My brothers and sisters:
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Intro and Litany of Praise
Jesus sent out his disciples as bearers of peace…. healing…. and the good news of salvation to others. But we must first possess these gifts before we can share them with others. Let us turn in prayer to the Lord,
the Prince of Peace, from whom all good gifts come. (pause)
Lord Jesus, you comfort us as a mother comforts her child:
Lord, have mercy.
Through your cross and resurrection you bring peace to the world:
Christ, have mercy.
You empower us to cure the sick and announce the kingdom of God;
Lord, have mercy.
A Boundless, O God, is your saving power;
your harvest reaches to the ends of the earth.
Fill our hearts with zeal for your kingdom
and place on our lips the tidings of peace.
Grant us perseverance as heralds of the gospel
and joy as disciples of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN
B As a mother comforts her child, O God,
you embrace a broken world;
you empower us – your Son’s disciples –
to bear your gift of peace to all peoples.
Let us go then, into your harvest
not as masters but as your laborers,
seeking not to be successful but only to be faithful,
rejoicing that our names are written in heaven.
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.
P Since we are his disciples,
Jesus sends us out to share his message of peace.
Let us bring before him the desire of all people for peace,
and let us say:
CM Lord, listen to your people
1 That leaders of nations may give up the senseless race for arms and power; instead, let them seek genuine and lasting peace. Let us pray:
2 May all the baptized realize that they are laborers in the harvest of the Lord;
that they are called to bear witness to the values of the Gospel in the complex world of politics, economics and industry. Let us pray:
3 May all the Lord’s workers rejoice that their names are written in heaven;
that they may not get discouraged when faced with coldness or hostility in their mission. Let us pray:
4 That in our homes and communities we may bring understanding and compassion to the sick, the handicapped, and the neglected… and that we may do so in a spirit of loving service. Let us pray:
[The Presider may wish to include a topical / relevant petition ]
- Merciful God, you call peace-makers your children
and send them out to proclaim the Good News of your Kingdom.
Fill our hearts with hope and courage
that we may not falter in our task.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN
Prayer over the Gifts
that your Son, our peace and reconciliation,
has washed away the sin of the world by his blood.
Look with favor on your Church’s offering
and grant that we may extend to all the freedom of Christ,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. AMEN
Intro to the Lord’s Prayer
The kingdom of God is very near.
In the words of Jesus,
let us pray that it may come into our world and into our hearts:
Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin,
protect us in time of trial
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
‘Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God’.
Through your healing power
the love of peace quells violence
and vengeance yields to forgiveness.
Grant Lord, that we will become instruments of your peace
and heralds of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever. AMEN.
Sign of Peace
Following the command of Jesus
let us offer his gift of peace to those around us.
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Lord of the harvest,
who has appointed us to be heralds of his good news.
Blessed are we who have gathered around this table to receive him.
Prayer after Communion
A Lord of the harvest,
we thank you for the many gifts you have given us,
especially the gift of Jesus your Son in this Eucharist.
Send us out as laborers into your harvest,
praying, healing and bringing peace to all those we meet.
And we do this in the power of Jesus, the Lord.
B Christ has no body on earth but ours.
He has no hands but ours to raise up the fallen:
no feet but ours to seek out the lost.
He has no eyes but ours to see the silent tears of the suffering:
no ears but ours to listen to the lonely.
He has no tongue but ours to speak a word of comfort to the sad:
no heart but ours to love the unloved.
Father, send us the Holy Spirit
so that we can be the body of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
May peace dwell in your hearts. AMEN
May peace fill your home. AMEN.
May peace be yours, now and forever. AMEN.
And may the God of peace bless you
+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit. AMEN.
At the end of the Mass we are not simply dismissed.
We are sent out in the Lord’s name,
and with the Lord’s power,
to build up his kingdom in the world. (pause)
Go now in his peace.
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