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.
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
CELEBRANT: To the God of our ancestors who has glorified his servant Jesus, we pray for the needs of our world, near and far.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. For the Church, God’s holy people: may we, shepherds and faithful, in the name of Jesus, witness in our lives and proclaim to all repentance for the forgiveness of sins, we pray. . .
2. For the human family: may hearts be transformed across the planet, enabling peace to have a chance, we pray. . .
3. For the healing of the wounds of war, violence, and division in every land, and for the safety of our service men and women, our First Responders, and essential workers, we
pray. . .
4. For our national leaders: may they be graced with wisdom from on high and the political will to lighten the burden of a citizenry hurting in many and varied ways, without casting aside the anxious immigrant, or the fearful refugee, we pray. . .
5. For all first communicants: may they grow in love of the Risen Jesus all the days of their lives; and, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the religious life for the building up of the Body of Christ and the gathering of the harvest, we pray. . .
6. For the seriously ill in our community and among our family members and friends to be gifted with caring love and the healing touch of our God, (especially __________,) we pray. . .
7. For those among us in mourning to be consoled by Easter’s glorious hope; and, for __________ (and) all our beloved dead to come to the fullness of Easter life, we pray. . .
8. We pause to express, in the silence of our hearts, our personal intentions -
For those intentions, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: God of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob, open our minds and hearts to understand the Scriptures. Help us to feel your loving care for us, lead us to share that care with unbounded compassion, and listen to the prayers we voice for those in need. This we pray in the name of Jesus, the Holy and Risen One, Lord forever and ever.