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Prayers of the people: Feast of Christ the King Year C – 24 November

14 November 2019

Introductory reflection

On this the church’s end-of-year festival, a rich tapestry of biblical threads is woven for us, drawing together royal and prophetic anointing, messianic mission, cross and resurrection, cosmic reconciliation, Christ and church.

We are invited to stay contemplating the taunted human figure of the crucified one until we begin to see him as the “image of the unseen God.” And in that light to see ourselves as “priests and kings, prophets and martyrs” anointed in baptism and confirmation to make Jesus’ messianic mission our own: good news for the poor, new sight for the blind, liberty to captives, jubilee for all (Lk 4:18; Is 61:1-2).

Even as one year of grace closes, another begins.

The week’s prayer focus

For all church leaders, that they will manifest the servant leadership of Jesus in all they do.

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, on the cross Jesus reigns in love and mercy. Let us turn to him, the Christ of God, and pray for the salvation of the world.

Reader

  1. For rulers and leaders in every land, that they will exercise the authority invested in them with wisdom, justice and compassion. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For all who are divided by conflict or hate, that they will be reconciled in the peace Christ made on the cross. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For the peoples living in Jesus’ homeland, that their competing claims for land and security can be brought to a just resolution. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For nations still allowing the death penalty, that they will recognise its inhumanity and abolish it. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For young people preparing for the Catholic Youth Festival in Perth, that they can look forward to a great experience of faith and fellowship. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For all who are discerning their path in life at this time of year, that they will be inspired to put their lives at the service of God and neighbour. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For nurses, teachers, carers and guardians, that they will tend those entrusted to them with respect, wisdom and love. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For all members of the parish who are sick or troubled, that they will be looked after with loving compassion. (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 will join Christ, the first-born of all creation, in the kingdom of heaven. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.

Presider

God of eternal glory, you sent your Beloved Son to call us out of darkness into your realm of light. Keep us true to the freedom you have given us by the forgiveness of our sins. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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