Weekly Prayers of the Faithful

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, October 25, 2020

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, October 25, 2020

We offer our prayers to God seeking what we need to better live the two great commandments to love so that the word of the Lord may sound forth in all places.  

  1. That the Church may give witness to the faith it professes by loving the Lord, our God, with all our heart, mind, and soul and by loving each of our neighbors as we love ourselves.  We pray to the Lord.
  2. That political leaders will cry out against oppression of all immigrants and refugees and ensure that widows, orphans, and all those without family may be provided security and hope.  We pray to the Lord.
  3. That the injustices we see in the Church, in our country, and in the world beset with terror, persecution, and ethnic hatred will strengthen us to be agents of peace, tolerance, and love.  We pray to the Lord.
  4. That we will demonstrate the compassion of the Lord by sharing our resources with the poor for their benefit and not for our selfish gain.  We pray to the Lord.
  5. That in this time of turmoil and uncertainty, we will know God as our rock of refuge, our shield, our stronghold who keeps us safe from all enemies and from all that afflicts us. We pray to the Lord. 
  6. That we will receive the word with joy from the Holy Spirit despite the pandemic, ill-will, threats to our livelihood, and the divisions that some seek to sow among us.   We pray to the Lord.
  7. That candidates for political office will follow the example of St. Francis of Assisi who did not wage a war of words aimed at imposing doctrines but inspired the vision of a fraternal society by spreading the love of God.[1] We pray to the Lord.
  8. That the present pandemic which exposed our false securities and vulnerabilities will lead to the birth of an international community of support and help that dreams together in the wonderful adventure of life.[2]    We pray to the Lord.
  9. That as we take note of the fourth anniversary of the attacks on Fr. Christopher by his bishop, we give thanks for his persistence, his commitment to his vocation, and his witness to God’s love through his ministry.  We pray to the Lord. 
  10. That Francesco, the documentary about Pope Francis[3], will be an agent that lifts humanity to address the ecological, educational, and moral crises it faces so that all people, with our individual shortcomings and failings, will work for a common good as brothers and sisters.  We pray to the Lord.
  11. That those among us who are sick in body, mind, or spirit may find help and healing through the love shown them by their neighbors, by nurturing medical professionals, and by trust in the Lord, their strength.  We pray to the Lord.
  12. That those who have died waiting in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord will be blessed with tranquility and peace in the everlasting life and light of heaven.  We pray to the Lord.

O God, despite the fact that we often join with the Pharisees in testing you, we offer these petitions knowing that you respond with love far greater than our love for you.  With confidence, we make our prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

[1] Based on Fratelli Tutti, Paragraph 4.

[2] Based on Fratelli Tutti, Paragraph 8.

[3] Tickets for online viewing of the US premiere of this documentary at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 25 may be purchased for $5 at https://filmfest.scad.edu/schedule

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