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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 offer faithful witness to God's abiding care for us and always live as the Children of God

For the grace of sacrificial love: that we may be open to all the ways God calls us to lay down our lives in witness to the truth and in loving service of others

For freedom: that God will help us to place God at the center of our life and to let go of all the things that interfere with our relationship with God

For all who have experienced torture and abuse: that God will heal their memories and free them from all fear and hatred

For an end to torture and ethnic cleansing: that God will change the minds and hearts of government and military leaders who use pain to control and punish people

For all who are fearful of death: that they may discover God’s faithful and life-giving presence with them and draw closer to God, who is faithful to us in both life and death

For all who do not believe in eternal life: that they may come to know the living God who offers the fullness of life and everlasting peace to everyone

For all who are approaching death: that they may experience the presence of God and loved ones as they commend themselves to God’s love and mercy

For all who are grieving the death of a loved one: that they may know God’s comforting and healing presence

For parents who have lost a child: that God will be present to them in their grief, heal their pain, and give them hope

For all who are recovering from violence, natural disasters, or crime: that God will ease their pain, give them strength, and guide them to the support and assistance that they need

For all who are working in the election process: that God will help them fulfill their duties faithfully, be of assistance to voters, and keep them safe from harm

For all who will be voting: that the spirit will guide them in making truthful choices about candidates and issues so that justice and the common good may be advanced

For all who have died during this past year: that God will free them from all their attachments and lead them to the peace of the eternal banquet

For peace: that God will bring an end to violence between nations, on city streets, in schools, and within families and bring all who are suffering to safe

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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