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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 humbly accept God’s gift of salvation and recognize that every day is God’s gift to us

For all who are seeking God: that the Spirit of God will lead them into an encounter with God and open them to God’s presence and action in their lives

For the grace to prefer nothing to Christ: that we may live each day striving to be faithful disciples through trusting in God’s providence and showing love and compassion to all who enter our lives

For freedom from envy: that we may appreciate the gifts and blessings that others receive and rejoice in their success

For the young people who are in religious education, especially those who are preparing for the reception of sacraments this year: that they may grow in their knowledge and love of God and in their commitment to the Christian community

For all who have lost hope or who are isolated from family and friends: that they may experience God’s presence with them today and recognize someone’s love for them

For all who are working to aid those in need, particularly firefighters and rescue workers: that God will give them strength, wisdom, and protection from harm

For all who have been cheated out of their wages: that God will bring justice for those who have been defrauded and help them in their attempts to reclaim what they are justly owed

For all who are unemployed or underemployed: that God will open opportunities for them to use their gifts and talents for the good of society and not allow their time and energy to be idled away

For all who are suffering persecution for their faith: that God will protect them from harm and help them to give faithful witness to the Gospel

For an end to violence in local communities: that God will open the hearts of local leaders to address the injustices in their communities and promote dialogue and new understanding amongst citizens

For all who are approaching death, those with terminal illnesses, and those who care for them: that they may approach death as a gain and prefer Christ before all else

For all who have been impacted by the wildfires: that God will comfort those who have lost homes and livelihoods, help them find new homes and the resources that they need, and give eternal rest to those who have died

For safe and honest elections: that God will guide those who are organizing the elections, protect each district from interference, and motivate all to fulfill their civic responsibilities by voting

For greater stewardship of creation: that God will impel our hearts to oppose the misuse of earth's resources and empower us to work tirelessly to protect the magnificence of nature for future generations

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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