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Other Ideas for Sunday
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
July 16, 2023

Ideas for General Intercessions

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

For the Church: that we may spread the hopeful and exciting message of the Gospel through both our words and deeds so that others may encounter the God who loves them

For a greater love for the Word of God: that we may make space in our busy lives to allow the Word of God to challenge and prune us so that we may bear abundant fruit

For openness of spirit: that our hearts may welcome the Word of God and be fertile soil where the seed will produce an abundant harvest of faith and charity

For all who spread the Word of God, for preachers, teachers, parents, and writers: that they may announce God’s loving compassion faithfully and convincingly so that others may come to know the living God

For the courage to share our faith through stories: that we may offer others the joy of coming to know God’s love through sharing the story of our journey with God

For freedom from all that enslaves our hearts: that we may allow God’s Word to free us from fear, anxiety, and financial worries, enable us to live as God’s children, and empower us to be disciples of Jesus in word and deed

For the created world: that we may be aware of God’s revelation through the created world around us, promote respect for it, and work to protect it for future generations

For a calming of the restlessness in our hearts: that we may find fulfillment of our deepest longings in the embrace of God

For all who have closed their hearts to God’s Word: that God will break through their barriers, move their hearts and spirits, and open them to the Holy Spirit’s presence, and empower them to become active followers of Christ

For all who care for the sick: that God will give them strength and help them to radiate God’s compassion and show deep respect for each person for whom they assist

For conversion of hearts: that God will free us from prejudice and unfair judgments so that each person may be treated with dignity and respect

For refugees and immigrants, particularly children: that they may be welcomed as a brother or sister in the Lord and treated with love and respect

For a new springtime of Justice: that God’s reign of Justice and Peace may develop abundantly in our hearts and in all the structures of our society

For safety at the Olympic games: that God will protect all who will be gathering in Paris from harm and help the athletes to be preserved from injury

For all who have fled their homes: that God will lead those fleeing violence to places of safety, guide and protect those who are recovering from storms and fires to new shelter, and help all who have fled famine and drought to sources of food and water


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
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C).
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