Crafting Prayers of the People

These two posts from 2004 provide some helpful guidance on crafting the Prayers of the People in a liturgical worship setting. Published by the Catholic diocese of San Jose, the posts describe these prayers as General Intercessions or the Prayers of the Faithful.

The author cites the instructions to the Roman Missal then in effect, and I would agree with it completely.

In the Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in a certain way to the word of God which they have welcomed in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all.