The Solemnity of Pentecost, May 31, 2020
We offer our prayers asking that the Holy Spirit will come to each of us so that we will understand better that as Jesus was sent by the Father, we are sent by Jesus into the world.
- That the Holy Spirit will shed a ray of light divine on Pope Francis, on the members of the Church hierarchy, and on all the faithful who adore and confess him evermore. We pray to the Lord.
- That the wisdom and fire of the Holy Spirit will enlighten the minds and enflame the hearts of national and local leaders entrusted with protecting the health and well-being of the people they serve. We pray to the Lord.
- That people from different cultures with different customs and languages will be open to the promptings of the Spirit so that they may listen to each other with respect and hear a common voice on behalf of all people. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may be grateful for the range of spiritual gifts, forms of service, and different workings that combine to form the Body of Christ and may value human life in all its expressions and stages as expressions of God’s love for us. We pray to the Lord.
- That people trapped in poverty and slavery throughout the world may find freedom from hunger, exploitation, and contempt and may receive the peace that Jesus offers. We pray to the Lord.
- That those in the medical profession and those who work in hospitals and nursing homes will be kept safe from the coronavirus and bring comfort and healing to those they serve. We pray to the Lord.
- The those who suffer in silence from the loss of employment, from isolation, or from fear will know that even when the doors of our lives seem to be locked, Jesus comes and stands with us with the encouraging words, “Peace be with you.” We pray to the Lord.
- That the lives of Venerable Michael McGiveny, Blessed Charles de Focauld, and all whose causes for canonization were advanced this week may inspire us in expressing our faith through service to our communities. We pray to the Lord.
- That Father Christopher and all whose lives are disrupted by unexpected, distressing, or unjust events may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit who guides them, heals all wounds, and warms all chills. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are set apart and hospitalized with the coronavirus may be resolute and courageous in fighting this scourge, receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and know they have the support of family and friends. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died may receive virtue’s sure reward, the salvation of the Lord, and the everlasting joys of heaven. We pray to the Lord.
O God, on this joyful day of Pentecost, we ask that you send your Spirit on each of us so that we may practice our faith with conviction, understand more fully what you ask of us, and live our lives with complete confidence of your love. We make our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.