Weekly Prayers of the Faithful

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 05, 2021

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 05, 2021

Knowing that the Lord our God comes to save us, we come to him asking that all the burning sands in our lives will become pools, our many thirsts will be quenched by springs of water, and that our need to be rich in faith will be granted by his mercy. 

  1. That we may hear the teaching of the Church at times we are deaf to the word of the Lord so that we may better proclaim our faith through the way that we live.  We pray to the Lord.
  2. That the turmoil caused by fires, floods, heat, war, poverty, hatred, and all diseases that infect humanity will be cured by turning to the Lord and begging that the hand of Jesus will bring healing.  We pray to the Lord.
  3. That we will see through gold rings, fine clothes, poverty, and shabby clothes to recognize the image and likeness of God in every human being.  We pray to the Lord. 
  4. That the people of Afghanistan facing chaos, the loss of freedoms, and oppression — and whose hearts are frightened — will experience supportive voices in their local communities and throughout the world crying out, “Be strong, fear not! [for] your God comes with vindication.”  We pray to the Lord.
  5. That we will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.[1]  We pray to the Lord.
  6. That children and teachers returning to school will find an environment of learning committed to halting the spread of covid and that is conducive to the growth of knowledge and understanding of God’s creation.  We pray to the Lord.
  7. That on this Labor Day weekend, we will be grateful for jobs that build our country and provide sustenance for our families, pray for those in search of employment, and grow in our respect for the dignity of all labor.  We pray to the Lord.
  8. That the 10 million children in Afghanistan — those least responsible for the crisis in their country — who are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, may receive the food, water, medical care, and educational opportunity that support their right to a healthy and protected childhood.[2] We pray to the Lord.
  9. That the humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, that is exacerbated by the looting of aid warehouses will be thwarted through humble negotiations and a desire to care for those suffering from famine and in desperate need.  We pray to the Lord.
  10. That hypocrisy within the Church, that Pope Francis has identified as “particularly detestable” will be uprooted from the Diocese of Venice so that Fr. Christopher, other clergy, and people of faith will be able to “speak the truth, to hear the truth, to conform to the truth” and work for “the unity of the Church for which the Lord himself prayed.”[3] We pray to the Lord.
  11. That those who are captive to physical, mental, or spiritual illness will be set free from all their afflictions.  We pray to the Lord.
  12. That those who have died in the western fires, the hurricane in Louisiana, and through the vagaries of weather throughout the world will be heirs of the kingdom of heaven promised to those who love God.   We pray to the Lord.

O God, may we have the courage of the people who brought the deaf man to Jesus and beg him to lay his hand on us and heal us from all that separates us from your love.  We make these prayers through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

[1] Intention of Pope Francis for September, 2021

[2] Based on https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2021-08/unicef-afghanistan-children-humanitarian-aid.html

[3] Quotes from Pope Francis’ general audience on August 25, 2021

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