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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 strive to have the same mind as Christ as we offer our lives in loving service to others

For courage: that God’s love will sustain us in times of suffering and rejection, and help us to trust in God’s providence each day 

For all Christians: that God will fill us and raise us up as we commend ourselves to God and embrace God’s will

For the Elect and the Candidates for Full Communion: that they may enter more deeply into the mystery of God’s unconditional love through the celebrations of Holy Week

For all the human family: that God will deliver us from the Covid-19 virus, keep safe all who are vulnerable to the disease, and protect all healthcare workers who are serving those who are ill

For all who are ill, particularly those with the Covid-19 virus: that God’s healing Spirit will ease their suffering, free them from the virus, and restore them to full health

For all scientists and researchers: that God will guide and inspire their work as they seek to relieve the suffering of the sick and to develop new vaccines and treatments

For all who have been condemned to death: that the Spirit of God will lead them to conversion and into new life

For all who have experienced abandonment, betrayal. or rejection: that God’s Spirit will comfort them, help them to hold fast to the truth, and them to new communities

For leaders of government and business: that through the example of Jesus, they may recognize how to be servant leaders and give priority to the needs of the most vulnerable

For all who work in the legal system, for judges, attorneys, and juries: that they may always respect the dignity of both the injured and accused parties and work diligently to find the truth

For all who have been furloughed or become unemployed: that God will quickly end the virus, open new opportunities for them, and help them find the assistance which they need to sustain themselves and their families

For greater respect for human life: that every heart may honor the mystery of human life at all stages along life's journey

For all who are grieving: that God will comfort them, bring supportive people to accompany them, and fill their hearts with peace

For all who have died, particularly those who had Covid-19: that they may live forever in the peace and joy of God’s presence

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 (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C).
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