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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 the Spirit will open our minds so that we may understand the Good News and share the message of hope with all whom we encounter

For all children who are receiving First Communion this spring: that they will experience God’s love for them and God’s presence with them each day

For the grace of recognition: that we may come to know Jesus in the breaking of the Bread and the sharing of the scriptures so that we may be dynamic disciples

For all Christians: that the Spirit of God will give us courage to share the Gospel and our experience of God’s love and action in our lives

For the gift of faith: that God will deepen our belief in the resurrection and help us to trust in the faithfulness of God who will never abandon us

For all who are broken and wounded: that they may find healing in Christ and that God will help us recognize them as our brothers and sisters through the wounded Christ

For all who minister in the Church: that they may fulfill Christ’s command to proclaim forgiveness and reconciliation to those who are most broken and fearful

For all who feel bound by their past: that God will heal and free them so that they may live life fully

For people in areas of war and violence: that new opportunities may be found to end conflicts, provide the necessities of life, and restore the means to support their families

For the members of Congress: that God will guide their deliberations and help them identify the key issues to be addressed for the good of society

For a healing of the wounds of racism and prejudice: that God will help us to recognize the dignity of each person and work to heal the divisions that exist

For refugees and immigrants: that God will lead them to safety and help them find communities for support and opportunities to use their talents for the good of others

For a spirit of stewardship: that we may make wise use of the resources of the earth and protect the soil, air and water for future generations

For peace throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East and Africa: that they may soon know peace so that justice and wellbeing may flourish in their lives

For all who have died: that they may touch Christ and be one with him for all eternity

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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