A Good Friday Liturgy intercession in the light of our current concerns

In light of the current circumstances we face as Catholics, as people of all faiths, and as American citizens, this is excerpted from the Good Friday intercession prayers in the Ordinary Form:

IX. For those in public office

Let us pray also for those in public office,
that our God and Lord
may direct their minds and hearts according to his will
for the true peace and freedom of all.

Prayer in silence. Then the Priest says:

Almighty ever-living God,
in whose hand lies every human heart
and the rights of peoples,
look with favor, we pray,
on those who govern with authority over us,
that throughout the whole world,
the prosperity of peoples,
the assurance of peace,
and freedom of religion
may through your gift be made secure.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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  1. Mrs. O says:

    I noticed that and thought it was timely. We had these prayers at the Easter Vigil in the past, right? They have been moved to this night. I noticed we retained the prayers for the Jewish people too.

  2. frjim4321 says:

    Yes, I must admit I did a double take on that. It was as if Vox Clara was composing their missal last month instead of last year at this time.

  3. Toan says:

    They skipped this prayer at the parish I went to today. Disappointing.

  4. frjim4321 says:

    Weird, I would never think to skip one of those prayers.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Who skips the prayers? The church I am visiting had the reader reciting them all. And, as the priest was ill, the Deacon did the entire service, which was oddly very moving and appropriate. Pray for Father Dom, who is very ill this important weekend, please.

  6. MWP says:

    This is off-topic, but interesting: The major Polish daily Rzeczpospolita has the Latin “Christus resurrexit” in the headline of its Easter news :-)


    (the article itself is about Polish Easter customs, such as the blessing of food that will be eaten on Easter Sunday and praying before graves of Christ on Holy Saturday)

  7. Random Friar says:

    @Supertradmum: From the OF instructions in the Missal:

    4… This liturgy by its very nature may not, however, be celebrated in the absence of a Priest.

    Even though there’s no consecration, yes.

  8. MaryW says:

    Our pastor chanted all the intercession prayers. The entire Good Friday Liturgy in the OF was very beautiful and inspiring.

  9. Toan says:

    @Supertradmum: I would have asked the same thing. It was at the richest parish in the Archdiocese, led by an older priest who I think used to be pastor there. The liturgy had an odd “experimental” feel to it throughout.

    That parish has a newer pastor who gives good, challenging homilies and who encourages adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I’m sure that if he were leading that liturgy, things would have been done differently.

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