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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 through our baptism with Spirit and fire, we may courageously live the Gospel and be instruments for the transformation for the world

For renewal of our minds and hearts: that the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, of Counsel and Strength, and of Knowledge and Reverence will transform us more and more into children of the light

For greater awareness: that the Spirit will help us recognize the many roots that have nourished and helped our faith to blossom so that we may continue to deepen our discipleship and bear abundant fruit

For the grace of repentance: that God will lead us to the silence of the desert where we can listen to the One who is our source of life and our hope for the future

For a spirit of hospitality: that we may welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us, as sisters and brothers, children of God

For the development of Justice: that God will inspire us with a new understanding of God’s justice and help us work to show through deeds of compassion that with God all things are possible

For the prophets in our day, for those who call us to face the truth, live the truth, and speak the truth to one another: that the Spirit of God will strengthen them, inspire their words and deeds, and guide them in presenting a convincing message to hungry hearts

For conversion of our deepest selves: that God will help us to look honestly at our lives, guide our process of disengaging from the old and cooperating with God’s saving action so that we may live and act in new ways

For the renewal of all of creation: that God will heal the divisions amongst peoples and the wounds within nature so that God’s plan for the earth may flower and that we may benefit from the blessings of creation

For the transformation of society: that leaders may recognize the root causes of evil, poverty, racism, and abuse so that new and constructive efforts may produce a just and life-giving society

For students as they complete the semester: that God will give them clarity of mind and thought as they express their knowledge and insights in papers and on examinations

For all who are ill: that the coming of Christ will bring healing, freedom from addiction, and courage to live life fully each day

For all who are preparing for confirmation: that God will open their hearts to the gifts of the Spirit and help further the mission of the church in their service of others

For all who are recovering from earthquakes, fires, and storms: that God will strengthen their spirits, ease their loss, and help them to find assistance which they need

For peace: that enemies maybe open to one another, work to bring an end to harm and ruin upon the earth, particularly through the eradication of nuclear weapons, and together seek a new vision for the human family


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: http://www.slu.edu/departments/church/


Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C).
This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go to http://www.ltp.org