Blessed be the Lord who is merciful, gracious,

   and abounding in kindness.

May the Lord be with you.


Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A       Jesus challenges his disciples to conquer evil

    by the power of goodness and love.

Have we tried to do this in our lives?  (pause)

Lord Jesus, you told us to love our enemies and to do good:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you told us to be compassionate

   as our heavenly Father is compassionate:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you told us not to condemn but to forgive others:

Lord, have mercy.


B       Jesus says to us today,

‘Be compassionate… Do not condemn… 

Treat others as you would like them to treat you.’ 

 How many of us could say that we live up to this Gospel command?                              The Lord himself shows us the way.   [pause]

Lord Jesus, you are slow to anger and rich in mercy: 

Lord, have mercy.

You do not deal with us according to our sins:

Christ, have mercy.

As far as the east is from the west,

    so far do you remove our sins from us:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A      Compassionate God and Father,

you are kind to the ungrateful,

merciful even to the wicked.

Pour out your love upon us,

that with good and generous hearts

we may keep from judging others

and learn your way of compassion.

We make our prayer 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      God Most High,

merciful and kind even to the ungrateful,

you have revealed in your only Son

the full measure of your love –

boundless and unconditional.

Create in us a new heart,

that we may love even our enemies

and bless those who do us wrong.

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.

[Today’s 2nd Reading may be judged unnecessary and may be omitted ]

Attn:    Lectors

Please check with the Presider if there will be a 2nd Reading at this Mass.

                                    GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P       Let us pray that we may become who we are  – daughters and sons of the Father  –  who are called to mirror God’s compassion. 

With confidence we pray:

CM      Lord, teach us to be merciful.

Please repeat:

1          That the church on earth may be a living example of the compassion shown by Jesus, we pray:

2          May the Holy Spirit renew us with the spirit of perfect love for others so that we may overcome evil with good.  We pray:

3          May we know and experience the gift of forgiveness in our lives so that we, in turn, may become more forgiving.  We pray:

4          For _______,  _______, and all countries where there is war or civil strife: (pause)

that their leaders may choose the path of peace and reconciliation.  We pray:

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

P       Compassionate Father, we thank you for the forgiveness you have offered through your Son.  Help us to reveal this to others.  We make our prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of mercy and compassion,

you set before us the table of your Son.

Through him we bring before you

the joys and sorrows of the human family.

May our lives be precious in your sight

as we make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

The Presider may find it appropriate to pray the Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation:  #1   or  #2

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

As we forgive others,

so now we ask God’s forgiveness for ourselves

as we pray with Jesus:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from the temptation

to do good only to those who do good to us.

Help us so that we can love our enemies,

bless those who curse us

and pray for those who abuse us,

as we wait in joyful hope

for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

‘Forgive, and you will be forgiven.’

Help us to be more merciful

towards all those who make life difficult for us

so that we may enjoy the peace of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Christ has taken away our sins.

Let us greet Christ in each other, as we offer our sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who gathers people

from east and west,

from north and south.

Blessed are we

who are invited to join him at his banquet table.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,

you have nourished us with the Bread of Life.

May this give us the strength

to love our enemies,

to do good,

and to give without expecting anything in return

for our reward will be great…

we shall be called your children.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.


Do not judge, and you will not be judged.   


Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.   


Do to others as you would have them do to you.   


And may the blessing of God,

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

come down upon you and remain with you for ever.  



Our celebration is ended.

Go and be merciful, just as our God is merciful.

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