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.
THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: To the God whose vineyard we tend and whose kingdom we proclaim, let us pray, in the name of Jesus, for a Church and a world so much in need.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That all God’s people, shepherds and faithful, may have the same attitude as Christ Jesus, modeling to the world self-emptying love and humble service, we pray. . .
2. That the leaders of the nations, putting the needs of their people ahead of their personal desires, may shun power based on violence, and labor unceasingly to build a just, peaceful, and stable world, we pray. . .
3. That God may move hearts, as well as government, to respond generously and compassionately to the overwhelming need of sister and brother citizens, devastated in these days by fire and hurricane; and, grant abundant success and safety to those striving to give them a new beginning, we pray. . .
4. That the policies of these United States towards migrants and refugees may come to reflect Pope Francis’ challenge to “welcome, protect, promote, and integrate” hurting and fearful sisters and brothers, we pray. . .
5. That all in our parish communities engaged in the ministries of catechesis and faith formation may have our God’s abundant blessing, as they strive to share God’s Word with and enrich the gift of Faith for those entrusted to their care, we pray. . .
6. That our Jewish friends and neighbors and the people of Israel may be gifted with an abundance of shalom all the days of the new year just begun, we pray. . .
7. That our service men and women and all First Responders may be safe; 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. . .
8. That Easter’s glorious promise may console the hearts of those among us in mourning; and, ____________________, (and) all our beloved dead come to the everlasting embrace of God’s peace and love, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: You pour out your blessings upon the humble, O God, and grant peace to the faithful heart. Help us to respond “yes” and to do what the Gospel asks of us. This, as all our petitions, we pray through Christ Jesus, our Lord, forever and ever.