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Prayers of the people: Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year B, 8 April 2018

01 April 2018

Introductory reflection

In the original conclusion to his gospel, played out between two “first days of the week,” John boldly weaves together an abundance of powerful themes: peace, joy, mission, Spirit, forgiveness, faith, life, testimony. It’s a dazzling array, and all of it is God’s work, God’s gift. It bears fruit, the other readings tell us, in a community of faith and goods, in generous giving, in love for all God’s children, in victory over the turbulent forces of the world. Born anew in the waters of the font, nourished by the blood of the Lamb, enlightened by the Sprit, we are sent forth today as apostles of peace and reconciliation.

The week’s prayer focus

We pray this week for the grace to see even in the wounds of the world the promise and power of resurrection.

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, grateful for the belief we hold in common – that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God – we pray that the whole of creation will have life through his name.


  1. We pray for the human family, especially in places where there is violence, hunger and homelessness, that the power of hope will sustain those who are afflicted with great suffering. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for Christian communities everywhere, that their shared faith in Jesus and their care for the poor will bear powerful witness to the gospel of life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for all apostles of mercy, that they will be effective ministers of healing and grace for those who are troubled in body, mind or spirit. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for those who have not yet come to faith in Christ and for those who have lost the faith they once had, that the Spirit of God will lead them to the One who is our way, our truth and our life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for all who were reborn in the waters of life at the Easter vigil this year, that they will continue to grow strong in faith, hope and love. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for leaders in every sector of Australian society, that in all their endeavours they will bear strong public witness to values of integrity, fairness and honesty. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for all who are held in remand centres, prisons or detention camps, that they will maintain their inner freedom of heart and not lose faith in their own humanity. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. (Qld/Vic) We pray for parents, children and teachers during these school holidays, that they may enjoy this time safely and return refreshed for the next term’s work. (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, that they will share to the full in Christ’s victory over sin and death. (Pausefor silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Heavenly Father and God of mercy, by word and sacrament you have made us a new creation. In your goodness guide us always by the wisdom of our Holy Spirit. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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