Friday, April 01, 2005

General Intercessions upon the Death of Pope John Paul II

The following are offered as suggestions for Intercessions at Mass upon the Death of Pope John Paul II.

In the face of the death of our Holy Father, John Paul II,
let us ask God our Father to soften our sorrow, arouse our hope,
and renew our confidence through his Son’s victory over death.


That through the example of the life of Pope John Paul II, the universal Church may more boldly proclaim the message of salvation and the reign of God’s Spirit in our time. We pray.

That the faithful of the Diocese of Rome may not lose sight of their mission to love and to serve, even in the face of the loss of their bishop, John Paul. We pray.

That the people of Poland, beloved homeland of our Holy Father, may find comfort and strength in the legacy of love and courage that John Paul leaves to the world. We pray.

That the person chosen to carry on the ministry of Peter will go out to preach the Gospel, speaking the language of the modern world and proclaiming peace and trust in Christ. We pray.

That those who suffer from illness may follow the example of our Holy Father and remain faithful by bearing witness to the suffering and steadfastness of Christ. We pray.

That John Paul’s love for the gospel of justice and the Eucharistic presence of the risen Lord may be our pledge and support as we journey through life and death to our eternal home. We pray.

That Jesus, who is our resurrection and life, may give to our brother, John Paul and all who have died in the service of the gospel, joy in God’s presence forever. We pray.

Loving and gracious God, only in you do we find rest.
Help us grow in faith and love,
and prepare our hearts to accept the truth:
that death completes our birth into your heavenly kingdom.
Hear the prayers for our faithful departed,
especially for your servant, John Paul.
May they enter into the fullness of peace which you alone can give.
We ask this through our risen Savior, Christ our Lord. Amen.


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