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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 live in the awareness of God’s presence with us today and look to the future with childlike expectancy for the fulfillment of God’s promises

For the grace of vigilance: that we may stay attentive to the Word of God and the signs of our times so that our hearts may not be numbed into complacency nor our minds trapped by worry

For the gift of patience: that God will teach us how to wait and allow God’s plan to unfold in our lives and our relationships

For strength and peace in the face of suffering: that God will plant the divine Word of hope deep in our hearts and give us the strength to remain faithful even when tragedy and suffering enter our lives

For all gathered here: that Christ may increase our love for one another and help us to be overflowing with generosity toward all who are in need

For all who live in fear and confusion: that whether they are rich or poor, refugee or famous, they may encounter the light of Christ that will show them the way forward to a fuller life

For those who have suffered abuse: that God's loving embrace will free them from fear, heal their deepest selves and bring forth a fuller life within them

For all who are experiencing the collapse of social, political, and economic structures: that they may seek first the reign of God and find their security in God

For all whose hopes are unfulfilled and whose dreams are dying: that God will inspire them with a new vision and a new opportunity to use their gifts to build up the human community

For all who fear the approach of death: that God will free their hearts and help them to look expectantly to Christ who brings life and salvation

For a renewed dedication to social justice: that God will strengthen our hearts, help us be aware of the pain of injustice, and guide us in bringing healing, justice and peace to all who suffer

For all refugees and those fleeing violence: that God will lead them to safety and help them integrate into new communities where they may build new lives

For greater respect for God’s creation: that we may practice good stewardship of the earth and its resources so that all may benefit from God’s gifts

For all who are ill: that they may know God’s healing presence and entrust themselves to God’s loving care

For all who have died by violence or through natural disasters: that God will welcome them into the peace and joy of the heavenly 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 (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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