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Prayers of the people: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C – 13 October

03 October 2019

Introductory reflection

Lepers in Jesus’ day were obliged to exist on the periphery, to use Pope Francis’ word.

That is where Jesus joins them, on “the border between Galilee and Samaria.” Luke’s phrase suggests a kind of “no-person’s-land.” There Jesus restores not only the lepers’ physical health but their social acceptability. Ironically Jesus himself is on his way to Jerusalem to be cast out and crucified.

One of the lepers – the least likely one, a Samaritan – returns to give thanks for the life returned to him. Jesus by contrast gives thanks even as his life is about to be taken from him.

We are drawn into his grateful faith every time we take part in the Lord’s Supper.

The week’s prayer focus

For all who are immersed in a culture of complaint, that they find freedom in the daily practice of gratitude.

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, made whole by Jesus, the lone Samaritan returns with joyful thanks and praise. Grateful for God’s goodness, let us place all our needs trustfully in God’s care.


  1. For the world-wide church, that the canonisation of John Henry Newman will inspire fresh faith in Christ and the desire to know and love God more and more. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For the countless people trapped in hunger and poverty around the world, that this week’s anti-poverty events will help break the cycle of their deprivation. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For all who are forced to exist on the margins of society, that they will be freed from stigma and welcomed into the heart of the community. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For Jewish people celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles this week, that they will rejoice in the ancient covenant God made with them, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For women living in rural and remote parts of the world, that they will bless their communities with strong and wise leadership. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For all carers, that they will manage the demands of their role with patience, compassion and freedom of heart. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For children and teachers returning to school, that they will begin this final term of the year with enthusiasm and confidence. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For our parish community, that our worship together will give rise to lasting thankfulness for all we have received. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  9. For the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, that they may enjoy the eternal glory of salvation in Christ. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.


God of all goodness, you have made your love known to us in the healing works of Jesus. Restore us to health, we pray, and send us out as ministers of mercy. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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