- Invitation to pray for the Church and all people.
- The Church's orientation to God.
- Prayer for clergy, those in authority in the Church.
- Prayer for those in authority in the political realm.
- Prayer for missionaries.
- Prayer for the People of God (the Universal Church) and the congregation present (the local Church).
- Prayer for the sick and the needy.
- Prayer for the dead.
- Prayer of thanksgiving for the witness and intercession of the saints.
- deference to God, i.e., humility, not a series of demands ("... we humbly beseech thee most mercifully to receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine majesty...");
- requests for grace to grow in holiness and communion with God;
- fostering hope in God's mercy;
- fostering a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving;
- a right sense of petition;
- beauty in prayer; beauty forms the soul in truth and goodness;
- hierarchy in prayer that fosters appreciation of God's authority as first and foremost. Knowing that God is in charge should be a great comfort to those who have personal struggles and those who labour on behalf of souls.
INTERCESSION (FORM II)
Form II of the Intercession is to be said by the Priest alone.
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all men according to their needs.
Almighty and everliving God, who by thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: we humbly beseech thee most mercifully to receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all they that do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.
Give grace, O heavenly Father, to N., our Pope, to N. our Bishop (or to N., our Ordinary), and to all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.
We beseech thee also to lead all nations in the way of righteousness and peace; and so to direct all kings and rulers that under them thy people may be godly and quietly governed. And grant unto thy servant (N. our King/Queen) or (our President N.), and to all that are put in authority under him (her) that they may truly and impartially administer justice to the punishment of wickedness and vice and to the maintenance of thy peace and virtue.
Guide and prosper, we pray thee, those who are labouring for the spread of thy Gospel among the nations, and enlighten with thy Spirit all places of education and learning; that the whole world may be filled with the knowledge of thy truth.
And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and specially to this congregation here present; that with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.
And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.
And we commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord, all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee according to thy promises to grant them refreshment, light, and peace.
And here we give thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all thy Saints, who have been the chosen vessels of thy grace and lights of the world in their several generations; and we pray that rejoicing in their fellowship and following their good examples, we may be partakers with them of thy heavenly kingdom.
Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
The Mass continues with the Penitential Rite.