Prayer Service

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, A, January 15, 2023

We come to the Father seeking His answer to our prayers confident that the Holy Spirit who came down on us at our Baptisms remains with us and guides us.    

  1. That in carrying out its mission to serve the Lord, the Church may show his glory and be a light to the nations so that salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.  We pray to the Lord. 
  2. That we will be inspired by the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “Do good; seek justice,” so that peace may prevail in all our dealings and Christ may be known as the light of all nations.  We pray to the Lord.
  3. As we work to overcome the challenges and difficulties of our lives, may we join with Isaiah in proclaiming, “… my God is now my strength.”  We pray to the Lord
  4. That as John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” may we also fervently pray these same words as we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist.  We pray to the Lord.
  5. That the graces of our baptisms in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit will strengthen us in our faith and in our recognition of Jesus as the Son of God.  We pray to the Lord.
  6. That Baptism will be embraced as the sacrament of faith that asks the entire Church community to bear responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the graces conferred on all who are baptized.[1]  We pray to the Lord.
  7. That first responders and those who willingly sacrifice their own well-being for others in the face of war, disasters, and disease will be kept safe and know the satisfaction of the generous love they offer to those who are suffering.  We pray to the Lord.
  8. That we may not look upon others, see only their faults, and label them; but may have open and merciful hearts that try to understand who they are and their situation and needs.[2]  We pray to the Lord.
  9. That the misery of those suffering from cold, hunger, and the ravages of war in Ukraine may be eased so that lives may be rebuilt in an atmosphere of peace, respect, and love of neighbor.  We pray to the Lord.
  10. That those who are ill will know that the Lord stoops toward then and hears their cry putting a new song into their mouths, a hymn to our God.  We pray to the Lord.
  11. That those who have died will be received with joy into heaven, and that those who mourn and who lovingly cared from them on Earth will have the peace that only the Lord can give.  We pray to the Lord.

God, our Father, through your answer to our prayers may be strengthened to respond to your call to each of us by proclaiming, “Here am I Lord, I come to do your will.”  Amen.


[1] Based on Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1253 & #1255

[2] Based on General Audience of Pope Francis, January 11, 2023.

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, A, January 15, 2023

We come to the Father seeking His answer to our prayers confident that the Holy Spirit who came down on us at our Baptisms remains with us and guides us.    

  1. That in carrying out its mission to serve the Lord, the Church may show his glory and be a light to the nations so that salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.  We pray to the Lord. 
  2. That we will be inspired by the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “Do good; seek justice,” so that peace may prevail in all our dealings and Christ may be known as the light of all nations.  We pray to the Lord.
  3. As we work to overcome the challenges and difficulties of our lives, may we join with Isaiah in proclaiming, “… my God is now my strength.”  We pray to the Lord
  4. That as John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” may we also fervently pray these same words as we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist.  We pray to the Lord.
  5. That the graces of our baptisms in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit will strengthen us in our faith and in our recognition of Jesus as the Son of God.  We pray to the Lord.
  6. That Baptism will be embraced as the sacrament of faith that asks the entire Church community to bear responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the graces conferred on all who are baptized.[1]  We pray to the Lord.
  7. That first responders and those who willingly sacrifice their own well-being for others in the face of war, disasters, and disease will be kept safe and know the satisfaction of the generous love they offer to those who are suffering.  We pray to the Lord.
  8. That we may not look upon others, see only their faults, and label them; but may have open and merciful hearts that try to understand who they are and their situation and needs.[2]  We pray to the Lord.
  9. That the misery of those suffering from cold, hunger, and the ravages of war in Ukraine may be eased so that lives may be rebuilt in an atmosphere of peace, respect, and love of neighbor.  We pray to the Lord.
  10. That those who are ill will know that the Lord stoops toward then and hears their cry putting a new song into their mouths, a hymn to our God.  We pray to the Lord.
  11. That those who have died will be received with joy into heaven, and that those who mourn and who lovingly cared from them on Earth will have the peace that only the Lord can give.  We pray to the Lord.

God, our Father, through your answer to our prayers may be strengthened to respond to your call to each of us by proclaiming, “Here am I Lord, I come to do your will.”  Amen.


[1] Based on Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1253 & #1255

[2] Based on General Audience of Pope Francis, January 11, 2023.

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