Enlightened and moved by God's word, the assembly excercises its priestly function by interceding for all humanity. Because "the joy and hope, the struggle and anguish of the people of this age and especially of the poor and those suffering in any way are the joy and hope, the struggle and anguish of Christ's disciples," the Church prays not just for its own needs but for the salvation of the world, for civil authorities, for those oppressed by any burden, and for the local community, particularly those who are sick or who have died.
Thus, even though the intercessions may be quite concrete or particular in content, they should always look beyond the concerns of the local assembly to the needs of the whole Church and of the wider world. They are a sign of the communion of the particular assembly with all other assemblies and with the universal Church.
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A ministry you can offer to do in your own time!
Join a small group of parishioners who have taken responsibility on a monthly rota to compose these prayers for Sunday Mass and other special occasions.
Access to a computer is helpful but not vital.
Guidance, training and resources are available. Contact Deacon Mark Forge
In preparing yourself to write the prayers: