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Prayers of the people: Palm Sunday Year B, 25 March 2018

18 March 2018

Introductory reflection

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The cry of the Jerusalem crowd acclaiming Jesus is one we repeat at every Mass. However ambiguous it once was, its full import is now clear. To voice these words is to confess our allegiance to the Christ of God, who did not cling to his equality with God but became as we are, even to accepting death on a cross. The Messiah riding upon the colt is not in pursuit of power and glory. He is the Servant whose fierce fidelity to God exposes and redeems our weak betrayals of love. Blessed indeed is he.

The week’s prayer focus

For the church in Australia, that with Paul the apostle it will find the power of Christ at work in its weakness, for “it is when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10).

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, with palms and hosannas we acclaim Jesus today as Messiah and Saviour. With faith in the name of Jesus let us pray for our needs and those of the whole world.


  1. For the global Christian community, that it will bear bold witness to Jesus by walking in the way of peace, humble service and solidarity with the poor, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For the leaders of nations, that they will renounce all forms of violent power and commit themselves to working together for the wellbeing of the world, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For refugees and asylum seekers around the world, especially Australia’s detainees on Manus Island and Nauru, and all who have fled brutal conflict in Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan, that they will be given the shelter, safety and support they need, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For the work of Caritas Australia and the Faithful Companions of Jesus among the poor in the Philippines, that our support for Project Compassion will help sustain their social programmes, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For a comprehensive change of heart in Australian society, that the cult of power and profit will give way to investment in the common good of the whole community, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For the unemployed, the under-employed and those in low-paid jobs, that they will not lose the hope of finding meaningful and justly remunerated work, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For the elect who are about to receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, that they will be blessed with the joy of the gospel, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For this faith community as it prepares to celebrate the mystery of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, that it will become more and more truly one body, one spirit, in Christ, (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 be raised with Jesus Christ the Lord to the glory of God the Father, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.


God of mercy and compassion, you raised your Son Jesus from the shame of the cross to the glory of life with you. May we who seek to follow him on earth hold fast to the promise of eternal life with him who is Lord for ever and ever.


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