Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sample Intercessions for Weddings

Prayers of the Faithful for Marriage

The following are just samples meant to inspire your work. Use them as ideas for your own assembly's intercessions. Read 10 Principles for Writing Intercessions and How To Write Intercessions to help you write your own.

Note: These were actual intercessions used at a wedding in which the readings were Romans 8:31-39 and Matthew 6:25-34.

Presider:
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Therefore we boldly lift our prayers to God who is love.

Reader:
For the Church,
for fidelity in proclaiming the gospel,
for faith in good times and in bad,
for unwavering commitment to unity [pause]:
May God’s people never cease to profess boundless love for all God’s own.
We pray to the Lord.

For the world and all peoples,
for those without food, shelter, or clothing;
for those without meaningful work or meaningful relationships;
for those without hope, joy, or peace [pause]:
May we be a word of comfort for them and a sign of Christ’s abundant love.
We pray to the Lord.

For our families and friends,
for those gathered here and those far away,
for those united in love many years and those just beginning,
for those we love and those we struggle to love [pause]:
May Christ deepen our bond to each other in God’s strong embrace.
We pray to the Lord.

For N. and N. and all who begin married life today,
for peace in times of chaos and confusion;
for generosity when there is little to give;
for faith in each other and love beyond reason [pause]:
May their lives be a sacrament of Christ’s irrational,
irresistible, and invincible love for us all.
We pray to the Lord.

For those in need of healing, for those nearing death,
for loved ones who have died, and for all who need our prayers,
especially those we now name out loud
[pause for assembly to call out names]:
May nothing ever separate us from the love of God through Christ.
We pray to the Lord.

Presider:
Faithful God, you are ever for us,
giving us only good things and filling our every need.
We place our hope in you alone.
As we have heard your voice in the Word,
and seen your love made visible in this couple,
so make us now your life-giving presence for the world,
and fill us with your unfailing Spirit of love,
that the prayers we have offered may come to fulfillment in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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