31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Greeting   (1 Tim. 1:2)

Grace, mercy and peace

from God the Father

and from Christ Jesus our Lord

be with you all.

 

 

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

In today’s Liturgy, Jesus summarizes what it means to be his disciple:

loving God and loving our neighbor.

Love is the key to the Christian life because love is the very life of God.

The only failure for a Christian is the failure to love. (pause)

 

Lord Jesus,

you teach us to love God with our whole heart, soul and mind:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus,

you teach us how to love our neighbor as ourselves:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus,

you teach us that we cannot love God without loving our neighbor:

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

A       Lord our God,

you are the one God and there is no other.

 

Give us the grace to hear and heed the great commandment

that we may love you with all our heart

and love our neighbor as ourselves.

 

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.

 

 

 

B       Your love, O God, is boundless;

we who were strangers

have been made your children.

Keep us mindful of your deeds of mercy,

that we may love you with our whole heart

and love our neighbor as ourselves.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

 

P       Our God is a loving God, ready to answer all who call out to him.

Let us then present to God our own needs and the needs of all the world.

 

CM      Our response is:       Lord, hear our prayer

Please repeat:

 

1          For the Church:

that she will be a community whose faithfulness to God can be seen in the love she offers to all humanity.   We pray:

 

2          May we never fail to show compassion to those in our community who are often  unwanted and unloved.  We pray:

 

3          For all of us gathered here:  (pause)

May our love for God and for one another bear all things, hope all things and endure all things.  We pray:

 

4          May our struggle for justice and peace

and our concern for truth

witness our longing for God’s will to be done.  We pray:

 

[That as we celebrate National Correctional Consciousness Week,

we may show concern, kindness and support for all prisoners. We pray:]

 

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

 

P       Heavenly Father,

you so loved the world that you sent your only Son to live among us.  Help us to appreciate the immensity of his love.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

 

 

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of your Son’s boundless love,

we humbly pray,

that through the ministry of your Church

his saving work may bear fruit

for the salvation of all the world.

Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

 

A       God loves us even more than earthly parents love their children.

So we turn now to God and pray:

B       As children of one Father and the disciples of one Teacher,

let us pray as our Master taught us:

 

 

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil

and grant us peace in our day.

Help us to love our neighbor as you yourself love us,

as we work in joyful hope

for the return in glory

of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,

you summed up the whole law and the prophets

in two great commandments….

that we should love God and love one another.

Lord, touch our hearts

so that we may be people who are able to love,

and work for the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

 

 

Exchange of Peace

Everything else will pass away but love will remain forever.

Let us give each other a sign of Christian love.

 

 

             Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Heavenly Father,

your Son is the food that nourishes the whole world,

giving life in abundance

to all who are searching for meaning in life.

Through the breaking and sharing of this bread

may we deepen our union with you and with one another.

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who said:

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

Blessed are we who are invited to this banquet of God’s love.

 

 

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,

you have satisfied our hunger

with the one bread that sustains the human heart.

May our hearts reach out to the least lovable,

with the love that you have given us

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 

Blessing

 

May God bestow his gift of love upon you.

AMEN.

 

May God teach you how to share that love with others.

AMEN

 

May God’s love lead you to everlasting life.

AMEN.

 

And may our loving God bless you…..

 

 

 

Dismissal

Go, and love one another as the Lord has loved you.

Download printable file here: 31st Ordinary – B

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