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-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
CELEBRANT: Through Christ Jesus, who is our life, let us pray for our many needs to the God who is near to all who call upon him in truth.
READER: Please respond, “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!”
1. That the Church may welcome, in peace and with compassionate love, all who come to the vineyard, whoever they are and whatever the hour, we pray:
2. That hearts may be transformed so that the makers of war and terror may come to see their actions as profoundly unholy attacks on the God of goodness and peace, and the children of that God, the human family, we pray. . .
3. That laborers in our land and every land who are faced with poor working conditions, unjust wages, or unemployment may find support in the Church’s social teaching and the Christian community, we pray. . .
4. That Christians in government, business, and finance may always bear witness to Gospel values by striving to lift up the poor and all in these days struggling economically, we pray. . .
5. That God may grant abundant success to the work of the hands of those seeking to heal and restore our so many sister and brother citizens devastated by hurricane and fire, we pray. . .
6. That our service men and women and all First Responders, especially those rescuing and aiding fire and hurricane victims, may be blessed with safety, we pray. . .
7. That the seriously ill in our parish community and among our family members and friends may know the comfort of loved ones and the healing touch of our God, (especially ____________________ we pray. . .
8. That Easter’s glorious promise may wrap the hearts of those among us in mourning; and ____________________ (and) all our beloved dead come to the everlasting embrace of God’s love and peace, we pray. . .
CELEBRANT: God of love and mercy, owner of the vineyard, listen to the prayer of your people. Number us among your compassionate, merciful, and healing workers, and make us generous stewards of the abundant gifts you have so graciously bestowed upon us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.