We invite you to join us in praying for the needs of our future priests and our Seminary community. Each week of the year will bring an intention being held up by the seminary. It is our hope that friends of the seminary will take each intention into their personal prayer time. Each month, the list of intentions will be updated for the upcoming weeks. Please remember our intentions in your daily prayers.
October 4 – For a new awareness of Your goodness in creation. Enlarge our hearts to praise and serve You. We pray to the Lord
October 11 – For the ability to receive awe and wonder as we contemplate the Father’s gaze of delight upon each of us. We pray to the Lord.
October 18 – In gratitude for the alumni and benefactors. May the gift of faith increase in their lives so that they may more completely receive the Father’s blessings. We pray to the Lord.
October 25 – For relatives and friends of the seminary community who are ill. May Christ’s healing presence dwell near them and bring them fullness of health. We pray to the Lord.
November 1 – May we remember all those deceased members of our families, praying that their souls be with God and all the Saints in their glory. We pray to the Lord.
November 8 – May we be grateful for the stewardship of all the faculty, staff and administration of the seminary. We pray to the Lord.
November 15 – May the word of God dwell ever deeper in each of the seminarians as they trust in the incarnation of the Word. We pray to the Lord.
November 22 – May this Feast of Christ the King bring glory to the Church, especially the benefactors of the seminary as You are held in prayer. We pray to the Lord.
November 29 – May the Season of Advent help all in the seminary community prepare for the birth of Jesus in their hearts in new and deepening ways. We pray to the Lord.
December 6 – May the Jubilee Year of Mercy help us to embrace the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy as visible signs of Christ present in the world. We pray to the Lord.
December 13 – May Mary enter into the quiet of many hearts calling them to the vocation of priesthood. We pray to the Lord.
December 20 – May Archbishop Carlson await with eager anticipation the new birth of Christ within as he shepherds the Archdiocese of St. Louis. We pray to the Lord.
December 27 – We pray for all the families of seminarians. May their sacrifices be strengthened by the example of the Holy Family. We pray to the Lord.
About Intercessory Prayer
Prayer for one another has been a rich tradition in the Church. “On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of the Promise was poured out on the disciples, gathered together in one place. While awaiting the Spirit, “all these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer. The Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls for her everything that Jesus said was also to form her in the life of prayer.”
The Catechism defines Prayer of Intercession as follows: “Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. He is “able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. The Holy Spirit “himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Since Abraham, intercession – asking on behalf of another – has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks “not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others,” even to the point of praying for those who do him harm. The first Christian communities lived this form of fellowship intensely. Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel but also intercedes for them. The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries: “for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions,” for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel (CCC 2634-36).”
It is the hope of the seminary community that you will take each weekly intention into your personal prayer time and to your Eucharistic celebration intentions. May our journey of intercession for others bring joy and delight in our hearts and the Father’s heart.