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Prayers of the people: Pentecost Sunday Year B, 20 May 2018

10 May 2018

Introductory reflection

Like the finale of a symphony that weaves together motifs and melodies from the whole work, the feast of Pentecost recapitulates all we have been celebrating throughout the Easter season. For fifty days it has been the first day of the week, the day the Lord has made, the day of joy and gladness. Love has conquered death, now and forever. Come evening, the Easter candle will be extinguished, but only to let the light of Christ burn on brightly in our hearts. We pray today for a new church, a new world, a new creation, aflame with the wisdom of God.

The week’s prayer focus

For our parish community that the wind and fire of the Holy Spirit will set us free to bear bold witness to the reign of God.

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, today the Easter festival concludes in a blaze of glory. In the power of the Spirit poured out upon us, let us praise God and pray for the whole of creation to be made new.


  1. We pray for the world with all its diverse creatures, cultures and languages. May humanity treasure the wealth of life the Spirit has brought to birth. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the global Christian community, especially in places of active persecution. May believers everywhere be renewed in spirit and boldly proclaim the gospel of life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the peoples of the great south land of the Holy Spirit, Australia. May this year’s Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week enable the whole nation to welcome the gift of indigenous culture and traditions.  (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for the Catholic church in Australia as it prepares for the plenary council of 2020. May this grace-filled opportunity for inclusive consultation and diversity of leadership come to fruition under the patronage of Mary, Help of Christians. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the families of missing children. May the agony of uncertainty they suffer be resolved by reassuring information and reconnection. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for the most vulnerable and dependent human beings in our midst, unborn children and the frail aged. May they be cared for with love and respect. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the conversion of our consumer society. May we refuse to allow our waterways, seas and oceans to be choked by plastic waste. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for ourselves. May we allow the Spirit of God to guide our lives and help them bear a harvest of love, joy, peace, patience and goodness. (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 the Holy Spirit lead them to the joyful vision of the one true God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


All-powerful and ever-loving God, by Word and Spirit you make all things new. Keep us faithful to the freedom you have given us in the death and resurrection of your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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