17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

Let us thank God our Father
who has revealed to us the mysteries of his kingdom.
May the Spirit of wisdom and understanding be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

The kingdom of God is near.
It is a treasure beyond price.
Let us open our hearts and minds to receive it.      (pause)

Lord Jesus, show us the way to the kingdom:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the wisdom of the ages:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the way to everlasting life:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

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Fountain of all wisdom,
in Christ you have revealed your kingdom to us –
a treasure buried in a field,
a pearl of great price.

Grant us the spirit of discernment,
that we may learn to distinguish wisely
between the passing riches of this present world
and the enduring value 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.

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God of eternal wisdom,
you alone impart the gift of discernment.

Grant us an understanding heart,
that we may value wisely the treasure of your kingdom,
willingly reject all lesser gifts,
and accept with gratitude the ones you alone can give.

We make our prayer 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       God said to Solomon:

“Ask for what you would like me to give you.”

We now ask God to hear our prayers  –
for the Church, the world, and for ourselves.

CM      Let our response be:           Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. That we may use the material gifts necessary for our well-being in the proper way and not become victims of greed, selfishness and the pursuit of wealth. For this we pray:
  2. For all our Leaders and political representatives:   (pause) “That they may reach wise decisions, not in terms of political loyalties but in the light of the Gospel values of Truth, Justice and the Common Good.”  We pray:
  3. Like Solomon, the leader in Israel, may we be people of discernment, learning to judge what is right in God’s sight; and may our lives be always be pleasing to our God.  We pray:
  4. For all who seek for meaning and purpose in life: that their search will lead them to discover the true treasure that is Christ our Lord. We pray:
  5. [For the members of the Mission Society of the Philippines (pause) May they continue to grow so that they can continue to be a beacon of light to the countries of Asia and the Pacific.  We pray:]

P       Heavenly Father, source of all that is good in life, help us to use your gifts wisely and to rejoice in the treasures of your love.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Sustainer of life,
here are our gifts of bread and wine,
signs of our faith and hope.

May we, in our quest for happiness,
never exchange what is lasting and priceless
for what is passing and cheap.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

In God’s kingdom all evil will be removed,
and all our longings will be satisfied.
Let us pray for the coming of that kingdom,
as Jesus has taught us:

Deliver Us

Deliver us Lord,
from reliance on all things that perish.
In your mercy,
grant us wisdom and understanding
so that we can discern between good and evil,
as we prepare for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“My peace I leave you;
my peace I give you.”

Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the wisdom
to seek always the treasure… the priceless pearl…
the kingdom where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

As children of the one God,
let us offer one another a sign of reconciliation and peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God.
Blessed are we who are invited to eat and drink at his table.

Prayer after Communion

All holy God,
we thank you for sharing with us the riches of your kingdom.

Hidden in the field of the Scriptures,
hidden under the sign of the eucharistic bread,
and hidden in the assembly gathered here in your name,
we have discovered Jesus your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May God bless you in his mercy;
and may you always treasure God’s gift of wisdom.

AMEN.

May God strengthen your faith with proofs of his love,
so that you may persevere in good works.

AMEN.

May God direct your steps to win the reward,
the pearl of great price.

AMEN.

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

AMEN.

Dismissal

Our Mass is ended.
Go, seek the kingdom of God,
and everything else will be given to you.

Download printable file here: 17th Ordinary – A

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