4th Sunday of EASTER – Year C

Greeting

Praise be to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

May his love and protection be with you all.

 

Litany of Praise

A       Jesus is the Good Shepherd who calls each of us by name.

Have we been faithful in following his call?

Let us examine ourselves.   (Pause)

Lord Jesus, you are the lamb who takes away our sin:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you guard us as a shepherd guards his sheep:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you lead us to springs of living water:

Lord, have mercy.

B       Today the church celebrates “Vocation Sunday”. 

We are reminded of the great need for men and women to serve the church as Priests, Religious and Lay Workers. Jesus urges us to ”ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvest”. Have we really prayed hard for…..  and encouraged vocations?

         Lord Jesus, our shepherd, you came to lead us to the Father:

Lord, have mercy.

            Lord Jesus, you called disciples to continue your work on earth.

We are your disciples today: 

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you invite us to serve our brothers and sisters and to lead them to the banquet prepared for them: 

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A       God of lasting love,

fulfill your plan of salvation

to gather into one fold the peoples

from every nation, language and way of life.

Attune our ears to the voice of the Good Shepherd,

who leads us to you,

that we may be counted among those

who know and follow you.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

B       O God, the fountain of joy and peace,

         into the hands of your risen Son

you have entrusted the destinies of peoples and of nations.

Sustain us with the power of your Spirit,

that amidst the changes of life in this world,

we may never become separated from Christ our Good Shepherd,

who guides us to springs of life-giving water.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                                GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       On this ‘Vocations Sunday’  we bring our needs to God, asking for the grace to respond generously to God’s call to be witnesses in the world.

CM      Your response is:  Lord, hear your people.

            Please repeat:

1        We pray for the young people of our parishes struggling to find their identity in the

    church.  (pause) 

May we give our wholehearted support to those whom you are calling to priesthood, religious life and mission.  Let us pray:

2          That by their dedication and spirit of service our Christian families may provide the favorable climate in which a commitment to a life of Christian service may take root and grow, let us pray:

3          That young people may encounter Christ as the meaning and inspiration of their lives.   (pause)                                                                                                          That they may be willing to become for others the heart of Christ  that loves and the hands of Christ  that heal. Let us pray:

4          Like Paul and Barnabas, may we be enthused for the good news of Jesus so that others may come to believe the message of eternal life.  Let us pray:

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

P       God, you show no partiality based on race or culture,

for in Christ you gather all people into one. 

Sustain your church as a community of peace and prayer,

and lead us to the fullness of life in Christ. 

We ask this in Jesus’ name.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

O God, you are a God who cares.

You prepare for us the table of life.

You invite us to stand around your throne and worship you

for our robes have been washed white again in the blood of the Lamb.

Grant that, with him –  Jesus Christ our Lord –

we may praise you for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with Christ our Shepherd to God the Father,

confident that our petitions will be heard:

 

Deliver us

Deliver us, Lord, from all that divides us

and bring us together under the leadership of Jesus.

Let us share in the peace of his caring and forgiving love,

save us from all anxiety,

and bring us to the source of living water  –

he who is our Shepherd, our Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:

   ‘I am the good Shepherd.

   The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice:

   I know them and they follow me.’

Good Shepherd, bind us to you and to one another

so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

May the Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord be always with you.

Sign of Peace

We are God’s people, the sheep of his flock.

Let us offer each other the peace given to us by Christ our shepherd.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb on the throne,

who leads us to the springs of life,

that we may never hunger or thirst again.

Happy are we to be invited to this banquet.

Prayer after Communion

Father, we have listened to the voice of your Son

speaking to us here in this Eucharist.

He has brought us to fresh pastures;

he has wiped away our tears;

our cup is overflowing.

May we keep close to him,

and follow him wherever he leads us

Grant this through the same Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

 

Blessing

May God the Father

who called you as sheep of his flock,

bless you and lead you to your promised home. 

AMEN.

May Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for his sheep,

grant you the fullness of life.  

AMEN

May the Holy Spirit, who sustains those born again in Christ,

keep your minds and hearts in the way of peace. 

AMEN.

And may…..

Dismissal

Christ has made you a light for the nations,

so that his salvation may reach the ends of the earth.

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