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-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Celebrant: Mindful that we do not live for ourselves or die for ourselves, let us, with unselfish hearts, turn to our God, praying peace and reconciliation to fill our weary world.
Reader: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. For the Church, the community of sinners and saints: may shepherds and faithful be a model of compassion, peace, and forgiveness for a world far too immersed in vengeance and anger, we pray. . .
2. For the leaders of the nations to come together with renewed dedication and energy to eliminate the horror of terrorism and the waging of war, we pray. . .
3. For all who are suffering the effects of Hurricane Laura, and of the wildfires in the West of our land: may the kindness and compassion of government and of sister and brother citizens heal their hurt and restore their hope, we pray. . .
4. For the safety of our service men and women in harm’s way, and of first responders, essential workers, and others who protect our communities with their lives, we pray. . .
5. For hearts to be transformed so that across the land reverence for the dignity of each and every person, and racial harmony, not anger and fear, may be the hallmarks of our relationships to one another, we pray. . .
6. For religious educators who give of themselves so generously and selflessly: may they grow in living and be abundantly blessed in teaching our Faith and the Church’s heritage of compassion, reconciliation, and social justice, we pray. . .
7. For the seriously ill in our parish community and among our family members and friends to be gifted with love’s comfort and the healing touch of our God, (especially _______________ we pray. . .
Celebrant: God of forgiveness and peace, listen to the prayer of your people. Where there is hatred, inspire us to sow love. Where there is anger, help us to pardon. Form us in the image of your Son, the Prince of Peace, through whom we make our prayer and who is Lord forever and ever.