The Prayers of the People are the response of the community to the proclamation of the Word. The Prayers of the People provide a time of intercession and public prayer in worship using a well defined sequence while covering specific content. They are also an initial step in a commitment to action. The movement of the Prayers of the People is from the world and the universal Church, to local churches and community, to individual and personal needs.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Know where to find litanies in our liturgical books.
  2. Describe the core structure of prayers of the people.
  3. Know where to find resources to help develop prayers of the people.
  4. Understand how to adapt litanies to add original content or write original prayers.
  5. Be able to cue congregational responses to prayers of the people.

Course Materials and Resources

Individual / Small Group Study

Layreaders are encouraged to attend group events if possible, however, this course can be completed via self study or with a small local group.

Course Evaluation

Once you have completed this course, either by yourself or with a group, please submit the course evaluation form, either online or send paper copy to:
Warden of Layreaders
168 Church Street,
Fredericton NB E3B 4C9