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Prayers of the Faithful – Sun 29 Aug – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayers of the Faithful – Sun 29 Aug – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Introduction:

This Sunday we celebrate Social Justice Sunday. The Social Justice Statement this year is ‘Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor’. The Statement provides theological foundations to ground and inspire our efforts to care for creation while responding to the needs of the disadvantaged and excluded.

Our readings this week encourage us to pay attention to the ways in which the word of God truly influences how we live our lives. Although we all too often fail to live up to the example set for us, we are none the less assured of an abundance of gifts, because of God’s infinite love for each and everyone.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, the word of God calls us to live from our hearts and care for those in need. In faith and love let us pray for the needy of the world.

Lector: We pray for the whole people of God, that they will hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

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Lector: We pray for the church in Australia, that this Social Justice Sunday will set us in right relationship with God our Creator, the whole human family and all of creation.

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Lector: We pray for the people of Afghanistan, especially its young girls and women, that they will be able to sustain their hopes for freedom and justice, even under the Taliban regime.

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Lector: We pray for Afghani refugees in Australia, that they will be given the permanent protection so long denied them.

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Lector: We pray for all whose physical and mental health and livelihoods are suffering extreme stress from COVID-19, that community care and cooperation will give them fresh heart.

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Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Marshall Gomes, Ronald Birung, Kris Gamble, Edgardo Quizon, Aida Carag and Wiesa Bobula and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Lina Palmer, Manuel Sesante, Segundino Micubo Snr, Margarita Are, Luz Basco Molina, Leela Lourdes, Trevor Micallef, Marie Ebelle, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will be the first-fruits of the new creation.

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Celebrant: God and Father of light, you have brought us to birth in the truth. Help us shed the light of your truth wherever we go. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

St James The Apostle