How to read prayers of the faithful

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How to Read Prayers of the Faithful

The Prayers of the Faithful, also known as the Universal Prayer or General Intercessions, are an important part of the Catholic Mass. These prayers allow the congregation to exercise their priestly function by interceding for the needs of the Church and the world. To effectively lead these prayers, follow these guidelines:

1. Timing and Location:

  • The Prayers of the Faithful are read after the Creed and before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The reader should approach the ambo or another suitable place to lead these prayers.

2. Introduction:

  • The celebrant introduces the prayers with a brief invitation, calling the faithful to pray.

3. Reading the Intentions:

  • Speak clearly and at a measured pace, allowing the congregation to understand and reflect on each intention.
  • Pause briefly after reading each intention to allow the assembly to pray silently.
  • End each intention with the phrase “Let us pray to the Lord” or a similar invocation.
  • The assembly responds with “Lord, hear our prayer” or an equivalent response.

4. Structure of Intentions:

  • Begin with prayers for the needs of the Church.
  • Follow with prayers for public authorities and the salvation of the world.
  • Include prayers for those burdened by any kind of difficulty.
  • Conclude with prayers for the local community.

5. Number of Intentions:

  • Typically, there should be four to six intentions. However, this may vary based on the specific liturgical celebration or local customs.

6. Adaptability:

  • While following the general structure, the intentions should be relevant to current events and the needs of the particular community.

7. Conclusion:

  • After all intentions have been read, the celebrant concludes with a prayer, to which the people respond “Amen.”

8. Tone and Demeanor:

  • Maintain a reverent and prayerful tone throughout. Remember that you are leading the community in prayer, not simply reading announcements.

9. Preparation:

  • Familiarize yourself with the intentions before Mass. If there are difficult names or terms, practice their pronunciation.

10. Inclusivity:

  • Ensure that the prayers encompass a wide range of needs, from the universal Church to the local community.

By following these guidelines, you can help facilitate a meaningful and prayerful experience for the entire congregation during the Prayers of the Faithful.

Sources:

General Instructions of the Roman Missal

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