and praise to your name. May our petitions be holy and pleasing to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.