Select Sunday > Sunday Web Site Home > Other Ideas for Sunday
Other Ideas for Sunday
5th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
February 5, 2023

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 be a light to our world and that our words and deeds may be instruments of healing and transformation for our society

For courage: that we may awaken our society from complacency as we bring the insights and challenges of the Gospel into our neighborhoods, workplaces, and public discourse

For freedom of spirit: that God will remove from our hearts any sense of entitlement and help us to recognize all that we have and are able to do are gifts from God

For conversion of heart: that God will help us recognize the social impact of sin and guide our efforts to heal our society of racism, consumerism, and violence

For all who reach out to the poor and those in need: that they may see the face of Christ in those whom they serve and never grow weary in offering love and compassion

For leaders of business: that they may find the balance between financial success, the good of their co-workers, and the common good of society as they explore new opportunities

For those who speak prophetic words: that their cry may be like salt, raising our awareness and stirring our desire for peace, justice, and solidarity

For healing of the wounds of selfishness and violence: that God will bring wholeness to our hearts and spirits as we attend to the pain and suffering of others

For all who face burnout: that God will heal the exhaustion of those who serve others, restore their spirits, and help them to encourage others to use their gifts

For greater care for our common home: that we may grow in our respect for the earth as God’s gift to us and work to preserve it for future generations

For world leaders: that they may continue to search for ways to heal ancient wounds and find ways of promoting peace and justice for all

For all consecrated religious: that God will sustain them in their ministry and that they may be signs of God's faithfulness to all

For all who are in need: that God will touch hearts and give courage to those who can bring food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and justice to the oppressed.

For an end to gun violence: that God will awaken those who do not see the harm that comes from the use of guns and guide them in developing new policies for the good of society

For all who have died in recent violence: that God will bring them to the fullness of life and comfort all who mourn their death

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).
This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go to