Prayer Service

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 20, 2021

On this day we are reminded that through all the storms of life the Lord is with us and thus we offer these prayers for our needs. 

  1. That the Church may be filled with faith so that we may no longer live for ourselves but for Christ who for our sake died and was raised.  We pray to the Lord.
  2. That the storms of anger, hatred, and jealousy that plague our world will be quieted and stilled by our Lord and replaced with great calm and peace.  We pray to the Lord.
  3. That during this summer storm and hurricane season, the Lord will set limits on the sea, bar its door, and command, “Thus far shall you come but no farther” so that coastal lands and their inhabitants will be spared.  We pray to the Lord.
  4. That on this World Refugee Day we may obtain insights, grace, and generous spirits so that we may be instruments of healing for all who are in flight from oppression and poverty.  We pray to the Lord.
  5. That children who are victimized by the actions of adults that promote chaos and violence may find opportunities to live in peace, to be educated, and to grow in their knowledge of God so that they may build a bright future.  We pray to the Lord.
  6. That those whose lives are warehoused in refugee camps and detention centers may find release, opportunity, dignity, and joyful hearts.  We pray to the Lord.
  7. That on this Father’s Day in the year dedicated to St. Joseph, all fathers may have the understanding of St. Joseph never to be afraid to let the Lord steer their course and to know that God always sees the bigger picture when control seems to slip away.[1] We pray to the Lord.
  8. That when violent squalls stir up waves that threaten to overwhelm us, we may not wonder whether the Lord cares if we are perishing but may know the great calm that faith provides.  We pray to the Lord.
  9. That as parts of the world continue to be plagued by the pandemic, those in need may be assisted in obtaining medical support and needed vaccines through a pan-national united effort that reflects the sanctity of all life.  We pray to the Lord.
  10. That as Fr. Christopher begins the 46th year of his priestly ministry in the midst of a storm that tosses high waves which also sink to the depths, may he cry to the Lord in his distress and be rescued so that he may rejoice in calm seas and give thanks to the Lord for his wondrous deeds.  We pray to the Lord.
  11. That those who are in torment from illness or depression may hear the Lord command their sufferings, “Quiet!  Be still.” so that they may find a great peace without fear.  We pray to the Lord.
  12. That our deceased fathers, grandfathers, Godfathers, and good men who have contributed to our lives mirroring the love that St. Joseph showed Jesus may rest for all eternity in the peace of heaven.

God our Father, as we offer these prayers asking for what we think we need, we ask also for the faith to know your presence among us and to be filled with great awe in seeing your care for us.  We make these prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

[1] Based on item 2 in the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, 8 December 2020.

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