Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle "A" (January 23-24, 1999)
(The response to these intercessions is "Lord, hear our prayer" or whatever response the community wishes to use. Additional intercessions for the local community and its needs should be added to the following, which may be freely adapted to the community and to particular circumstances.)
Presider: Gathered together by God who calls us out of darkness and into his light, let us intercede for the needs of the human family.
Deacon or Lector: For the leaders of the Church, that they may speak words of life and light to a world overshadowed by the cult of death, we pray:
For President Clinton, the members of Congress and of the Supreme Court, that they may have the courage and wisdom to establish and promote laws which protect the dignity of human life from conception until natural death, we pray:
For those who are preparing for marriage, that they may accept children as a gift of God and lovingly nurture and care for them, we pray:
For all mothers, particularly those who are with child, that God may fill their hearts with holy joy and keep them and their children safe from all harm, we pray:
For children who are unwanted, unloved, neglected or abused, that God may fill these voids with his love, we pray:
For those deprived of their human needs and their human rights, that they may be given the dignity God confers on all his people, we pray:
For those who feel weighed down by years, that society will acknowledge the contributions which the elderly have made and are making in our world, we pray:
For those who work to defend the lives of the unborn, the sick, the infirm, and the aged, we pray:
Priest: All-powerful and ever-living God in whom we live and move and have our being, we thank you and praise you for your gift of life. Hear the prayers of your people, who rejoice in your gifts of life and love, family and friends. Send your Spirit of truth and justice to turn our hearts from darkness to light.
We ask this through Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.