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  • The Prayers of the People

    Prayer is offered with intercession for

    
      The Universal Church, its members, and its mission
      The Nation and all in authority
      The welfare of the world
      The concerns of the local community
      Those who suffer and those in any trouble
      The departed (with commemoration of a saint when appropriate)

    Any of the forms which follow may be used.

    Adaptations or insertions suitable to the occasion may be made.

    Any of the forms may be conformed to the language of the Rite being used.

    A bar in the margin indicates petitions which may be omitted.

    The Celebrant may introduce the Prayers with a sentence of invitation related to the occasion, or the season, or the Proper of the Day.

    Form I

    Deacon or other leader

    With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying "Lord, have mercy."

    For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For our Bishop, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For this city (town, village, _______), for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For those who travel on land, on water, or in the air [or through outer space], let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For _______, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace.
    Lord, have mercy.

    In the communion of [_______ and of all the] saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
    To thee, O Lord our God.

    Silence.

    The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

    Form II

    In the course of the silence after each bidding, the People offer their own prayers, either silently or aloud.

    I ask your prayers for God's people throughout the world; for our Bishop(s) _______; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people.
    Pray for the Church.

    Silence

    I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people.
    Pray for justice and peace.

    Silence

    I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison.
    Pray for those in any need or trouble.

    Silence

    I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him.
    Pray that they may find and be found by him.

    Silence

    I ask your prayers for the departed [especially _______].
    Pray for those who have died.

    Silence

    Members of the congregation may ask the prayers or the thanksgivings of those present
    I ask your prayers for _______.
    I ask your thanksgiving for _______

    Silence

    Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored [especially _________ whom we remember today].
    Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.

    Silence

    The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

    Form III

    The Leader and People pray responsively

    Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
    That we all may be one.

    Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;
    That your Name may be glorified by all people.

    We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
    That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

    We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
    That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

    Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
    That our works may find favor in your sight.

    Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
    That they may be delivered from their distress.

    Give to the departed eternal rest.
    Let light perpetual shine upon them.

    We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
    May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

    Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.

    Silence

    The People may add their own petitions.

    The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

    Form IV

    Deacon or other leader

    Let us pray for the Church and for the world.
    Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

    Silence

    Lord, in your mercy
    Hear our prayer.

    Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

    Silence

    Lord, in your mercy
    Hear our prayer.

    Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

    Silence

    Lord, in your mercy
    Hear our prayer.

    Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

    Silence

    Lord, in your mercy
    Hear our prayer.

    Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

    Silence

    Lord, in your mercy
    Hear our prayer.

    We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

    Silence

    Lord, in your mercy
    Hear our prayer.

    The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

    Form V

    Deacon or other leader

    In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, "Lord, have mercy" (or "Kyrie eleison").

    For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to your, O Lord.

    Here and after every petition the People respond

    Kyrie eleison.     or      Lord, have mercy.

    For _______ our Presiding Bishop, for _______ (_______) our own Bishop(s), for all bishops and other ministers, and for all the holy people of God, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, O Lord.
    For those who do not yet believe, and for those who have lost their faith, we that they may receive the light of the Gospel, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For those in positions of public trust [especially _______], that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For all who live and work in this community [especially _______], we pray to you, O Lord.
    For a blessing upon all human labor, and for the right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For this congregation [for those who are present, and for those who are absent], that we may be delivered from hardness of heart, and show forth your glory in all that we do, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.
    For ourselves; for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For all who have commended themselves to our prayers; for our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For _______, we pray to you, O Lord.

    For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and those whose faith is known to you alone, that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.

    Rejoicing in the fellowship of [the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, (blessed _______) and] all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God.
    To you, O Lord our God.

    Silence

    The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect, or the following Doxology

    For yours is the majesty, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.

    Form VI

    The Leader and People pray responsively

    In peace, we pray to your, Lord God.

    Silence

    For all people in their daily life and work;
    For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

    For this community, the nation, and the world;
    For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

    For the just and proper use of your creation;
    For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

    For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
    For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

    For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
    For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

    For [_______ our Presiding Bishop, and _______ (_______) our Bishop(s); and for] all bishops and other ministers;
    For all who serve God in his Church.

    For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

    Silence

    The People may add their own petitions

    Hear us, Lord;
    For your mercy is great.

    We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

    Silence

    The People may add their own thanksgivings

    We will exalt you, O God our King;
    And praise your Name for ever and ever.

    We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

    Silence

    The People may add their own petitions

    Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
    Who put their trust in you.

    We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

    Silence may be kept.

    Leader and People

    Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
    in your compassion forgive us our sins,
    known and unknown,
    things done and left undone;
    and so uphold us by your Spirit
    that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
    to the honor and glory of your Name;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
    

    The Celebrant concludes with an absolution or a suitable Collect.

    The Collect at the Prayers

    For the concluding Collect, the Celebrant selects

    1. a Collect appropriate to the season or occasion being celebrated;
    2. a Collect expressive of some special need in the life of the local congregation;
    3. a Collect for the mission of the Church;
    4. a general Collect such as the following:

    1

    Lord, hear the prayers of thy people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    2

    Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as your know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    3

    Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    4

    Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we ask: Help us to ask only what accords with your will; and those good things which we dare not, or in our blindness cannot ask, grant us for the save of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    5

    O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

    6

    Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, "Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you:" Regard not our sins, but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

    7

    Hasten, O Father, the coming of thy kingdom; and grant that we thy servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold thy Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

    8

    Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

     

     

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