Prayers of the Faithful

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  It’s been a while since I taught about Prayers of the Faithful. What is the sequence? First For the church… Then ? Etc. etc.

A:  Here’s what GIRM 70 says:

The series of intentions is usually to be:

  1. for the needs of the Church
  2. for public authorities and the salvation of the whole world
  3. for those burdened by any kind of difficulty
  4. for the local community

Nevertheless, in any particular celebration, such as a Confirmation, a Marriage, or at a Funeral, the series of intentions may be concerned more closely with the particular occasion.  The suggested intentions in the ritual books for those last-mentioned celebrations do seem to go off in an entirely different direction from 1, 2, 3 and 4.