Grace and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all.     (Philemon v. 3)

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

People’s commitment to a cause can be measured by the sacrifices they are prepared to make for it. We cannot hope to be genuine followers of Christ without making sacrifices.

What does it mean for me to be a Christian?
How does it really affect my life?
What does it cost me?   [pause]

Lord Jesus, you were willing to die on a cross in order to bring us life:

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, unless we are willing to give up all that we are attached to
we cannot be your disciples:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you never abandon us in our struggles;
and your power is revealed in our weakness:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

God of all ages,
you call the Church to keep watch in the world
and to discern the signs of the times.

Grant us the wisdom which your Spirit brings,
that with courage we may proclaim your prophetic word
and complete the work that you have set before us.

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.


P       We want to be faithful followers of Jesus not only in words but also in deeds.  And so we pray:

CM      Lord, be our light and our strength.

Please repeat:

  1. May the Church, the community of believers, be proud to acknowledge the cross of Jesus which is the clearest expression of the power, wisdom and love of God. For this we pray:
  2. May our religious and political leaders have the wisdom to know what is really good for the people and the courage and perseverance to bring this about.  For this we pray:
  3. That we may not be discouraged when faced with opposition, hostility or outright persecution while trying to promote gospel values in the workplace. For this we pray:
  4. For all those in pain of any kind: that they may learn from the example of Jesus to bear their sufferings with courage and hope:  we pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P       Loving God,
receive our prayers
and guide us as we walk humbly in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Eternal Wisdom,
accept our humble gifts and prayers,
and grant that all who carry their cross
may gladly unite their lives
to the sacrifice of Christ your Son.

May they know that their names are written in heaven
among the company of the elect.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us ask God to supply our daily needs,
as we pray in the words of Jesus:

Setting our hearts on the unfailing treasure of God’s kingdom,
and trust in God’s daily care for us, we now pray:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the wisdom
that will help us discover your will in our daily lives.
In your mercy,
set us free from all attachments and possessions
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to the crowds:

‘Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me
cannot be my disciple.’

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

Sign of Peace

‘Welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me’, says St. Paul today.
Let us welcome Christ in each other as we offer our sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

Behold Jesus,
the Lamb of God who gave his life that we may live.
Happy are we who are called to share in the banquet of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Most gracious God,
your word and sacrament give us food and life.
May this gift of your Son
help us to carry our own cross each day
and follow him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


The Father of mercies has given us an example of unselfish love in the suffering of his only Son.  (pause)

Through your service of God and neighbor
may you receive countless blessings.


You believe that by his dying Christ destroyed death for ever.
May he give you everlasting life.


He humbled himself for our sakes.
May you follow his example and share in his resurrection.


And may God bless you,

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



Go in peace and follow the Lord Jesus.

Download printable file here: 23rd Ordinary – C

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