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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 our truest selves, beloved daughters and sons of God, maybe revealed more and more through our Lenten observances

For enlightenment on our Lenten journey: that as we participate in sacrificial practices during this Lenten season, we may make more room in our life for God, the giver of all life

For a spirit of holy detachment: that as we recognize more fully that our time, knowledge, possessions, and even life itself are gifts from God, we may place these wholeheartedly at the service of God and our neighbor

For openness: that we may be attentive to God’s voice and never let the blare of busyness, ambition, nor consumerism drown out God’s word to us

For all who are awaiting transformation: that God’s love will free them and bring to wholeness those with addictions, fears, or who are held unjustly

For all whose faith is weak: that, like Abraham, God will renew our spirits and guide us in relying upon God in all the areas circumstances that are unclear or in which we lack understanding of what to do

For all who are called to self-sacrifice: that God will give them the strength to lay down their lives in witness to the Gospel and in loving service to those in need

For all the children of Abraham: that through our witness to the one True God, we may manifest God’s justice and virtue in our world

For healing: that God will relieve the suffering of all who are ill, restore their strength as they recover, and guide all who are caring for them

For the candidates who are preparing for reception into the church: that they may come to a deeper appreciation of their baptism into Christ's death and resurrection and find healing of their weaknesses in their celebration of the sacrament of penance

For renewal of our society: that God will heal those wounded by prejudice and injustice and show us ways to dismantle racist structures and practices

For all who assist us through difficult times: that God will renew them, give them strength, and guide their words and deeds

For successful production and distribution of the Covid vaccines: that God will guide all who are producing the vaccines to fulfill their responsibilities and assist all who are distributing and administering them

For all recovering from winter storms: that God will protect them from harm, restore their utilities, and make available the resources that they need

For all who are suffering: that God will give courage and strength to all who are suffering, open job possibilities for the unemployed, and give peace to those who are grieving.


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:

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