Resources for those leading the intercessions

Here are some tips and some text suggestions for those who lead the intercessions at the Sung Eucharist, and at other times.

The Sunday by Sunday panels contain the 'Propers' for the next few Sundays which include the ('proper') Bible readings for that Sunday as well as the 'proper' Collect and Post Communion Prayer, as well as the parish cycle of prayer.  Naming those in the Book of Remembrance is important, as it keeps their memory alive for many, and quite often those close to them come to the service to hear their name read out.  It's also downloadable from this panel.

Quite often the 'propers' really chime in with current affairs alarmingly well.   Sometime they may seem to jar.  Run with that, if you can.

It is helpful, and can spare some blushes, if the intercessions are not an alternative sermon or an opportunity to get something 'off the chest'.  They are prayers by a member of the gathered Body of Christ on its behalf.

The two most common ways of ending each petition are

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer


Lord, hear us
Lord, graciously hear us.

It is helpful for the congregation to have a 'response' and if it is different from the two above, introduce it at the start of the Intercessions.   For example, "To the words 'a,c,b,' respond 'x,y,z.'"   So, "To the words 'Hear our prayer O Lord' respond 'And let our cry come to you.'"

Have a browse online through a Church of England publication called Times and Seasons.

More resources to follow in the downloads below.

If you need help with any or all of this, please contact the Rector.

08_August_Propers_and_Prayer_Cycle_VnauTz6, PDF


09_September_Propers_and_Prayer_Cycle_oWaGggW, PDF