Blessed be the Lord who raises up those who are bowed down.

May God’s love and protection be with you all.



Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

owsr. When Presider takes up   he Altar. While that is taking place PAR and PAL help prepare the Altar-table. 3 ciboria (1/2


Gospel – Part 1        HYPOCRITES


Jesus criticized the Scribes and Pharisees because they did not practice what they preached.  We, too deserve that criticism, so we ask forgiveness.



When our deeds did not match our words:

Lord, have mercy.


When we imposed on others rules which we ourselves did not observe:

Christ, have mercy.


When we sought popularity and acclaim, yet failed to serve others:

Lord, have mercy.




Gospel – Part 2      POOR  WIDOW


In today’s Liturgy we hear about two widows who gave all they had to help others. Let us ask God to help us to be generous, as they were, towards our brothers and sisters. (pause)


Lord, you sustain the widow and orphan:

Lord, have mercy.


Lord, you bring justice to all who are oppressed:

Christ, have mercy.


Lord, you reward those who are generous:

Lord, have mercy.





Opening Prayer


A       God, our provider,

you are hope for the orphan

and bread for the widow.

Strengthen our faith,

that with simplicity of heart

we may come to trust in you alone

and hold back nothing in serving you.


Grant 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       O God,

protector of the widow and orphan,

giver of justice for the oppressed,

you uphold the poor who hope in you

and you sustain those who place their trust in your love.


Let no one be deprived of the bread and freedom you provide,

but may all people learn to share generously

of the good gifts you have given us.


We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

















P       Jesus recognized the goodness of the poor widow.

We turn now to God, asking him to recognize the needs of our community and answer our prayers.


CM      Our response is:       Hear our prayer.

Please repeat:


1          For those whose work is hard and unrewarding, and who seldom receive recognition;  (pause) 

may they be blessed by the Lord who sees their true worth.  Lord, in your mercy:


2          For this community gathered here in faith:  (pause)

that we will be generous with ourselves and our resources, so that seeing our good works, people may glorify the Father in heaven.   Lord, in your mercy:


3          For all missionaries and aid workers. (pause)

May their hearts be open to listen to the real needs of God’s people in every part of the world.  Lord, in your mercy:


4          That we may recognize the goodness of those around us even in their small acts of kindness and generosity.  Lord, in your mercy:


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


P       God our Father,

you accepted the complete gift of your Son,

who offered himself once and for all.

Grant all our petitions in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.



Prayer over the Gifts

Generous God,

as we present our gifts of bread and wine we pray:

 “Teach us to be generous,

  to give and not to count the cost,

  to labor and not to ask for reward

  except that of knowing that we do your holy will.”

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.



Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer


A       In Christ’s giving of himself for us, he taught us that we are precious, so confidently we say / sing:


B       Let us pray that we may give without counting the cost, and forgive each other as we are forgiven:



Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil

and grant us the peace that comes from discovering your presence

in our sisters and brothers in need.

In your mercy,

keep us free from selfishness

as we wait in joyful hope for the coming in glory

of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ,

at the table in your kingdom

no one is a stranger.

Help us to recognize in every person

a beloved son or daughter of your Father.

May we share your peace with everyone

as we work together for the coming of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.



Exchange of Peace

Let us express our love and concern for one another

by offering a sign of Christ’s peace.



Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

We who eat of the same bread,

even though varied and different

like its many grains of wheat,

are one in the body of Christ.



Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus

who invites us to share this meal with him

and to learn from him how to share with others.

Blessed are we who gather around this altar-table.


Prayer after Communion

Father of the poor,

from your bounty we have received the bread from heaven.

We ask that it renew our hope and strength,

so that we may be always ready to share what we have

with those who need our help.

Grant this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.




A       May the Lord be above you to bless you,

about you to protect you,

within you to empower you.


B       May God the Father, protector of widows and orphans,

be with you to provide for you in all your needs.  AMEN.


May Christ Jesus, friend of the poor,

be with you to save you from all harm.  AMEN.


May the Holy Spirit, comforter of those who mourn,

be with you in inspire you in serving your Lord.  AMEN.



A&B  May almighty God bless you,

+  the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.    AMEN




In this Eucharist we have shared at the table of the Lord.

Go and learn to share with your sisters and brothers.

Download printable file here: 32nd Ordinary – B

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