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Prayers of People

The Prayers of the People are a series of petitions and thanksgivings led by a lay person with the response by the entire assembly. The petitions include prayers for the Church, the world, the nation, those who are sick and those who have died. The presider concludes these prayers with a collect that “collects” our prayers together.

There are six forms found in the Book of Common Prayer. Form III is shown below. Other forms may be used as well since these six are only examples. At Grace, we rotate the forms and use other ones written in accordance with the biblical readings of a particular Sunday.

Form III

The Leader and People pray responsively

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you; 
That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake; 
That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble; 
That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.


The People may add their own petitions.

The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect