Intercessions January 13, 2019

INTERCESSIONS. Feast of the BAPTISM of the LORD [C]. January 13th., 2019.

Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world through Jesus Christ, who in entering the water of the Jordan brought his sanctifying touch to his Father’s Creation.

Reader: For all Christians, that as there was a sense of expectancy at Christ’s Baptism, so we may always be ready for God to show himself in new ways in our lives, let us pray to the Lord [pause]:
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

For our Government, that as Christ received Baptism along with the people, so our political leaders may seek to follow a path where none may feel excluded, let us pray to the Lord [pause]:
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

For peace in the world, that as the Father acknowledged the Son at his Baptism, so nations in conflict, and those who support them, may recognise the universal dignity of humanity, and may seek for reconciliation, let us pray to the Lord [pause]:
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

For those who have resumed their studies after the holiday break, that as the Holy Spirit came down on Jesus at his Baptism, so students may know the Spirit’s presence to allow them to persevere, let us pray to the Lord [pause]:
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

May Mary pray for us, and especially for those seeking Christian Baptism at the present time:

REJOICE, O VIRGIN MOTHER
Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you;
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
for you have borne the Saviour of our souls.

More honourable than the cherubim, and infinitely more glorious than the seraphim,
without corruption you gave birth to God the Word;
truly Mother of God, we magnify you.

Let us now pray in silence for our own intentions [silence]:

Priest: Heavenly Father, may your Holy Spirit help us as we pray, that
even if we pray alone we may not seek to pray in isolation, but
may acknowledge our spiritual communion around your Son,
in whose name we pray, Jesus Christ our Lord, AMEN.