GILH 185-193: Norms for Intercessions

Let’s look at the next nine sections of the GILH. Getting into some nitty-grittier details than you might want to bother with, nevertheless, here they are:

185. As in the Lord’s Prayer, petitions should be linked with praise of God and acknowledgment of his glory or with a reference to the history of salvation.

Otherwise known as the Berakah format.

186. In the intercessions at evening prayer the last intention is always for the dead.

This is usual in most places at Mass.

187. Since the liturgy of the hours is above all the prayer of the whole Church for the whole Church, indeed for the salvation of the whole world, [See SC 83 and 89.] universal intentions should take precedence over all others, namely, for: the Church and its ministers; secular authorities; the poor, the sick, and the sorrowful; the needs of the whole world, that is, peace and other intentions of this kind.

These are close to the universal intentions used at Mass.

188. It is permissible, however, to include particular intentions at both morning prayer and evening prayer.

189. The intercessions in the office are so arranged that they can be adapted for celebration with a congregation or in a small community or for private recitation.

190. The intercessions in a celebration with a congregation or in common are thus introduced by a brief invitation, given by the priest or minister and designating the single response that the congregation is to repeat after each petition.

191. Further, the intentions are phrased as direct addresses to God and thus are suitable for both common celebration and private recitation.

192. Each intention consists of two parts; the second may be used as an alternative response.

193. Different methods can therefore be used for the intercessions. The priest or minister may say both parts of the intention and the congregation respond with a uniform response or a silent pause, or the priest or minister may say only the first part of the intention and the congregation respond with the second part.

Pardon the light posting on this and other topics the past few days. When I haven’t been busy at the parish, I’ve been enjoying some quiet reading. Feel free to fill up the comboxes, though–unless you’re another spammer.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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