Throughout the Easter season we revel in the Spirit of Christ and let his victory over sin and death become our own. Nowhere is this more true than when we come together for Sunday Mass. Here the scriptures are proclaimed and explained to us; here the bread of God is broken for us. Here hearts are set on fire with love and eyes are opened in faith. From here we go forth to tell the world what we have heard and seen. As it was for the disciples at Emmaus so long ago, so now it is for us, and we are glad.
Dear friends, as on the way to Emmaus, Jesus breaks open the scriptures for us and reveals himself to us in the breaking of bread. Let us pray for the whole world to share in the joy of the resurrection.
1. We pray for all Christian believers. May they be filled with the spirit of mission and set hearts on fire by their joyful witness to the good news. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
2. We pray for those who leave their homelands to proclaim the gospel in other places and cultures. May they take heart at the spiritual and material support we give them. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
3. We pray for governments and corporations that profit from the international market in weapons of war. May they renounce this deadly trade and invest in resources for peace. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
4. We pray for the people of Turkey and of North and South Korea. May the social and political turmoil they are experiencing give way to a new order of civil peace and international cooperation. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
5. We pray for those who are losing faith in life and sinking into despair. May they find fresh hope through the solidarity shown them by family, friends and neighbours. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
6. We pray for prisoners in Australian gaols, especially those who are indigenous or young. May they receive the pastoral care that could open up new pathways in life for them. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
7. We pray for the victims of domestic violence. May they have the courage to break free from their situation and seek the help they need to recover from their trauma. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
8. We pray for one another in our parish community, especially those who were baptised at Easter. May we share our faith journey gladly and generously. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
9. We pray for the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they know the fullness of joy at God’s right hand forever. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
God of all goodness, you have poured out upon us the Spirit of your Son and sent us forth as apostles of joy. Grant us the gift of kindling the fire of your love wherever we go. We ask this through Christ our Lord.