Heading to Holy Land: May I Take Your Intentions WIth Me?

Early next week I will be heading to the Holy Land as part of a team of Catholic journalists who will be touring most of Christendom’s holiest sites, and also encountering the Holy Father during his time in Jerusalem.

You regular readers know I do not travel well, so please pray for me, particularly that I might survive that long, tightly-packed-in flight without stroking out, getting deep vein thrombosis or whatever.

Please pray for Pope Francis, too, whose itinerary is public, and who appears to be determined to demonstrate trust in the Lord in ways that scream for prayer.

And, speaking of prayer, may I take your intentions with me? As I have in the past, when visiting Rome, I’m posting this a few days before my trip in order to give people time to leave their prayer needs in the combox. I will print them out, and take them in prayer to all of the holy sites, and I’ll keep all of your intentions with me as we walk the Via Dolorosa.

As ever, be discreet.
You needn’t put your business out there. “For my intentions” or something similar will do, although if you want to give first names, too, that’s fine.

Seriously, please pray for me. My last trip overseas was an e-coli nightmare.

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  • Anita

    I’m praying that your travel goes smoothly. Thank you for offering to take our intentions with you. Will you please pray that my husband can find a suitable job soon? And that we, as a family, can face the challenges ahead?

  • Cherie

    For J’s conversion. Thank you. Praying for a peaceful flight.

  • http://www.stjosephmonastery.org Christine Ereiser Osb

    Praying for you. Please pray for the Benedictine Sisters of St Joseph Monastery, especially for vocations. God bless.

  • http://www.thepracticingcatholic.com/ Lisa Schmidt

    I will pray for you. Please pray for my husband Joel (and our family) as he nears diaconate formation. Godspeed, Elizabeth! I’ll be following along with your journey.

  • mitchd

    For the conversion of my wife and consolation for my father.

  • Una-Marie O’Donnell

    For the safety of our Pope and all who travel with him – for my many intentions – Jesus I trust in you.

  • C. River

    Please pray for Alice and James. God bless, I’ll be praying for you!

  • Rheeannon

    Please pray for my children. Thank you and have a safe and comfortable trip. My prayers are with you.

  • Skay

    Please pray for my special intentions. Thank you so much Elizabeth. I will pray for your safety on this exciting trip.

  • aj4coco

    For my husband’s health. Thank you, Anchoress, for doing this.

  • jenny

    One Hail Mary for your trip.
    Please pray for my intention.

  • Michelle Halpin

    Please pray for me, Elizabeth. I was just diagnosed with colon cancer at 38 years old. I’m having surgery on Tuesday to have the tumor removed. I have four children, ages 16, 13, 8 and 1. I would be comforted by your prayers in the Holy Land. Be assured of mine for your travels. I’m a long time reader, but I don’t ever comment. Love your writing! You always challenge me, in good ways. :)

  • irena mangone

    For conversion of my family and deepening of faith for those members who do have faith healing and whole ness where it is needed. Also am praying for your safe journey. And for protection of our beloved Pope Francis

  • Craig

    For shalom in my home. Thank you, Elizabeth. I will pray for a safe, tranquil and blessed journey.

  • MeanLizzie

    I’m sorry to hear that your father has passed. I know you were a very good son to him, and that it contained your own measure of suffering. I will surely remember Mary.

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  • MeanLizzie

    I will remember you especially at Gethsemane.

  • MeanLizzie

    I am very touched by all the offers to pray for me, and I truly need them! Pease be assured, al of these petitions go with me.

  • disqus_NAVsMmJ24g

    For the conversion and health of JK and for me to open my heart more to Christ.

  • Sherrill

    Please pray for my daughter and my grandsons. So happy to hear about Elder Son and Kitty (she was often in my prayers. I am praying for you to have a safe, healthy and blessed trip

  • USKensington

    God bless you.

  • Jessica

    For my family and for my intentions. Blessings on your trip and I will be praying for you as well.

  • S.L. Hansen

    Praying for you! Please pray for the H. family’s money troubles.

  • Rebekah Bengston

    I’d appreciate prayers for my husband’s job situation and for my brother Kerry, 45 years old with Down syndrome and what appears to be Alzheimer’s. Thanks, Elizabeth.

  • Emily

    Please pray for my family: my husband, myself, and my three children. We will be moving overseas this summer to be close to family, but my husband has yet to find a new job.
    I will pray for your safe and fruitful pilgrimage.