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.
MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
CELEBRANT: Nourished by the bread of God’s word, let us offer our prayer in trust and confidence.
READER: Please respond, “FEED YOUR PEOPLE!”
1. That we, God’s people, may treasure the Eucharist as the abiding sign and renewal of the divine covenant of love sealed in the blood of Christ, we pray. . .
2. That all Christian churches may be healed of their divisions and reunited around the one holy table, we pray. . .
3. That the human family’s many hungers---for bread, for freedom from want, for justice, for peace---may be satisfied in abundance by leaders willing to embrace God’s vision of how things ought to be, and willing to care more about their people than themselves, we pray. . .
4. That we who are privileged and blessed to call ourselves “American” may come to reverence the image of God within all, and act always and everywhere with malice towards none and charity for all, we pray. . .
5. That those who help to make our worship a hymn of praise---priests, deacons, Eucharistic ministers, readers, servers, musicians, singers, ushers, and sacristans---may be blessed abundantly by our God in their ministries, we pray. . .
6. That the developed nations, with great urgency, may make the anti-covid vaccines available to the world’s millions of poor, hungering and thirsting for them, we pray. . .
7. That there may be an increase of vocations to the priesthood so that no community may want for the Eucharist, we pray. . .
8. That our service men and women, our First Responders, and healthcare workers may know heaven’s protection; and, the seriously ill in our community and among our family members and friends be gifted with love’s comfort and the healing touch of our God, (especially ,) we pray. . .
9. That those among us who mourn may be lifted up in hope by Easter’s promise; and____________, (and) all our beloved dead, who ate and drank at the holy table during their time with us, come to the everlasting embrace of God’s love and peace, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: Loving God, with joy we have gathered to celebrate the wondrous mystery of Christ’s presence in the breaking of the bread and the pouring of the cup. May we who share this remembrance of the Lord be faithful to His covenant of unity, peace, and love. This we pray through Christ our Lord.