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Second Sunday of Easter A
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 16, 2023

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 learn to listen together to the promptings of the Spirit so that we may offer a convincing witness to all who are seeking a direction in life

For youth: that as we worship, study, and serve the needs of others, young people may witness the new life that Easter offers and encounter Christ, who is life for them

For a spirit of reverence: that as we break the bread and share the cup, we may recognize more fully the Risen Lord in our midst

For all Christians: that we, who have received the Spirit, may continue the mission of healing and forgiveness which Christ entrusted to the Church

For freedom: that the Spirit will free us from the selfishness promoted by society and help us to promote the common good for the good of all the human family

For Christian unity: that by devoting ourselves to listening to the Scriptures and growing in prayer, we may promote greater unity and cooperation in the Body of Christ

For all who struggle with faith: that the Word of God may liberate their hearts, open them to a relationship with God, and enlighten their path to a fuller life

For the grace to forgive: that having experienced God’s forgiveness, we may forgive those who have misjudged or wronged us

For all confessors: that God will give them the wisdom to encourage penitents in a new direction and help penitents to experience God’s love and mercy through them

For all who are bound by sinfulness: that God may break their bonds and open a new path of life that reveals love, kindness, and mercy to them

For all who are ill: that the Risen Lord will bring newness of life to them and give them hope, strength, and healing

For all who are frightened: that they may find Christ present with them in their fear and darkness

For a greater appreciation of creation: that as we experience the creator of all that exists, we may treat all of creation with greater reverence as God's gift to us

For an end to violence: that the Risen Lord will teach us how to protect the innocent from gun violence, end domestic violence, and deal with our anger in positive ways

For peace: that Christ's gift of peace may settle in the hearts of all the human family and guide us away from violence and revenge

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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