First Sunday of Lent, A, March 01, 2020
As we begin our Lenten journey we recognize that, like us, Jesus was tempted by the devil throughout his life, and we ask for the grace and fortitude to resist evil as he did.
- That this season of Lent will be a period of prayerful reflection for the Church that recognizes the need for God’s mercy and leads to a renewal that rejects all forms of abuse. We pray to the Lord.
- That world leaders will be moved by the threat of the corona virus to begin a period of cooperation and mutual respect for the welfare of all humanity. We pray to the Lord.
- That the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may never take for granted the beauty that God has created and work to preserve the gardens, fruits, and species he has given us. We pray to the Lord.
- That our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent will bring us closer to Jesus and help us to more successfully reject the temptations of the devil. We pray to the Lord.
- That the suffering of persecuted people around the world will be united with the sufferings of Jesus and lead them to the joy of the resurrection.. We pray to the Lord.
- That those suffering from the corona virus or from anxiety caused by this disease will recover and will know that God calms all their fears. We pray to the Lord.
- That Fr. Christopher’s period of suffering in the desert with Jesus will come to an end with the demons that beset him being vanquished so that angels may minister to him. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are ill and fighting difficult health issues may remain determined so that the light of Christ with them in their battles will illuminate the world. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died may be respected as part of God’s creation and will be received into heaven with rejoicing by all the angels and saints. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
O God, we offer our needs to you asking that you have mercy on us in your goodness and confident that your compassion will wipe out all our offenses. May we use this Lenten season to reject Satan and all sin so that we may receive the joy of your salvation and proclaim your praise forever. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 Pope Francis’ intention for the month of March, 2020