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Prayers of the people: Second Sunday of Advent Year C, 9 December 2018

30 November 2018

Introductory reflection

In a world awash with tens of millions of displaced people, whose heart cannot be stirred by the prophet Baruch’s exuberant proclamation of home-coming? All the pain of exile is swept away on a tide of abundant joy. It’s a glorious vision. Yet our hearts are pierced too. We know too well that the vast majority of those who have fled their home-lands will never return. That’s also the case for many who have fled the church in disillusion. The Baptist’s call to repent is timely. There is much to do to make the church and our nation a haven of hospitality for those who have been uprooted from their home.

This week’s prayer focus

For all migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, that they be granted a safe place to create new lives for themselves.

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 voice of the Baptist resounds again today, calling us to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Let us pray in hope for the Day of Christ Jesus.


  1. For Pope Francis, bishops and all Christian leaders, that they will be joyful heralds of God’s saving grace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. For the international community, that tomorrow’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will call for a new era of global justice. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. For leaders and officials in corrupt regimes that exploit the poor, that they repent of their crimes and work for the wellbeing of all. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. For all who have suffered abuse in church and other institutions, that the first anniversary of the Royal Commission’s final report will be an occasion of hope and healing. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. For the staff and volunteers of relief agencies, especially those working in dangerous areas, that their ministry of mercy will enable many to rebuild their lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. For the priests, deacons and religious men and women who continue to serve God faithfully in the church, that they will be blessed with joy and peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. For all who are drawn to violent ideologies, that their hatred and anger be converted into a healthy passion for social justice. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. For all members of our families and parish community, that our love for each other may increase more and more and prepare us for the Day of Christ. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. For the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, that God’s good work in them will come to fulfilment in the heavenly Jerusalem. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


God of all goodness and grace, you called John the Baptist to proclaim the coming of Christ. Help us always to walk in the way of the salvation he announced. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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