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Prayers of the people: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 3 March 2019

21 February 2019

Introductory reflection

Instead of trees, Jesus today might well have spoken of the social media and the fruit they bear. At their best, they yield the good fruit of freedom, truth and community. At their worst, they spawn hate, violence and deceit. They can be a tool for good or a weapon for ill. What the social media have done is to corroborate on a global scale the simple message of the gospel. We carry within our heart capacities for good or evil. It’s in this inner space that our discernment and decision-making take place and give rise to action. Our allies for the good are the light of Christ and the wisdom of the Spirit.

The week’s prayer focus

For all users of social media, that they will communicate with love and respect for the truth.

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, the words of Jesus are spirit and life; they flow from his heart. Let us pray with loving hearts for all that God has made.


  1. We pray for peacemakers in every place of hate and violence. May they remain steadfast and strong in their mission of unity and peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the creatures of the earth’s oceans and seas. May World Wildlife Day persuade us to value and care for this life-giving resource. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the church in Australia. May Ash Wednesday lead us into a timely season of repentance and renewal. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for all who have the power to influence public opinion. May they fast from all words that generate fear, division and discontent. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for all who are deprived of a fair share in the blessings of this land. May the rising tide of inequality be turned around. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for women around the world. May International Women’s Day highlight their achievements as well as their struggles. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the many people who faithfully put themselves at the service of their local community. May their selfless concern for others bind us together in love. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for all in our midst who are suffering from poor physical or mental health. May they receive the treatment and loving care they 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 share to the full in Christ’s victory over death. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Eternal God, in the fullness of time you spoke your saving Word to us in Jesus Christ. Help us to take his words to heart and live by them daily. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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