Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Palm Sunday

Mar 25, 2024 | Prayers of the Faithful

Prayers of the Faithful – Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024

God, it is Palm Sunday, and we think of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, like a poor laborer. And so we pray:

We pray for those who struggle to get by because they are badly paid or unemployed, or ill or disabled, because of prejudice or abuse, or because they have had to leave their homes to seek safety elsewhere, for those whose fixed income has not kept up with rising costs. For those who struggle, we pray to the Lord.

We think of Jesus fulfilling a promise of one who brings peace. So we pray for those caught up in war or civil violence in the Ukraine, Yemen, Palestine, Gaza, Haiti and other nations labeled as “failed states” Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. We pray for peace and that those who have it in their power to call a halt to violence and to make food and other necessities available may do that. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the crowds shouting and cheering Jesus, waving palm branches. We pray for all who are carried along by crowds or by social media or television or the internet. We pray for freedom and integrity, that in our debates about welfare, taxation, or world affairs there maybe honesty and a willingness to listen. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the rulers in Jerusalem in Jesus’ time, afraid they might lose their power. We pray for all those who today have great power as members of governments or because of their wealth or their ability to sway others by what they do or say. We pray that they use their influence for the good of all, and that we may all have the courage to use the gifts and opportunities you give us for the purposes you intend. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the disciples walking with Jesus amidst the shouts of praise, then leaving him when he was arrested. We pray for ourselves- with our struggles, our pain, our griefs, our gifts and joys – that we may know the comfort of your continual presence with us and that, despite our fears, whether things are hard or comfortable, we may continue to walk the way of the Cross. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our divided church, for Pope Francis in his leadership and for those who, publicly or anonymously speak evil of the Pope. That all the people of our church be guided by your Holy Spirit, we pray to the Lord.

We pray that the prayers and days of this week we call “holy” may not remain routine but may truly touch our hearts with the power of your love for us. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for all our loved ones who have died. May they know the fullness of the Easter victory Christ has won through his faith in you, God, and in his fidelity to your call. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Francesca Perazzi by Jim & Mary

7:30 AM Dr. Richard C. Dillihunt by John & Judy Laplante

9:30 AM  The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

5:00 PM Joseph Delancy by John P. Foley

We pray to the Lord.

God of love, receive our prayers. Jesus the Christ entered the city as a poor man and drew the expectations of a hungry crowd. May we who are sometimes swayed by popular opinion, hold fast to the gospel of peace and justice and follow faithfully your way of compassion and solidarity with those who are poor and excluded. Amen.

These are largely from a set by David Osbourne

Skip to content