4th SUNDAY OF EASTER – A

Greeting

Glory and praise to Jesus our Good Shepherd
who loves us … and calls each of us by name.

May his love and protection be with you.

 

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A       Of all the images we have of Jesus, one of the loveliest is that of the Good Shepherd. Jesus used it about himself when he said ” I am the Good Shepherd”

How well do we trust and how closely do we follow him?

Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd;
you call each of us by name.

Lord, have mercy.

You are the Good Shepherd;
you show us the way to a life of service and care for others:

Christ, have mercy.

You are the Good Shepherd;
you lead us to everlasting life.

Lord, have mercy.

 

B       In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus, the Shepherd, describe his flock as those who recognize his voice and follow him. But do we listen to that voice?

Do we follow him?

Lord, with you as our shepherd, there is nothing we shall want.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, even if we should walk in the valley of darkness,
we will fear no evil, because you are with us.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, in your own house we will dwell for ever and ever.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God,
you have made Jesus,
[whom you have raised from the dead,]
the gate though which we, the sheep of your flock,
may enter the sheepfold of abundant life.

Pour out the gift of the Holy Spirit on us
so that we may learn to recognize the voice of Christ,
the good shepherd,
who came that we may have life, life in all its fullness.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B
O God,
you never cease to call even those who are far away,
for it is your will that all be drawn into one fold.

Attune our ears to the voice of the Good Shepherd,
who leads us always to you,
that we may find under your tender protection,
life in all it’s fullness.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the firstborn from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

                               GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       Christ came so that we might have life.

Let us now pray for the Church,

for the world,

and for ourselves,

that God’s life may be renewed in us.

 

CM      Let our response be:     Lord, guide us on the right path.

Please repeat.

 

That the Good Shepherd may raise up men and women

who will lead the church with vision and serve with courage.

We pray to the Lord.

 

For parents, teachers, and all lay leaders in our Christian communities; (pause)

that they may be true shepherds to those entrusted to their care.

We pray to the Lord.

 

For those who control the destiny of nations; (pause)

that they may act as responsible stewards of the people who elected them.

We pray to the Lord.

 

For an increase in vocations to the priesthood, consecrated and missionary life. (pause)

May the young people of our parish hear the voice of the Good Shepherd,

calling them to serve God’s family in this special way.

We pray to the Lord.

 

             The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]

 

P       Father, you sent Jesus your Son among us that we might have life,

and have it to the full.

Help us to listen to his voice,

so that he can guide us along the path that leads to you.

We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

God of lasting love,
accept these gifts of bread and wine
that we present to you.

Your Son, Jesus, now spreads for us the table of the Eucharist;
he calls each of us by name
and invites us to share this meal with him.

We make our prayer through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

Optional Preface    –     based on the 2nd Reading – 1 Peter 2: 20-25

 

Father, it is right and just,

always and everywhere,

to give you thanks

through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

 

He suffered for us,

         leaving us an example,

         so that we should follow in his steps.

 

         He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross;

         by his wounds we have been healed.

 

         For we were going astray like sheep,

         but now we have returned to the shepherd and guardian,”

Jesus our Lord.

 

With him and the whole of creation

we sing to your glory:

 

Holy, Holy ……

 

Intro to the Our Father

Christ, our Good Shepherd takes us by the hand
and invites us to pray to the One he called ‘Father’.

 

Deliver Us

Deliver us Lord, from every evil,
and preserve us from those who would lead us astray
and tempt us to sin.

Protect us in time of trial
so that we can recognize the voice of our Shepherd
and walk behind him –
the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“I have come that they may have life,
and have it in abundance.”

Look not on the sins of the Church
and the sins of all
who betray the sacred trust you have placed in them.

Lead us, rather, to the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

 

Sign of Peace

Jesus calls each of us by name.
Let us, then, call by name the persons beside us
and share the peace of Christ with them.

 

   Optional prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread’

While he was with them at table,
Jesus took the bread and said the blessing:
then he broke it and handed it to them.
And their eyes were opened
and they recognized him.     (Luke 24:30-31)

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus
who invites each of us by name
to sit with him at his table.
He wants us to have life
and to have it in abundance.

 

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
eternal Shepherd of your people,
we have heard the voice of your Son
and have eaten at the table you spread before us;
our cups are overflowing.

Guide us along the right paths
as we walk in the valley of darkness
so that, with Jesus our Shepherd,
we can dwell in your house forever and ever. AMEN.

 

Solemn Blessing

A
May Jesus, the true shepherd, lead you to pastures of peace. AMEN

May he always seek you when you wander from his presence. AMEN.

May you always hear his voice whenever he calls your name. AMEN.

And may the God of love bless you, + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN

 

B
May the Lord guide you in all your ways. AMEN.

May his goodness and kindness follow you always. AMEN.

May you dwell in his house for ever. AMEN

And may our loving God bless you, + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN

 

Dismissal

Our eucharistic celebration is ended.

Go in peace and let Jesus, the Good Shepherd, be your guide.

Download printable file here: 4th Easter – A

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