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Prayers of the People: Second Sunday in Lent Year C, 17 March

08 March 2019

Introductory reflection

So intense is Jesus’ prayer on the mount of transfiguration that his intimacy with God is manifest in bodily glory and divine testimony. By contrast the three disciples chosen to accompany him are all but overcome by sleep. The glimpse of glory they enjoy will not prove enough to keep them awake for Jesus’ ultimate prayer of passion on the mount of Olives. Five weeks of Lent are left to school us in prayer that is attentive and open, open to the risk of encountering the One whom Jesus addressed as “Abba, Father.” Five weeks to prepare us to say with Jesus, “Let your will be done, not mine.”

The week's prayer focus

For the women and men of contemplative religious communities, that their life of prayer will transform the world.

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, in the glory of transfiguration Jesus was revealed as God’s beloved Son and our leader in faith. Let us pray as he did and place ourselves and our world in God’s loving care.

Reader

1. We pray for Christians who face constant danger in practising their faith. May their courage inspire us to follow Christ on the way of the cross. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

2. We pray for the whole human family. May all people on earth unite to care for creation and enable everyone to access safe drinking water. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

3. We pray for innocent citizens caught up in bitter regional conflicts or betrayed by self-serving national leaders. May they not lose hope for justice and peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

4. We pray for the Australian community. May we share the nation’s blessings in harmony and work together to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

5. We pray for the Dayak people of West Kalimantan. May Project Compassion help Caritas Australia and its Indonesian partners develop livelihoods for them in eco-tourism. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

6. [NSW] We pray for those who have been elected this weekend to govern the state of New South Wales. May they serve the people they represent with wisdom and integrity. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

7. We pray for unemployed young people in rural and regional Australia. May local agencies help them find a way into the workforce and get started in life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

8. We pray for all the members of this parish community. May we find inspiration for our Lenten journey in Saints Patrick and Joseph and all the unsung saints of the parish. (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 their earthly bodies be transfigured with the glory of Christ. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Presider

Holy God and Father of Jesus, by the waters of the Jordan and on the mount of transfiguration you named Jesus as your Beloved Son. Open our hearts to listen to him and give us the courage to follow him. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

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