May the word of God be on your lips,

and in your heart,

and may the Lord be always with you.


Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A.      As we enter the season of Lent we begin a period of preparation to celebrate the central mystery of our faith –  the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus. 

 [We make a journey with Jesus to the cross and to the tomb so that our faith

will be renewed.] 

Let us ask the Lord to forgive us our sins and help us to use this time

of grace to grow nearer to him.

B.      LENT recalls the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, during which time he was tempted by the devil.  But through prayers, fasting, and fidelity to the word of God he overcame the Tempter.

We too have to face temptations; we need God’s power to resist them. 

Lent provides us with a great opportunity to renew our Baptismal Vows and follow more closely the footsteps of Jesus.

A&B   Lord Jesus, you are our strength in times of temptation.

         Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you were victorious over Sin and Satan.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you call us to prayer, self-denial and works of charity.

Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer

A       Lord our God,

you alone do we worship;

your word alone gives life.

When we walk through the desert of temptation,

strengthen us to renounce the power of evil.

When our faith is tested by doubt,

illumine our hearts with Easter’s bright promise.

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

B       Hear the voice of your church, O Lord our God,

as we cry out to you during this season of Lent.

Come to our aid with mighty hand and outstretched arm,

so that, nourished by the bread of your word

and strengthened by your Spirit,

we may overcome every temptation of the Evil One.

We ask this in the name of Jesus our Savior

whom you raised from the dead,

and who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                    GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       As we begin the Season of Lent we come in faith and trust before God, and seek help in our struggles with the forces of evil.

CM      Let our response be:      Create a new Spirit within us, O Lord.

Please repeat:

1      That, led by the Spirit to embrace prayer, fasting and almsgiving,

           the church my learn anew that we do not live by bread alone.

We pray in faith:

2          For government leaders: that they may resist the temptation to seek their own  glory, and seek instead to serve their brothers and sisters.

            We pray in faith:

3          May we, like Jesus, call upon God in time of temptation

rejecting the attraction of sin and refusing to be ruled by its power.

            We pray in faith:

4          May God’s Word be on our lips and in our hearts.  (pause)

            May we confess Jesus as Lord and always call upon his name.

            We pray in faith:

[There are almost 10 million Filipino Overseas Workers and Migrants in 200 countries in the world.  (Pause)

As we celebrate National Migrants’ Sunday we pray that they enjoy the respect and protection of their host countries, we pray:]

[For all who work for our migrants – chaplains, social workers, and government

officials.  (pause)  May they strive to provide the pastoral care that the migrants so

badly need: we pray:]

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

P       Loving Father, you stood by your Son in his temptations. 

Sustain those who hope in you and keep them in your love,

now and forever.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts    [based on 1st Reading and Gospel]

Generous God,

we set down before you the fruits of the earth

that you have given us.

May your Son Jesus help us

not to live by bread alone

but to worship and serve you –

our God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A       In order that our heavenly Father may deliver us from the Evil One

let us pray as Jesus taught us.

B       We turn to you, Father, and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord,

as we say / sing the prayer he taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and grant us peace in our day.

Do not allow us to yield to the seductive power of sin

but strengthen us with the hope

that you will complete your victory in us

at the full coming

of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to us:

“You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”

Do not allow us to be swayed

by the values of the kingdoms of the world,

but enable us to work for the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

St Paul tells us today that we all belong to the same Lord.

Let us now recognize the Lord in our midst

as we offer each other a sign of peace.



Invitation to Communion

This is Christ Jesus

who enables us to triumph over the evil that is within us.

Blessed are we

who “live on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”


Prayer after Communion

God of love and mercy,

we have received Jesus

who was tested as we are – but did not sin.

May he, the bread of life,

strengthen us on our journey of forty days

and lead us to the joys of Easter.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.    AMEN.

Blessing        [based on 2nd Reading]

May the Word of God be in your heart.  AMEN

May you always confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord.  AMEN

May the Lord of all be generous to those who call on him.  AMEN

And may the God of compassion bless you,

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


A       The Mass is ended.

Go and make this Lenten season a time of preparation for renewing our promises to the Lord.

B       Made strong by the bread of heaven, let us go forth and face temptation with courage and hope.

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