Sign of the Cross


Glory be to God the Father
who reveals to us Jesus his Son.

May you listen to him
and may he be always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

On Mount Tabor, Jesus’ disciples got a glimpse of the glory that was his as the Son of God. It was such a wonderful experience for them that Peter exclaimed, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.’

And it is good for us to be here this (morning / evening) because we too get a glimpse of our own glory, for we too are beloved children of God. [Pause)

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples
that you will suffer greatly and be rejected by the leaders of the people:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples
to take up their crosses and follow you:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples
that suffering and the cross lead to victory and glory:

Lord, have mercy.

‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

These words, addressed to the apostles, are now addressed to us.
Today we are asked to look at Jesus and listen to what he says to us.
Let us ask him to free us from our selfishness and sin
and anything that hinders our hearing of the Gospel. (pause)

We pray to you, God of Abraham, Elijah and Moses.

Lord, have mercy.

We pray to you, Lord of all Christians.

Christ, have mercy.

We pray to you, Lord of all peoples.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

O God of mystery,
from the dazzling cloud
you revealed Jesus in glory as your beloved Son.

During these forty days
inspire us by your word,
reveal to your Church the bright glory of your presence,
and transform us into the image of the risen Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and glorious God for ever and ever. AMEN.

God of the covenant,
your presence fills us with awe,
your word gives us unshakeable hope.

Imprint in our hearts
the image of your Son in glory,
that, sustained on the path of discipleship,
we may pass over with him to newness of life.

Grant this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and glorious God for ever and ever. AMEN.


P       As we recall Jesus’ transfiguration and renew our commitment to listen to him, let us also present our petitions, saying:

CM      Lord, transform us in your love.

Please repeat:

  1. For ourselves: (pause) that we may have faith like Abraham’s, ready to listen to the voice of God and follow wherever God leads us, we pray:
  2. May government officials listen to the voice of the poor and the weak instead of giving in to the expectations of the rich and powerful, we pray:
  3. For all our parishioners who are old or sick: (pause) may they know the healing touch of Jesus who can transfigure their suffering and cast out their fear, we pray:
  4. For peace in ________, __________, and other parts of the world where many precious lives are being lost because of armed conflict, we pray:
  5. For all our candidates for Adult Baptism this Easter, that in and through the message of the Lenten Sunday readings, they may come to know, love and follow Jesus Christ, we pray:

(The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant)                

P       God of love and mercy, give us the grace to rise above our human weaknesses so that we may be faithful to your Son and to the demands of the Gospel. Grant this 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 in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.

(Please note that there is a special Preface – P13 – for today’s Celebration)

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

On Mount Tabor, the Father said to Jesus:

“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him.”

We are God’s beloved sons and daughters and so we say:

God of Abraham, Father of Jesus,
you ask us to listen to your Son.
We are listening to him
and it is he who taught us to pray:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from all sin
and free us from the fear of being changed
so that we can become more like your Son Jesus.
During this Lenten season
may the light of his glory shine upon us
as we wait in joyful hope for his coming;
for he is the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ,
you said to your apostles on the holy mountain:

“Rise, and do not be afraid.”

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 we exchange a sign of peace
we pray that we can see the face of God
revealed in the persons beside us.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

Heavenly Father,
your beloved Son is the food that nourishes the world.
May this bread broken and cup poured
nourish us in charity and peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, God’s beloved Son.
Blessed are we who look upon him
and receive him at this table.
Yes, Lord, it is good for us to be here.

Prayer after Communion

Eternal Father,
you have brightened our lives today;
we have seen your glory on the face of Jesus.

In times of darkness may we faithfully listen to his voice
and without fear, continue on the journey of life.
We ask this in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May God the Father continue to call you his beloved. AMEN

May you always be ready to listen to the voice of God the Son.         AMEN

May the Holy Spirit shower blessings upon you so that you will live holy lives.   AMEN.

And may the blessing of our loving God,

+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

come down upon you all and remain forever. AMEN.


Yes, Lord, it was good for us to be here!

Let us go forth to transform the world!

Download printable file here: 2nd-Lent-A

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