Weekly Prayers of the Faithful

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, October 11, 2020

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, October 11, 2020

As we are called to this Eucharistic feast, we pray for the grace to clothe ourselves in the garments of repentance that we might turn away from indifference and sin to live the faith that we proclaim.  

  1. That the Church will embrace its mission of going out to all the roads working to invite whomever is found there, the good and the bad alike, welcoming them into the kingdom of God.  We pray to the Lord.
  2. That governments and civil leaders will be mindful of the needs of all people, striving to wipe away the tears from every face as we look to the Lord who saves us.  We pray to the Lord.
  3. That in the dark valley of isolation, fear, sickness, and death that is the coronavirus, we may not fear this evil but will know that the Lord is at our sides offering us courage.  We pray to the Lord.
  4. That as we express gratitude for the beauty of our nation while observing Columbus Day, we will also be mindful and supportive of the indigenous people who suffer from poverty and mourn the loss of their lands, their traditions, and their culture. We pray to the Lord. 
  5. That this International Day of the Girl Child, will signal increased effort to be protective of girls who are victims of war and violence, who linger in refugee camps, who live in poverty, who are denied education, and who are denied the right to contribute to society in freedom and with joy.  We pray to the Lord.
  6. That as we prepare for our national election, we will insist on respectful and honest civil discourse as we claim the rights and responsibilities for which generations of Americans have sacrificed so that we might live with liberty and justice.  We pray to the Lord.
  7. That the people of all nations will seek peace and security — for an end to the clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, for the end of violence in Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen, and for mutual respect among Israel and its Mideast neighbors.   We pray to the Lord. 
  8. That all people will seek the prosperity of the larger human family above their personal well-being by valuing the richness and beauty of those seeds of common life that need to be sought out[1].  We pray to the Lord. 
  9. That whether we live in humble circumstances or in abundance, we will do all things in Christ who strengthens us.  We pray to the Lord.  
  10. That Fr. Christopher and other victims of injustice in the church may seek justice “as a means of preventing new crimes and protecting the common good, not as an alleged outlet for personal anger.”[2] We pray to the Lord.
  11. That those who are sick without proper medical care, who fight disease in isolation, or who despair because of the pain and difficulty they face will find goodness and kindness that follow them all the days of their lives.  We pray to the Lord. 
  12. That those who have died will be clothed in wedding garments at the heavenly banquet and will fill the halls of heaven with songs of rejoicing and praise as the tears on every cheek of those who mourn are wiped away.  We pray to the Lord. 

O God, at this time of challenge in our world, we ask for the grace to do all things in Christ who strengthens us and for guidance in right paths for all our days.  We make our prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

[1] Based on Fratelli Tutti, Paragraph 31

[2] Quote from Fratelli Tutti, Paragraph 252

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