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Prayers of the people: Christ the King Year B, 25 November 2018

16 November 2018

Introductory reflection

At 12 lines and 94 words, today’s preface may well contain the longest sentence in the Roman Missal, a challenge for any presider’s lung capacity and oratorical skill. But the greater challenge by far is that put before the whole community.

It’s to translate the litany of ideals with which the sentence finishes – the truth, life, holiness, grace, justice, love and peace that characterise God’s realm – into concrete reality. 

This is the church’s mission, our mission. It calls for collective passion for the divine re-ordering of the world’s affairs. The good news is that first and last it’s God’s work.  Our task is to buy in to the project. 

The week's prayer focus

For all engaged in negotiations of peace between warring peoples, that they remain strong and hopeful in their mission of mediation.

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, today we acclaim Jesus Christ as servant-king and faithful witness, our beginning and our end. Trusting in his saving power let us pray for the needs of the world.


  1. We pray for all who have been entrusted with leadership in the Christian churches. May they exercise their ministry of service in the spirit of Christ crucified. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the rulers of nations in every part of the world. May they use their power to promote justice and peace both at home and abroad. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the many millions of stateless people around the world. May they be granted the recognition they need to belong and to thrive. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for women subject to violence. May today’s international observance help progress the cause of eliminating violence against women. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the Palestinian people. May the world community support all peaceful efforts to secure a just resolution of their claim for a homeland. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for all people living with HIV-AIDS and for their families and friends. May World AIDS Day this week renew their hope for lasting and effective treatment. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the Catholic bishops of Australia meeting in conference this week. May they be attuned to what the Spirit is saying to the church at this time. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for authorities in every level of government in Australia. May they pledge the investment in public housing urgently needed for the homeless. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. We pray in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased . . . and those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they take their place in the kingdom of heaven. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


God of mercy and love, you raised your Son Jesus on the cross that he might draw all people to yourself. Bless us with faith in his saving power and hasten the day of glory.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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