Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sample Intercessions for February 11, 2007

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
February 11, 2007

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

  • Click here for the day's readings.
  • February 11 is World Day of the Sick.
  • February 14 is Valentine's Day. This may be a difficult day for those who are lonely, single, in struggling relationships, divorced, or widowed.
  • Hundreds are killed in massive car bombs in Iraq; several US soldiers die is helicopter crashes.
  • Extreme cold hits the midwest and east coast, leaving the vulternable and the homeless in danger of death.
  • Fires in South San José and in Sunnyvale displace hundreds and leave many homeless.
  • Catechumens continue to discern their readiness for baptism this Easter as Lent approaches.
  • Vietnamese and Chinese communities prepare for the Tet holiday and the lunar new year.
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.

With confidence in our God,
let us pray for the needs of the world.

For the church: [pause]
for steadfast hope in the Lord;
for fruitful witness to the Gospel.
We pray to the Lord.

For the world: [pause]
for an end to war and violence;
for streams of peace flowing in the desert.
We pray to the Lord.

For the catechumens: [pause]
for strength to listen to God's voice;
for their hunger to be satisfied by God's word.
We pray to the Lord.

For those in love and those struggling to love: [pause]
for couples and those seeking companions in life;
for all who mourn the loss of a relationship.
We pray to the Lord.

For the sick and the dying: [pause]
for the homebound and those in hospitals;
for their caregivers and all who comfort them;
for those we now name...[pause].
We pray to the Lord.

For the dead: [pause]
for faith in the resurrection of Christ;
for comfort to those who weep;
for those we now name...[pause].
We pray to the Lord.

God our Father,
those who hope in you flourish in your goodness.
Fill the poor of the world with your blessings,
and give a hunger for justice to those filled with earthly concerns.
Hear our prayers, and we will leap for joy in your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.