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Prayers of the People: Third Sunday in Lent Year C, 24 March

14 March 2019

Introductory reflection

A burning bush and bare feet prepare the way for Moses’ archetypal encounter with the Divine One. He meets a God who is both mystery and mercy: mystery – ‘I Am who I Am’ – and mercy – ‘I have heard my people’s cry’. A God who is beyond human grasp yet passionately engaged with humanity. The paradox takes concrete form in the person of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of Man. It becomes our own in the waters of baptism and at the table of eucharist. “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). And a lifelong mission – to seek God’s face and serve the stranger.

The week’s prayer focus

For baptised believers who have lost faith in the church, that they may find their way to new faith in the gospel.

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, as God called Moses long ago on the holy mountain, so Jesus calls us now in this assembly. Let us turn and follow him, and unite our prayer with his.


  1. For the people of New Zealand, that they will support each other through this time of national grief and hold fast to shared values of peace and mutual respect, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For the Moslem communities of New Zealand and Australia, that our solidarity with them will reassure them of their welcome place in the life of the nation, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For the people of the Solomon Islands, that our support for Project Compassion will enable Caritas Australia and its partners to improve access to reliable water and sanitation, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For all who have suffered abuse of any kind from church personnel, that their cry will be heard, their pain eased and their needs met, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For employers in every industry, that they will provide their workers with just wages and fair conditions, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For consumers, that they will commit themselves to greatly reducing the harmful waste that pollutes waterways and endangers wildlife, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  7. [NSW] For those who have been elected this weekend to govern the state of New South Wales, that they will serve the people they represent with wisdom and integrity.  (Pause for silent prayer)  Lord, hear us. 
  8. For the elect preparing for baptism at Easter, that they will be inspired by Mary’s openness to God’s call in the mystery of the Annunciation, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  9. For the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, that they will come to see God face to face, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.


Holy and all-powerful God, you called Moses to lead your people to the promised land and sent your Son to deliver the human race from sin and death. Keep us true to the freedom he won for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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