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Prayers of the people: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Year B, 3 June 2018

25 May 2018

Introductory reflection

After a thousand years of unfortunate absence, it’s now fifty years since the cup of communion was first offered again to the baptised faithful. But the powerful symbolism of drinking from the cup has yet to be fully retrieved. The long dominance of infrequent bread-only communion has fed our imaginations an unbalanced diet. Today invites musing on wine and blood. Both are richly evocative: wine of life’s joys and sorrows, blood of birth and death. All this conveyed by the one cup of our common humanity, whatever our wealth, power or status. To drink from the cup of Christ is to commit ourselves to self-sacrificing love like his.

The week’s prayer focus

For those deprived of their fair share of earth’s bounty, that the well-fed will step aside to make room for them at the table of life.

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, in memory of Jesus we break bread together; to make his sacrifice our own, we take the cup of salvation. Let us pray for the whole world to embrace his new covenant of love.


  1. We pray for Christian communities in every land. May they become bread broken for others and wine poured out in compassion for the poor. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the human family as world powers provoke a new era of instability. May national leaders renounce confrontation and commit themselves to peaceful co-operation. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the well-being of planet Earth. May the observance of World Environment Day reinforce Pope Francis’ urgent call for our ecological conversion. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia on this Mabo Day anniversary. May their claims for just recognition of their rights be fully realised. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the innocent children who die or suffer because of violent conflict or natural disaster. May their fate move us to work tirelessly for a new order of peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for all who are engaged in the administration of justice in Australia, especially in the area of sexual abuse. May they ensure that truth and fairness guide all their dealings with both victims and the accused. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for workers who are underpaid, exploited, or subject to health risks or slave-like conditions. May their employers redress this injustice. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for the homeless and the poor as winter begins to take hold. May this week’s feast of the Sacred Heart inspire us to support the hard work of the St Vincent de Paul Society. (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 be made welcome at the banquet of eternal life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Gracious God, of old you forged a covenant of love with your chosen people and made it new in the blood of Jesus. Keep us who eat his body and drink his blood true to his name. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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