Blessed be God who hears the cry of the poor.
May God’s love and compassion be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

The Pharisee in today’s Gospel is self-sufficient;
he does not need God.

The tax-collector confesses his poverty;
he needs God.

God can only help those who ask for help
because they know their need of him.

We now ask God’s help;
we need it!

Lord Jesus, you always hear the cry of the poor:

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, be merciful to us for we are sinners:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you hear the prayers of the humble,
you rescue us in our distress:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

O God,
who alone can probe the depths of the heart,
you hear the prayer of the humble
and justify the repentant sinner.

As we stand before you,
grant us the gift of humility,
that we may see our own sins clearly
and refrain from judging our neighbor.

We make our prayer 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.

Merciful God,
you assure us that the prayer of the humble pierces the clouds.
Look upon us who come before you,
humble and repentant like the tax collector,
and grant that, as we open our hearts
we may trust in your steadfast love and mercy.

We make our prayer 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.




      The Lord hears the cries of the humble.
Let us pray now that our petitions will reach the heart of our God.


CM      Our response is: Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.

Please repeat:

  1. For the poor, the broken-hearted, the unjustly imprisoned, and for those who feel crushed by life:  that God will take notice of them and come to their rescue, we pray:
  2. That those who feel that they are beyond God’s mercy may find hope in the humble words of the tax collector, we pray:
  3. That we will always try to come before God exactly as we are, with our virtues and sins, our successes and our failures, we pray:
  4. For tax collectors and all who do unpopular but necessary jobs.  We pray:
  5. For the courage to remain steadfast in our beliefs so that with St Paul we may be able to say, “I have kept the faith”.  We pray:

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

 P       God our Father, keep us humble and gentle of heart. Let all our prayers come before you in the name of the one who was humble and obedient unto death,  Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts

Kind and merciful Father,
we stand here before you empty-handed
and we feel small and frail before you.

We have just brought you bread and wine
but these are the very gifts you have given us.

Grant us grateful hearts for all that we have received from you.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

By the grace of God we dare to pray the prayer of Jesus who humbled himself for our sakes:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Free us from our self-sufficiency
and our pride
which prevents us from recognizing our inner poverty.
Help us to seek you and your kingdom
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you say to us today:

“All who exalt themselves will be humbled,
but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Look not on our sins of pride,
but upon the faith of your Church,
but 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.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who humbled himself to live amongst us.
Blessed are we to be invited to the table
that he has prepared for those who will pray:

       Lord, I am not worthy…..

Prayer after Communion

God, our merciful Father,
we realize that we are sinners
in constant need of your mercy.
We thank you that you have invited us to eat from Jesus’ table.
Make our hearts grateful
for all that we have received from you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.


Jesus calls all people to his Father’s kingdom.
May he give you the grace to trust in his promises.


May you walk humbly in life
so that the glory of God may shine through you.


As God touches your life more and more,
may you touch others with his mercy.


And may the blessing of God,

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

come down upon you and remain with you for ever.



Go….   and be humble servants of the Lord.

Download printable file here: 30th-Ordinary-c

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