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Prayers of the people: Third Sunday in Advent Year A – 15 December

05 December 2019

Introductory reflection

It’s a dream permeating the scriptures from beginning to end, the dream of a world without flaw, a world in which all creatures flourish and are free, joyous and at peace. It’s the divine dream testified to by prophets, psalmists and the Promised One.

It’s the dream we harbour in our hearts. It’s the dream that unites us with the Spirit who renews the face of the earth.

It’s the dream that every Advent promotes and proclaims, to feed our imaginations and stir us to action. There are hungry to be fed, homeless to be housed, outcasts to be welcomed, wounded to be healed, and a planet to be saved. It’s God’s work, it’s our work.

The week’s prayer focus

For prison chaplains and visitors to people in detention, that their pastoral care will bring hope to the imprisoned.

Sample intercessions

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish along with those that express local needs and concerns.


Dear friends, in peaceful hope we await the coming of God’s beloved Son. Trusting in the word of God, let us gladly pray for the salvation of the world.


  1. We pray for the leaders of all the world’s faiths. May they be a constant source of wisdom and encouragement for the whole human family. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for global policy-makers. May they take decisive action to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the many millions of displaced persons around the globe. May this week’s United Nations Day for Migrants prompt new efforts to address their plight. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for all prisoners of conscience. May they, like John the Baptist, never be deterred from speaking out for the truth. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray in thanksgiving for the untold goodness of ordinary people. May their lives of kindness reveal our common humanity and draw us together in solidarity. Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for those who have lost faith in themselves and those they trusted. May they find the support they need for that faith to be rekindled. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for teachers and students as the school year comes to an end. May they conclude the year with gratitude for the journey they have shared. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for all who are struggling to make ends meet. May they count on the whole community’s generous giving to the agencies that assist them. (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 rejoice for ever in the glory of the Lord. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Holy God, ever-faithful protector of the stranger, the widow and the orphan, we bless you. Renew in us your spirit of compassion for all. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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