from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Entreaty in favor of another, especially a prayer or petition to God in behalf of another.
- n. Mediation in a dispute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of intervening or mediating between two parties
- n. A prayer to God on behalf of another person
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of interceding; mediation; interposition between parties at variance, with a view to reconcilation; prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of, or (less often) against, another or others.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of interceding; mediation; interposition between parties; solicitation or entreaty in behalf of, or sometimes against, a person or an action.
- n. In liturgics, a petition or group of petitions for various orders of men and classes in the church, whether living or departed; a form of conjoint or mutual prayer for or with the living, the departed, saints, and angels.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.)
- n. a prayer to God on behalf of another person
And, as he always hears the Son interceding for us, so he always hears the Spirit interceding in us, because his intercession is according to the will of God.
Following the lecture His Eminence will Pontificate at a Solemn Mass according to the Missal of Paul VI in intercession for the beatification of John Henry Newman at the Oxford Oratory at 6.00 pm.
My first guess was that a useful intercession is one that preserves an important distinction in the language.
Lorenzago, picturesquely perched on one of the lower slopes on Monte Cridola, claims to be the scene of the martyrdom of Saint Florian, a popular Tyrolean saint, whose intercession is supposed to be of especial efficacy in cases of fire; while Monte Cornon is said to derive its name from an incident in the history of Cadore thus related by Mr. Gilbert: –
Page 7 his blood cleanses from all sin -- because his intercession is prevalent.
This he pleads with his Father, for his intercession is made in the virtue of his satisfaction; by his own blood he entered into the holy place (Heb.ix. 12), as the high priest, on the day of atonement, sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice at the same time that he burnt incense within the veil, Lev. xvi.
He that burns incense to God, and so puts contempt upon the incense of Christ's intercession, is as if he blessed an idol; it was as great an affront to God as if they had paid their devotions to a false god.
And he granted him according to his own heart, made him to see of the travail of his soul, to his satisfaction, prospered his good pleasure in his hand, fulfilled all his petitions for himself and us; for him the Father heareth always and his intercession is ever prevailing.
With his words I am struggling for you … for all who have not met me personally, he has portrayed how he deeply involved himself in intercession.
In the same way as he strove to evangelize the people straight away (see Colossians 1: 29), he is also does in intercession.