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Prayers of the people: 2nd Sunday of Easter Year C, 28 April

18 April 2019

Introductory reflection

John alone records that on Calvary Jesus’ tunic is undivided. On a much grander scale he presents the entire paschal mystery as a unified event, with cross, glory, Spirit and mission all interacting in a single history-changing drama. They combine to form the one great climactic sign that ‘Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God’. Death, life, Spirit and mission all appear again in the opening vision of the Apocalypse. And it’s into the vortex of all these forces that we are thrown every first day of the week, every Lord’s Day, when we break bread together in peace. At the table of eucharist we are renewed and recommissioned for prophetic discipleship.

The week’s prayer focus

For all who resist the call of faith, that they will come to find life in the name of Jesus.

Sample intercessions

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

Presider

Dear friends, united by our faith in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, let us pray for the whole world to find life through his name.

Reader

  1. We pray for the people of Sri Lanka.  May the deadly Easter Sunday bombings bring them together in a solidarity of sorrow, non-violence and national unity. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us. 
  2. We pray for Pope Francis and all church leaders. May they be true ministers of resurrection peace and forgiveness. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for all who grieve the devastating damage suffered by the Cathedral of Notre Dame. May its rebuilding be matched by a revival of faith in Christ our risen Lord. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for all who are engaged in the federal election campaign in Australia. May they present policies that serve the common good and the wellbeing of the planet. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the managers of dangerous work places. May they ensure that the safety of their workers is given the highest priority. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for families and communities struggling with prolonged drought. May their spirits remain strong throughout these difficult times. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for young people around Australia. May they find a path of life and be inspired to make the world a better place. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for our parish community. May we grow together in faith and become a haven of hospitality for those in need. (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 raised with Christ and live with him forever. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Presider

God of all life and love, you have made the wounds of Christ an eternal sign of your mercy. Deepen our faith in him as our crucified and risen Lord, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

 

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