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Prayers of the people: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C – 10 November

31 October 2019

Introductory reflection

The story of the Maccabean martyrs is gruesome.

A graphic film version would be classified “R.” Yet television news readers constantly warn us of upcoming images “that may disturb some viewers.”

There’s no escaping the merciless brutality of contemporary conflicts. In presenting the Maccabees as religious martyrs, the Bible ennobles their cruel deaths, but raises the disturbing question as to what belief we would be prepared to die for.

In all likelihood this isn’t one we dare answer in advance. What we can do is pray, as Paul does on behalf of the Thessalonians, for strength – the strength that isn’t our own but is the power of God in us, promised by Jesus (Mk 13:9-13).

The week’s prayer focus

For all who face hatred and violence because of their religious faith, that they will stay true to their conscientious beliefs.

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, the gospel of Jesus is a gospel of life. Blest with divine life in baptism, let us pray for the flourishing of the human family.


  1. We pray for the church. May it testify faithfully to the resurrection of the dead and eternal life with God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for peace in the world. May Remembrance Day remind us of the tragic cost of war and spur us on to work for peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for all who work in the field of science. May they put their knowledge and skills at the service of peace and development. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for the first peoples of Australia. May the hopes they expressed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart be welcomed by the whole nation and brought to fulfilment. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for change in our consumer society. May we renounce our wasteful ways and adopt habits that reduce environmental harm. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for those whose marriages or partnerships have broken down. May they find healing and a path to new life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for all who are subjected to destructive prejudice. May all forms of bigotry and bias give way to a spirit of respectful tolerance. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for all who suffer from chronic health conditions, especially diabetes. May they manage their disorder with patience and good judgement. (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 see the living God face to face. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Faithful God of our ancestors, in you we live and move and have our being. Renew us daily in the victory over death won by your Son Jesus Christ. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.


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