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-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Celebrant: Let us pray in the name of the Jesus who has promised his presence where two or three gather in his holy name.
Reader: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. For the church, the people of God, shepherds and faithful: may we practice in our own community life the commandment of love and the reconciliation that we preach to others, we pray. . .
2. For forgiveness to replace hatred and mercy to replace vengeance among all peoples; for an end to the trumpets of war, especially where the trumpets are sounding loudly, we
pray. . .
3. For wisdom from on high and a renewed commitment to the common good for our national leaders in this time of many and great crises, we pray. . .
4. For a compassionate government and compassionate sister and brother citizens to bring hope out of desperation by responding generously to the needs of the so many whose lives have been devastated by the fury of nature’s winds and rains or by fire, we pray. . .
5. For the blessing of safety for our service men and women and, throughout the land, for our firefighters, police officers, emergency service personnel, and all first responders and essential workers, we pray. . .
6. For all students embarking upon a new academic year to welcome its challenges and to grow in wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and reverence for human dignity, we pray. . .
7. For the seriously ill in our parish community and among our family members and friends to be gifted with love’s comfort and the healing touch of our God, especially ____________________, we pray. .
8. For Easter’s hope for all who mourn, especially for loved ones lost in the 9/11 attacks; and, for all who perished on that 9/11 day nineteen years ago, ____________________ and all our beloved dead: may they come to the everlasting embrace of our God’s life and love, we pray. . .
Celebrant: God of reconciling love, listen to the prayers of your faithful people. Draw us ever closer to you and to one another and move us to serve our neighbors with love and compassion. We ask this through Christ our Lord.