4th SUNDAY OF LENT – C

Greeting

Blessed be God who has reconciled us to himself through Christ.

May his pardon and peace be with you always.

Introduction   and  Litany of Praise

A       St. Paul proclaims the coming of Christ to herald a new creation:

at its heart is the message of reconciliation and forgiveness. 

The deep love and welcome that God gives to all sinners is shown by Jesus’ moving parable of the Forgiving Father.

Lord Jesus, you reconcile us to one another and to the Father.

Lord, have mercy.

You heal the wounds of sin and division.

Christ, have mercy.

You intercede for us at the right hand of the Father.

Lord, have mercy.

B       ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you

So said the prodigal son whose story we hear in today’s Gospel.

At the start of today’s liturgy we are invited to make our own these words and sentiments.  Fortunately for us God is incredibly generous with his mercy and forgiveness.

Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way back to the Father;

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life in the Spirit:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you invite us to your banquet to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.

 

Opening Prayer

A       God of compassion,

you await the sinner’s return

and prepare a feast to welcome home the lost.

Save us from the temptations

that draw us away from you.

Lead us back by the constancy of your love,

that we may take our place in your household

and gladly share our inheritance with others.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,

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

holy and mighty God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B       O good and gracious God,

welcome into the embrace of your love

all your sons and daughters

as they come home to you,

hearts burdened with guilt,

spirits filled with repentance.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,

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       With confidence we place our needs before God our Father,

who in loving kindness overlooks our faults and greets us with a loving embrace.

CM      Our response is:     Merciful, Father, hear our prayer.

Please repeat:

1          For the Church:   (pause)

that through its ministry people may experience the love and mercy of God:

we pray:

2          For our spiritual and political leaders:   (pause)

may they have the humility to acknowledge their faults

and the courage to atone for them:  we pray:

3          For our youth(pause)

May they learn from the prodigal son not to squander their gifts of nature and grace; and if they fall, may they never doubt God’s immense love for them. 

We pray:

4          That prodigal children who have abandoned God, family and faith may come to their senses, and retrace their steps back to the Lord, we pray: 

P       God of mercy and compassion,

we are not worthy to be called your daughters and sons.

Listen to the petitions we make through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Compassionate Father,

Your Son welcomed sinners

and ate with them at table.

May our gathering here around the table of your Son

bring us –  today’s sinners –

reconciliation and peace

with one another and with you.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A       Repentant, like the prodigal son, we turn to our Father

and ask him to forgive us as we forgive others:

B       Hear us, O Lord, your prodigal children,

as, from a long way off, we call to you and pray / sing:

Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and grant us today

the peace that comes from forgiveness.

When, in moments of weakness we have turned away from you,

let the memories of your kindness

be stronger than our feelings of guilt.

Help us to return to your home

as we look forward to the full coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

Prayer for Peace

A       Lord Jesus Christ,

your said to your apostles:

‘I leave you peace, my peace I give you.’

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.

B       The Prophet Isaiah said:

Nation will not lift sword against nation,

and there will be no more war or training for war.”

Lord, grant that the world may turn away from violence and war,

so that all of God’s children

may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

 

Sign  of Peace

In a spirit of reconciliation from the Lord,

let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus

who reconciles us with the Father and one another.

Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

Prayer after Communion

Father,

you have nourished us today at the table of your Son.

We had to celebrate and rejoice

because we who were lost have been found;

we who have been dead have come to life again.

Make us ambassadors for Christ your Son

who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

Blessing

May you value the preciousness of God’s gifts

and never squander them through a life of sin.            AMEN.

May you rejoice in the Lord’s mercy toward sinners

and mirror it in your attitude toward those who have offended you.  AMEN.

May you be reconciled to God and live in Christ as a new creation.   AMEN.

May the Lord who welcomes you with open arms,

embrace you tenderly today and bless you,

+  in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.    AMEN

Dismissal

We have been reconciled with God in this Eucharist.

Go…    and be ambassadors of God’s abundant love.

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