Blessed be the Lord God,
the God of the living and the dead.
May the life-giving Spirit of Jesus be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

The liturgy today assures us that there is life after death.
Life is not a journey to nowhere;
it is a journey to a new heaven and a new earth.
So our hope rests not on human wisdom
but on the word and power of God.   (pause)

Lord Jesus, sometimes we live as if there is no afterlife,
caught up as we are in earthly concerns:

Lord, have mercy.

You have gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us:

Christ, have mercy.

You want us to be people of the resurrection,
who raise up the downcast and downtrodden:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

God of all the living,
in the resurrection of Christ Jesus
you have given us the life
which even death cannot destroy.

Remember your unshakable promise
and strengthen us to live in this world
as your new creation.

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.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
God of all the living,
we come to you in faith,
longing to be transformed in Christ
as children of the resurrection.

Work in our times the wonders of your grace,
so that the whole world may see
that those cast down are being raised up,
and all creation is moving toward fulfillment
through the One who is the beginning and end of all,
your Son who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


P       Our God is a God not of the dead but of the living.  We pray to God for everything that makes life valuable and meaningful.

CM      Our response is:  Lord of life, hear our prayer.

Please repeat:

  1. That those who enjoy the pleasures of life, as if there is no other life beyond this one, may set their hopes on the heavenly treasures which alone give true and lasting happiness.  We pray in faith:
  2. That all suffering and dying people may share in our faith in the Risen Lord, and find strength in the knowledge that God loves them in life and beyond death. We pray in faith:
  3. That all those persecuted for the Lord’s name may stand firm in their hope and come to inherit eternal life.  We pray in faith:
  4. For our relatives and friends, and for all who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again.  We pray in faith:

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

P       God of Jesus,
God of the Apostles and Saints,
God of our ancestors and all our beloved ones,
keep us all in your love, now and for ever.  AMEN

Prayer over the Gifts

Creator of all that lives
we come before you with the gifts that you have given us;
bread and wine, food and drink,
symbols of life and joy.

May they become for us
the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us proclaim our faith and hope in our risen Lord
as we pray:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant your peace to those who have died
in the hope of living in your everlasting peace.
Free us from the fear of death,
as we wait in joyful hope
for our own resurrection and the fullness of life
with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:

‘God is not the God of the dead, but of the living;
for to him, all of them are alive.’

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.

Exchange of Peace

Everything else will pass away but love will remain forever.
Let us give one another a sign of Christian love.

Invitation to Communion

This is the BREAD come down from heaven; [holds up BREAD]
whoever eats of it will never die.

This is the CUP of eternal life:  [holds up CUP]
whoever drinks of it will live for ever.

Prayer after Communion

God of the living,
you want us to live even beyond death.

You have shown us that life is meaningful,
that death is not the end
but a completely new beginning.

Strengthened by the Eucharist we have just received
may we share our hope with those for whom life makes little sense.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing       (based on 1st and 2nd Readings)

May the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob bless you.   AMEN.

May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort your hearts
and strengthen you in every good work and word.  AMEN.

May the Lord who is faithful,
strengthen and guard you from the evil one.   AMEN

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.   AMEN.


The Mass is ended.

Go and show your gratitude to God
by loving and serving your sisters and brothers.

Download printable file here: 32nd-Ordinary-c

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