The Papal prayer intention for November 2018:
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.
Join in prayer with this intention in mind and heart with the Holy Father.
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.
In your daily prayer, pray for this intention.
(“The Holy Father has entrusted these intentions in a particular way to the Apostleship of Prayer, an organization that works to encourage Christians to respond to the Pope’s appeal and to deepen their daily prayer.”)
O Lord, God-Hero, Father forever, Prince of peace, in many times and places you have shown us that the true way to Life and the glory of your presence is through mercy, compassion, love and peace. Yet, in these days our human society is marked by injustice and prejudice, by brutal and subtle oppression and inequalities, by fiery hatred and unspeakable acts of terror.
Grant repose, O Lord, to those whose lives have been ended tragically and quickly by inhuman violence and indiscriminate attacks. Comfort those injured in any way, either physically or spiritually, by these infamous assaults done to strike terror into our hearts.
Grant us and the nations of the world repentance for the injustices that have been perpetrated through human greed and ambition, and give us the wisdom and the strength to work for the fullness of your kingdom of righteousness and holiness.
Grant that all peoples may at least find that your way of peace, humility and love for each other is the only true path to a reasonable society established on respect for one another, justice for all and the infinite value of every human life, for you are the Creator and Lover of all.
Therefore, we beg of you this day as we remember the terror of September 11, that all wars and acts of violence be brought to an end and that all peoples begin to work together for a peaceful and just world. Give us the gift of your Spirit to accomplish this.
For you are the God of peace and mercy and compassion, and we give glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.
(thanks to Archpriest David Petras)
The September Prayer Intention of the Pope:
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.
For August, the intention we are asked to pray for in communion with the Roman Pontiff, Francis,
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.
Let us join our prayer with that of the Pope’s for this intention:
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.
Prayers for all of our priests of the Stamford Eparchy, in particular our pastors and those who serve as our spiritual fathers and priest-friends.
The May prayer intention of the Pope reads:
“That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.”
Join in prayer with Pope Francis and many others around the world for this intention.
The prayer intention for Pope Francis, March 2018
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
Let us keep this intention in our morning offering, and our other daily prayers before the Lord.