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Prayers of the people: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) - 30 July 2017

25 July 2017

Introduction to mass

Never before has the human family had direct access to so much information and opinion. Never before has the global task of separating the wheat of truth from the weeds of falsehood been so daunting. In these noisy times, the parables of Jesus are a constant gift to us. They offer insight into the deepest truth of all, the mystery of God’s work in our world. Those who take time to ponder Jesus’ stories will find in them an inexhaustible source of wisdom. It is a wisdom that reveals the cross as the tree of life. It is the wisdom that is Christ among us, our hope of glory.

The week's prayer focus

With the Apostle Paul, let us pray to God for the spirit of wisdom. May we see with our hearts the hope to which we have been called and “the immeasurable greatness of God’s power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Sample Intercessions

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.


Dear friends, Paul the Apostle reminds us that we are called to become true images of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. With Jesus let us set our hearts on the kingdom of heaven and pray for God’s will to be accomplished on earth.


  1. For Pope Francis, bishop of Rome, and all in positions of religious leadership, that they will draw on the storehouse of divine wisdom to teach things both new and old, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For heads of nations around the world, that like Solomon of old they will seek the wisdom to govern well rather than be seduced by the appeal of power for its own sake, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For the men, women and children still held on Manus Island and Nauru, that with our support their cruel detention will come to an end and their hopes for a new life in a safe place will be realised, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For the suffering people of Yemen, struggling with extreme hunger and an epidemic of cholera, that their plight will come to the attention of the world and bring the aid they desperately need, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For social and economic policy-makers, that they will focus on addressing the harmful effects of the growing inequality in wealth and income in Australia, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For all who are in distress over a missing loved one, that they will find comfort in the support of family and friends while they wait for news and hold on to their hope for reunion, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For all news reporters, journalists and editors, that they will strive to maintain the ideals of their profession and ensure that what is published is true and in the public interest, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For ourselves, that we will treasure the faith in which we have been baptised and do all we can to nurture it, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  9. For the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, they will share for ever in the glory promised to the saints, (pause) let us pray to the Lord. 


Father, Lord of heaven and earth, you have revealed the mysteries of the kingdom to those who are humble of heart. May we always be receptive to the wisdom you teach and have the courage to live by it.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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