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Lord, have mercy or with silent prayer

Audible intercession virtually disappeared from the Mass in the west during the middle ages, until Cranmer revived it in his "prayer for the whole state of Christ's Church." In Cranmer's 1549 and 1552 versions of the BCP, however, intercession retained its medieval character as a responsibility of the priest. Modern liturgical revisers restored general intercessions to the people and made them more diverse and suitable for modern congregations. The BCP provides several forms of intercession, especially for Rite 2. The BCP also allows parishes to adapt and change these forms and to create new prayers. General intercessions include six categories of those in need: the church, the world, the nation, the community, the suffering, and the dead (BCP, p. 383).

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.