I’ve had two recent encounters with this notion of liturgical ministers praying for another person. In my last community, someone associated with our sister parish suggested the Communion ministers in each location, in Iowa and in Honduras, be matched up with a name and to pray for that person’s service to the Lord. I’m not sure how it took hold; I relocated as it was commencing. But the effort was something that hand’t occurred to me before.
At our recent music ministry retreat, every member selected a folded piece of paper with a name out of a hat. The person represented by the name would be the subject of their special intercessory prayer for the coming year.
I think this touches on something that has been missing in mainstream American Catholicism. I hope to continue the effort in the future. But meanwhile, questions for you readers. Anybody ever experience a directed intercessory prayer for other liturgical ministers? If so, how was it handled? Did you find it beneficial?