who has called us to life through the death and resurrection of Jesus,
be with you all.
Introduction and Litany of Praise
In today’s Gospel we become part of a familiar scene, namely, people weeping over the death of a loved one. Jesus is at the center of that scene. He is the one who gives hope to us who are constantly surrounded by death.
Lord Jesus, you raise the dead to life in the Spirit.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you bring pardon and peace to the sinner.
Christ, have mercy.
you bring light to those who live in darkness and the shadow of death.
Lord, have mercy.
you showed your glory to us all
by sending your Son
to conquer the powers of death
and call us forth into life.
Break the bonds which bind us,
that we may believe and proclaim Christ,
the source of life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN
Introduction to the Profession of Faith
Jesus asks Martha and Mary if they really believe that he is the resurrection and the life. With them we now profess our faith as we pray:
P In prayer, we now turn to the Father who, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, promises eternal life to those who believe.
CM Our response is: God of life, hear our prayer.
- For the Church; (pause) that it may radiate hope in a world groaning in agony because of ethnic wars, terrorism, violation of human rights and poverty; let us pray to the Lord.
- For those who, like Martha and Mary, are mourning the death of their loved ones; that they may be strengthened by their faith in Jesus, the resurrection and the life; let us pray to the Lord.
- For all those whose lives are being destroyed by drugs, alcohol or gambling; (pause) that the warmth of God’s love may give them courage to overcome their addiction; let us pray to the Lord.
- That the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus will bring new meaning to the lives of the adults who will be baptized here at Easter: let us pray to the Lord.
- For the sick and the dying: (pause) that they may find a Martha or a Mary who will bring Jesus to them; and may their illness, like that of Lazarus, help them to see the glory of God: let us pray to the Lord.
P Father, we know that you always hear us. Grant these petitions that we have made in the name of Jesus – the one who raises us up to live with you for ever. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
God our Father,
your Son Jesus has given meaning
to death as well as to life.
In his own body he experienced our sufferings
and died our death.
As we join him in his sacrifice,
help us to ease the burdens of our brothers and sisters,
that with him we may live with you forever and ever. AMEN
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
With the Spirit of Jesus who dwells in our hearts
and who cries: “Abba! Father!”
we can pray with confidence:
Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil.
Open the graves where our hearts are imprisoned,
and untie the bonds
that prevent us from witnessing
to the Spirit that dwells within us,
as we wait in hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Martha:
“I am the resurrection and the life.
Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die”.
Look on the faith of your Church,
so that we can say with Martha,
“We believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,
the one coming into the world”
where you live for ever and ever.
Sign of Peace
The Spirit of God dwells in us
so let us offer one another a sign of peace.
Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
Our Father gives us bread from heaven
and the saving cup brimming with life and joy.
May this bread broken and cup poured
link us together in charity and peace
so that we may be living signs of the Lord’s kingdom.
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus who says to us:
“Those who eat my body and drink my blood have eternal life,
and I will raise them up on the last day”.
Blessed are we who are invited to this banquet of life.
Prayer after Communion
God of all that lives,
your Son Jesus has reassured us in this Eucharist
that he is ‘the resurrection and the life.’
May he nourish this life within us
and give us a share in the joys
that you have prepared for those who believe
that he is the Messiah who has come into this world.
All this we ask in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.
May Jesus, who loved Martha and Mary,
pour out his love upon you. AMEN.
May Jesus, who wept at the tomb of his friend, Lazarus,
comfort you in your sorrows. AMEN.
May Jesus, who put his Spirit into your hearts,
raise you up on the last day. AMEN.
And may the God of life, + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you and keep you in his love. AMEN.
Jesus is our life and our resurrection.
Let us go and proclaim this in word and deed.
For Churches that use SYMBOLS to highlight the Theme, here are 3 suggestions:
- Display of Death / Obituary Notices from the local newspapers.
- A Stand with a Condolence book borrowed from a local Funeral Home.
- Cross with a ‘Crown of glory’.