The Prayer of the Faithful

The Prayer of the Faithful


In the Prayer of the Faithful the assembly is invited to pray for the concerns of Church and the world. The pattern for use at Mass reminds us that the local Church gathered in prayer united with universal Church.

The recommended order for intentions given in the Roman Missal is as follows.

  1. For the needs of the Church
  2. For the world
  3. For those in need
  4. For the local community

The overall structure of the Prayer of the Faithful is given in Celebrating the Mass, paragraph 173 and is briefly as follows.

  • Invitation to Prayer
  • Silence
  • Intentions
    • Intention (Let us pray for… )
    • Silence for prayer
    • Response
  • Concluding Prayer

Familiar responses include:

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray to the Lord:
Lord, hear our prayer

The Concluding Prayer is normally in the form of a collect prayer.