Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Aug 7, 2023 | Prayers of the Faithful

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the weekend Masses for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord  (Aug 5-6, 2023) for further reflection and prayers.

God, in the vision of Daniel and the experience of Jesus on the mountainside, you are giving us reason to hope. Seeking hope and admitting our doubts and struggles, we gather today to pray:

That the people and leaders of your church speak words, and act in ways, that give people reason to believe that You love them, that forgiveness is freely given, that every one of us “counts.” We pray to the Lord.

That the leaders and powerful in our world can change, and will choose to follow the ancient wisdom of every tradition – that peace and justice are the goals, that all lives are precious, and that we are all children of one God, we pray to the Lord.

That the heat and storms of this summer give us reason to stop “business as usual” and commit ourselves, our nations, and the business world to ways of action that will slow down and stop global warming with its destructive consequences. Awaken in all humanity an urgency to act. We pray to the Lord.

That each of us look beyond our ordinary routines and frustrations of daily life, that those of us caught in a race of over-activity can pause, so that we might experience the beauty of nature and see again the goodness of the people around us, strangers as well as friends, we pray to the Lord.

That in our prayers and the way we use our time, we remember and support the sick and suffering, the lonely and homeless, those who frequently are made to feel unwelcome including our LGBTQ family and siblings, strangers, and those who carry special challenges in their lives, we pray to the Lord.

For Pope Francis, the Holy Father, in his courageous and compassionate leadership of our church and world. God, protect and guide him. For those in our church, especially church leaders, who have opposed the Pope and his leadership. May the Spirit guide their hearts to greater understanding and reconciliation, we pray to the Lord.

For our loved ones and all who have died. May they now know the absolute certainty of the hope to which you invite us. We especially remember:

4:30 PM George Leahy by Alice Leahy & Family

7:30 AM Peter Kelly by Paul & Maryann Pendleton

9:30 AM  James Driscoll, III by Elaine D. Mullen

5:00 PM For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

We pray to the Lord.

Guide and Friend of every seeking heart, you take upon yourself all that burdens our lives, our divided hearts and that fear of the future which is often our companion. And you transfigure them, freeing us of all that weighs us down. Lord of the perplexed, enable us today to discover your amazing truth – that in your strength we truly can begin to walk anew, with lightened step and clearer vision, held by your healing, gentle grace. Amen.


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