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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 may grow in our awareness of to whom we belong and live the mission of Christ as God's called and chosen people

For a deeper experience of God’s love: that we may know that we are unconditionally loved by God just as we are today amid our relationships, our work, and our struggles

For Pope Francis and all bishops, successors to the apostles: that they will guide the Church toward fuller unity and more effective proclamation of the truth

For the grace of compassion: that the suffering and searching of others may move our hearts and that the Spirit will guide us in offering hope, purpose, and healing to those around us

For all fathers and those who have shown us a father’s love: that God will grant them good health, guide them in being good examples, and help them to be a source of encouragement to their children

For all Christians: that we may exercise our role as a priestly people and intercede before God for all who do not know God, for those who have grown cold in their faith, and for all who are suffering from the lack of love in the human community

For more laborers for God’s vineyard: that God will touch the hearts of many to share in the ministries of teaching, healing, community building, and assistance to those in need

For the grace to listen: that we may take time to be aware of God’s presence and action in our lives and to listen for God’s invitation to grow closer to God

For the courage to put our gifts at the service of others: that God will free us from fear and timidity so that we may use our gifts and live as women and men for others

For all who have turned away from the Christian community: that God will touch their hearts, open them to the power of community support, and ease their fears

For all missionaries and relief workers: that God will renew their spirits and help them to bring hope, compassion, and good news to all whom they serve

For all missing or lost children: that God will protect them and bring them home safely to their loved ones

For all who are fleeing violence: that God will guide them to safety, help them to find the resources that they need, and lead them to a community of faith that will help them to resettle and flourish

For all working for peace and reconciliation: that God will give them courage and insight as they promote dialogue and understanding so that a new springtime of peace may blossom

For all who have died, particularly our fathers: that God will welcome them into the eternal joy and peace of God’s presence

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:

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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