Prayers of the Faithful is a Christian website dedicated to the Prayers of the Faithful. These Intercessory Prayers are prayers that only God can grant. Typically these are prayers about, the church, the community, those in need and prayers for the needs of the world.
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What are Prayers of the Faithful
The Prayers of the Faithful, also known as the Universal Prayer or General Intercessions, forms a valuable and integral part of the liturgical celebrations and particularly the Mass. During the Prayers of the Faithful, the congregation prays for the needs of the church, those in need, the needs of the world and for issues and concerns that are important to the local community. The Prayers of the Faithful can be described as the people’s prayer, bringing the community together to ask God for the things that only God can grant.
The Prayers of the Faithful follow the Gospel and the Homily during Mass. It allows the congregation to respond to the Word of God by offering prayers to God for the Church, for all men and women burdened by difficulty or need, the local community and for the salvation of the world. However for a particular service or event e.g. a wedding or a funeral, the Prayers of the Faithful could be more closely suited to the particular occasion.
The Prayer of the Faithful is regulated by the Priest. The Prayers of the Faithful begin with a brief introduction by the Celebrant, during which time he calls on the congregation to pray. A Deacon or a cantor or a reader will then announce the Prayers of the Faithful from the ambo. The Priest will then conclude the Universal Prayer with a short oration.
The faithful congregation stands and gives responses to the Prayers asking good to grant them. This is usually done with a response “Lord, Hear our Prayer”.
Sample Prayers of the Faithful
Prayer of the Faithful for the Church
- Lord, Pray for our Church and the leaders of the church that they may guide us on the path of our Lord.
- Lord, guide our Bishop N. and all the Bishops so that they may show us the way to the true Word of God.
- Pray for the Priests of our Parish that they may preach the true Word of the Lord and show us the true path to Salvation.
- Lord, help our Church here in N., that its congregation will live the true spirit of the Word of God in our daily lives.
- Pray for our Pope, Francis, that he may guide your Holy Church to spread the Word of God throughout the world.
Prayers of the Faithful for our community
- Lord, here the prayers of your congregation here today that they may find comfort in your teachings.
- Pray for the sick, that they may find solace and comfort in you Lord.
- Pray for the men and women gathered here to today, that their intentions be placed before you O Lord.
- Lord, guide our teachers that they may guide and educate our children, bringing them to the fullness of their potential.
- Lord, hear the prayers of the faithful gathered here before you and guide them to the true path of the Lord.
Prayer of the Faithful for the Needy
- Lord, pray for the dying, that they might find comfort in the knowledge that soon they will sit with you at the Right Hand of the Lord.
- Pray for the sick, that they may find health and wellness in this time of need.
- Pray for the poor, that the spirit of caring will lift them from poverty.
- Lord, hear the prayers of the troubled and the lonely, let them find comfort in the Word of the Lord.
- Pray for those who face trouble in marriage that they may be able to live in the true spirit of marriage and find hope in the Word of God.
Prayers of the Faithful for the Salvation of the World
- Lord, bring peace to the many troubled lands that they may find Salvation in the Word of the Lord.
- Pray for our leaders, that they will make right and just decisions for the greater good of our country.
- Lord, heal the anger in our world so that mean and women of all religions can live together in peace and harmony.
- Pray Lord that our nations can grow stronger together, helping each other to live through the true Word of our Lord.
- Lord, bring justice to the oppressed, freedom to the enslaved and show mercy to the captors so we can live in a world of true freedom.
These are just a few samples prayers to show how the Prayers of the Faithful can be used to pray for our communities, our Churches and our fellow human beings. It allows us to ask God to intercede and resolve issues that only God can resolve.
We have further Prayers of the Faithful that can be found on the other pages of our website. Please feel free to use these prayers or to use them as inspiration for your own Prayer of the Faithful.