“Let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in tie of need.” –Hebrews 4:16
We sometimes forget or even struggle to believe in the power of intercessory prayer, of the privilege we have of offering one another, of offering our world to God. God is always moved by our hope for others and God always responds. The response may not be what we envision for it is always one of divine love. The ways of divine love, however, surpass us: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” (Isaiah 55:9)
When we intercede, we can be sure that those for whom we pray are nudged, without their knowledge, into the Divine Embrace for which they and we all long.
Prayer requests may be found in the pews and on the lectern at the back of the church. Please indicate only the Christian name* (usually the first name) of the person for which intercessory prayer is requested.
Drop completed prayer requests in the basket at the back of the church or in the offering plate. Each name will be included in Mass intentions during the following week. Unless you indicate to the contrary, names for which prayer is requested will appear in the following Sunday’s bulletin for fellow parishioners to add to their own prayer lists.
Although not required, a specific intention may be added for each name. The most frequent intentions mentioned in prayer requests are the following:
For Those Traveling
For the Guidance of the Holy Spirit
For the Dead
For Needs Known to God
*NOTE: + Name = Bishop (e.g., +James) Name + = Priest (e.g., Lane+)