• Special intercession for Good Friday 2016

    By Diocese of San Jose on March 13, 2016

    Stations of the Cross - Christ the Light CathedralEach Triduum, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath offers a special intercession to be used during the Good Friday liturgy. This year, he asks that all parishes in the Diocese of San Jose include the following intercession in the Solemn Intercessions for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday, March 25, 2016. This intercession has been formatted to match the pattern (either sung or spoken) of the intercessions that are found in the Roman Missal. Below you will find the intercession in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese (coming soon). Please translate this prayer as needed for Good Friday celebrations in other languages.

    XI. For those in particular need

    Let us pray for those who are homeless,
    unemployed, or imprisoned,
    and for migrants and refugees,
    that the God of mercy and love
    may guide them in his ways.

    [Prayer in silence. Then the Priest says:]

    Almighty ever-living God,
    grant to your people who suffer
    the knowledge of your love and care for each person.
    May hearts that are closed
    be opened to those in need,
    that despair may give way to hope,
    so that all people will one day share
    the dignity of the children of God.

    Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


    XI. Por quienes están en una necesidad particular

    Oremos, por los que no tienen hogar,
    los desempleados, encarcelados,
    y por los migrantes y refugiados,
    que el Dios de la misericordia y el amor
    los guie en su camino.

    [Se ora un momento en silencio. Luego prosigue el sacerdote:]

    Dios todopoderoso y eterno,
    concede a las personas que sufren
    el conocimiento de tu amor y cuidado para cada una de ellas.
    Que los corazones cerrados
    se abran a los necesitados y
    que la desesperación de paso a la esperanza,
    de modo que todas las personas compartan un día
    la dignidad de los hijos e hijas de Dios.

    Por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.


    (Vietnamese translation coming soon)


    Image: Stations of the Cross, Christ the Light Cathedral, Oakland, California, photo by: Diana Macalintal, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.