Thursday, August 18, 2016
Petitions/Prayer of the Faithful for August 21, 2016
Ellen McHugh has written these petitions for Sunday, August 21, 2016:
Prayer of the Faithful for August 21th, 2016
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Celebrant: As people of faith, we pray now for ourselves and for all those throughout the world who are in need of God’s generous mercy.
For our church leaders and for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world—that their work may reflect your will in promoting justice and peace. We pray to the Lord.
For all those suffering in regions devastated by wildfires and floods—and for the men and women who work to alleviate their suffering. We pray to the Lord.
For our parish ministries; for those who selflessly volunteer their time and for the people they serve. Help each one of us to discern Your call to stewardship—may Your presence in our lives be an impetus to “cross the narrow gate” in the service of others. We pray to the Lord.
For students and teachers beginning this new school year, that the Spirit of God may grant them the gifts of self-discipline, wisdom, and understanding. We pray to the Lord.
Today, as we celebrate Mary as our Patroness, may her steadfast presence always serve as a sign of hope and a source of unity and peace for all of us at St. Mary. We pray to the Lord.
And for those for whom this Mass is offered [name them]. We pray to the Lord.
With the prayers of Mary, we place our own private intentions in silence before our loving Lord. [allow for silence. . .]. We pray to the Lord.
Celebrant: Merciful God, through the power of your Spirit, help us to serve you with faith and fidelity, to be for others what Jesus is for us: pardon and peace, new life and blessing. We ask this in the name of your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.