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Prayers of the people: Baptism of the Lord Year C, 13 January 2019

07 January 2019

Introductory reflection

Surprisingly the Baptism of the Lord only became an independent commemoration in 1955. Prior to then liturgical remembrance of Jesus’ baptism was woven into the rich tapestry of the Epiphany. And in spite of being elevated to a feast in 1969 it is usually upstaged by the summer holiday season and occasionally relegated to a Monday. More’s the pity, given its wealth of biblical associations with, for example, the story of creation in Genesis, the messianic psalms (specifically Psalm 2) and Isaiah’s servant songs, plus the New Testament episodes of the transfiguration, the agony in the garden and Pentecost. It is indeed an inexhaustible and luminous mystery.

The week’s prayer focus

For families preparing for a child’s baptism, that by the grace of God they will grow together in their knowledge and love of Jesus.

Sample intercessions

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

Presider

Dear friends, as once in the waters of the Jordan, so now in our assembly, Jesus is proclaimed as God’s Beloved Son. Let us join him in prayer for the whole world.

Reader

  1. For the people of Indonesia devastated by natural disasters, that they will receive the short- and long-term aid they need to recover and rebuild. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome and universal shepherd, that he will be renewed in spirit every day for his mission of servant leadership. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For communities of the baptised around the world, that their lived faith will manifest God’s goodness to all and hasten the coming of God’s reign. (Pause for silent prayer)Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For the members of other religious traditions, especially the great world faiths, that they will respect each other’s beliefs and work together in the service of peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For parents, pastors, teachers and catechists preparing children for baptism, that they will inspire faith in the young by the example of their gospel living. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For those returning to work from annual leave, that they will bring with them a fresh commitment to a workplace environment of respect and integrity. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For those who face a year of struggle with no home or job, that the whole community will rally to accompany and provide for them. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For all who have unexpectedly lost loved ones in car accidents, natural disasters or health emergencies, that they will recover from their loss with the support of family and friends. (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 Christ the good shepherd will guide them safely home. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.

Presider

Holy God and Father of Jesus, you sent your Beloved Son among us that we might become your sons and daughters in him. Renew the gift of your Spirit in our hearts that we may be worthy of your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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