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-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: Today the prophet Isaiah paints a portrait of a world free of hunger and filled with God’s peace. Let us pray now, dear friends, for our world, a world so much in need of God’s healing, peaceful presence.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That Christians, clothed alike in the shining garment of baptism, may one day be united also at the wedding table of their God, we pray. . .
2. That hearts may be transformed so that there may be an end to the web of war and violence throughout the world and the dawning of a Sabbath of peace, we pray. . .
3. That a spirit of compromise rather than an unholy spirit of confrontation may move our national leaders in these days to a new aid package for all people and governments struggling economically under the weight of the corona virus, we pray. . .
4. That cooling temperatures and gentle rains soon and very soon may come to the states in the west ravaged by the wildfires, especially California, we pray. . .
5. That the Lord God, through the compassion of His people, may wipe away the tears of all who face the dark valleys of hunger and poverty, of struggle with addiction, of emotional illness or family strife, we pray. . .
6. That our First Responders, in particular those fighting the wildfires, and our service men and women 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. . .
7. That Easter’s glorious promise may wipe away every tear of those among us in mourning; and, ____________________, (and) all our beloved dead come, on the mountain of the Lord, to feast at the eternal banquet of life, we pray. . .
8. We pause to express, in the silence of our hearts, our personal intentions -
That God may receive with kindness those unspoken concerns, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: God of hope and of love, bend your ear to the prayer of your people assembled to give you praise and honor. Lead us to be ministers of healing and givers of peace. Gather us all into your loving embrace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.