Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sample Intercessions for October 29, 2006

30th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B
October 29, 2006

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

  • Click here for the readings of the day.
  • Almost 100 United States military personnel were killed in Iraq during the month of October.
  • Local and state elections campaigns heat up as we move toward Election Day on November 7.
  • Children and adults will be celebrating Halloween this week on October 31.
  • On October 29, 2006, the United States church celebrates World Youth Day.
  • November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, is a holy day of obligation.
  • November 2, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls), is not a holy day of obligation but is widely observed.
  • Many families will celebrate Dia de los Muertos on November 2 to remember and reconnect with their dead loved ones through storytelling, remembrance, and feasting.
  • On November 4, two seminarians of the diocese will be ordained to the diaconate: Br. Don Morgan and Marc Gazzinggan.
  • Celebrating their parish’s 16th anniversary of dedication this week is the parish of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph (November 4).
The following are just samples meant to inspire your work. Use them as ideas for your own assembly's intercessions. Read 10 Principles for Writing Intercessions and How To Write Intercessions to help you write your own.

In Christ, we are priests forever.
Let us now offer our prayer.

For the Church: [pause]
for all the saints, known and unknown,
for God’s priestly people,
for the clear vision to always follow Christ.
We pray to the Lord.

For all nations: [pause]
for an end to the blindness of war,
for an end to tears and pain,
for deliverance from crippling conflict.
We pray to the Lord.

For our children: [pause]
for their safety this Halloween,
for their continued growth in faith,
for constant joy.
We pray to the Lord.

For the sick: [pause]
for the weak of the world,
for patience with those who falter and stumble,
for the courage to sacrifice for the sake of those in need,
including those we now name….
We pray to the Lord.

For all who have died: [pause]
for a level road for their journey,
for God’s eternal consolation,
for their resurrection on the last day,
especially for those who have died from illness,
those killed in war,
and those we now name....
We pray to the Lord.

God of glory,
you gathered us from the ends of the earth.
We exult and praise your holy name.
Hear our prayer and grant them according to your will,
for we ask them in the name of Jesus, the Lord. Amen.