The Lord God is our help.
May his love and peace be with you always.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A       If Jesus were to stand before you today and ask you:

‘Who do you say I am”, what answer would you give him?    (pause)

 B       Today’s Gospel challenges us to forsake the easy life….

to take up our cross daily and to follow Jesus.

A & B

Lord Jesus, you are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you are the Son of Man

who had to undergo suffering for our sakes:

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you invite us take up our cross

and follow in your footsteps:

Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer

A       Not in easy words, O God, but in selfless deeds

is the faith we profess made real

and our love made present.


Give us the strength to take up the cross

losing our lives for the sake of gospel of Jesus,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.  AMEN.



B       Not by power and popularity, O God,

but in suffering and self-sacrifice

did Jesus show us the cost of discipleship.


As disciples of Jesus

may we learn how to deny ourselves,

take up our cross

and follow in his footsteps.


We ask this through the same 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 is gracious, just and compassionate.

Let us now bring our needs and concerns before him.

CM      Our response is:    Lord, listen to your people.

Please repeat:

1          That the hungry and homeless may find in the hearts of Christians a faith that shows itself in practical care and concern for their needs.  We pray:

2          For the old, the lonely and the sick of our community;  (pause) may they embrace their cross willingly and offer up their sufferings with those of Jesus.  We pray:

3          For those who, like the Servant of God, suffer insult and persecution for their faith:  that the Lord will uphold them in their suffering.  We pray:

4          For those who have no faith, for those whose lives have no meaning; for the depressed and those in despair.  (pause)  We pray:

[For those who are forced to live apart from their families because they are OFWs or because of war or civil disobedience.  We pray:]

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

P       Lord, teach us to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to labor and not to ask for any reward

except that of knowing that we do your will.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God,

accept the sacrifice of our lives,

that with your Son Jesus,

we may die to sin

and rise to new life.

Grant this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

With Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God,

we have the courage to say:


Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and from loving our life so much

that we may be in danger of losing it.

Protect us from all anxiety in the face of suffering

as we work in hope

for the coming in glory

of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“If any want to be my followers,

let them deny themselves

and take up their cross

and follow me.”

Forgive us for wanting an easy religion,

without any demands,

without any cost to ourselves.

Grant us the peace of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.  AMEN.


Exchange of Peace

Jesus has made our peace by his death on the cross.

Let us now greet each other in that peace.


Invitation to Communion

This is the Lamb of God

who suffered and died for us.

He is risen from the dead

and invites us to share this meal with him.


Prayer after Communion

Lord God,

you have nourished us with the bread of life.

Send us out into the world

to bear one another’s burdens

and share each other’s joys.

May we take up our cross

and follow Jesus on the road that leads to life and glory.

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



May you be selfless and joyful in serving others despite trials and difficulties.


You believe that by his dying on the cross, Jesus destroyed death forever. May he give you everlasting life.


He humbled himself for our sakes.
May you follow his example and live a life of service.




Our celebration is ended.
Let us show the world that we have faith by the works we do.

Download printable file here: 24th Ordinary – B

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