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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 will find nourishment and sustenance in Christ, the Bread of Life, for our daily journey and the fulfillment for all the hungers and yearnings of our hearts

For the ability to imitate Christ: that we may put on the mind and heart of Christ and be empowered to show compassion and forgiveness to others

For the grace to encounter Christ: that we may recognize Christ in each person that we meet and show them dignity and respect

For the grace to forgive: that, having experienced God’s generous forgiveness to us, we may be free to forgive all who have wronged us

For a new vision of our life journey: that we may be open to the vision God holds for us and that we may be free to rely upon God as we encounter trials, struggles, and doubts

For a transformation of our minds and hearts: that the Holy Spirit will free us from all bitterness and anger and guide us in living as children of God each day

For all who have been wounded by the anger and malice of others: that God will heal their hearts, renew their spirits, and free them to live life fully

For healing of racism: that the Holy Spirit will open us to the prejudice and discrimination that exists within us and in the society around us so that we may promote greater justice and understanding

For strength to fulfill our responsibilities: that renewed by Word of God, we may lay down our lives in sacrificial love to those to whom we are committed and for those who have been entrusted to our care

For those who have been evicted from their homes or who are facing eviction: that God will move leaders to act to protect them and free up the needed resources for their safe shelter and food

For greater respect for human life: that God will move hearts from seeking revenge and guide us towar ending the death penalty

For an end to nuclear proliferation: that God will show us the true destructive power of nuclear weapons and inspire us to protect the earth for future generations

For relief from the Covid virus: that God will guide researchers to a better understanding of the virus so that the human family may be protected and that the sick may be restored to wholeness

For relief from wildfires and drought: that God will help all who are fighting the wildfires, give strength to those who have evacuated, and send rain to relieve the areas suffering from drought

For all who have died: that they may share in the fullness of eternal life to which the Bread of Life introduced them

For the people of Afghanistan: that God will preserve them from bloodshed, open passage ways for those who have cooperated with western nations, and fill hearts with hope in their darkest moments

For the people of Haiti: that God will protect them from further harm, give them strength, and open the hearts of many to assist them


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:

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