17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Greeting

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ !

May God’s kingdom come upon you

and remain always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

One of the first prayers we learned as children, was the one we know as the ‘Our Father’  or ‘The Lord’s Prayer.’   Is it just a formula for us?

Or is it for us, as it was for Jesus, a prayer of warmth and tenderness to a loving God?  (pause)

Let us call upon Jesus…  the one who teaches us to pray.  (pause)

Lord Jesus,
you teach us how to pray as you taught your disciples:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you taught us that God is our loving and forgiving Father:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you told us that your heavenly Father will give us good things
when we ask for help:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening  Prayer

A
Provident Father,
with the prayer your Son taught us always on our lips,
we ask,
we seek,
we knock at your door.
In our every need,
grant us the first and best of your gifts,
the Spirit who makes us your children.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.    AMEN

 


Across the centuries, heavenly Father,
on countless lips and in every tongue
the prayer of your Son resounds.
Yet we who know the words so well
need still to learn their power.
Give us your Holy Spirit
so that our prayer may be filled
with childlike trust and unwavering perseverance.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.    AMEN

GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

 P       The Lord Jesus encourages us to pray with confidence to the Father who knows how to give good things to his children.

Let our response be:   Lord, hear our prayer.

Please repeat:

  1. That the church, which daily prays for the coming of God’s kingdom, may work tirelessly for justice and peace in the world. We pray:
  2. That we may have the ‘bread’ to meet our daily needs; the greatness of heart to be able to forgive our enemies; the strength to overcome our temptations. (pause) We pray:
  3. For those who have not yet heard of Christ, especially in Asia and Oceania. May the Holy Spirit open their minds and hearts to the Good News of salvation.  We pray:
  4. For the refugees of the world, especially those in _________.  (pause) May the richer countries of the world increase their efforts to bring aid so that  humanitarian catastrophes can be averted.  We pray:
  5. [For the members of the Mission Society of the Philippines and all Filipino Missionaries.    (pause)  May they receive the support they need from the church leaders and the lay faithful.  We pray:]

[The Presider may add a local / relevant petition]

P       Heavenly Father,
teach us to ask, seek and knock
so that the good things you want to give us may be ours.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, look upon the face of Christ your Son,
who gave himself up as a ransom for all,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
your name may be great among the nations
and one sacrifice may be offered to your glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

With our Lord Jesus Christ
let us now pray the prayer that he taught us:

[Our Father  /  Ama Namin or Alternative Version]

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Keep us free from sin
and protect us from boring routine and discouragement
when we pray to you.
Help us to work for your kingdom
and for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to your disciples:

“Ask, and you will receive;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened to you”.

Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

As children of the God of peace,
let us offer one another a sign of reconciliation and peace.

Optional Prayer may accompany the action of the ‘Breaking of Bread’

It is the Lord Jesus who speaks to us:

“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking;

if you hear my voice and open the door,

I will come in to you and eat with you,

and you with me.”   (Rev. 3:20)

Invitation to Communion

This is the Lord Jesus who draws us near to God

that we may address him as Abba! Father!

Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

Prayer after Communion

Our Father in heaven,
we thank you for giving us your Son
in this Eucharistic celebration.

May we learn from him
not only the importance of prayer,
but also that our deeds should match our words.
And we make this prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN

Final Blessing

May you know the Lord’s goodness all the days of your life.

AMEN.

May you be blessed with his gifts, and forgive as you are forgiven.

AMEN.

May God receive you into his holy dwelling place.

AMEN.

And may God bless you,

+  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  AMEN..

Dismissal

In this Eucharist we have celebrated the goodness of the Father.

Go now and share it with others.

 

Our Father – Dialogue Form

Instead of the usual recitation of the Lord’s Prayer this version could be used.  In order to emphasize that this is a meditative exercise the Presider should wait for about 5 seconds before beginning a new phrase.

The Presider / Leader says:

Let us pray the ‘Our Father’ one phrase at a time. I will introduce each phrase, then you
will pray the actual prayer…  slowly,  meditatively……one phrase at a time

With the aid of the Power Point, a few people  e.g. CM,  Choir members could lead the Assembly.

When our faith is weak, Lord teach us to pray:

Our Father, in heaven.

When we are inclined to forget about you, Lord, teach us to pray:

Holy be your name.

When we feel pessimistic about our lives and about the state of the world,

Lord, teach us to pray:

Your Kingdom come.

When we have difficult decisions to make, and are tempted to take the easy way out, Lord, teach us to pray:

Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

When we complain about little things and forget that millions of people are poor and hungry, Lord, teach us to pray:

Give us today our daily bread.

When we are worried about our sins, and find it hard to forgive those who sin against us, Lord, teach us to pray:

Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

When we are troubled by temptation, Lord, teach us to pray:

Do not bring us to the test.

When we find it hard to cope, Lord, teach us to pray:

But deliver us from evil.

When we are preoccupied with ourselves and our own glory,

Lord, teach us to pray:

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,

now and for ever.

Download printable file here: 17th Ordinary – C

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