Week 36 - Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia

2 September - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • Those heroes, known and unknown, who threw off Nazi and Soviet domination.
  • Pastors and priests who remained faithful to their calling even when they were persecuted.
  • Traditions which hold people together and give them strength in difficult times.
  • Lead crystal glassware in intricate shapes and designs.

Pray for:

  • Economic stability in the transition from communism to a free-market economy.
  • The poor and the elderly, who bear the brunt of economic reforms.
  • The unemployed, and all who suffer the loss of state social services.
  • The victims of anti-semitism, and ethnic, gender, and social intolerance in the midst of rising nationalism and the search for identity.
  • The environment, especially where it is heavily polluted.
  • Renewal of the church in the midst of both growing freedom and growing secularization.

PRAYER

God, you are our Father and Mother,

you have given us the earth,

which is the theatre of your glory,

the space of our life.

Hear the groaning of your creation.

Look at the wounds which are bleeding.

We ask you: Make us sensitive and attentive

also for the still voice of suffering.

Give us courage and strengthen our hands

to do confidently what serves your creation.

O Christ, you promised to be with us to the end of the age.

We ask you: Be close to us

and liberate us for life.

Holy Spirit, eternal Divine Wisdom,

you are our comforter and our help.

We ask you: Strengthen our faith,

multiply our love,

hold us in hope.

We expect the arrival of your Kingdom,

in which all darkness will be overcome

and the face of the earth will be restored.

We adore you, eternal God, and we praise you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

now and evermore.

 

Prayer text for 2007:

Thank you, our Heavenly Father
that you have given us a wonderful country,
      high mountains,
      fertile lands and woods,
      which provide a natural habitat for
      wildlife.
You have protected us
      from the extreme natural disasters
      that have afflicted other countries.
We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude
      for this undeserved mercy.
But even when strong wind or flood
      endangers our mountains or villages,
      help us recognize in these
      a warning against self-satisfaction
      and indifference towards your will.
May we always treasure the gift of eternal
life that you have prepared for us.
Even though a majority in our country
claim membership to one of the
      Christian churches,
very often your admonition is true for us:
“These people worship me with their
mouth, but not with their heart.”
Please forgive us our shallowness of faith,
our inconsistent fellowship with others
      who follow our Lord Jesus Christ,
and our readiness to adapt to this world.
Please teach us true and sincere godliness
      and merciful righteousness.
Make us instruments of your love,
so that our small nation may be a blessing
for the whole world.

 

Adaptation for those outside Slovakia

Thank you, our Heavenly Father
that you have made Slovakia
a wonderful country,
with high mountains,
fertile lands and woods,
which provide a natural habitat for
wildlife.
You have protected it from the extreme
natural disasters
that have afflicted other countries.
Words of gratitude are never enough
for this undeserved mercy.
But even when strong wind or flood
endangers their mountains or villages,
help them recognize in these
a warning against self-satisfaction
and indifference towards your will.
May we, with the people of Slovakia,
always treasure the gift of eternal life
that you have prepared for all your people.
Very often your admonition is true for us:
“These people worship me with their
mouth, but not with their heart.”
Please forgive us our shallowness of faith,
our inconsistent fellowship with others
who follow our Lord Jesus Christ,
and our readiness to adapt to this world.
Please teach us true and sincere
godliness and merciful righteousness.
Make us instruments of your love,
so that we may be a blessing for the whole
world.