Especially on Sundays and feasts of obligation there is to be restored, after the Gospel and the homily, “the common prayer” or “the prayer of the faithful.” By this prayer, in which the people are to take part, intercession will be made for holy Church, for the civil authorities, for those oppressed by various needs, for all (hu)mankind, and for the salvation of the entire world (Cf. 1 Tim. 2:1-2.).
These intercessions are and were already a part of the Eucharistic Prayer, but were included in the council directives. The Big Four are here, but also the prayer for the “salvation of the entire world.” How many include that last one regularly or even occasionally? I can’t say I have.
The GIRM provides:
For the needs of the Church;
For public authorities and the salvation of the whole world;
For those burdened by any kind of difficulty;
For the local community.
WHat’s interesting is the omission of the (nearly? at least in the USA) universal prayers for the dead.
Thank God you added the letters “hu”. I thought we were only going to pray for males for a minute.
Seriously though, my church does the prayers for the salvation of the world. My boss was telling me he’s considering having a parish even to read through SC. As I’ve said before, your series here is quite helpful, thank you for writing it!