3rd SUNDAY OF LENT – C

Greeting

Blessed be God

who calls us to bear fruits of goodness that will last.

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

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

‘Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’

These words, addressed by Jesus to his contemporaries,

are addressed to us in today’s liturgy.   (pause)

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

Lord, have mercy.

         You forgive all our guilt and heal all our ills.

Christ, have mercy.

         As the heavens are high above the earth,

so strong is your love for those who honor you.

Lord, have mercy.

B       At times we look only at the defects or mistakes of others.

Now, let us look into our own hearts

and recognize our need for God’s mercy and forgiveness.  (pause)

         Lord Jesus, you have been good to us

although we are just as guilty as others:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,

you expect us to bear fruits of repentance and good works: 

Christ, have mercy.

         Lord Jesus, you have been patient with us:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A       God of salvation,

we stand before you on holy ground,

for your name is glorified

and your mercy revealed

wherever your mighty deeds are remembered.

Cultivate us with compassion

until, by your grace, we bear at last

the abundant fruits of the Holy Spirit.

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

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

holy and mighty God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B       God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

you revealed your name to Moses in the burning bush;

and you revealed your mercy to every generation

in the life and teaching of Jesus.

Open our minds to the wisdom of his Gospel

that we may grasp the lessons you teach us

in the events of our daily lives.

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

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

holy and mighty God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

                                    GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P       The Lord who forgives our sins listens to our prayer. 

Let us approach him with confidence because we know God really  loves us.

CM      Our response is:     Lord, give strength to your people.

Please repeat:

1          That the Church may be open to reform, aware that it is always in need of repentance, we pray:

2          For those who are addicted to harmful substances.   pause)

            May they be supported in their attempts to overcome their dependency, we pray:

3          For all prisoners of conscience,

and those who suffer persecution for their faith. (pause)

            May they experience the strength of Christ in their trials, we pray:

4          For those who have lost loved ones through violence or disasters.  (pause)

may they find comfort in their mourning and courage to embrace the future

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

P       Loving Father,

receive the prayers of a penitent people,

who come before you in humility and faith.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Merciful Father,

your Son, Jesus, welcomed sinners

and ate with them at table.

May our gathering at the table of your Son,

bring us the gifts of reconciliation and peace –

with one another and with you.

We ask this in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord.   AMEN.

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

We stand before you, our God, on this holy ground….

and we have the confidence to call you Father…. as we pray / sing:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil

and grant us the peace

that comes from following your commandments.

Keep us from relying on our own strength

and do not allow us to fall,

as we wait in joyful hope

for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus, you said to the people:

“If you do not repent, you will all perish.”

Look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

May the peace and the joy of the Risen Lord be always with you.

Exchange of Peace

The fruit of the Spirit is peace.

Let us share a sign of this peace with the persons beside us.

Invitation to Communion

Behold Jesus,

the spiritual Rock from which all graces spring.

Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

And we pray:

Lord, I am not worthy….

Prayer after Communion

God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob,

and our God too,

we thank you for the meal that we have shared.

We have eaten the same spiritual food

and we drank the same spiritual drink.

You have seen the miseries of your people

and you are aware of our sufferings.

Send us back into our communities

so that we can do our part

in bringing comfort and healing and hope

to all those who suffer.

We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

Through your service of God and neighbor

may you receive God’s countless blessings.  

AMEN.

May the Lord pardon your iniquities and heal all your ills. 

 AMEN.

May the Lord secure justice and the rights of all the oppressed. 

AMEN.

May the God of mercy bless you,

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

AMEN

Dismissal

A       Our Mass is ended.

Go and bear fruit that will last for ever.

B       Reconciled to God in Christ,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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