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Prayers of the People: Third Sunday of Easter Year B, 15 April 2018

08 April 2018

Introductory reflection

Echoing last Sunday’s encounter between Thomas and the risen Lord, today’s gospel story has Jesus identify himself to the disciples by the marks of crucifixion. He is at once the Crucified and Risen One. His life among us in the flesh is not erased by resurrection. All that he has been in his humanity is taken up into his new existence. The self-sacrifice of his entire life has laid open an eternal spring of mercy that pours forth from the heart of God. That mercy enfolds us and the whole of creation, to heal us, free us and transform us until our earthly journey is complete.

The week’s prayer focus

That every time we break bread with the risen Lord, we shall know forgiveness for our sins and God’s blessing of peace.

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, when he appeared to the disciples the risen Lord gave them a greeting of peace. In that spirit let us pray for the healing of our wounded world.

Reader

  1. We pray for Pope Francis, shepherd of the universal church, and for..., our local bishop and pastor, that they will be tireless preachers of divine forgiveness. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for parish communities and school staffs, that they will be fired by a spirit of mission to share the good news of Easter far and wide. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for people of the Jewish faith, that they will hold fast to the covenant God made with them of old and continue to be guided by God’s word. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray in thanksgiving for all whose goodness of heart lights up the world with love, that their example will inspire us in the daily practice of neighbourly care. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for young people searching for a meaningful place in society, that they will find role models and mentors to guide them wisely on their way. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for remote communities struggling with natural disasters that no longer have the world’s attention, that past pledges of support will be faithfully carried through. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for families and companies engaged in the agricultural and mining industries, that they will be determined to care for the earth as God’s gift of creation. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. (All states exc 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 live for ever in the peace of Christ. (Pausefor silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Presider

Giver of life, gracious God, you freed your Son from the bonds of death and raised him to glory with you. Fill us anew with his Spirit that we may proclaim your mercy to the ends of the earth. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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