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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 find our identity in our relationship with God instead of in the allurements of possessions, accomplishments, or power

For a strengthening of our discipleship: that we may hear God’s invitation to bring forth the reign of God in our lives, our work, and our relationships

For all who sick, particularly Pope Francis: that God’s healing love will restore the sick, strengthen those recovering from surgery, and stop the spread of the Coronavirus

For all bishops, successors to the Apostles: that God will inspire them as they guide the church in fulfilling its mission of proclaiming forgiveness, healing, and new life

For a spirit of hospitality: that God's generosity to us may be extended as we welcome the stranger and reach out to those who are in need

For wisdom: that God will guide us as we oppose injustices and encounter opposition or rejection for living the Gospel

For a deepening of gratitude: that we may recognize and appreciate all the gifts that God has given us and honor God by utilizing them fully for God’s glory

For the grace to travel lightly: that God will show us how to live the reign of God through vulnerability, reliance on one another, and journeying with Christ

For greater trust: that we may rely upon God’s providence and care for us as we journey through life and recognize that with Christ, we lack for nothing

For our companions on the faith journey: that we may be faithful witnesses with our family, friends, co-workers, and fellow parishioners to the work of God in one another's lives and

For all missionaries: that God will inspire the message that they offer, help them to recognize how they can best serve their communities, and sustain them in times of loneliness

For all who are suffering: that God will assist those recovering from storms, protect those who live amidst violence, guide those who are seeking employment, and comfort all who are grieving

For a deeper appreciation of the earth: that we may protect the topsoil and preserve it for the common good of feeding all the human family

For all political leaders: that God will help them to understand the greatest needs of those whom they serve and work to promote the common good

For all who have died, particularly those in the building collapse and by acts of violence: that God will bring them to the fullness of life and welcome them to the eternal banquet


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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