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.
OF THE EPIPHANY
Before we bring our gifts to the altar in homage, let us with trust and
confidence offer prayer for our sister and brother human beings.
Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
God’s holy people may lovingly invite all to come and be
heirs with us as members of the one body of Christ, we
hearts may be transformed from hatred to love so that all
nations may walk in God’s light, free from war and violence,
and all rulers pay Him homage, serving Him in justice and
peace, we pray...
3. That, in this
New Year, our government leaders may bring renewed hope to
the too many in our land who are food insecure, living in
poverty, or homeless, and the so many long-time residents
yearning for a path to citizenship, we pray...
winter’s dark and cold may move us to rededicate ourselves
to warming, in
whatever way we
can, the hurting of our family and neighbors, we pray...
our Catholic Christian communities may offer Christ Jesus
the gold of a living
incense of beautiful worship, and the myrrh of compassion
for others, we pray...
our service men and women, our First Responders, and our
medical personnel and
may be covered with safety, we pray...
7. That the
seriously ill in our community and among our family members
and friends may be gifted with love’s comfort and the
healing touch of our God, (especially ___________,) we
8. That Easter’s
glorious promise may wrap the hearts of those among us in
mourning; and, _____________, (and) our beloved dead rest in
the forever embrace of God’s peace and love, we pray...
Gracious God, with deep gratitude we thank you for revealing your loving
kindness through the person of Jesus. Bless this gathering of your church with
your Spirit that we may, by our loving kindness, reveal him to others. This we
pray, as all things, through Christ our Lord.