4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year A

Sign of the Cross

Greeting

Blessed be Jesus Christ
who became for us the wisdom of God.
May his grace and mercy be with you all.

Introduction

The things that are really important in heaven – the things of God – are often of very little importance in the world. Jesus, in today’s Gospel, makes this very clear and shows us what is pleasing to God. These may be foolish in the eyes of the world.

Litany of Praise

Lord Jesus, you are close to those who seek you
with humility of heart:

Lord, have mercy.

You choose the weak and the lowly
to shame the mighty and the proud:

Christ, have mercy.

You bless the poor, the meek, and the persecuted
and you have a special reward prepared for them.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Eternal God,
teach us the hidden wisdom of the gospel
so that we may hunger and thirst for holiness,
work tirelessly for peace,
and be counted among those
who seek first the blessedness of your kingdom.

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


Not to the wise and powerful of the world, O God,
but to those who are poor in spirit
do you reveal in Jesus
the blessedness of your kingdom.

Gathered here,
like the disciples on the mountain,
we long to listen to Jesus – the teacher.

By the power of his word
refashion our lives
in accordance with the spirit of the beatitudes.

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       Let us pray to our heavenly Father for those qualities Christ wants to see in his followers.

CM      And let our response be:   Lord, bless your people.

Please repeat:

  1. Inspired by the beatitudes, may the Church be a ‘church of the poor’, a community of believers who embrace and serve those whom the world rejects. We pray:
  2. For the peoples of the world who are at war: (pause) that the Lord will raise up men and women who will work for the promotion of a lasting peace. We pray:
  3. For our Basic Ecclesial Communities: (pause) that they may experience the blessedness that God has reserved for the poor, the humble, and the peacemakers. We pray:
  4. For the sick and those who mourn the loss of their loved ones: (pause) that they be strengthened and healed of their sorrow and pain. We pray:

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

P       Heavenly Father, grant us the grace to imitate your Son more closely, and to follow him more faithfully, so that we may know the blessedness of being brothers and sisters to the lowly who are your special friends. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

O God of all blessedness,
these are the gifts of the poor:
a little food, a little wine.
Accept us in our riches and our poverty,
in our strength and our weakness,
with our joys and our sorrows.
This we ask through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

We humans have nothing to boast about to God;
yet God has adopted us
and through his Son has taught us to say:

Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially the sin of pride,
for we often boast about our own accomplishments.
Let us weep with those who mourn,
hunger and thirst with those who seek what is right and just,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,

‘Blessed are the peacemakers,
they shall be called the children of God.’

Through your healing power
the love of peace quells violence,
mercy conquers hatred,
and vengeance yields to forgiveness.

Grant Lord, that we will become instruments of your peace
and heralds of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.   AMEN

Sign of Peace

Peacemakers shall be called children of God.
Let us then offer one another a sign of God’s peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who promises heaven to those
who try to live according to the values of the gospel.
Blessed, truly blessed are we
who are invited to his banquet today.

Prayer after Communion

Faithful God,
you have refreshed our hope and joy
in this holy meal.
May you continue to bless the meek and the merciful,
those who hunger for justice
and those who are persecuted
because of the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May God give you hope.   AMEN.

May God show you mercy.   AMEN.

May God fill your heart with loveAMEN.

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.

Dismissal

As disciples eager to share with everyone
the blessedness of God’s kingdom,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: 4th-Ordinary-A

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