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Prayers of the People: Fifth Sunday in Lent Year C, 7 April

28 March 2019

Introductory reflection

It’s arguable that the injustice of a cohort of powerful men exploiting a woman’s plight to bolster their authority is more acutely felt in our time. She is but a pawn in their game, alone, her partner conspicuous by his absence. But the aggressive posturing of the self-righteous is first put into question by Jesus’ word, then disarmed by the lowly posture he adopts. The protagonists depart in silent self-condemnation. Jesus addresses the woman, restores her dignity and releases her. The episode is short and simple, but full of potential for reflection on human motivation and divine mercy.

The week’s prayer focus

For all baptised believers, that they will rediscover the life-giving power of personal faith in Jesus Christ.

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, with Paul the apostle we give thanks for the supreme value of knowing Christ Jesus. With faith in him, let us pray for God’s blessing on the whole of creation.


  1. We pray for Pope Francis, bishop of Rome, and bishops in every place. May they treasure Christ above all else and joyfully proclaim his power to save. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the human family on this World Health Day. May justice be done so that medical and health resources are directed to those who need them most. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the young people whose only home has ever been a refugee camp. May they not lose hope in a homeland to flourish in. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for the Palestinian people May their human rights be recognised and honoured by the international community. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for those appearing before the Royal Commission into aged care. May their testimony bear fruit in new respect for the dignity of older persons. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for women trafficked into sexual slavery. May they be set free from their bondage and be allowed to reclaim their lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for Caritas Australia’s Safe Motherhood Program in Bangladesh. May Project Compassion help the program reduce infant and maternal mortality rates. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for the elect preparing for Christian initiation at the Easter Vigil. May they grow in confidence and faith during these last weeks of Lent. (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 know in full the power of Christ’s resurrection. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Loving God, our Creator and Companion, you never cease to make all things new. Guide us by your Spirit on paths of mercy and compassion. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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