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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 embrace both the dying and the rising in our daily lives and grow into a fuller sharing of new life in Christ

For the grace of to bear affliction: that God will strengthen us in the face of trial and hardship so that we may remain faithful disciples each day

For the grace of detachment: that God will free us from the bonds of our egos and attachment to power and prestige so that we may make service of others our priority

For a deeper identification with Christ: that in times of temptation we may look to Christ who was tempted in every way but who remained the faithful Child of God

For the grace to surrender pride: that we may honestly appreciate our gifts and weaknesses, and surrender our false sense of self to God who heals all weaknesses

For the grace to seek forgiveness:  that we may confidently seek God’s forgiveness knowing that Jesus was tested on every way that we are tempted

For all who exercise authority: that they may use their authority to free those who are unjustly restrained, call forth the gifts of others, and lead others to wholeness and service

For all who are oppressed:  that God will bring refugees and victims of war to safety, help them find shelter, food and medical care, and inspire many of us to help lift their burdens through our efforts and resources

For the Synod on Communion, Participation, and Mission: that we may open our hearts to Holy Spirit and participate in furthering the life and mission of the church

For all with mental or emotional illness: that God will grant them strength, guide them to life-giving resources, and help them to live life fully

For all who are caught in human trafficking: that God will free them, heal their wounds, and restore them to their loved ones

For all who are recovering from storms, floods and other natural disasters: that God will relieve their suffering, ease their fears, and give them strength to move forward

For greater awareness of the fragility of earth: that God will help us to be good stewards of the earth and work to preserve it for future generations

For all who are ill: that God will suppress the Coronavirus, heal the sick, and strengthen all who are carry for the sick or seeking a cure

For all who have died:  that they may find healing and mercy as they approach the throne of grace


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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