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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 continually draw life from Christ and bear a rich harvest of virtues and Gospel values for God’s glory

For all who help others deepen their relationship with God: that parents, catechists,, catechumenate leaders, and spiritual directors may continue to grow in their relationship with God so that they can support others as they grow in Christ

For the grace to surrender: that God will help us to let go of those things which need to be pruned so that God’s life and love may blossom in our lives

For all who are experiencing pruning through loss, transition, or change: that God will give them strength, guide them, and help them find courage and support through fellow believers

For all who feel cut off from God, friends, themselves, or life itself: that God will show them how they are connected and from whom they can draw life

For all who see themselves as spiritual but not religious: that they may discover God’s presence in this community and develop a new understanding of church through relationships with us

For a renewed spirit of evangelization: that the Spirit will help us to give witness to the good news of God’s love in deeds of loving service and justice

For those entering retirement: that they may find new ways to use their gifts and share their learned wisdom with younger generations

For all who are ill: that Christ the source of all life will ease their pain, heal their illness, and restore them to their loved ones

For Christians facing persecution: that God will give them strength, wisdom to overcome obstacles, and the grace to forgive their persecutors

For all communities overwhelmed by the Covid virus, particularly in India: that God will slow the spread of the virus, give strength to all caregivers, and open opportunities for the distribution of vaccines

For couples preparing for marriage: that God will help them grow in faithfulness, communicate well, and develop the best in each other

For all bound by guilt or scruples: that the Spirit will free them and give them strength to trust in God’s love and forgiveness

For all who are considering suicide: that God will open them to the beauty of life, free them from self-condemnation, and help them to recognize the love that others have for them

For an end to violence in our communities: that God will turn hearts from destructive deeds, open pathways for dialogue, and protect the innocent from harm.

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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