The Prayers of the Faithful are an assembly prayer that occurs during mass, after the homily and before the presentation of the gifts. It is the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word which takes place before the opening of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. During this prayer, the intentions are read by one or more parishioners, and the whole church joins together to present their prayers to the Lord. Following are some guidelines to help prepare the Prayers of the Faithful, as well as examples of some intentions to pray for that may be used either as inspiration or as is. The prayers are often adapted in the case of weddings, baptisms or funerals.
The Prayers of the Faithful are generally composed of 4 readings, separated by a response spoken or sung by the person animating the liturgy and repeated by the assembly. The 4 prayers are generally (but not obligatorily) dedicated to the following subjects:
The Prayers of the Faithful are an important part of the mass, it is the moment when the congregation comes together as one to repeat their plea to the Lord, asking for his blessing for the Church and for the world. In this way, we answer the call of Saint Paul : “Do not be anxious about anything, but, in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Ph 4: 6)
Preparing the Prayers of the Faithful should therefore not be taken lightly. So that the intentions of prayer inspire the assembly prayer we should :
There are different ways to formulate an intention to prayer. The two most common are :
NB : “Lord” can also be replaced by “Father”.
“May the Church maintain the courage to continue to announce the good news, we pray to the Lord.”
“We pray for the unity of christians, may they know your guidance and direction, we pray to the Lord.”
“For those in positions of authority, may they protect the dignity of the most fragile, we pray to the Lord.”
“Lord, we pray for our leaders, that they serve the common good bravely and humbly”
“For all who suffer physically, may they be hopeful and find comfort, we pray to the Lord.”
“Lord, we entrust to you all the victims of violence and abuse, may they find the courage to rebuild their lives and forgive their aggressors.”
“May our community be guided and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, Lord we pray to you.”
“Lord, we pray to you for all christian couples, that by their conjugal love, they become real examples of your divine love.”
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