6th SUNDAY OF EASTER – A

Greeting

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A
Jesus says to us what he said to his disciples:

“If you love me, keep my commandments’.

We know that we have not kept his commandments as well as we should, and so we need the Lord’s help to do better.   (pause)

 

Lord, your words are a lamp for our steps and a light for our path.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, those who belong to you listen to your voice.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you alone have the words of eternal life.

Lord, have mercy.

 

B
The Holy Spirit is within us inspiring us to be faithful to Christ.
Are we aware of the presence of the Spirit within us?
Do we listen to the voice of God’s Spirit?

Let us examine ourselves. (pause)

Lord Jesus, you give us the Spirit of consolation:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you give us the Spirit of strength:

Christ, have mercy.

 Lord Jesus, you give us the Spirit of truth:

 Lord, have mercy.

 

Opening Prayer

A
Faithful God
who loves us in Christ Jesus,
send your Spirit of truth to dwell within us,
that we may always reject what is false,
live by the commands of Christ,
and be true to the love you have shown us.

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

 

B
You have redeemed us, O God,
in Christ your Son,
who was put to death in the flesh,
but made alive in the Spirit.
In answer to Christ’s prayer,
give us the Spirit of truth,
so that in the joy that comes from you,
we may always be ready
to give a reason for the hope that is in us.

Grant 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       Trusting in Jesus who will never leave us orphaned, let us pray in the power of the Spirit:

CM      Let our response be: Lord, give us your Spirit.

  1.  That we may be always ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, proclaiming our faith with love, and with deep respect for the beliefs of others. We pray in faith:
  2. That prisoners of conscience and all who suffer for doing good may persevere in non-violent witness to justice and truth. We pray in faith:
  3. That the Spirit of God may inspire the followers of Jesus and all people of goodwill to assist the children left orphaned by armed conflict. We pray in faith:
  4. For all those who suffer from disease of body, mind or spirit: that they will never lose hope in God who alone heals hearts and restores wholeness. We pray in faith:

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

P       Gracious God, you sent us your Son to be a light for our steps and a lamp for our path, help us to listen to his words, and to let them guide our lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, Sustainer of life,
here are the gifts of bread and wine –
signs of faith and hope.
Let your ‘Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,’
come upon them
so that they will become for us
the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives with you for ever and ever. AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

A
Jesus asked his Father to give the Spirit to his followers.
As we faithfully await the coming of this Spirit, we pray:

B
We are not orphans,
we have God as our Father
and so we can pray:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.

‘For it is better to suffer for doing good,
than for doing evil. ‘

In your mercy keep us free from sin
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:

‘I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.”

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

The Spirit of truth brings us a peace that the world cannot give.
So let us now share that peace with one another.

Optional prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

The bread we now break is the Lord’s blessed bread

divided into many pieces.

For in the partaking of this bread

we partake of his Spirit of love

and the promise of life-everlasting.

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, our risen Lord,
who abides with us if we observe his commandments.
Blessed are we who receive him at this altar-table.

 

Prayer after Communion

God of love,
we have been refreshed with the one bread
by which you continue to renew the human family.

Grant that we will always live by the words of your Son, who said: ‘Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.’

All this we ask through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

Solemn Blessing     [based on 2nd Reading]

To those who ask you to explain the reason for your hope,
may you speak to them with gentleness and reverence.   AMEN.

May you always be ready to suffer for doing good.  AMEN.

May Christ, who suffered for the sake of the unrighteous,
lead you to God. AMEN.

And may our loving God bless you,

+ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Dismissal

Our Mass is ended.
Go in the peace of the risen Lord.

Download printable file here: 6th Easter – A

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