Thursday, August 17, 2017
THOSE DOGGONE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS
Often, these prayers are mini ideological statements to the congregation and not prayers to God. Sometimes these prayers, since they are composed by the priest, deacon or God-forbid a committee, are sermons directed to the congregation. Sometimes these prays tell God a thing or two that He doesn't know or wouldn't accomplish save the prayer pointing out to Him His duty. Some prayers hearken to the good old days without discrimination, like slavery, no electricity and no technology.
Here are some bad hyperbolic samples that aren't far from reality:
For the Holy Church of God under Pope Francis, and all the bishops in union with His Holiness as well as the clergy, religious and laity, to include pastors, parochial vicars, pastoral assistants, pastoral council leaders and all the volunteers along with those not in full communion with the Church but only partially, to include their clergy and laity, staffs, paid and volunteer workers and the like, we pray that we will one day be one at the table of the Lord and in fellowship of love based upon the lowest common denominator and inclusiveness. We pray to the Lord.
For world peace, that President Trump would stop his tweeting, insults and slurs and democrat principles and platforms which are congruent with the Catholic Church's social teachings, especially under Pope Francis' papacy, will turn the world from exclusivity and closed boarders and borders to open boarders and borders, as well as love and forgiveness which knows no boundaries. We pray to the Lord.
For the sick and the suffering, those on the periphery, with aids and krone's sufferers and other such miladies but especially for the poor with no health insurance that they might be cared for by the government when we elect the right leaders and for relatives and friends that will not institutionalize the sick, elderly or chronically sick in mind, body or spirit in nursing homes or other horrible places but will have generous open not shut hearts to care for them at home risking even their own health and financial stability. We pray to the Lord.
I must say, that in the past, my own general intercessions have been wordy and preachy too. I won't give any examples as I am too embarrassed.
But in recent months I have repented of my verbosity and this is what our typical intercessions look and hear like:
For the Holy Church of God, we pray to the Lord.
For world leaders, we pray to the Lord.
For peace and justice for all from the moment of conception. We pray to the Lord.
For the sick and suffering and all in need. We pray to the Lord.
For the conversion of those who promote hate and violence. We pray to the Lord.
For vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religous life. We pray to the Lord.
For the faithful departed and those who mourn. We pray to the Lord.
For our personal intentions offered in silence (pause) We pray to the Lord.
DISCUSS among yourselves!