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Prayers of the people: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C – 29 September

19 September 2019

Introductory reflection

The phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ may be only a century or so old, but indulgent affluence was in Amos’ sights long before that.

What Amos generalises about, Jesus makes personal. The one excluded from the rich man’s cocoon of comfort is given a name, Lazarus. Both Amos and Jesus rail against the blind appropriation of goods divinely intended for the wellbeing of all.

In our time the global scale and implications of this injustice have been exposed. Nothing less than the very existence of the planet and all its creatures is at stake.

‘Climate justice’ is the rallying cry of our time and ecological conversion the call of the first pope who dared take the name Francis.

The week’s prayer focus

For all who are putting climate justice into practice, that their example will inspire effective global action.

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, Jesus calls us forth from our safe havens into the demanding world he embraced. Seeing anew our neighbours’ needs, let us pray for them with all our hearts.


  1. We pray for all migrants and refugees. May Pope Francis continue to advocate boldly for them on the world stage. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the swift implementation of resolutions taken at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. May this week’s feast of St Francis of Assisi inspire us to care for creation. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for all promoters of digital technology. May Social Justice Sunday persuade them to put their extraordinary power at the service of genuine human encounter. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for the Jewish community celebrating New Year. May they rejoice in the faithful covenant God made with them long ago. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the many countries and communities devastated by drought, fires, storms or floods. May they receive the emergency aid they need to recover and rebuild. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for state parliamentarians debating abortion or euthanasia legislation. May they conscientiously uphold the inherent value of every human life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for all who are engaged in the national discernment process for next year’s Plenary Council. May they be guided by God’s powerful Spirit of wisdom. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for parents, teachers and catechists. May their lives bear clear witness to the gospel they are striving to teach the children. (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 led to see God face to face. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


God of eternal wisdom, you raise up the lowly and cast down the proud. Give us the courage to join Jesus in the company of the poor. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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