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Ideas for General Intercessions

These ideas are designed to be starting points for the prayers of a particular community of faith.

Joe Milner

For the Church: that we entrust our lives to God each day and be renewed by God’s faithful presence

For the grace of humility: that we may allow God to empty us of selfish desires and the need to control so that God can raise us to fuller life

For all who are suffering in mind, body or spirit: that they may find healing in the wounds of Christ

For all who are carrying the cross of financial loss or unemployment: that many others like Simon may offer to help them bear their burden

For all who are preparing for the sacraments of initiation: that God will lead them through dying and rising to New Life in Christ

For all who have experienced abandonment, for those who have been deserted by family or friends, for those who have been accused unjustly: that they may know God’s presence with them and have strength to hold to the truth

For the leaders of government: that they recognize in Jesus, the King of the Jews, how to be true leaders and servants to those entrusted to their care

For all people of Good Will: that every heart may reject violence and force as a way to resolve conflicts and seek new means of reconciliation and healing

For all who are experiencing loss and letting go: that they may know God as their help who always opens new opportunities and whose love never ends

For all who have failed to live up to their commitments: that they may recognize their failures and like Peter, repent and begin anew

For all who have been the victims of violence: that God will heal their pain,
free them from fear, and give them courage

For all who are terminally ill and for those who have been condemned to death: that they may have strength and hope in the God of life

For all who have hit bottom with their addiction: that they may find in the crucified one the strength and hope to start life again

For all who trying to resolve issues of conscience and religious freedom: that the Spirit will give them wisdom and insight into new ways to reconcile differences

For all who face insult and ridicule because of religious belief or race: that God renew their dignity and heal their spirits

For peace: that God will open new ways to resolve conflicts, bring and end to the violence in Syria, and bring all members of the military home safely

Joe Milner coordinates RCIA and is a member of the Liturgy Planning Team for St. Francis Xavier College Church on Saint Louis University campus in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information about St. Francis Xavier go to:

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Art by Martin Erspamer, O.S.B.
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