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Prayers of the Faithful – Sun 26 Sept – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayers of the Faithful – Sun 26 Sept – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Introduction:

Pope Francis’ Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021 is that we ought to work ‘Towards an ever wider “WE”’.

When the men and women of nations feel under threat from forces that seem beyond their control – pandemic, climate change, global economy, terrorism – it is easy to see why they retreat into a stance that is closed and defensive, and which excludes others that makes people self-centred. Yet Jesus has shown us another way; the only way. It is a way that leads us towards an ever wider “we” by helping us see our world and its peoples as God sees us all and loves us all. It is a way that empowers us to reach out and, in the words spoken by Pope Francis in the empty St Peter’s Square all those months ago, “to create spaces where everyone can recognise that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity”.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, gathered together in the Spirit of Jesus, let us pray for a new heaven and a new earth.

Lector: For our Church. Inspired by Pope Francis, may we be faithful to the catholic and inclusive vision of God’s diverse family. Let us pray together in hope.

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Lector: For the leaders of our world. May they widen their tents to embrace all who are suffering, and all who seek a safe place of shelter.

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Lector: For those who live on the peripheries of our societies. May we become real friends with our neighbours and mutually share our gifts with each other.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For our local communities. May we discover an ever-wider ‘we’, as we think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For the lost or excluded, the rejected or discarded. May they know the Good News of Jesus Christ through our efforts to encounter each other and to build communion in diversity.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for all participants in the upcoming Plenary Council, that they will have the freedom to listen faithfully and speak out boldly.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, especially while in transit or living far from their loved ones, as well as for the recently deceased; Rudylyn Jimena, Romualdo Macuto and Nazzarene Portelli and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Joseph Thompson Snr, Fred de Guzman, Corazon Paredes, Vince Pinto, Ronald Vincent Rawlins, Edgardo Quizon, Herman Dellemyn, Marie Therese Ngongah, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today. May they enter the new Jerusalem where all peoples are united in peace and harmony.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: God of mercy and power, you cast down the proud and raise up the lowly. Give us the freedom to follow your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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