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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

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For the Church: that God’s covenant, which is written upon our hearts, may help us know the Lord more deeply and guide us in serving God each day

For the grace of surrender to God: that we may let go of control, lose our lives to God, and allow God to raise new life within us

For all who are facing little deaths, for those who are facing loss, betrayal, or disappointment: that they will surrender these wounds to God and allow God to bring forth new life in them

For the grace to be women and men for others: that God will guide us in laying down our lives in loving service and sharing our gifts to help others along life’s journey

For healing and freedom: that as the Body and Blood of Christ are lifted up in the Eucharist, we may be drawn to Christ, the source of life

For all who desire to see Jesus: that they may come to know and believe in Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

For all who are preparing for the sacrament of penance: that God will free them from their sins, heal their wounds, and bring to fullness the conversion of their hearts

For openness to forgiveness: that we may believe in God’s desire to forgive us and accept it as gift from God who remembers our sin no more

For all who are suffering for the Gospel, particularly in Middle East: that they may be strengthened by God’s presence and filled with courage and hope

For all who are approaching death: that they may surrender themselves into God’s loving care and enter into the fullness of life with Christ

For all who confront the power of death, for those who work with suicide patients, who counsel those who have had abortions, or who comfort the grieving:  that the light and hope of the Good News may shine through them

For all who suffer each day; for those with chronic illnesses, for those estranged from family, for those who have been abused and those who live on the streets: that God will comfort them, heal their pain and lead them to communities that will accept and assist them
For leaders of our nation: that God will help them to understand the greatest needs of society and inspire constructive dialogue that will enhance the common good

For immigrants and refugees: that they may be welcomed to new communities and find ways to use their gifts and talents

For the gift of peace:  that God will guide and inspire those who are working for peace on the Korean peninsula and make fruitful their dialogue
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
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C).
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