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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 manifest our love of God and neighbor in words that express our commitment and in deeds that show our commitment to Christ

For a spirit of compassion: that our hearts may feel the pain of others and reach out to all who are suffering or in need

For the gift of single-heartedness: that we may be guided by love in every area of our lives and never be satisfied with just loving God or just doing good deeds for others

For an evangelizing spirit: that our faith may shine forth and be an invitation to others to come to know the God who made them and loves them

For a deepening of gratitude: that we may recognize all the ways that God has shown love for us and be filled with awe and gratitude for the blessings that God has given us

For refugees, immigrants, and all who live in a strange land, particularly children: that we may reach out to them, treat them as brothers and sisters, and assist them in their transition

For leaders of governments: that God will guide them in developing immigration policies that respect the dignity of each person and draw forth their gifts to better our society

For healing of the wounds of racism: that God will help us to turn from prejudice and give us the courage to work for inclusion and recognition of all people

For new priorities in our communities: that guided by a preferential option for the poor, our plans and activities ensure that everyone is included in our community life

For all who are recovering from hurricanes and wildfires: that God will give them courage, fill their hearts with hope, and speed the assistance which they need to rebuild their lives

For all who have the coronavirus and for those who care for them: that God will heal and restore the sick and help those who are assisting them to be instruments of God's healing love

For all with mental illness: that God will comfort them and inspire leaders with ways to expand treatment and assistance for them

For all suffering financially: that God will move leaders of government and business to develop opportunities to avoid eviction, provide for healthcare, and expand employment opportunities

For safe elections: that God will protect all who plan to vote and all who will be working at polling places so all may fulfill their civic responsibilities

For the growth of peace: that God will touch the hearts and change the minds of all who are leading violence and warfare, and give them the courage to enter dialogue and establish ceasefires


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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