34th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

Christ is Redeemer!   Christ is Lord!
May his kingdom of peace and justice be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Today, the last Sunday of the Church’s Year,
we celebrate the feast of Christ our King.

For most of us the word ‘king’ describes someone who is remote from his people and who lords it over them. But Christ is not like that.

He lives among us; he came not to rule but to serve.
The best way we can show our loyalty to him is by serving one another.

(pause)

Lord Jesus, you came not to be served but to serve,
and to give your life as a ransom for all.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you searched for the lost ones,
you bandaged the wounded and made the weak strong:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you identified with the hungry and the sick,
with strangers and those in prison:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Eternal God,
you have given us your Son Jesus to be our king.
We are travelers in this world
searching for our true home in your kingdom.
It is not a kingdom of power and glory,
but one of love and freedom,
truth and justice,
peace and holiness.
Help us to make this kingdom real,
through the service of our brothers and sisters,
especially those who are most in need.
We make our prayer through 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       Let us pray to Christ the King. He is the firstborn of all creation:  all things exist in him. Full of trust, we pray:

CM      Lord, may your kingdom come.

Please repeat:

1       For all who minister within the church: that they may be true shepherds of the flock entrusted to their care. We pray:

2       For those who exercise authority in civil governments: that they may rule with fairness and justice. We pray:

3       For those who govern nations and guide the destinies of peoples. (pause) May they listen to the voice of Truth and seek the paths of peace and reconciliation.  We pray:

4       For those who have died, especially for our own relatives and friends: that the Lord may receive them into the joy of his kingdom. We pray:

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

P       God, our Father, we honor your Son Jesus as our Lord and King. In his name we ask you to hear our prayers and to bring us to your kingdom where you live and reign for ever and ever. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of mercy, look with favor on the gifts of your people and through the power of this sacrament grant that we may become ever more fully a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people you claim as your own. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

That your reign of love, justice, and peace may come on earth, we raise our hands towards you and we say:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and keep us free from sin.
Grant that on the day of judgement
we may stand before you without fear,
as we look forward with hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Judge and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus, you say to us:

“What you have done
to the least of these who are members of my family,
you did it to me.”

May you reign as King over our hearts,
so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your Kingdom
where you live forever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

We are heirs of the Kingdom of God,
a kingdom of holiness and peace.
So let us offer each other a sign of that peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus Christ, our Shepherd and King.
Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet
for they will inherit the Kingdom of heaven.

Prayer after Communion

Eternal God,
in this Eucharist we have given thanks to you
and acclaimed your Son Jesus Christ
as Lord and King of our lives.
Nourished by the bread of life
may we follow him until the end
when he hands over the kingdom to you
so that you may be all in all.
We ask all this through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Blessing

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing.    (pause)

May the Lord bless you and protect you.            AMEN.

May his light shine upon you and give you his peace.   AMEN.

May he reign in your hearts and in your homes.    AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace to serve Christ the King.

Download printable file here: 34th Ordinary – A

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