Prayer of the Faithful

16/04/2019Print This Post






Celebrant; In the glory and hope of this Easter day/night, let us turn to God in joyful prayer.


As we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, let us remember the true meanings of this great Feast Day. The response to each prayer is “Lord, hear our Prayer”.

Easter is Light – – May each of us carry the Light of Easter in our homes, communities and the wider world.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord, hear our prayer

Easter is Hope – – Our hope is in the Risen Christ. May we recognise that He is with us in all our daily tasks.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord, hear our prayer

Easter is Commitment – – As we renew our Baptismal promises, we pray to the Lord that He give us the grace to strengthen our commitment to Him and the faith we profess.     

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord hear our prayer

Easter is the Gift of Life;   In rising from the dead, Jesus has given us life. We pray that, in our country and throughout the world,  God’s gift of life be treasured by all and that all human life, from conception to natural death, be respected and protected.

 We pray to the Lord                        R. Lord hear our prayer

Easter is Joy – Jesus, our Saviour, through your Resurrection you fill us with joy and confidence in your promise of life everlasting. Let us share this joy with family, friends and all in our congregation today to whom we wish the happiness of Easter.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord hear our prayer

We bow our heads and remember in silence our own personal intentions and the intentions of those who have asked for our prayers.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord hear our prayer


We thank you, Father,  that we are born anew and set free to live with the dignity of your beloved children.     Through Christ our Lord, Amen.





Celebrant;   Tonight we are as one with Jesus in his fear and sorrow.   Let us now make our prayers with confidence that the Lord never abandons the ones he loves.    


In washing his apostles’ feet, Jesus has given us a model to follow in our care for others.  We pray that in our every thought and action we be loyal followers of Christ treating our fellow man and woman with care, kindness, honesty and love.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord, hear our prayer

Lord, in our moments of confusion and doubt, we ask that you be at our side.   You promised Peter that he would later understand the meaning of the washing of the feet. Help us to trust in you and persevere when our faith is weak.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord, hear our prayer

As we reflect on this night when Jesus asked the apostles to stay awake with him, we pray that as Christians we too be vigilant and be supportive of his message to a very troubled world.     

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, in our world today, so many of us are hungry for spiritual nourishment. May we be always grateful for your giving of yourself at the Last Supper and help us to appreciate the Holy Eucharist which is celebrated in our churches every day.

 We pray to the Lord                        R. Lord hear our prayer

During this Holy Week, we pray for the grace to reflect on the Way of the Cross and the suffering which Jesus endured out of love for us.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord hear our prayer

At this time, when Mary, Our Mother, suffered the loss of her beloved Son, we remember in our prayers the mothers and fathers of those who in the past year have suffered the loss of children and loved ones.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord hear our prayer

We bow our heads and remember in silence our own personal intentions and the intentions of those who have asked for our prayers.

We pray to the Lord                         R. Lord hear our prayer


Father, through the Passion of your beloved Son, may we be strengthened to live as lights of the world and salt of the earth.      Through Christ our Lord, Amen.









54 Responses to “Prayer of the Faithful”
  1. Tom Mulligan says:

    I use the Prayer of the Faithful on this site very often. I find them to be very topical & relevant to people’s lives. The prayers echo, to a great extent, the Scripture Readings of the day. Sincere thanks to all concerned for this wonderful service

    • Editors says:

      ACI thank you for your kind comment Tom. We think it important that, in the only part of the Mass where the laity have an input, the Prayer of the Faithful should be immediate and reflect the concerns of the community at that particular moment in time as well as relating to the overall theme of the day as dictated by the readings and gospel.

  2. charles ongole says:

    I am a lay servant of liturgy in our Ten O’clock Family Mass here at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, Namugongo/Uganda where I find your postings of “The Prayer of theFaithful” most relevant and indeed Universal.Your posts inform our own needs and underscore our Catholicism pretty well indeed. I thank you from the heart and ask you always continue to pray for us, for conversion and repentance in the world, and all those in need.

  3. Peter Mkali says:

    I am one of those people who enjoy the content of the prayers, and as one of the leaders in our Small Catholic Community in Lilongwe, Malawi, we adopt them for use when our community is leading in liturgy. We will be leading in liturgy on 15 January 2017 and I will be relying on your next post, I wonder when that will be? Stay blessed and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide you.

    • Prayer of the Faithful Editor says:

      Thank you for your mail and we appreciate your comments. With regard to your query, as we try to reflect the “now” in our prayers, we tend to upload each Sunday’s prayers by the Friday noon prior to the Sunday.

      Consequently, we expect to upload the prayers for Sunday 15th Jan by noon on Friday 13th Jan.

  4. Kelly says:

    I am planning our whole school mass for the Feast of St Brigid and I am wondering if you write prayers of the Faithful for this day?
    Kelly from New Zealand

    • Editor says:


      St Brigid is, after St Patrick, our most revered Irish saint and we will certainly be honouring her with special prayers on her Feast Day, February 1st. We will also be thinking of your school and hopefully the children will be making St Brigid crosses on the day and hanging them on the walls at home during the rest of the year.

  5. Anne says:

    Love these prayers of faithful all down to earth. But I work in a church and lately they are not ready on a friday before one so I do miss not having them …

  6. Editor says:

    Sorry, just recently saw your comment and am only now replying. We appreciate your deadline and have set our own now to be up on site each week by 12.00 noon Fridays. We want to wait until Fridays to be as relevant as possible for the weekend Masses.

  7. Fr. Mario A. Rodrigues says:

    I just found this site just love the prayers of the faithful, would be good if we remember the sick as well as the departed, especially the departed Missionaries…God bless keep up the great work

  8. John Mwengunga says:

    I am delighted.

  9. gaudensio jada says:

    I am very delighted with this site because it provides an important part of the liturgy during Holy Mass. May God inspire the writer more so that Christians benefit from that gift of writing.

  10. March 17 our 45th ann. Please share prayer of the faithful esp. we are at the Church where we got married at the Phil. We live in USA.
    Thanks & God bless.

    • soconaill says:

      Many blessings, Lulu, on you, your spouse and your whole family. July 15th, 2019 will be our fiftieth anniversary. We live in Coleraine, Northern Ireland – but have a son, a daughter-in-law and three granddaughters, all American, in Boston. Stay warm, stay prayerful, stay safe! Sean O’Conaill

  11. Sr. Gloria Salutan says:

    I don’t have any comment. But I humbly ask this favor:
    Kindly send me the daily prayer of the faithful.

    Thank you & Godbless!

    • soconaill says:

      Our Editor for Prayers of the Faithful responds as follows:

      Sr Gloria, thank you for your response and your request for daily prayers of the faithful. Regretfully, we can only provide these for Sundays and Holy Days in the Church calendar. We have sought an alternative source for you but have been unable to find any site or publication offering POF on a daily basis. If any reader can enlighten us on this, we would be delighted to pass on the information.

  12. Ger Cahill says:

    Hi in our church we ask our teenagers to do the prayers of the faithful. We have had a great response and they have been doing it now for the past 10 years or more. Its a great way to keep teenagers involved in the church. Thank you association of Catholics Ireland for your prayers each week

  13. Anne says:

    Love to use these prayers of faithful. But never ready on Friday morning early so I cannot use them or help out the priest and have them done the weekend for him .Pity.
    Regards anne

  14. Wilson Kwasi says:

    First time I’m getting to this. Ours is a small community called St Gabriel’s Mission Station, a part of St Edmund’s Pastoral Zone Mulang, in the archdiocese of Bamenda in Cameroon. I found these prayers very suitable and easily adaptable to our context.
    Thanks a lot and may the Holy Spirit continue to inspire the writers to do more.
    Happy Easter!

  15. soconaill says:

    Many thanks, Wilson. And Happy Easter to you all in St Gabriel’s Mission Station.

  16. Onyeka hamlet says:

    Let the Mercy of God locate me,my siblings, the Church all over the world, l pray oh Lord

  17. neelar says:

    Hello. I cannot find your old Prayer of the Faithful archive. Can you let me access it?
    We do daily intercessory prayers and I would like to share them with those who might be interested. Thank you and God bless.

    • soconaill says:

      There is as yet no archive for our Prayers of the Faithful, but your query prompts us to look into that possibility. I will get back soon to let you know if we can soon begin archiving prayers from now on.

      Thanks for suggesting this!


  18. Noel says:

    Many thanks, Neelar, for your query. Sean,our ‘expert’ on the website is away on vacation at the moment. I’m sure he will follow up when he returns.
    In the meantime wishing you and your community God’s Blessing.

  19. data aldo says:

    Iam Aldo From Koboko Parish Arua Dioces Uganda.The Prayers Are So Nice And Easy To Read So Please Is It Possible To Send It To My Email Every Sunday

  20. Sean O’Conaill says:

    I fear that we cannot yet do that, Aldo. Our resources are as yet too limited. We hope it isn’t too great an inconvenience to come to this prayer page.

  21. Sean O Fleatbertaig says:

    Ar maidin mhaith Sean o Naomh Josephs i Toronto, go mbeadh an dillis agat don Domhnach Pentecost seo chugaill sa ghaeilge.

  22. Noel McCann says:

    Tá áthas orainn a chlois ó léitheoir i Toronto. Go raibh maith agat as do dhea-mhianta agus táimid buíoch go dtóg tú an t-am chun teagmháil a dhéanamh linn. Go mbealaigh Dia agus an Spiorad Naomh tu féin agus do clainn uile ar an Domhnach Pentecost seo.

    We are pleased to hear from a reader in Toronto. Thank you for your good wishes and we appreciate you taking the time to contact us. May God and the Holy Spirit bless you and all your family on this Pentecost Sunday.

  23. soconaill says:

    We listen to our readers, particularly those who prepare Prayers of the Faithful in their local parish churches, and over the past few weeks, in response to requests, we have brought forward the uploading of the prayers for the following Sunday to Thursdays.

    We hope to be in a position to do this each week from now on.

  24. Mereoni says:

    Thank you so much for the prayers, I find it very helpful when I have to prepare for my community here in Nadi,Fiji. Your prayers are truly meaningful and inspiring.

  25. John Ernest Whyte says:

    I thank God for identifying this Prayer of the faithful page. It will be helpful for me to always prepare my bidding prayers to read at Church.

  26. Motlalepula.selepe says:

    I’m so grateful for this prayers of the faithful page,it reflects more on the gospel,and helps me prepare for mass in time,and helps me understand the gospel,thanks for helping in with your page

  27. Anthony says:

    I have started to send the Prayers of the Faithful to our priest and he has used them – a significant improvement!


  28. kathleen says:

    Thank you so much for your prayers I live in Sydney , regularly attend mass but also like to refer and pray before retiring each night. God bless from Kathy


    Thank you lectors. May God give you the strength and zeal to carry on. Sylvanus from Cameroon

  30. Richard Cooper says:

    Discovered your site as a “fall back” from our usual source, and found your prayers very meaningful and relevant. Will use more often in future in preparation of our prayers of the faithful at Mass. God bless you and greetings from Yorkshire!

  31. Fr. Willy ochojila says:

    Nice piece of prayer for our present day world

  32. Sharon says:

    I really appreciate all who prepare for us this wonderful gift. May you be blessed more and more. Amen.

  33. Áine Bean Uí Dhufaigh says:

    Tá Aifreann Gaeilge againn gach Domhnach in Eaglais an tSlánaitheora Naofa i mBré,agus úsáidim do phaidreacha mar chnamharlach is me ag cumadh paidreacha i nGaeilge don Aifreann sin.Go raibh maith agaibh.

  34. Anthony Chinemerem Nwaiwu says:

    This is a very useful material. God bless you for this.

  35. Sarjoh says:

    Every Sunday , we use these prayers for our English mass in South Sudan. Christ Bless

  36. Noel says:

    Sarjoh, thank you for your message. It is wonderful to hear that the ACI Prayers of the Faithful are being used by your community in South Sudan. May God Bless you and your community.

  37. Carol Roberts Nurse says:

    First time using this site as a Lay minister I used the prayer of the faithful as a guide when preparing for service. Sometimes when time is limited. God bless, continue the great work God has started in each. Blessings from Trinidad and Tobago.

  38. Jacob Shelu says:

    Grate effort, I am using this prayers in our Sunday mass with necessary change. Thank you

  39. Fionnuala Kelly says:

    I love this site, which I have only just discovered, but would request that you add the Celebrant’s opening and closing prayer too!

    • soconaill says:

      The Prayer Page Editor responds:

      ”Fionnuala, thank you for taking the time to mail us. Take a look at the site now and see if we have met satisfactorily with your request.

      And wishing all who weekly check in to our prayers a Holy and Happy Christmas.”

      • Fionnuala Kelly says:

        Yes, thank you! As a lay person who writes bidding prayers for use in our parish, this is a great help.

  40. Lloyd Allan MacPherson says:

    Prayers for you all this time of year. Pray for me – the veil has been lifted on the ‘global lawsuit’ and attachments, constitutionally and religiously so I’m in fully fossil fuel industry view.

    It’s exactly where a social activist wants to be this time of year. You feel like an eagle landing after a successful hunt crossing river after river.

    Angels, what have we done? Together, we’ll cross this river.

  41. Sue Gibson says:

    I always use your prayers when it’s my turn for our Sunday intersessions, and I know of others that do as well.
    Always in line with the gospel and sermon.
    Thank you

  42. Noel Fernando says:

    I am from Sri Lanka. Well I do really appreciate your Ministry. May the good Lord bless you to continue the good work you are doing for his church and for his people. Thank you once again..
    God Bless you!
    Noel Fernando

  43. Teresa Devlin says:

    Parish of Loughlinstown, Co Dublin
    I feel I have to write to you as I would like to thank you most sincerely for your wonderful Prayer of the Faithful link. I use it every week in our Church and I find them very inspirational and extremely helpful.

    Again many thanks and God bless you all.

    Kind regards,

    Teresa Devlin
    Parish Secretary

  44. Rev. Rebello says:

    Greetings from All the way from Plainview, NY, USA. Your section of the prayer of the faithful is helpful to prepare the weekend liturgy. Thank You so much.

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