11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Greeting

The patience of the Father,
the love of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the strength of the Holy Spirit
be always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Growth is such a natural, normal phenomenon that we often don’t notice it   – until it stops. The same thing can happen in a life of faith: we can gradually become estranged from God almost without noticing it. Let us examine our hearts to see if this is happening to us.

Lord,
you make the just flourish like trees that are planted by a running stream:

Lord, have mercy.

You sow the good seed of the kingdom
and patiently wait for it to bear fruit:

Christ, have mercy.

You instruct the disciples to be patient with others
as you are patient with sinners:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Like scattered seed, whose growth is slow but steady,
your kingdom is revealed, O God.
At first so small,
its harvest provides for all who hunger.

Give us trust in your ways of planting,
and patience with your gentle nurturing
until we come to rest in the great branches of the cross.

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
With a love that is both powerful and patient, O God,
you sustain the growth of the good seed your Son has planted.

Let your word, like a mustard seed,
bear rich fruit within us.

May we dare to hope
that a new humanity will blossom and grow
to shine like the sun in your kingdom
when the Lord of the harvest returns
at the end of the age.

We ask this through out 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: Walking by faith, not by sight, let us pray with confidence to God whose kingdom grows among us.

CM      Our response is:     Lord, hear our prayer.

Please repeat:

  1. For those who work on the land: (pause) may their work bear fruit. We pray in faith:
  2. For all here:    (pause) that each of us may play our part, however small, in making the world a better place to live in. We pray in faith:
  3. For our families, especially our children:   (pause) that they may grow in the ways of grace and mature into Christ-like people. We pray in faith:
  4. For persons whose growth has been stunted by crippling disease or by emotional disturbances: (pause) We pray in faith:
  5. For missionaries who sow the seeds of God’s kingdom in faraway lands. (pause) May their example and preaching cultivate fruits of faith, hope and love. We pray in faith:

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

P       Heavenly Father, open our hearts to your word so that we may always bear fruit. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Merciful God,
your Son Jesus invites to his table
the weak with the strong,
the proud with the humble,
the bad with the good.

Through our encounter with him
may we all become tolerant and forgiving with one another.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

We do not know how to pray as we ought,
so the Holy Spirit helps us.
Let us now pray to our Father in the words of Jesus:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially from sin – the greatest of all evils.
Keep us free from judging and condemning.
Help us, rather, to accept and respect one another
as we prepare with patience and hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“Peace I leave with you;
my peace I give you.”

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

Sign of Peace

We look forward in hope
to the reign of peace established by Jesus,
as we offer each other a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

It takes many grains of wheat to make this bread.
Now broken for us, may it be a symbol of your love
and a reminder that we must be ready to be broken
for the life of the community.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus the Lord,
who sows in our hearts
the good seed of God’s word.
Blessed are we who receive him as the Bread of Life.

Prayer after Communion

God of power and might,
you reveal your strength
by being lenient with the weak.

Fill us with the Spirit of Jesus,
that we may encourage rather than condemn,
and be constructive rather than criticize.
In this way may we become followers of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

God the Father is abounding in kindness to all who call upon Him.
May he grant you forgiveness.   AMEN.

Jesus calls all people to his Father’s kingdom.
May he give you the grace to trust in his promises.  AMEN.

The Holy Spirit comes to help us in our weakness.
May he strengthen you with the power of his presence.    AMEN.

And may our loving God bless you,
+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.     AMEN.

Dismissal

As disciples of Christ,
as good soil bearing fruit in abundance,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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10th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Greeting

Blessed be God the Father
who reconciles us through Jesus his Son.
May the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

As today’s Gospel puts it:

‘Any kingdom that is divided against itself cannot stand.’

Each one of is full of division.

‘The good I want to do, I do not do;
the evil that I want to avoid, I find myself doing.’

Let us turn to the Lord and ask for help.  (pause)

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

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division.

Christ have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you intercede for us with the Father.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
God, our Redeemer,
in Jesus, your promised Messiah,
you crushed the power of Satan.

Sustain your Church in the struggle against evil,
that, hearing your word and doing your will,
we may be fashioned into a household of true disciples
who share in the victory of the cross.

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.
B
Redeemer God,
you sent your Son to rescue us from the bondage of Satan
and to form us into the family of your people.

Arm us with the mighty weapons of faith,
the unfailing power of hope
and the unconquerable force of love,
that in our daily struggle against the Evil One
we may always share in the victory of Christ
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P As brothers and sisters of Jesus we place all our intentions before our heavenly Father. And we pray with confidence:

CM Hear our prayer.

Please repeat:

  1. For the church. (pause) That it may be a sign of unity and an instrument of peace in a divided world.  Lord, in your mercy:
  2. For the nations that are torn apart by acts of violence and war. (pause) That the healing power of God will bring reconciliation and peace. Lord, in your mercy:
  3. For those who are separated or estranged from family and friends. (pause) That they may be comforted in their loneliness, be reconciled in their disagreements and that they may know they are valued and loved.  Lord, in your mercy:
  4. For our Parish. (pause) That any divisions among us may be healed so that we can bring comfort and hope to those who are sick in body, mind or spirit. Lord, in your mercy:

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

P Merciful God, as we strive to do your will, listen to the prayers of your people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of mercy and compassion,
in these humble signs of bread and wine
your Son Jesus comes among us.
May he help us
to overcome the temptation to be powerful and influential.
May we learn from him to do your will
for you are our God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

For the coming of God’s kingdom with its power of healing and peace,
let us pray as Jesus taught his first disciples:

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 that our feelings of guilt,
as we look forward to the full coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you say to us:

‘Anyone who does the will of God,
that person is my brother and sister and mother.”

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.

Exchange of Peace

As brothers and sisters of Jesus,
let us now share his peace with one another.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

               Jesus is the bread of life,

                now broken into many pieces

                to be a reminder

                that in the eating of this one bread

                we proclaim that we are his brothers and sisters.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus.
Blessed are we, his brothers and sisters,
who are invited to gather around this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion

God of love and mercy,
we have received Jesus who was tested in every way that we are,
though he is without sin.
May the Holy Spirit that has been given to us
sustain us on our journey.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May God the protector guard you.

AMEN.

May God the teacher enlighten you.

AMEN.

May God the comforter console you.

AMEN.

And may our compassionate God bless you,

+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  AMEN.

Dismissal

As disciples of the kingdom,
urged on by the love of Christ,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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The Body and Blood of Christ – B

Greeting

Blessed be the Lord Jesus,
the Bread that gives life to the world.
May his grace and peace be with you all.

Introduction and LITANY of Praise

A       At the last meal he shared with his friends before he died Jesus gave the gift of himself.  Nothing less.  For his generosity we give thanks; for his supreme gift we gather to bless God.  (pause)

Let us now acknowledge Jesus as our mediator with the Father.

Jesus, you are the High Priest who won salvation for all.

Lord, have mercy.

You have entered into the Holy Place.

Christ, have mercy.

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

Lord, have mercy.

B         An early Christian writing, the DIDACHE, says this:

‘On the Lord’s day, gather in community to break bread and give thanks. No one who has a quarrel with another person may join your gathering, not until they are reconciled.  Your sacrifice must not make me unholy.’

Let us pause then to see if there is anybody with whom we ought to be reconciled.   (Pause)

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 plead for us at the right hand of the Father:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A       [ICEL – Year B]

God ever faithful,
you have made a covenant with your people
in the gift of your Son,
who offered his body for us
and poured out his blood for the remission of sins.

As we celebrate this eucharistic sacrifice,
build up your church,
and in fidelity to your covenant
inspire us to offer our lives
so that the world may believe in you.

This 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       [LTP – Year B  #1]

Faithful God,
whose everlasting covenant with us
is sealed in the blood of Christ,
be present in the assembly of your people
who gather to renew our covenant promises.

Speak to our hearts;
purify our consciences
as we give thanks with bread and cup
to a God who is always faithful to his covenant with us.

We ask this through the faithful Servant, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                                GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       We know that the Father loves us because he has lavished abundant  gifts upon us. Confident that he hears our prayers we present our petitions before him.

CM      Our response is:  Nourish your people, Lord.

  1. For the Church:   (pause) that all Christians may live a truly eucharistic life, a life of intimate union with Christ and of humble loving service to one another:  we pray:
  2. For the lonely who hunger for the bread of companionship; and the sick who hunger for the bread of good health: the underfed who hunger for the bread that nourishes and sustains; for all who hunger for the Bread of Life, we pray:
  3. For the millions of refugees throughout the world.  (pause) May they receive the bread that they need; May they also live in hope that one day they can return in safety to their homeland:  we pray:
  4. For peace between peoples and nations; that Israelis and Palestinians will stop their hostilities; that warring factions in Syria and elsewhere will respect each other’s right to exist; we pray:

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

P       Father, may the food we eat at this banquet satisfy all our hungers and make us a strong and united community in Christ. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.

During the Presentation of the Gifts    or     while the Gifts are being placed upon the Altar

 So that the words may be heard there should not be any singing; gentle background music may help.

P
Blessed are you, Creator God.
You give us this BREAD,
the bread shaped by our hands,
the bread of toil and pain,
the bread for sharing.
We bring it before you:
let it become the BREAD of our feast,
food for our journey,
and the bread of life.

A         Blessed be God forever.

P
Blessed are you, Creator God.
You give us this WINE,
fruit of the work of many hands,
the wine of joy and song.
We bring it before you:
let it become the WINE of our celebration,
the wine of the everlasting Kingdom.

A         Blessed be God forever.

Prayer over the Gifts

Our God and Father,
as a meal brings a family together
and is a sign of unity,
let your Son keep us together
in friendship, peace
and a common concern for the poor and needy.
We ask this through him
who gives himself to us and stays with us,
Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord for ever.   AMEN

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

A
Before receiving the Bread of life,
let us pray the table prayer which Jesus himself has taught us:

B
Let us pray in the words of Jesus to God our Father
that all his children may have sufficient bread for body and spirit:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Through the body and blood of your Son
free us from selfishness and sin.
Give us the will to feed a hungry world,
as we work in joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

St Paul said:

“We who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.”

Lord, grant that by partaking in this sacred meal,
we may grow in unity
and enjoy the peace of your kingdom
where you live forever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Let us now express the unity we have in Christ with those beside us.

OPTIONAL    The Breaking of Bread –   Shorter Version

While breaking the bread the Presider says aloud:

The bread that we break:
do we not share in the body of Christ
when we eat this bread?

While putting a particle of bread into the cup he says aloud:

The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks to God:
do we not share in the blood of Christ
when we drink from this cup?

LAMB OF GOD

Invitation to Communion

 [Holding up the Ciborium the Presider says:]

P
This is the bread come down from heaven;
whoever eats of it will never die.

[He now holds up the Chalice and says:]

This is the cup of eternal life;
whoever drinks of it will live forever.

[Now, displaying the two receptacles, he says:]

Come now and receive the body and blood of Christ.

 ALL    Lord, I am not worthy….   shall be healed.

OPTIONAL     The Breaking of Bread    –    Longer Version       

 Legend:  Presiding Priest (PP);   Presider’s Assistant-Right (PAR);    Assistant on Left (PAL)

 The ‘Lamb of God / Kordero’ is omitted.  CM asks Assembly to KNEEL

 PAR and PAL join Presider at the Altar at the beginning of the Prayer for Peace.  PAL places the small ‘special’ ciborium in front of the Presider, When Presider takes up large bread, PAL removes the large Ciborium.   Presider now proceeds to break the large bread into the smaller ciborium while praying slowly]

 PP     God, Provider and Sustainer of life,

we ask that in the breaking of this bread

our eyes may be opened

so that we may recognize the presence of your Son among us.

 

PAL    [holding up the large ciborium plate PAL says]

            The bread that we break:

            do we not share in the body of Christ

            when we eat this bread?

            [He puts some of consecrated Bread into the ciboria on Sacristy Side only.]

 

PP     Because there is the one bread,

all of us, though many, are one body;

for we all share the same loaf.

 

PAR    [holding up the Presider’s chalice PAR says]

            The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks to God:

            do we not share in the blood of Christ

            when we drink from this cup?

 

ALL     When we eat this bread and drink this cup

we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,

until you come in glory.  [sung if possible]

 

PP       [Holding up the smaller Ciborium the Presider says:]

This is the bread come down from heaven;

whoever eats of it will never die.

 

            [He now holds up the Chalice and says:]

This is the cup of eternal life;

whoever drinks of it will live forever.

 

            [Now, displaying the two receptacles he says:]

Come now and receive the body and blood of Christ.

 

ALL    Lord, I am not worthy….   shall be healed.

If the above TEXT is being used, all the suggested Rubrics will have to be carefully edited according to the needs of each particular Church.

Prayer after Communion   –  from the Sacramentary

Lord Jesus Christ,
you give us your body and blood in the Eucharist
as a sign that even now we share your life.
May we come to possess it completely
in the kingdom where you live for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Final Blessing

May the Father shower you with his goodness.

AMEN.

May the Son feed you with his love.

AMEN.

May the Spirit support you with his strength.

AMEN.

And may the blessing…

Dismissal

Go in peace.

And may the Body and Blood of Christ be your strength and joy.

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Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Year B

Greeting

The grace of Jesus Christ
who for our sake hung upon the cross,
be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Catholics have had great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for over 400 years. This devotion, using the image of the human heart, focuses our attention on the self-sacrificing love of Jesus Christ for humankind.

[It has brought us the First Friday, the Holy Hour, Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament and the Enthronement of the statue of the Sacred Heart in Catholic homes. ]

In today’s Gospel, we are brought to the foot of the Cross where we gaze upon Jesus who has just been crucified.  We have come to be washed in the blood and water that flowed from his side.

Your cross, Lord, is the mark of your fidelity.

Lord, have mercy.

Your cross, Lord, is the pledge of our salvation.

Christ, have mercy.

Your cross, Lord, is the ground of our hope.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God, whose beauty is infinite,
and whose tender compassion never fails,
you sustain your daughters and sons
and open wide your hand to provide for their nourishment.

Fix our eyes on the heart of Christ,
pierced for us on the cross,
and help us to recognize the boundless richness of your 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
Lifted up among us, O God,
is Jesus the crucified;
sign of your steadfast love
and pledge of your will to save.

As we gaze upon the One whom we have pierced,
remind us that we are cleansed in the blood and water
that flowed from his side.
As we bear witness to your love in the world,
reveal to us in those we serve,
sisters and brothers dear to your heart.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.   AMEN.

                                            PRAYERS  OF  THE  FAITHFUL

P       Lifted up on the cross, Christ has become the source of eternal life.  Let us invoke his saving power.

CM      Our response is:       Save us, O Lord.

1       That Church and Civil Leaders may share the humility of Christ so that they may offer their lives in humble service of those entrusted to their care.  We pray:

2       That the Lord may look kindly on the lonely, the abandoned, the sick, and those who suffer in any way, and help them to carry their crosses.  We pray:

3       That we may do the work of Christ in little things, doing humble tasks with generosity and joy.  We pray:

4       That families who are torn apart by dissension, addictions and disregard for others’ emotional needs may be strengthened by the power of the cross of Christ.  We pray:

P       Lord, through the power of the cross may everything we do begin with your inspiration, continue with your help, and reach perfection under your guidance. This we ask in the name of Jesus the Lord.   AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God,
with this bread and wine
we celebrate the saving death of your Son.
May this sacrifice once offered on the cross
to take away the sins of the world
now free us from our sins.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Preface:

A         Triumph of the Cross    –   P 46  in the SACRAMENTARY

Merciful Father,
it is truly right and just,
always and everywhere to give you thanks.

You decreed that we should be saved
through the wood of the cross.

The tree of our defeat became the tree of victory;
where life was lost,
there life has been restored through Christ our Lord.

Through him the choirs of angels
and all the powers of heaven praise and worship your glory.

May our voices blend with theirs
as we join in their unending hymn of praise:

                             Holy, Holy…

B       Sacred Heart     –       P 45   in the  SACRAMENTARY

Father, every loving and ever living God,
we do always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lifted high on the cross,
Christ gave his life for us,
so much did he love us.

From his wounded side flowed blood and water,
the fountain of sacramental life in the church.

To his open heart the Savior invites all people,
to draw water in joy from the springs of salvation.

Now, with all the saints and angels
we praise you forever:

           Holy, Holy….

Eucharistic Acclamation

Save us, Savior of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Intro to Our Father

Let us pray to God the Father
as we have been taught by Jesus who died to save us all:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and forgive the sins
which caused your Son’s death on the cross.
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 apostles:

“I, when I am lifted up from the earth,
will draw all people to myself”.

Look on the faith of your Church
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live forever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Jesus has made our peace by his death on the cross.
Let us now greet each other in that peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is the Lamb of God who humbled himself
and became obedient  to the point of death –
even death on a cross.
Blessed are we to be invited to the Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion     [based on Gospel  and 2nd Reading]

Heavenly Father,
In the celebration of this Eucharist
we have received the nourishment we need
for our journey through life.

Cleansed in the blood and water
flowing from the side of Christ,
may we have the power to comprehend
how broad and long,
how high and deep,
is his love for us.

To God be the glory in Christ Jesus
for all time forever and ever!  Amen.

Blessing     [Galatians 2.20;  2 Cor. 5.15]

You believe that by his dying
Christ destroyed death forever.

AMEN

You have been crucified with Christ
and live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved you and gave himself up for you.

AMEN

May Jesus send you out to glory in his cross,
and live no longer for yourselves but for him,
who died and was raised to life for us.

AMEN.

And may the blessing of our Merciful God,
Father, + Son and Holy Spirit,
come down upon you today and remain with you forever. AMEN.

Dismissal

Go and carry your cross for the glory of God the Father.

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TRINITY SUNDAY – B

Sign of the Cross 

(The Presider may wish to invite the Assembly to reflect…. and prayerfully make the Sign of the Cross together)

Greeting              

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of the Father,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.

Introduction

A
The Feast of the Blessed Trinity, which we celebrate today,
brings us face to face with the mystery of God.

Our destiny is to share in the very life of God which has been revealed through Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit who lives within us draws us into that life.
Today we remember all that God has done for us.

B
We begin every Eucharistic celebration in the name of the Blessed Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Our destiny is to share the very life of God which has been revealed through Jesus Christ.  Today we praise and thank God for calling us to share in his life and love.

Litany of Praise

Lord Jesus, you reveal God to us as a Father who cares for his children:

Lord, have mercy.

Through the incarnation you have become a Brother to us:

Christ, have mercy.

Through your gift of the Spirit, the love of God has been poured into our hearts:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God,
your name is veiled in mystery,
yet we dare to call you Father;
your Son was begotten before all ages,
yet is born among us in time;
your Holy Spirit fills the whole creation,
yet is poured forth now into our hearts.

Because you have made us and loved us
and called us by name,
draw us more deeply into your divine life,
that we may glorify you through your Son,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.   AMEN.

B
O God Most High,
in the waters of baptism
you made us your sons and daughters
in Christ, your only-begotten Son.

Deep within us is the cry of the Spirit,
who calls out to you,  “Abba, Father.”
Grant that, obedient to our Savior’s commission,
we may become heralds of the salvation you offer
and go forth to make disciples of all people.

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       All our prayer is directed to the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit.  Let us now pray for the needs of the Church and the world.

CM      Let our response be:  Father, hear us in your love.

  1. For our Holy Father, Pope N., and the bishops of the church: (pause) that they may proclaim the one true God by being faithful to the will of the Father, obedient to the teachings of Jesus Christ and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit:  we pray:
  2. For the world in which we live:  (pause) that people may reject false gods of power, pleasure and prestige and come to know and worship the one true God in sincerity and truth: we pray:
  3. For all who are without hope because of illness or poverty or persecution:  (pause)  that the Holy Spirit may bring them comfort and peace:  we pray:
  4. That the outpouring of the Spirit on believers may strengthen their commitment to the task of transforming the ‘face of the earth’ and putting an end to war.  We pray:

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

P       Father, you sent your Son to redeem us, and the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Draw us ever more deeply into the life you share with us, through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over Gifts

Eternal God,
we bring this bread and wine before you –
signs of your kindness, fruits of our toil.
Let your Spirit fill them with your presence,
to make your Son Jesus dwell among us,
that through him, and in him, and with him
we may give you all honor and praise
now and for ever.  AMEN.

Suggested Preface:  P43 –   HOLY  TRINITY

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

In the power of the Holy Spirit,
let us pray to the one that Jesus called ‘Abba, Father’:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and give to us the peace promised by your Son.
Guide us by the strength of your Spirit
to grow as a community of love
and to prepare in joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to the disciples and to us:

“I am with you always, until the end of time”

Grant peace and unity to your Church
and let it be the sign to every person on earth
of your patient, caring love.
Grant that we may live with you in your kingdom
forever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Since we are members of God’s family,
let us greet and bless one another.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus
whom the Father sent into the world
to bring us eternal life.
Blessed are we who believe in him
and receive him at this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion

A
Eternal Father,
we praise and thank you
through Jesus Christ your Son
whom you have given to us in this Eucharist.
Keep us united in your Holy Spirit
and let the life of the whole Christian community
be a response of love and service.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

B
God of splendor and glory,
we worship you, a Trinity of Persons, one eternal God.
Thank you for committing yourself to us.
Help us to commit ourselves to you,
Father – Creator,
Son – Redeemer,
and Spirit  – Sanctifier.
Make us more fully alive, human and holy.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

A
May God the Father bless you.  AMEN.

May Jesus Christ take care of you.   AMEN.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten you today and all the days of your life.  AMEN

And may God bless you,
+  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   AMEN

B
May the Lord God,
whose voice we have heard in our assembly,
whose face we have seen in Christ Jesus,
and whose Spirit dwells within us,
bless you now…..
+  the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  AMEN.

Dismissal

Children of God, joint heirs with Christ, and led by the Spirit,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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7th SUNDAY OF EASTER – B

Greeting

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

Introduction and Litany of Praise

We are gathered here in the Lord’s name.
We are doing what he asked his apostles to do:
waiting in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  (pause)

Lord Jesus, your words bring joy and hope to all who wait:

Lord, have mercy.

You consecrate us in the truth:

Christ, have mercy.

 You let us share in the life of the Holy Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Father most holy,
look upon this people
whom you have sanctified by the dying and rising of your Son.

Keep us one in love
consecrate us in your truth,
that the new life you have given us
may bring us to the fullness of joy.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

          GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       We are an Easter people, strengthened and renewed by the Word of God.  Now we bring before our God our own needs and those of all the church.

CM      Our response is:

            Consecrate us in truth.

  1.  For those called to be teachers and preachers in the church.  (pause) Like Matthias, may they be people of integrity and faith, eager to witness to the good news about Jesus.  We pray:
  2. For a commitment to live by the truth.  (pause). May we always be true to God’s name, constant in using gospel teaching and the example of Jesus to resist fake-news, false values and the unjust systems in our world. We pray:
  3. That the people of God, sent into the world to bear witness, may be protected from the Evil One and be sanctified in the truth. We pray:
  4. That worldly powers who hate the word of truth may be touched and transformed by the Lord who knows every heart:  we pray:
  5. That this parish community may bear witness that because God has loved us, so we must love one another.

P       God of love, consecrate your people in truth. Help us to love as you command, so that we may share your joy to the full. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts

Creator God, you are the vine grower.
You have pruned us like branches to make us bear more fruit.
You have already cleansed us
by the word that you have spoken to us.
May the wine in this cup of blessing
be a reminder of your pruning action in our lives
so that we may become more life-giving to others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

Because we have received the Spirit of adoption,
we dare to pray:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us in our day
the gift of always being united with your Son Jesus,
so that we can bear fruits of peace,
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:

“Separated from me you can do nothing;
united with me you can bear much fruit..’

Strengthen the bonds that unite us
with you and with one another
so that we can enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

We can show that God’s Word has taken root within us
by sharing a sign of peace with each other.

Optional prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

This bread that we break is the bread of life.
It is the sign of Christ’s body;
it is the sign of our unity with one another
in the Spirit of love and peace.

Invitation to Communion

God is love,
and those who abide in love abide in God,
and God in them.
Blessed are we who are invited to this table of life and love.

Prayer after Communion

God of all fruitfulness,
we thank you for giving us Jesus Christ as our food and drink.
We know that he abides in us by the Spirit he has given us.
Separated from him we can do nothing.
Enable us to love one another, not only in word,
but in truth and action, just as he has commanded us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May Christ the risen Lord abide always in our hearts.

AMEN.

May we remain united to him and to one another.

AMEN.

Living in the warmth of the Holy Spirit,
may we speak out boldly in the name of the Lord.

AMEN.

May our compassionate God bless you,
+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace,
stay united with Christ,
and serve him in one another.

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6th SUNDAY OF EASTER – B

Greeting

‘God is love and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.’

May the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A
Jesus has left us this new commandment,

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

Let us ask forgiveness from God and from one another
for our failure to live this commandment.

I confess….

B
We often speak as if we chose to be Christians.  “Not so”, says Jesus.

“I chose you; more than that, I chose you to be my friends. Now as my friends, you must love one another in the same way that I love you.”

Lord Jesus, as the Father has loved you, so you love us.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, because of love you laid down your life for your friends.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you chose us to bear fruit, fruit that will last.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
God of all nations;
in the gift of your Son
you have embraced the world
with a love that takes away sin
and bestows perfect joy.

Grant to all who have been reborn in baptism
fidelity in serving you
and generosity in loving one another.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
Faithful God,
you have first loved us
and sent your only Son into the world
so that we might live and love as he did.

Teach us, by your Spirit,
to love one another as Jesus has loved us,
knowing that there can be no greater love
than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus,
our Passover and our Peace,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                              PRAYERS  OF  THE  FAITHFUL

P       Jesus said: “The Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name”. So, with renewed confidence, we pray:

CM      Lord, let your love shine on us.

Please repeat:

  1. For peace in the world:  (pause) that the gift of the risen Christ will be enjoyed by those who are suffering because of violence and war. We pray:
  2. For all who take care of the sick and the suffering: (pause) for those who spend themselves in loving service of others:  (pause) We pray:
  3. For those who are unable to love(pause) may the Lord heal their wounds so that they may experience the joy of loving and being loved:  We pray:
  4. For all Christians(pause) that they may be known by their love and their lives of service.  We pray:

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

 P         Heavenly Father, your Son set us an example on how to love by laying down his life for us. Help us to follow him so that we may taste the joy that only he can give us. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Compassionate Father,
your love appeared with a human face
in your Son Jesus Christ.

You sent him into the world
to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Grant that we might have life through him
who is our Lord for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

Jesus calls us his friends and so with him, we can say:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord,
from loving people or things more than we love you.
Keep us free from everything that would prevent your word
from bearing fruit in our lives,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“A new commandment I give you:
love one another, as I have loved you.”

Lord, touch our hearts,
so that we may be able to love,
and experience the peace and joy of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Let our greeting of peace today
be a sign of our genuine love for one another.

Optional:    A prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread’

As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness to build a community of love,
and be the loving people
that God calls us to be.

Invitation to Communion

This is Lord Jesus who said:

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

Blessed are we to be invited to the Lord’s table.

Prayer after Communion

Heavenly Father,
we thank you for revealing your love to us
in the person of your Son Jesus.
Grant that we may abide in his love
by keeping his commandments
so that our joy may be complete.
Grant this in the name of the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

God has chosen you and called you his friends.
May your joy be complete.

AMEN.

You have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
May you inherit everlasting life.

AMEN.

You have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
May your lives be holy.

AMEN.

May our loving God bless you,
+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

AMEN.

Dismissal

Jesus has chosen us and called us friends.
Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.

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5th SUNDAY OF EASTER – B

Sign of the Cross

Greeting

Jesus said:

“I am the vine and you are the branches.”

May you, God’s beloved, stay united with him….
and may God’s Spirit be always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A
Every Christian is linked to Christ and to all other Christians.
This is clear from the words of Jesus:

‘I am the true vine, you are the branches.’

But quite often we act as if we, not Christ, are the source of nourishment to others.   [Pause}

B
Imagine a fruit tree.
There can be no fruit on a branch not united to the trunk. [Pause]
Jesus is our life.
United to him, we will bear much fruit.
Cut off from him, we wither, we die, we produce no fruit. [Pause]

A & B

Lord Jesus, you are the vine, we are the branches.

Lord, have mercy.

You unite us with yourself to make our lives fruitful.

Christ, have mercy.

Your grace and your strength enable us to be life-giving to others.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Creator God,
you graft us onto Christ, the true vine,
and, with tireless care,
you nurture our growth.

Tend the vineyard of your church,
that, in Christ, each branch may bring forth,
to the glory of your name,
abundant fruits of faith and love.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B
As the Vine grower, O God,
you have grafted us onto Christ,
that we may be pruned and cultivated by your loving care
and so glorify you by bearing the fruits of holiness and peace.

We make our prayer through the Lord Jesus,
our Passover and our Peace,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

                                             GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will, and you shall receive it.” With confidence in the power of Jesus’ words, let us bring our prayers before the Father.

CM      Let our response be: Lord Jesus, be our life.

  1.  For church workers who, like Barnabas, encourage and build up communities; that they may always experience in their ministry the support of the Lord. We pray:
  2. For our civil leaders:   (pause) that they may help to create a society in which all can enjoy the fruits of freedom and justice. We pray:
  3. For those in our community who are sick, lonely or rejected; [pause) that we may reach out to them with the love of Christ. We pray:
  4. For the farmers of the world; (pause) that their toil may produce enough food for all so that no one will go hungry again. We pray:
  5. That our love may not be mere words but something real and active which breaks down the barriers of mistrust in our world. We pray:

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

 P       Lord God, in a world of injustice and unrest, may we be conscious of our calling to produce the fruits of love and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the Gifts

Creator God, you are the vine grower.
You have pruned us like branches to make us bear more fruit.
You have already cleansed us
by the word that you have spoken to us.
May the wine in this cup of blessing
be a reminder of your pruning action in our lives
so that we may become more life-giving to others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

One with God’s Son – as branches with the vine –
let us pray with him to our Father:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us in our day
the gift of always being united with your Son Jesus,
so that we can bear fruits of peace,
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:

“Separated from me you can do nothing;
united with me you can bear much fruit..’

Strengthen the bonds that unite us
with you and with one another
so that we can enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

We can show that God’s Word has taken root within us
by sharing a sign of peace with each other.

Optional prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

This bread that we break is the bread of life.
It is the sign of Christ’s body;
it is the sign of our unity with one another
in the Spirit of love and peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the true vine, without whom we can do nothing.
Blessed are we who are invited to this table of life and love.

Prayer after Communion

God of all fruitfulness,
we thank you for giving us the true vine, Jesus Christ.
We know that he abides in us by the Spirit he has given us.
Separated from him we can do nothing.
Enable us to love one another, not only in word,
but in truth and action, just as he has commanded us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord. AMEN.

Announcements

Solemn Blessing

May Christ the risen Lord abide always in our hearts.

AMEN.

May we remain united to him and to one another.

AMEN.

Living in the warmth of the Holy Spirit,
may we speak out boldly in the name of the Lord.

AMEN.

May our compassionate God bless you,

+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.     AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace….
stay united with Christ….
and serve him in one another.

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4th SUNDAY OF EASTER – B

Greeting

There is no other name by which we are saved
than the name of Jesus Christ.
May the crucified and risen Lord Jesus be always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A       Of all the images we have of Jesus, one of the loveliest is that of the Good Shepherd. It was the one Jesus used about himself.

How well do we trust…. and how closely do we follow him?   (pause)

Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd;
you call each of us by name.

Lord, have mercy.

You are the Good Shepherd;
You lay down your life for your sheep.

Christ, have mercy.

You are the Good Shepherd;
You lead us to everlasting life.

Lord, have mercy.

B       Jesus, the Good Shepherd, calls each of us by name that we may follow him to a life of holiness. Have we listened to his voice?

Let us now examine ourselves.   (Pause)

Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way to the Father:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have given us the consolation of the truth:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd,
leading us into everlasting life:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God of lasting love,
fulfill your plan of salvation
to gather into one fold
the peoples of the whole world.

Let everyone on earth
recognize your Son as the Good Shepherd,
who freely lays down his life for all
to take it up again in glory.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B
What love you have given us, O God,
that we should be called your children,
born again in Christ by water and the Spirit !

What love you have lavished on us
that we should be gathered into the fold of the Shepherd
whose life is given freely for us !

Keep us safe, make us one,
and gather all your scattered children
into the fold of this Shepherd.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus,
our Passover and our Peace,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

                                             GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       Let us bring our needs before God, confident that he will listen to us because we are his children.

CM      Let our response be: Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. For parents, priests, and all lay leaders in our Christian communities   (pause) that they may be true shepherds to those entrusted to their care. We pray:
  2. Throughout the world today, our Church prays for priestly vocations. (pause) May the youth of our parish hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, calling them to serve God’s family in this special way. We pray:
  3. For Christian Churches: (pause) that they work harder to become one under the leadership of the one Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We pray:
  4. For those abandoned by others; (pause) for victims of injustice and poverty and for all who suffer: (pause) that they may encounter dedicated people who will give them hope and leadership. We pray:
  5. For those who control the destinies of nations; (pause) that they may act as responsible stewards of the power and people entrusted to their care. We pray:

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

 P         Heavenly Father, as we journey through life, help us to hear your voice, obey your commands, and follow in the footsteps of Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of everlasting love,
Your Son, Jesus, has laid down his life for us.
He will give himself to us
in these signs of bread and wine.
May we recognize that he is the cornerstone,
that there is salvation in no one else,
for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved,
than that of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

The Father has lavished such love on us,
that we should be called God’s children –
children who cry out in confidence:

Deliver Us

Deliver us Lord, from every evil,
and preserve us from those who would lead us astray
and tempt us to sin.
Protect us in time of trial
so that we can recognize the voice of our Shepherd
and walk behind him –
the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:

“I am the good shepherd.
I know my own and my own know me.”

May we all listen to your voice
and be united as one flock,
as you lead us into your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

May the Peace and the Joy of the Risen Lord be with you all

Exchange of Peace

Let us greet those whom God has made our brothers and sisters.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus the Good Shepherd
who laid down his life for us.
He calls each one of us by name
to come and be nourished at this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion

Father, we have listened to the voice of your Son
and have eaten at the table you spread before us;
our cups are overflowing.

May we keep close to him
and follow him wherever he leads us,
so that we may never hunger, never thirst,
and never be lost.

Grant this in the saving name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May Jesus, the true shepherd, lead you to pastures of peace.

AMEN.

May he always seek you when you wander from his presence.

AMEN

May you strive to be like him and one day see him as he really is.

AMEN.

May our loving God bless you,

+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

AMEN.

Dismissal

Our celebration is ended.
Following the example of the Lord Jesus,
let us be loving shepherds to one another.

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3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER – B

Greeting

May the peace of the risen Lord
which drives away all fear
be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A       In today’s Gospel we find the apostles gathered together, wounded in heart and in spirit. But Jesus appears to them and gives them his peace. He does the same for us today. Let us open ourselves to understand the scriptures and be ready to receive the peace he gives to each of us.

(pause)

Lord Jesus, you banish our doubts with the gift of faith:

Lord, have mercy.

You calm our fears with the gift of peace:

Christ, have mercy.

You heal our wounds with your gift of love:

Lord, have mercy.

B       In today’s Gospel we hear how Jesus appeared to his disciples to calm their fears and assure them of his presence. In the Eucharist, the same Lord does the same for us as he accompanies us in our journey of faith. (pause)

Lord Jesus, you are the Messiah who had to suffer and rise from the dead for the forgiveness of our sins:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, the law, the prophets, and the psalms
find their fulfillment in you:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you open our minds to understand the Scriptures:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

God of Abraham and Sarah,
God of Isaac and Rebecca,
God of Jacob and Rachel
God of all our ancestors in faith,
you fulfilled your promise of old
that your Christ would suffer
and so rise to glory.

Open our minds to understand the Scriptures
and fill us with joyful wonder in the presence of the risen Christ,
that we may be his witnesses
to the ends of the earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

                                             GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       To the God of our ancestors who has glorified his servant Jesus, let us pray not only for our own needs but also those of the whole world.

CM      Let our response be: Stay with us, Lord.        

  1. For the countries of the world, particularly for our own land; (pause) that God will continue to raise up men and women who will nurture what is good, and oppose what is evil. We pray:
  2. For all Christians: (pause) that they may be real witnesses to the truth of the Resurrection ….   preaching the Gospel by their words and deeds. We pray:
  3. For peace in the world, especially in __________ and _____________ and those parts of the world where violence and war have become a part of daily life. We pray:
  4. For the power to forgive those who have wronged us and the grace never to hold grudges. We pray:

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

 P         Lord Jesus, do not walk ahead of us, we may not follow; do not walk behind us, we may not lead; just walk beside us and be our friend. We make our prayers to the Father through you, Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of our ancestors,
we celebrate with bread and wine
the presence of your Son in our midst
around this altar-table.
May we experience him here as your great gift to us
so that we may live as people free from fear and sin.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

The Lord Jesus is our Advocate with the Father.
Let us now speak to the Father in the words that Jesus gave us:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant to us in our day
the peace which your risen Son brought to his disciples.
In your mercy help us overcome our fears and doubts
as we wait for the day of his coming in glory
as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
on the first Easter evening
you appeared to your frightened disciples
and said to them:

‘Peace be with you.’

Then you showed them your wounded hands and feet,
and they were filled with joy.
Grant that we who have heard the message of Easter,
may be filled with the peace and joy of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

May the peace which Christ brought to his apostles
be with you always.

Exchange of Peace

Jesus is with us now as he was with the disciples;
so let us great each other with his words, “Peace be with you.”

Optional prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

When Jesus was at table with them,
he took the bread and blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them.
And their eyes were opened
and they recognized him
in the breaking of the bread.   (Luke 24:30-31)

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Crucified and Risen Lord.
It is he we love without touching or seeing.
Blessed are we who can recognize in this bread
the body of Christ.

Prayer after Communion

God of our ancestors,
we thank you for Jesus, the Christ,
whom you raised from the dead.

He has opened our minds to understand the scriptures;
he has made himself known to us in the breaking of bread.

May he live on in us
blessing our feeble efforts to create a better world
where there is justice and hope for all.
Grant this through Christ, your Son, our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

Through the resurrection of his Son,
God has saved you and made you adopted children.
May God bless you with joy.   AMEN.

The Redeemer has given you lasting freedom.
May you inherit his everlasting life.            AMEN.

By faith, you rose with him in baptism.
May your lives be holy,
so that you will be united with him forever.   AMEN.

May the God of life and love bless you,

+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.     AMEN.

Dismissal

Our Mass is ended.
Go and be witnesses of the risen Christ
by your loving service to one another.

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