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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 who are God’s people, both in life and in death, may faithfully

For the grace to forgive those who have wronged us: that God will free our hearts so that we may forgive others as God has forgiven us

For a deep awareness of God’s boundless forgiveness: that in our daily living and our experiences of our weaknesses, we may recognize God’s unlimited forgiveness each day

For all who have injured or wronged us: that God’s love will heal them and us so that we may walk together again in God’s service

For healing of anger and resentment: that the Spirit will heal those painful experiences and free us to live fully for Christ

For freedom from vengeance and retaliation: that God will turn hearts from violence and increase our desire to seek the good for each person

For the Synod on synodality: that the Holy Spirit will open the minds and hearts of all participants to listen to one another and seek the greatest good for the people of God

For all who have experienced violence, terrorism, or war: that God will help them break the cycle of violence and make life-giving choices amidst their pain

For healing of the nations: that God will bring an end to violence and chaos in countries, particularly Ukraine, Sudan, and Haiti, and open a pathway for justice and peace to be established

For all who have been impacted by hurricanes or wildfires: that God will give them strength, protect them from harm, and speed up the assistance that they need

For firefighters and relief workers: that God will renew their strength, keep them safe in their service, and sustain their families and loved ones

For greater care of the earth: that God will heal the damage done to the ecosystem, free us from narrow vision, and help us to change the ways that we misuse God’s gift of nature

For all who are suffering: that God will heal the sick, bring comfort to those who are isolated, give strength to those fleeing violence, and hope to those seeking jobs

For all enslaved by human trafficking: that God will open a path to freedom for them, heal their physical and emotional wounds, and help them find a supportive community

For all who are approaching death: that they may cling to the faithfulness of God as they are birthed into life eternal

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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