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.
SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: Saint Paul speaks of the church in Corinth as “sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be a holy people.” As a people seeking to be holy and loving, let us pray for those in need wherever they may be.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That our Catholic Church and all Christian churches may more and more, in this New Year, come together in unity, harmony, and charity, we pray. . .
2. That world leaders may more and more, in this New Year, see themselves as servants of their people, raising up those crushed by poverty and hunger, restoring the survivors of violence, and ending war and the threat of terror, we pray. . .
3. That the witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be as a shining light, guiding the nation toward justice for all, nonviolence, and an ever-greater capacity for us citizens of this great land to live each day with malice towards none and charity for all, we pray. . .
4. That we who have been baptized in water and sealed with the Spirit may testify to the presence of God in our midst by lives of holiness and compassion, we pray. . .
5. That more young people may find their joy and peace in witnessing to Jesus as priests and religious, and our service men and women and all emergency personnel in harm’s way know the blessing of safety; we pray. . .
6. That the seriously ill of 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 pray. . .
7. That the sorrowing may be lifted up by Easter’s promise of life; and, ________________, (and) all our beloved dead come to be welcomed into the forever embrace of our God’s peace and love, we pray. . .
8. We pause to express, in the silence of our hearts, our personal intentions -
That God may receive with a special kindness those unspoken concerns, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: Loving God, you sent your Son, your faithful Servant, to reveal your glory. Form us as faithful servants, and send us in these days to reveal your glory. This we pray, through Christ our Lord.