Introduction to mass
Today’s feast of the transfiguration is a rich tapestry woven from many biblical threads. The figure of Moses recalls the exodus and the covenant; Elijah reminds us of the testimony of the prophets. The words spoken from heaven echo those heard at Jesus’ baptism. And we remember that Jesus chose Peter, James and John to be his companions in the Garden of Olives as well as on the mountain. This one story takes us to the heart of the Christian mystery: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of Man, crucified in shame and risen in glory, for ever the light of the world.
The week's prayer focus
Let us take to heart God’s call to attend to Jesus: Holy God, open our ears to hear your Son, our eyes to see him, and our hearts to love him.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, on the mount of transfiguration Jesus was revealed as God’s Beloved Son. Let us take his word to heart and pray for the glory of God to light up our world.
- We pray for Christian believers throughout the world. May they listen intently to Jesus and follow him closely, even on the way of the cross. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the Jewish people, once led by fire and cloud to the Promised Land. May the Law of Moses and the words of the Prophets continue to lead them to the living God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for global peace on this anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. May every nation on earth renounce for ever the use of weapons of mass destruction. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the world’s indigenous peoples. May they be protected from prejudice and persecution and be honoured for the heritage of their cultural traditions. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for Victorian parliamentarians as they prepare to debate the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide. May the voice of their conscience guide them to protect human life from beginning to end. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the Australian church. May this year’s feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop give us fresh courage to search out the poor and devote ourselves to their service. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the agencies that are responsible for keeping the nation safe from violent extremists. May they succeed in their difficult task of balancing security needs and the protection of civil liberties. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for rural communities around the country experiencing record low rainfall. May the hardship they face draw them together in mutual support. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they shine like the saints in the heavenly Jerusalem. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
God of glory and Father of Jesus, at his baptism and transfiguration you bade us listen to your Beloved Son. Open our ears to hear him, our eyes to see him, and our hearts to love him. We ask this through Christ our Lord.