LITURGY: Prayers for the People

Last night, (August 16), we had our third prayer and interest meeting. I was greatly encouraged by what Jesus is doing through our group. New people continue to come and relationships are growing. We also had the opportunity to share with each other personal prayer requests and then pray specifically for those concerns. 

One thing that was new was new for last night was the incorporation of a liturgical call and response prayer, "Prayers for the People." We won't always include liturgical prayers in our gatherings, but I thought that praying through something like this was both a challenge and an encouragement. For me, some of these lines are extremely hard to pray. On the other hand, some of these lines fill me with much hope and joy. Jesus' followers for hundreds of years across this planet have prayed this prayer. For us in 2017, it's important that we recognize that we are a part of a diverse and ancient people who have called out to God in prayer.

Below is the text of the prayer. The writing in italics are the group response portions.

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Let’s pray this way now, remembering that in doing so, we join the saints of past and present, ages and ethnicities, to be formed in our capacity to lament, to have compassion, and to be generous of heart. I will read the first part of the prayers, and then after each one, let’s respond together by saying “Lord Have Mercy.”

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For Seaside and the Monterey Peninsula, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For our President, Donald Trump, for our Governor, Jerry Brown, and our Mayor, Ralph Rubio, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, for the refugee and immigrant, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For the homeless in this city and all those who are mentally ill. And for those bound by spiritual possession and oppression, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For our justice systems, that they would protect and affirm the dignity of all communities and peoples, and that evil would not overcome good, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For the ways we ourselves have not acted justly, and for the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

For all who have lost someone dear to them, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.

Defend us, deliver us, and in Thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace, we pray,


Lord, have mercy.

For Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, in our city as it is in Heaven.


Lord, have mercy.

If you are experiencing this prayer for the first time, be mindful of what may be stirring in your heart. Notice which of these prayers may have resonated within you. Notice which of these prayers may have stirred up some tension within you. Now bring those experiences to the Lord, and ask Him to meet you in them.