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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
August 23, 2020

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 boldly profess Jesus as Lord and help others to come to know and follow him

For the grace of awe: that we may recognize the great generosity of God who invites us out of love to share in the life of the Trinity

For the grace to be free: that we may trust God's providence and not be trapped by our plans, dreams, or visions

For all who follow Jesus: that Christ will unite us in witnessing to the Gospel, in better understanding of each other’s traditions, and in greater cooperation in serving God

For Pope Francis, successor to St. Peter: that the Holy Spirit will guide him in proclaiming the Good News, promoting unity in the Church, and inspiring us to greater love and service

For all who exercise authority whether in religion, business, education, or government: that they may recognize God as the source of all authority and use their power for promoting justice and the common good

For all who are beginning a new academic year: that students and teachers may learn together as they grow in wisdom and love and that God will protect them from harm and disease

For a deep appreciation of the beauty and dignity of life: that the wisdom and knowledge of God may open our minds hearts to honor and respect life especially in the aged and the mentally ill

For all who are searching for the keys to new life: that God will help those who feel bound by addiction or destructive habits to recognize Christ as the key that will liberate them

For all who are suffering from disasters, unemployment, persecution, or sickness: that God will relieve their pain, protect them from harm, and give them strength of spirit

For all who are grieving: that God’s renewing and healing presence may comfort them and fill them with hope

For greater stewardship of the earth: that our hearts may be moved as we behold the wondrous work of God in nature and that we may care for it so that future generations may see God's work

For healing in cities and neighborhoods: that God will guide leaders in addressing issues of racism, discrimination, and injustice in our communities, turn hearts from violence, and open pathways that will lead to reconciliation

For an end to the pandemic: that God will deliver the human race from the coronavirus, heal those who are ill, and inspire those who are developing cures or vaccines

For all who are discerning God’s call in their life: that they may recognize the promptings of the Spirit and be open to how they can best love and serve in their life commitments

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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