Prayers of the People- Week of Oct. 23

Prayers of the People
October 23, 2016

At this time may we be reminded, we never pray alone, for whenever we pray we join the prayer of the entire Church on earth and in heaven. Let us join together to pray to the Lord, who is our rock, our salvation and our refuge beginning with a moment of silence.

Good and generous Lord, You have once more brought the year full circle, through planting and growing and ripening to harvest time, and autumn. We thank You for the sun and the wind, the rain and the dew, the minerals of the earth and all the plants that grow and all the beasts and birds of farm and field. We marvel at Your wonderful ways of bringing food from the earth for man’s good. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Good and generous Lord, help us to use Your rich gifts as You want us to. Teach us to share them with our neighbor when he is in need. Make us see, in the marvelous succession of seasons, and in the growth and ripening of our crops, the merciful, generous hand of Your divine providence. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Good and generous Lord, we prayer for all those who are leaders in our homes, work, country and world. Sometimes we may find it hard to think of these people with love. May we hand over to You any anger or fear we feel and, in this moment, send them love. We ask You to feed each of these leaders Your wisdom and Your understanding for the good of all they serve. Let them recognize and only take the authority that is theirs. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Good and generous Lord, we thank You for people who choose lives of service and often put themselves in harm’s way. We ask Your continued guidance and support of these men and women asking each may seek to be Your example of caring for the least of these. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Good and generous Lord, we pray for all children, that they may be raised in the true faith and stand firm in the face of challenges; for abused children and battered women and men. May all of these children and adults be protected by God’s holy angels and delivered from their situations. We also prayer for children in foster care or awaiting adoption that Jesus will continue to shepherd these lambs and place each into stable and loving households. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Good and generous Lord, do not be far off, but tend to those who are suffering in mind or body or may be lost for whatever reason or ailment. Hear their cries and spur us to respond as your hands and heart in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Good and generous Lord, until we acquire full possession of the inheritance Christ won for us, keep us united in faith and hope with all the saints who have gone before us. Let us lean on You, for when we are at our weakest Your strength is strongest. We ask that by your grace we may join them in eternal life when our days on Earth are ended. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Good and generous Lord, help us to realize, that if we keep Your commandments and live according to the inspirations of Your grace, we shall also reap a plentiful harvest in the autumn of our lifetime: a harvest that we will be able to enjoy forever. May we never cease to listen and follow your direction in every circumstance this week. Amen

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