34th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B Christ the King

Greeting

Glory and power to Jesus Christ, the King of the universe!

May his kingdom of peace and love be always with you.

 

 

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

 

A       Today, the last Sunday of the liturgical year,

we celebrate the feast of Christ the King.

Our lives are meant to bear witness to Christ’s kingdom,

but what kind of witnesses are we?   (pause)

 

Lord Jesus, yours is a kingdom of truth and life:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Yours is a kingdom of holiness and grace:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Yours is a kingdom of justice, love and peace:

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

B       As Christ’s followers do we work for the kingdom of justice, peace and reconciliation…..   or do we hunger after the pleasures, the glory and the power of the world?

Let us examine ourselves.   (pause)

 

Lord Jesus, our King,

you came into this world to reveal the Father’s love for us:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, our King,

you allowed yourself to be judged

in order to confront the kings and rulers of this world:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, our King,

you will come in glory to judge the living and the dead:

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

A       Almighty and eternal God,

to Jesus Christ, the first-born from the dead,

you have granted a kingship that shall not pass away.

 

Remove from us every desire for privilege and power,

that we may imitate the sacrificial love of Christ our King

and, as a royal and priestly people,

serve you humbly in our brothers and sisters.

 

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       Lord God,

you have anointed Jesus as the Christ –

not to rule a kingdom won by violence

but to bear witness to the truth,

not to reign in arrogance

but to serve in humility,

not to mirror this world’s powers

but to inherit a dominion that will not pass away.

 

We ask this through the Christ

who was, who is and who is to come,

your Son who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

 

P       Let us pray that the reign of God may come and that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  With confidence we pray:

 

CM      Our response is:       Lord, may your kingdom come

Please repeat:

 

1          For government leaders all over the world.  (pause)

May they follow the example of Christ the King who came into the world to serve, not to be served.  We pray:

 

2          That those who govern nations and guide the destinies of peoples

may listen to the voice of Truth and seek the paths of peace and justice.  We pray:

 

3          For judges, policemen, soldiers and those entrusted to enforce the law.  (pause)

May they be fair and impartial, humane and kind, and never forget that they are accountable to Christ, the just King.  We pray:

 

4          For those who are unemployed or handicapped, hungry or homeless: (pause)

may our community’s care for them be a sign of Christ’s kingdom. We pray:

 

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

 

P       Heavenly Father,

make us loyal and true followers of Christ, our Savior and King.

May we draw courage from him who has overcome the world

and now reigns with you, 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.

 

    An appropriate Preface for this feast is  P ?

 

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray

that God’s kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven:

 

 

Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and grant us your peace.

Let it be a peace based upon truth and life,

of holiness and grace,

of justice and love.

Help us to prepare in joy and hope

for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Pilate:

“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

May we listen to you

and allow you to reign as King over our hearts,

so that we may enjoy the peace of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

 

 

Exchange of Peace

Let us show that the call of Jesus has found an echo in our hearts

by offering each other a sign of  peace.

 

 

  Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Our Father gives us the bread from heaven

and the saving cup brimming with life.

May this bread broken and cup poured

link us together in charity and peace

so that we may be living signs of the Lord’s kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Christ our King,

who loves us and frees us from our sins by his blood.

Blessed are we to be invited to the table of his kingdom.

 

 

 

Prayer after Communion    [based upon 2nd Reading]

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 to whom was given

dominion and glory and kingship,

so that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

 

 

 

Blessing

 

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

AMEN.

 

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

AMEN.

 

May Christ reign in your hearts and in your homes.

AMEN.

 

May our Sovereign God bless you,

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

AMEN

 

 

Dismissal

 

A       Our celebration is ended.

Go and serve Christ our King in one another.

 

B       In the name of Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,

who is, who was and who is to come,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: 34th Ordinary – B

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