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Prayers of the People: Trinity Sunday Year B, 27 May 2018

18 May 2018

Introductory reflection

If ever a journey of discovery deserved the title of “odyssey”, it’s the trinitarian trek of God’s chosen people. From its distant origins in the faith-inspired migration of Abraham and Sarah, through God’s revelation to Moses on the holy mountain, the disciples’ encounter with Jesus of Nazareth and their experience of his enduring presence in the Spirit, to the trinitarian definitions of the church councils and beyond, it has been a revolutionary adventure. The unfathomable triune God still enfolds us in love and engages us in renewing the face of the earth. How rich are the depths of God; to Father, Son and Spirit be glory for ever!

The week’s prayer focus

For the global church, that it will never cease exploring the mystery of God and bearing bold witness before 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


Dear friends, the one true God has been revealed to us as a threefold community of love. Let us address all our hopes to God our Father through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.


  1. We pray for all who been baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May they come to a new realisation of their dignity and vocation as the children of God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for missionaries who leave their homeland to preach and baptise in the name of Jesus. May the Spirit of God give them wisdom and strength. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the peacekeeping personnel of the United Nations. May they carry out their mission of non-violent protection with integrity and courage. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for the people of Australia, ancient and new. May National Reconciliation Week foster great appreciation of the culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for parents of every kind. May they welcome the gift of children and be blessed with the resources they need to love and nurture them to maturity. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for those who lose hope in life and take their own lives. May they know the mercy of God and may their families and friends be comforted in their tragic loss. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for all members of the Federal Parliament. May they rise above their political differences and approve budget measures that address the needs of the poor, the homeless and the unemployed. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for those who explore the mystery of the triune God in contemplative prayer and theological study. May the Spirit of God guide them in all their endeavours. (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 share to the full in the glory promised the children of God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Holy God, living and true, you have uncovered your face for us in Jesus Christ and sent your Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Enfold us in the mystery of love that you, Father, share with your Son and Holy Spirit. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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