13th    SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME        C

Sign of the Cross


From God the Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ,

peace and love be with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

In today’s Gospel we see how Jesus headed resolutely for Jerusalem even though he knew that death awaited him there.  In this we see how faithful he was to the task the Father had given him. Fidelity can be very costly at times.

Let us renew our promise to be faithful and courageous in living out our commitments to Jesus as we ask pardon for our past failings (pause)

Lord Jesus, you strengthen us when we are weak:  

Lord, have mercy.

You give us courage when we are afraid:  

Christ, have mercy.

You help us to be generous when we are tempted to think only of ourselves:  

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Option A   

Sovereign God, ruler of our hearts,

you call us to fidelity and perseverance.

Keep us true to the way of your Son,

that we may leave behind all that hinders us

and, with eyes fixed on him,

walk securely on the path where he leads us.

Grant 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.

Option B   

You call us, O God, to follow where Jesus has gone before,

without compromise or condition

and without counting the cost.

Give us strength to fulfill our commitment,

but keep us gentle and patient

toward those who choose other ways.

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.

Liturgy of the Word




P    The road of discipleship is not an easy one.

Let us pray to God that we may have the courage and perseverance

to remain faithful to Jesus, as we pray:

CM    Lord, be with us on our journey.

    (Please repeat)

1    For our newly-elected officials:   (pause)  

that they may commit themselves to reconciliation so that the whole nation will work together in building a better future for all.  We pray:

2    For married couples:

that they may have the grace to remain faithful to the commitments they made to one another on their wedding day.  We pray:

3    For young people called to priestly and consecrated life:  (pause)

that they may have the resolve of the prophets and of Jesus to persevere in their vocation.  We pray:

4    For ourselves:  

that at all times we may strive to keep our vision clear and our goal in focus, so that even now we may experience the inner peace that comes from being faithful.  We pray:

(The Presider may wish to add a petition that is local / topical)

P    Lord, grant that we who have committed ourselves to follow you,

may not keep looking back,

but may go forward in faith and hope,

and so be found worthy of your kingdom.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God,

these gifts of bread and wine

are a sign of our willingness to follow your Son without conditions

on the journey of life.

Give us the Spirit of your Jesus,

so that like him,

we may make ourselves attentive to your loving will.

We ask this in the power of his name.     AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

As disciples who seek to follow Jesus on the way to the kingdom,

let us pray with faith:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil

and make us truly free for others.

Do not allow us to look back,

not even to our failures

  – for you have forgotten them –

but lead us resolutely forward

in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Rite of Peace        

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back

is fit for the kingdom of God”    (Lk.9:61)

Look not upon our lack of commitment,

look rather on the faith of the Church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

Sign of Peace     

St Paul said:

“Serve one another in works of love.”   (Gal.5:13)

Let us extend the hand of welcome to the persons beside us.


Lamb of God…

Invitation to Communion

This is the Lamb of God

who took the road that led him to the cross.

Blessed are we to be invited to eat at his banquet

Lord, I am not worthy…

Prayer after Communion

Good and generous God,

today we have been the guests of Jesus, your Son.

Help us to be to those around us

his helping hand,

his smile of welcome,

his voice of encouragement,

and his face of hope.

Grant all this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May you see the face of Christ in everyone you meet.     AMEN.

May you love God more than anybody or anything else.    AMEN

May you always hear God’s voice whenever God calls your name.    AMEN.

And may God bless you …..


Option A   

Our celebration is ended.

Go, take up your cross and follow Jesus.

Option B   

As disciples of Jesus,

servants of the gospel

and neighbors to all in need,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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