RCIA 299: Penitential Intercessions


“A brief interval of silence” is prescribed before the presider addresses the assembly with an introduction to the intercessions. There is a given option that the adult rite scrutiny texts (RCIA 153, 167, and/or 174) may be used with modifications.

Let us pray for N. and N. who are preparing themselves for the sacraments of Christiain initiation, [for N. and N., who will receive God’s forgiveness in thre sacrament of penance for the first time,] and for ourselves, who seek the mercy of Christ.

Six intercessions follow. Unlike those of RCIA 153, etc., they are general in content and do not allude to the Scriptures. While not “dumbed down,” these intercessions are simply expressed with words of ten letters or less:

That we may open our hearts to the Lord Jesus with gratitude and faith …

That we may honestly try to know our failures and recognize our sins …

That, as children of God, we may openly admit our weaknesses and faults …

That in the presence of Christ we may express sorrow for our sins …

That we may be delivered from present evils and protected against those to come …

That we may learn from our Father in heaven to triumph by his love over the powers of sin …

Lots of horizontal references, but clearly God-focused.

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