Monday, September 20, 2004

Sample Intercessions for September 26, 2004

26th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year C
September 26, 2004

Things, events, and news items to keep in mind:

  • Click here for this Sunday's readings.
  • Hostages in Iraq taken and killed.
  • Road rage leads to murder at SF Giants game.
  • Flooding in Haiti kills 600.
  • James P. McEntee, civil rights leader in Santa Clara, dies.
  • Moon Festival celebrated on September 28 in Chinese and Vietnamese communities.
  • Nation prepares for presidential debates.

The following are just samples meant to inspire your work. Use them as ideas for your own assembly's intercessions.

Trusting all things to God, let us lift up the needs of the world.


For the Church (pause):
for faithfulness to God's commandment;
for noble confession of faith under persecution and trial;
for ceaseless work in the pursuit of dignity and human rights for all people.
We pray to the Lord.

For national leaders and all in power (pause):
for eyes to see the lowly poor;
for ears to hear their cries for justice;
for hands to feed and hearts to heal.
We pray to the Lord.

For those whose lives are daily suffering (pause):
for those recovering from hurricanes;
for those living and stationed in war-torn countries;
for victims of poverty, disease, and abuse.
We pray to the Lord.

For families gathering for festivals and reunions (pause):
for Asians celebrating the Moon Festival this week;
for Jewish communities completing High Holy Days;
for joy, reconciliation, and peace.
We pray to the Lord.

For our parish community (pause):
for strengthened mission in preaching the Gospel;
for pursuit of righteousness, devotion, and faith;
for love, patience, and gentleness in all things.
We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are you, Lord, for you lift up the poor and raise the lowly from the dust.
Hear our cries and remember your faithfulness.
In your mercy, make us people of justice
that we may come to your heavenly home where Lazarus weeps no longer.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.