PS 67: Good Friday Intercessions

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet.

67. The general intercessions are to follow this wording and form handed down by ancient tradition, maintaining the full range of intentions, so as to signify clearly the universal effect of the Passion of Christ, who hung on the Cross for the salvation of the whole world. In case of grave public necessity the local Ordinary may permit or prescribe the adding of special intentions. (Cf. Roman Missal, Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 12)
In this event it is permitted to the priest to select from the prayers of the Missal those more appropriate to local circumstances, in such a way however that the series follows the rule for general intercessions. (Cf. old GIRM 46)

The “rule” is as you know: a statement of the intention, a bit of specifics about it, and then a prayer by the priest. We could do it this way anytime, but we almost never do.

That possibility of the bishop permitting or instituting a special intention: has any reader ever experienced it? I can’t think this would be very high on a bishop’s priority list during Holy Week. Note the specific wording is left to the parish priest, and he is permitted to search the Missal (Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, I would say) to find something appropriate.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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