1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT – B

Introduction

The Family assigned to light the ADVENT CANDLE assembles in the front seat on CANDLE side.

When the Ministers are ready to begin the Procession the CM says:  

CM    On this, the First Sunday of Advent, as we await Christ’s coming, let us sing our Gathering Song:

Please STAND.

The Ministers begin the procession.

Presider kisses the altar

He may go to his Chair – as usual – or he may decide to stand near the Wreath.

Sanctuary Assistants with Clear Book and Microphone are in attendance.

Other Ministers proceed to usual places.

Sign of the Cross

Greeting & Introduction

P       May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. (1 Cor.1:3)

All       And with your spirit.

P       My brothers and sisters: as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory, let us pray that God will make us witnesses of Christ, who has taken on our humanity to bring salvation to the world.   [pause]

Blessing of Wreath

P       Lord God, Source of our hope, you gather all nations in your kingdom of light and peace. On this day as we celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death, we look forward to his return when we will share the vision of your glory.

Lord, bless your people +
who look upon this WREATH

as the evergreen sign of your faithful love.
Dispel the darkness of sin,
that the light and joy of Jesus may shine in this waiting world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.     AMEN.

Assigned family ascends Sanctuary and lights one Advent Candle.

At the appropriate time the Presider says:

P       As we light this Advent wreath, let us pray that it be a sign of hope to all people, and especially to those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Let God’s word guide our feet on the road of peace.

The family now returns to their seat.

 It is more appropriate that the Presider return to his chair for the remaining prayers.

OPTIONAL:

The next section may be omitted because of the Blessing Rite – as on Passion Sunday et al.

Litany of Praise

P       In joyful expectation, let us call out to the Christ, who is our salvation. [Pause]

P       You came to deliver us from the guilt of our sins and to show us the face of God. Lord, come and save us.

All        Lord, come and save us.

P       You come to enrich us with every spiritual gift and to keep us watchful in our work as your servants: Christ, come and save us.

All        Christ, come and save us.

P       You will come on a day we cannot know to gather us home and to give us new life: Lord, come and save us.

All        Lord, come and save us.

The GLORIA is omitted.

Opening Prayer

A
Open wide the heavens and come down,
O God of all the ages!
Rouse us from sleep,
deliver us from our sinful ways,
and form us into a watchful people,
that, at the advent of your Son,
he may find us doing what is right.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near;
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B
Through all generations, O God,
your faithfulness endures,
and your fidelity to the covenant never fails.

Since you are the potter and we are the work of your hands,
remember us and strengthen us to the end by your grace;
that we may faithfully keep watch
for the glorious coming of our Redeemer,
and be found blameless
on the day of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

                                    GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       As we enter the holy season of Advent, we ask God our Father to help us to stay awake and make ready for the coming of our Savior.

CM      Our response is:     Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Please repeat:

  1. For our Religious leaders: that as servants waiting for the Master’s return they carry out their responsibilities with love and commitment. We pray in faith:
  2. For all those who hold positions of trust in our society: that they may prove to be good and faithful servants. We pray in faith:
  3. Rejoicing that God is the potter and we the clay, we ask for the grace to receive the word of God that fashions us into a holy priesthood, a nation dedicated to what is right. We pray in faith:

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

P       Eternal God, you are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Help us to have confidence in your unchanging love for us, so that we may have the strength to persevere in goodness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Grant, O Lord, that the gifts we present
may be pleasing in your eyes.
Make us watchful
as we await the coming of your Son, our Lord.
Grant that when he shall appear,
he may find us active in his service
and joyful in his praise.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray to our faithful God,
in the words of Jesus his Son,
that his kingdom may come among us.

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord from every evil
and grant us every spiritual gift.
In your mercy keep us watchful
as we wait in joyful hope
for the revelation –
the second coming
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“Keep awake!
You do not know when the master will come.”

Grant that we will remain alert
and be prepared to welcome you as master of the kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

As we wait for the coming of our God
let us offer a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

 If this will be used, it would be prudent for the CM and Projectionist to be ready

P
Now let us break the bread of life
remembering the words of Jesus:

“See, I am coming soon.” (Rev.27:7)

And let us answer:

All     “Maranatha! Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus, come!”   (1 Cor. 16:22)

Invitation to Communion

Behold our Master
who bids us to stay awake and prepare for his return in glory.
Blessed are we who are invited to his banquet.

Prayer after Communion

Creator God,
you are the potter;
we are the clay –
the work of your hands.
Fashion us into a people who are able to give thanks
for the gift of Jesus your Son
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.   AMEN.

Blessing

You believe that the Son of God once came to us;
you look for him to come again.
May his coming bring you the light of his holiness. AMEN

May God make you steadfast in faith,
joyful in hope,
and untiring in love all the days of your life. AMEN

You rejoice that our Redeemer came to live with us.
When he comes again in glory,
may he reward you with life without end. AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace…..

…. and make ready for the coming of the Lord.

Download printable file here: 1st Advent – B – 2017

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ALL SAINTS – November 1

Greeting

May God who has called us all to be saints
be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

The Feast of All Saints gives us the chance to rejoice with all the men, women and children we have known who have given glory to God and who brought joy into our world. We are comforted by their faith and their prayers; we are challenged by their example. Saintly people remind us that we too are called to holiness.

Lord, you make us holy
by helping us to be gentle and merciful in our dealing with others.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you make us holy
by helping us to be pure of heart and makers of peace.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you make us holy
by awakening within us a hunger for what is good and true and right.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Poor in spirit and gentle of heart,
your Son, O God, came to live among us,
that we might hear the words of eternal life,
and see those words made flesh in the way he lived and died.

As we celebrate the witness of all the saints
whose lives were shaped by the Beatitudes,
form us according to Christ’s teaching

that, having shared in the communion of the saints on earth,
we might take our place among them
in the joy of your kingdom.

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.

                             GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

 P       The Father has lavished his love on us, so we are the children of God. In union with the saints in heaven and the saints on earth, let us intercede with our Father for all our needs.

CM    Our response is: Lord, hear our prayer.

Please repeat:

  1. For the peoples of every nation and language who look to Jesus as their Lord: pause) that all may live their lives in the light of the beatitudes.  We pray:
  2. For the gentle, the merciful, the peacemakers:  (pause) that they may continue to flourish in our community, so that the love of God may be made manifest in the holiness of their lives.  We pray:
  3. For all those who are suffering persecution because of their faith in Christ. (pause) May they be strengthened by the example and promises of Christ.  We pray:
  4. On the eve of ALL SOULS DAY, we commend to you our friends and relations who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.  May they rejoice with the communion of saints for ever.  We pray:

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

 P       Lord God, we thank you for the great richness of your love which we see in the lives of the saints. May we always follow their example so that we will one day be able to join them in praising your name forever in paradise. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Compassionate God,
look upon the face of Christ your Son
who gave his life to set us free.

Through him, may your name be praised among all peoples
from North to South,
from East to West,
and everywhere may one sacrifice be offered to give you glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Preface    Sacramentary # 71      or

And now we give you thanks, most gracious God,
surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses
and glorified in the assembly of your saints.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble line of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
We, your holy church, acclaim you.

In communion with angels and archangels,
and with all those who have served you in every age
and worship you now in heaven,
we raise our voice to proclaim your glory,
forever praising you and saying / singing:      Holy, Holy….

Intro to Our Father

In fellowship with the saints, we turn to God and say:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Let us weep with those who mourn,
hunger and thirst with those who seek what is right and just,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,

‘Blessed are the peacemakers,
they shall be called the children of God.’

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

Peacemakers shall be called children of God.
Let us then offer one another a sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who promises heaven to those
who try to live according to the values of the gospel.
Blessed, truly blessed
are we who are invited to his banquet today.

Prayer after Communion

Faithful God,
you have refreshed our hope and joy
in this holy meal.
May you continue to bless the meek and the merciful,
those who hunger for justice
and those who are persecuted
because of the name of Jesus your Son,
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Blessing

God is the glory and joy of all his saints,
whose memory we celebrate today.
May his blessing be with you always.  AMEN.

May the prayers of the saints deliver you from present evil.
May their example of holy living
turn your thoughts to service of God and neighbor.  AMEN.

God’s holy church rejoices
that her saints have reached their heavenly goal,
and are in lasting peace.
May you come to share all the joys of our Father’s house.  AMEN.

And may you rejoice always in the blessing of God,
the Father, +  the Son and the Holy Spirit,  AMEN.

Dismissal

Giving thanks to God
who has called us to share the inheritance of the saints in light,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: All Saints – Nov. 1

34th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

Christ is Redeemer!   Christ is Lord!
May his kingdom of peace and justice be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Today, the last Sunday of the Church’s Year,
we celebrate the feast of Christ our King.

For most of us the word ‘king’ describes someone who is remote from his people and who lords it over them. But Christ is not like that.

He lives among us; he came not to rule but to serve.
The best way we can show our loyalty to him is by serving one another.

(pause)

Lord Jesus, you came not to be served but to serve,
and to give your life as a ransom for all.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you searched for the lost ones,
you bandaged the wounded and made the weak strong:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you identified with the hungry and the sick,
with strangers and those in prison:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Eternal God,
you have given us your Son Jesus to be our king.
We are travelers in this world
searching for our true home in your kingdom.
It is not a kingdom of power and glory,
but one of love and freedom,
truth and justice,
peace and holiness.
Help us to make this kingdom real,
through the service of our brothers and sisters,
especially those who are most in need.
We make our prayer through Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                             GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P       Let us pray to Christ the King. He is the firstborn of all creation:  all things exist in him. Full of trust, we pray:

CM      Lord, may your kingdom come.

Please repeat:

1       For all who minister within the church: that they may be true shepherds of the flock entrusted to their care. We pray:

2       For those who exercise authority in civil governments: that they may rule with fairness and justice. We pray:

3       For those who govern nations and guide the destinies of peoples. (pause) May they listen to the voice of Truth and seek the paths of peace and reconciliation.  We pray:

4       For those who have died, especially for our own relatives and friends: that the Lord may receive them into the joy of his kingdom. We pray:

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

P       God, our Father, we honor your Son Jesus as our Lord and King. In his name we ask you to hear our prayers and to bring us to your kingdom where you live and reign for ever and ever. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of mercy, look with favor on the gifts of your people and through the power of this sacrament grant that we may become ever more fully a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people you claim as your own. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

That your reign of love, justice, and peace may come on earth, we raise our hands towards you and we say:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and keep us free from sin.
Grant that on the day of judgement
we may stand before you without fear,
as we look forward with hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Judge and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus, you say to us:

“What you have done
to the least of these who are members of my family,
you did it to me.”

May you reign as King over our hearts,
so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your Kingdom
where you live forever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

We are heirs of the Kingdom of God,
a kingdom of holiness and peace.
So let us offer each other a sign of that peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus Christ, our Shepherd and King.
Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet
for they will inherit the Kingdom of heaven.

Prayer after Communion

Eternal God,
in this Eucharist we have given thanks to you
and acclaimed your Son Jesus Christ
as Lord and King of our lives.
Nourished by the bread of life
may we follow him until the end
when he hands over the kingdom to you
so that you may be all in all.
We ask all this through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Blessing

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing.    (pause)

May the Lord bless you and protect you.            AMEN.

May his light shine upon you and give you his peace.   AMEN.

May he reign in your hearts and in your homes.    AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace to serve Christ the King.

Download printable file here: 34th Ordinary – A

33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

From God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Savior,
grace and peace be with you.  [Titus 1:4]

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Each of us has received specific gifts and talents from the Lord.
Have we made use of them …..
Or have we misused  them…   or even abused them?   (pause)

Lord, you have blessed each of us with special gifts:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you want us to recognize and appreciate these gifts:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you want us to share these gifts with others:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Into our hands, O generous God,
you have entrusted many graces and blessings.
Give us the wisdom to multiply your gifts
and make us industrious and vigilant
as we await your Son’s return.
May we rejoice to hear him call us
“good and faithful servants”
as we enter into the joy of your kingdom.

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.

                                      GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P       Jesus teaches us to prepare for his coming by using well the gifts and opportunities he has given us.  And so we pray:

CM      Our response is:       Lord, let all our actions praise you.

Please repeat:

1          For our Church leaders:  that they encourage the laity to develop the gifts that God has given them and use them for the common good.  We pray:

2          May our political leaders utilize their positions and abilities for the service of all, especially of the poor and the needy.

3          Like the industrious and reliable servants of the Gospel, may we appreciate hard and honest work as a means to build our lives.  We pray:

4          After having labored hard in this life, may our beloved dead at last come to their reward in heaven. We pray:

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

P       Generous God, listen to our prayer. Help us to remain faithful in the small things of life, so that we may be trusted with greater things when we come into your kingdom. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Generous God,
we thank you for the talents that you have given to us.

“Teach us to be generous,
to give and not to count the cost
to labor and ask not for reward
except that of knowing that we do your holy will.”

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Now let us pray to the Father
in the words our Savior gave us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us Lord, from the fears
that prevent us from using our talents
for the spread of your kingdom.
Rather, help us to develop them
so that we may give a good account to him who is to come,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give to you.”

Look not on our sins,
and help us not to look upon the sins of others,
for we all need the peace of your forgiving love
and of each other’s pardon.
Grant us the peace of your kingdom
where you live forever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

One talent that we must use
is that of spreading the peace of Christ.
Remembering this,
let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus Christ.
He will come back on the last day
to bring us into the joy of his Father.
Blessed are we who are invited to his Supper.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
we thank you for the gift of Jesus, your Son,
and for the many other gifts you have given us.
May we use them for your greater honor and glory
by being ‘good and faithful servants
“reaching out to the poor and needy”.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Blessing

 May you always know the depth of God’s love for you.

AMEN

May you continue to live as children of the light.

AMEN.

And may you always reach out to the poor and needy.

AMEN.

Dismissal

The Lord has given each of you many gifts… many talents.
Go…   and use them in building up God’s kingdom.

Download printable file here: 33rd Ordinary – A

32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting     (1 Tim.2)

May grace, mercy and peace from God the Father
and from Christ Jesus our Lord
be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

In today’s gospel, Jesus encourages us to stay awake…
to be ready and waiting for his coming.   (pause)

To prepare ourselves to listen to his voice
and receive him in this Eucharist
let us ask pardon for our sins,
confident of his mercy and compassion.

Lord Jesus, you are the Bridegroom who invites us to your wedding feast:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you urge us to be vigilant and to stay awake:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you will come at a time we least expect:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Brighten your Church, O God,
with the promise of your kingdom
and waken our hearts to its light.
Bid us hasten with faith undimmed
to greet the bridegroom upon his return
and join him at the wedding feast.

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.

B
Your Wisdom, O God, is bright and does not grow dim.
She comes in search of all who will listen to her voice.
Let us pay attention to the word that warns us
to ensure that we have ‘oil for our lamps,’
that they may not flicker and go out
while we await the Bridegroom’s return.
May we be always ready to greet Christ when he comes
and enter with him into the wedding feast.
He is your Son, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

                             GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       We are not like those who have no hope, for we have a Savior who rose from the dead. We look forward to him in hope as we pray:

CM      We place our hope in you, O Lord.       

Please repeat:

1        That we may value the kingdom of God as our greatest treasure, and think of heaven as our true home, for on this earth we do not have a lasting city.  We pray:

2          That we may always seek true wisdom for ourselves and be always ready to meet the Lord when he comes.  We pray:

3          For all political leaders: that they may be watchful and responsible, so that they may provide a lamp of light and peace for a world darkened by war.  We pray:

4          For those who have nothing to wait for… nothing to hope for.  We pray:

5          That those who grieve for their departed ones may be strengthened by their trust in God who will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  We pray:

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

P       Lord, you alone know the day and the hour. Do not let the cares of the day close our hearts to your coming. We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Grant, O Lord,
that the gifts we present
may be pleasing in your eyes.
Make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A       We do not know the day or the hour of the coming of God’s kingdom but, in the words of Jesus, we pray that it may come:

B       Let us pray in the words of the One whose coming is certain and whose day draws near:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us Lord, from all things that perish.
Help us to be dressed for action
and to have our lamps lit
as we await with joyful hope
for the arrival of our Master,
the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“Watch and pray
for you do not know the day or the hour.”

Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

We must be ready to meet Christ when he comes.
Let us now greet him in our neighbor through the sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Son of Mary, the Son of God.
Blessed are we to be invited to meet him at the heavenly wedding feast.

Prayer after Communion

Faithful God,
you have kept your promise to us.
You have nourished us at this feast of light and joy.
Help us so that we will always have our lamps lit
and dressed for action,
ready to serve you and your people.
We ask all this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May the Word of the Lord lead you to true wisdom.   AMEN.

May the bread which you have shared make you grow in holiness.  AMEN.

May you stay alert and be ready to meet the Lord when he comes.   AMEN.

Dismissal

A
The Mass is ended.
Go and share your light with others.

B
Looking forward to that final Day when God will be all in all,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: 32nd Ordinary – A

31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting    (Eph.6:23)

From God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
peace and love be with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Jesus criticized the Scribes and Pharisees because they did not practice what they preached. We, too, often deserve that criticism, so we ask forgiveness.   (pause)

 When our deeds did not match our words:

Lord, have mercy.

When we imposed on others rules which we ourselves did not observe:

Christ, have mercy.

When we sought popularity and acclaim, yet failed to serve others:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Sovereign God,
we have no father but you,
no teacher but Christ.
Conform our lives to the faith we profess,
preserve us from arrogance and pride,
and teach us the greatness of humility and service.

We make our prayer 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.

B
In humility and service, O God,
your Son came among us
to form a community of disciples
who have one Father in heaven,
and one teacher, the Messiah.

Fix in our hearts his stern warning
that neither by robes of office,
nor seats of honor,
nor titles of respect,
can true greatness be measured,
but only by deeds of love.

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.

                                      GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P       Jesus is an example of true greatness. He who is Teacher and Messiah is also the servant of all. In our desire to be like him, we pray:

CM      Lord, teach us to be faithful.      

Please repeat:

1          For the leaders of the Church: that they may practice in their own lives what they preach to others.  We pray:

2          That the Church may never lay heavy burdens on fragile shoulders, but lighten the struggles of the weary.  We pray:

3          For all who hold public office: that they may not seek their own glory but only the good of others, especially the most deprived.  We pray:

4          That wealthy nations may not exalt themselves in military and economic power, but humble themselves to serve the poor and hungry of the world.  We pray:

5          May parents and teachers instruct those under their care by the good example of their lives. We pray:

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

P       Lord, grant that what we have said with our lips, we may believe with our hearts,

and practice with our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of all creation,
as we present these gifts of bread and wine
we pray that we may be able
to serve you as you deserve
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to labor and not to ask for any reward
except that of knowing that we do your will.
This we ask through Christ, our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

We have only one Master, Jesus the Christ.
We have only one Father, and it is to him we pray:

Deliver us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
from false appearances…
from pretending that we are better than we really are.
In your mercy protect us from all anxiety
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest.”

Look not on our sins of selfishness,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Because God’s message is a living power among us,
let us offer each other a sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus Christ, our only Master.
He, the greatest among us,
made himself the servant of all.
Blessed are we who are called to his supper.

Prayer after Communion

Creator God,
your name is reverenced among the nations.
We have listened to your word,
and have been strengthened by this Eucharist.
May we follow the example of the saints, prophets and witnesses
who have faithfully served you and your people.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May the Lord God grant you
a heart that is sincere,
a mind that seeks the truth,
and a will to walk in the way of Christ Jesus.   AMEN.

And may the blessing of our compassionate God,

+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

come down upon you
and remain with you forever.  AMEN.

Dismissal

Sent to proclaim God’s kingdom with confidence
and to serve others with humility,
go in peace to love the Lord.

Download printable file here: 31st Ordinary – A

30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting   (1 Tim. 1:2)

Grace, mercy and peace
from God the Father
and from Christ Jesus our Lord
be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

In today’s Liturgy, Jesus summarizes what it means to be his disciple:
loving God and loving our neighbor.
Love is the key to the Christian life because love is the very life of God.
The only failure for a Christian is the failure to love.
Let us reflect on this for a moment.  (pause)

Lord Jesus,
you teach us to love God with our whole heart, soul and mind.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you teach us how to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you teach us that we cannot love God without loving our neighbor.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Your love, O God, is boundless.
We who were strangers
have been made your children.
We who were defenseless
have been brought into your household.
Keep us mindful of your deeds of mercy,
that we may love you with our whole heart
and love our neighbor as ourselves.

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.

B
God of mercy and compassion,
to those whom society most neglects or ignores
you extend your special protection.

Drive from our hearts the idols this world worships,
money and power,
privilege and prestige,
that we may be free to serve you alone.

By loving our neighbor as ourselves,
may we make your Son’s new commandment of love
the law that governs every aspect of our lives.

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.

                                      GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

 

P       Our God is a loving God, ready to answer all who call out to him. Let us present to him our own needs and the needs of all the world.

CM      Our response is:       Lord, hear our prayer

Please repeat:

1          For the Church:

that it will be a community whose faithfulness to God can be seen in the love it offers to all humanity: We pray:

2          May we always show compassion to the widows and orphans and those in our community who feel unwanted and unloved.  We pray:

3          That the nations of the world will increase their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the reign of fear and violence that exists in many areas of the world.  We pray:

            [Presider may add petition that is local / relevant]

 

P       Heavenly Father, you so loved the world that you sent your only Son to live among us.  Help us to appreciate the immensity of his love. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord,
as we celebrate the memorial of your Son’s boundless love,
we humbly pray,
that through the ministry of your Church
his saving work may bear fruit
for the salvation of all the world.
Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A
God loves us even more than any earthly father loves his own children.  We turn to him now for we are his children and pray:

B
As children of one Father
and the disciples of one Teacher,
let us pray as our Master taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Help us to love our neighbor as you love us,
as we work in joyful hope
for the return in glory
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you summed up the whole law and the prophets
in two great commandments….
that we should love God and love one another.
Lord, touch our hearts
so that we may be people who are able to love,
and enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you love for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Everything else will pass away but love will remain forever.
Let us give each other a sign of Christian love.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who said:

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

Blessed are we who are invited to this Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
you have satisfied our hunger
with the one bread that sustains the human heart.
May our hearts reach out to the least lovable,
with the love that you have given us
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May God bestow his gift of love upon you.

AMEN.

May He teach you how to share that love with others.

AMEN

May God’s love lead you to everlasting life.

AMEN.

And may almighty God bless you….. 

Dismissal

Go, and love one another as the Lord has loved you.

Download printable file here: 30th Ordinary – A

29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting    [based on 2nd Reading]

May the grace and peace of God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A       We give God something that we do not give to any earthly ruler; to God alone do we give worship. And that is precisely why we are gathered here today  – to worship God, Creator of the universe and Lord of all.  Sadly, in practice, we don’t always put God first in our lives.  [Pause]

B       Church and State must respect each other without trying to control each other.  A good Christian must also be a good citizen and be responsible to the human community.

So, let us give to the State what belongs to the State and to God what belongs to God. [Pause]

A & B

“Give to the Lord the glory due God’s name!”

We often take God’s blessings for granted:

Lord, have mercy.

“Give to the emperor what is the emperor’s”

Frequently, we fail in our duties as citizens and cheat on our payment of taxes:  Christ, have mercy.

“Give to God the things that are God’s”

Often our lives do not give witness to the wonders of God’s love:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God, whose image we bear
and whose name we carry,
yours is the world and all it contains.
Recall us to our true allegiance,
so that above the powers and rulers of this world
you alone may claim our fullest loyalty and love.

We make our prayer 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.

B
You alone, O God, are Lord,
and there is no other.
Formed in your image,
we bear the imprint of your face
and your Name is engraved on our hearts.
In a world loyal to other powers,
let our lifestyle be governed by the standard of the gospel.
As we render to others the freedom of conscience that is their right,
we may freely render to you the allegiance you alone deserve.

We make our prayer 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.

                                      GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       In our weakness and need, we turn in prayer to God the Father, who, as the source of all worldly power and authority, must be served and obeyed.

CM      Our response is:       Lord, let all nations praise you.

Please repeat:

  1. May Christian families become effective agents of evangelization by being witnesses to the Gospel in their homes and being active in parish life. We pray:
  2. May all civil and political leaders  “give to God what belongs to God”  by witnessing to the supremacy of God over all things in their personal and public lives.  We pray:
  3. For all of us citizens:  may we have a strong sense of civic responsibility and actively promote the common welfare.  We pray:
  4. For the poor, the weak and the marginalized;  (pause) for the victims of the recent calamities in ________ and _______; (pause) may they all receive the help they need from Government and Voluntary Organizations.  We pray:

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

P       Heavenly Father, everything we are and have is yours. Renew us in your love so that we may serve you with humility and generosity. We make our prayers through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, look upon the face of Christ your Son,
who gave himself up as a ransom for all,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
your name may be great among the nations
and one sacrifice may be offered to your glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us give to God what belongs to God.
So, united with Jesus we pray the prayer he taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially from our tendency to exclude others
from what we consider to be ours by right and privilege.
Open our hearts to all peoples and cultures
so that they too can come to accept the Lordship
of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s,
and to God the things that are God’s.”

Help us to render to our God all that is due to God
so that we can enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

As children of the God of peace,
let us offer one another a sign of reconciliation and peace.

Invitation to Communion     (based on 1st Reading)

Jesus is Lord, and there is no other.
He calls each of us by name
and invites us to receive him at this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
let our sharing at this table make us holy
and grant that through your Church –
the sacrament of your love,
all nations may receive with joy
the salvation gained on the cross by your only Son.
We ask this with full conviction
and in the power of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Blessing        (based on 2nd reading)

May you always show your faith in action.   AMEN.

May you always regard your work as a labor of love.   AMEN

May you persevere in your hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.    AMEN.

Dismissal

A
Sent to proclaim God’s kingdom with power
and to serve others with humility,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

B
Go in peace
and bear witness in your everyday life to the values of the Gospel.

Download printable file here: 29th Ordinary – A

28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting   [from 1st Reading]

The Lord has prepared for all people
a feast of rich food,
a banquet of choice wines.
May the Lord be with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

We come together at the Lord’s invitation to share in the banquet he has prepared for us. At the table of the WORD we are conscious of our failure
to follow Jesus, God’s Word made flesh.  Around the table of the
EUCHARIST we likewise remember that the Lord welcomed sinners and
ate and drank with them. The invitation of God is to all; we are usually
selective and so we exclude many.

 

A
Lord Jesus, you have prepared a banquet for us:

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you nourish us with the Word of Life:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you invite everyone to the Banquet of your Body and Blood:

Lord, have mercy.

 

B
Lord Jesus, you wipe away the tears from our faces
and take away our disgrace:

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you invite us to the wedding feast of the Kingdom:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you invite to the feast of love
the weak and the sick
along with the strong and the healthy:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
God, whose word is life,
you invite all peoples to the banquet
and offer them a feast beyond compare.
Give us your saving grace
to keep unstained the robe of our baptism
until that day when you welcome us to heaven’s joyful table.

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.

 

B
To the wedding feast of your Son,
O good and gracious God,
you have invited all the peoples of the world.
Open our community to all who seek you.
May we lead others to the banquet of eternal life
where all will be welcome.

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.

The Presider may wish to omit the last paragraph of today’s Gospel.

i.e. “ But when the king came in….    few are chosen”

 

                                      GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       Let us present to our Father the needs and aspirations of our people, especially those who live on the margins of society.

Let our response be:

CM      Lord, bless your people.

Please repeat:

  1.  That the Church may continually affirm the God-given dignity of indigenous peoples, a dignity we all share equally as children of the one Father. We pray:
  2. That our government officials may protect the rich traditions and heritage of our cultural minorities, especially from the onslaught of commercialization and agro-industrial projects.  We pray:
  3. That the whole Church will imitate the Lord in welcoming all people to God’s banquet, whatever their race, nationality, gender or status.  We pray:
  4. That the nations of the world will see their way to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in _______,  the Holy Land and other troubled areas of the world.  We pray:

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

 P       Lord God, you promise to wipe away every tear and fulfill every one of our needs. Hear the prayers we make to you and bring us to the salvation which you have gained for us through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God,
as a loving Father,
you have prepared a feast in our midst
for the sick and the healthy,
for the sinners and the saints.
Accept our joy and gratitude
as we join your Son, Jesus, in offering you our worship.
All this we ask through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

As we prepare to receive the bread of life,
let us pray in the words that Jesus taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially from our tendency to make excuses
when invited to follow Jesus, your Son.
In your mercy, protect us from all anxiety
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your servants:

‘Go out into the main streets
and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’

Lord, forgive us for the times
when we excluded others from entering the banquet
which you have prepared in your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

We are the servants who know that we are blessed.
Let us share our joy with those around us.

Optional  Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Isaiah proclaims:

“On this mountain, God will prepare a banquet.
The finest food and the best wine will be served
for all to partake.
On that day it will be said:

‘Behold, this is our God;
we have waited for him, so that he might save us.‘ ”

(Isaiah 25:6),

 Invitation to Communion

 A
This is the Lord who invites us:

‘Come to the feast…  the table is ready.’

Blessed are we who have responded to his invitation.

B
Behold!   This is the Lord Jesus.
He invites us now to join him at the banquet table.

Prayer after Communion     (based on1st Reading)

Provident Father,
we have been guests at the table of your Son.
Now, we can do all things in the power of him who strengthens us.
He is the Lord for whom we have waited,
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Grant this in the name of the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May the Father remove all your sadness.   AMEN.

May the Son fill you with joy.           AMEN.

May the Holy Spirit lead you safely to God’s house.          AMEN.

Dismissal

A
Sent to proclaim God’s kingdom with power
and to serve others with humility,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

B
Our celebration is ended.
Let us go and proclaim in words and in action
what the Lord has said to us today:
“All are invited to the banquet of the Lord”

Download printable file here: 28th Ordinary – A

27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting (See 2nd Reading)

May the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
be with you all.

Brief acknowledgment of the presence of plants etc in the Church and Car Park.

The Presider may wish to refer to the feast of St. Francis. Ecology Sunday.

Special Celebration at noon.

Introduction and Litany of Praise     –   Mass of the Day.

A       We are the new people of God, the vineyard planted and cared for by Christ. God looks to us to produce the fruits of justice, holiness, and peace. This is a great privilege… but also a great challenge.   [pause]

B       We are God’s chosen people – the ‘vineyard of the Lord’ according to today’s readings. But we also face a challenge – we cannot take our privileged position for granted. Has the word of God’s Son really found a home in our hearts?   Does it bear fruit in the way we live?

A & B

Lord, you make us as your cherished plant and expect good fruits from us:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you send messengers to remind us to live good lives:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you tell us to direct our lives to all that is true, honorable and just:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Yours, O God, is the vineyard and the harvest,
yours the kingdom of justice and peace.
You call your people to tend its growth.
Bless the work entrusted to our hands,
that we may offer you
an abundance of just works,
a rich harvest of peace.

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.

B
Just and merciful God,
you care for your people
and do not abandon them.
Cultivate your church, we pray;
enrich it always with new shoots,
so that, grafted onto Christ, the true Vine,
your people may bear fruit in abundance
and produce a rich harvest for eternal life.

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.

                                    GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       St. Paul encourages us to let our requests be made known to God by prayer and supplication… so let us pray:

CM      Lord, hear the people that you love.

Please repeat:

  1. That Christians everywhere may always remember their dignity as the Lord’s cherished plant – his special possession – and strive to produce fruits of goodness and justice. In faith we pray:
  2. For world leaders. (pause) That, inspired by Francis, they may seek the way of negotiation and diplomacy, rather than war, to resolve problems among nations. In faith, we pray:
  3. For our beleaguered environment: rivers, lakes and seas, air and soil, all creatures great and small, and all living things. (pause) That they may find us as their allies as they face the threat of extinction because of our consumerist lifestyles. In faith, we pray:
  4. For all who amass wealth from trading in fossil fuels, artificial fertilizers, pesticides and other harmful chemical products. (pause) That they may be awakened to God’s call in our world today to change their ways and help save the planet. In faith, we pray:

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

P       Creator God, may we really become what you have called us to be – your vineyard, your holy people, who respond to your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Creator God,
we bring these gifts before you –
bread from wheat,
wine from grapes.
Let them become for us –
the bread of life
and our spiritual drink.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A       With Jesus, let us now make our requests known to God by prayer and supplication:

B       Called to labor in the vineyard of the Lord, let us pray as Jesus taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us your peace…
a peace which surpasses all understanding.
Direct our thoughts to all that is true,
all that is honorable, beautiful and good,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“I am the vine, you are the branches.
United with me you will bear much fruit.’

Lord, strengthen the bonds that unite us
with you and one another,
so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

The peace of God ‘which is so much greater than we can understand’
is given to us to share with one another. Let us do that!

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

May this blessed bread, now broken for all,

be a symbol of your love

and a reminder of the charity

that we are called to share with one another.

 

Like the grapes that have been pressed into this holy wine,

press us together in your love and understanding.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the true vine.
It is in him that we bear fruit for eternal life.
Blessed are we who are called to Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Lord of creation,
you are the landowner… you are the vinedresser;
we are the vineyard where you have planted your word.
May it produce in our lives
the fruit that will promote your kingdom.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Blessing [based on 2nd Reading]

May the blessing of God, which surpasses all understanding,
guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   AMEN.

May the Lord bless you with everything that is true, honorable, and just.   AMEN.

Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received from Christ and the God of peace will be with you.     AMEN.

Dismissal

As laborers sent into the vineyard to work for an abundant harvest,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: 27th Ordinary – A