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Prayers of the people: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 25 August

15 August 2019

Introductory reflection

Two contrasting images from the word of God tease us with their tension. The first, a narrow door that seems to demand dogged determination on our part. The other, a glorious vision of the world’s nations gathered together by God, inviting joyful celebration of God’s grand loving purpose.

Side-by-side, they imply a choice between human effort and heavenly grace, between works and faith. The full Christian tradition does not allow such a dichotomy. It holds both together in a fruitful embrace. In the beginning and forever there is God’s Yes, in time there is our yes in reply.

The challenge is for us to keep saying and meaning it with all our hearts.

The week’s prayer focus

For parents, that they will have the loving wisdom they need to raise their children well.

Sample intercessions

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


Dear friends, to follow Jesus is to walk with him on his way to the cross. Staying close to him, let us pray for the needs of the whole human family.


  1. We pray for all the baptised. May they follow Jesus with all their hearts and find joyful life in him. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for refugees and migrants around the world. May the global community commit all the resources needed to welcome, accompany and support them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the leaders of nations under most immediate threat from climate change, especially Pacific island communities. May they call the whole world to urgent action. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for a new world order of peace and cooperation. May narrow nationalism give way to a shared vision of humanity’s common good. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the members of state parliaments debating legislation for abortion and euthanasia. May they uphold the value of every human life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for parents newly blessed with their first child. May they never cease to wonder at the gift they have received. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the inmates of Australia’s prisons, especially Indigenous people. May they be treated with respect and be given the opportunity to make a fresh start. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for ourselves. May we encourage each other on the path of faith and rejoice in the unfailing mercy of God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. We pray for the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they be made welcome for ever in the house of God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Holy God, you have made all things out of the bounty of your love. Open our eyes to see the image of your Son throughout creation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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