4th SUNDAY OF LENT – B

Greeting

Let us give praise to the FATHER
who gave us his only SON to be our Savior.
And may the SPIRIT, who raises us up with Christ, be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A
Jesus was lifted up on the cross for our salvation.
By the lifting up of the bread and wine in the Eucharist,
Jesus’ saving sacrifice is remembered and renewed.
How worthy are we to partake in this saving mystery?

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of Man lifted up on the Cross
so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God in whose name we are saved:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you came as light into the world
to dispel the powers of darkness:

Lord, have mercy.

B
Paul’s proclamation that we hear today gives us good reason to gather in hope.  We bless God for the generosity of his grace, for the lavishness of his mercy.  In that mercy we hope to have a share.

Let us ask the Lord to renew our lives in the power of his forgiveness.

Through your grace, Lord, we are saved.

Lord, have mercy.

Through your gifts, Lord, we are blessed.

Christ, have mercy.

Through your love, Lord, we know peace.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God, rich in mercy,
you so loved the world
that when we were dead in our sins,
you sent your only Son for our deliverance.
Lifted up from the earth, he is light and life;
exalted upon the cross, he draws all to himself.

Raise us up with Christ
and make us rich in good works,
that we may walk as children of light
toward the paschal feast of heaven.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
O God, the source of all light,
You gaze into the depths of our inmost hearts.

Never permit the powers of darkness to hold your people captive,
but open our eyes by the grace of your Spirit,
that we may be able to look upon your Son
and see the one you sent to be the light of the world,
so that, seeing, we may believe and worship Jesus as the Lord
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                             GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       With confidence we bring our cares and concerns before God the Father who loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life.

CM      Our response is:       Have mercy on your people, Lord.

Please repeat:

  1. For the church:  (pause) may it may always be a living sign of God’s love and mercy in times of darkness and despair.  We pray:
  2. For all those holding public office:  (pause) that the light of truth and justice may shine in their words and actions. We pray:
  3. For the followers of Christ gathered here in prayer   (pause) that they may attract people to  Christ who is the Light. We pray:
  4. For the adults preparing for baptism here in our church on Easter Sunday.  (pause) that their faith be enriched by the example of our good works. We pray:

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

P       God of love and mercy, you call us to walk in the light that Christ your Son brought into our world. Free us from darkness and keep us in the radiance of the truth. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

O God,
You so loved the world that you sent your only Son into our world
so that everyone who believes in him may not perish
but may have eternal life.

Through him, we bring before you the aspirations of all humankind
for a world where honesty and justice will reign.
This we ask through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A
Let us pray to the Father of all mercies
for the coming of the kingdom among us:

B
Let us pray that God might show the immeasurable riches of his grace by praying in the words of Jesus:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from evil deeds,
especially when we love darkness rather than light.
We know that you are with us even in the darkness.
Let your kindness always shine on us
as we wait in joyful hope
for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Nicodemus:

“Those who do what is true come to the light”.

Look not on our blindness,
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

Blessed are those who make peace:
they shall be called sons and daughters of God.
We meet in the name of Christ and share his peace.

Invitation to Communion

Behold Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who was lifted up on the cross
to redeem us from the darkness of sin and death.
Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

Prayer after Communion      [ Based on the 2nd Reading]

O God, who is rich in mercy,
out of the great love with which you love us
you have made us alive together with Christ;
you have raised us up with him
and seated us with him in the heavenly places,
so that you might show the immeasurable riches of your grace;
for it is by your grace that we have been saved.

We are what you have made us.
And we thank you for your gift in Christ Jesus the Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May God the FATHER who created you in love
bring you to the light.   AMEN.

May the grace of his SON who was lifted up on the cross
draw you to himself.  AMEN.

And may the power of his SPIRIT help you to believe
so that you may have eternal life.  AMEN.

Dismissal

A
Saved by faith and created in Christ for good works,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

B
Our celebration is ended.
Walk in the light of Christ
so that it may be clearly seen
that your deeds have been done in God.

Download printable file here: 4th Lent – B

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3rd SUNDAY OF LENT – B

Greeting

Blessed be the Lord Jesus
who is the power and the wisdom of God.
May his grace and peace be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A       In today’s Gospel, Jesus cleanses God’s temple of people who have turned it into a marketplace.

Let us now ask the Lord to cleanse us of our selfishness and sin as we begin this Eucharist.  (pause)

B       In today’s Gospel we see Jesus upturn tables in the temple as he drives out the traders and the cattle.  In the process, Jesus upturns oppressive customs and shows that true worship is from the heart.

Let us ask the Lord to drive out the sin and selfishness in our own lives, so that we can become living temples of God’s Holy Spirit. (pause)

A & B          Lord Jesus, zeal for your Father’s house consumes you:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, your body is the true temple of God:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the power and wisdom of God:

 Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Holy God,
the scandal  of the cross confounds our human wisdom,
and the weakness of the crucified Christ puts worldly power to shame.
Banish from our hearts
every illusion that power and knowledge will save us.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
O God, whose foolishness is wise,
and whose weakness is strong,
by the working of your grace
during this holy season of Lent
cleanse the Church from evil
and purify our hearts
so that we may become living temples of your love.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                      GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       “I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.”  (pause) We pray to the one God, whose jealous love looks for our faithfulness, whose commandments give light to our eyes.

CM      Our response is:       Save us Lord, in your mercy.

Please repeat:

  1. For the leaders of the Church: that they may teach God’s people to obey the commandments out of love and not out of fear.  We pray:
  2. As the Lord purified the temple, may he purify the whole people of God during this Season of Lent: We pray:
  3. May the Lord give healing to the sick, comfort to the dying, conversion to sinners, and light to those experiencing darkness in their lives.  We pray:
  4. That Christians who work in the marketplace may always witness to the truth of the commandments, and be models of honesty and respect for the poor. We pray:
  5. Because we are the temples of the Holy Spirit may we treat our bodies with respect. We pray:

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

P       Loving Father, we acknowledge your Son as our Lord and Savior. Renew our confidence in you, for your power manifests itself in our weakness. and the foolishness of your wisdom in our strength. This we ask in the name of Jesus the 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 in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Jesus said:

“My Father’s house is a house of prayer.”

With confidence, therefore, we pray to our Father as Jesus taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the peace
that comes from following your commandments.
In your mercy keep us free from sin
that we may not be a stumbling block to others
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our 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 live for ever and ever.

Exchange 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 Jesus, the power and wisdom of God.
Blessed are we who are being saved by the power of God.
And blessed are we who are invited to the Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Source of life and goodness,
your love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
May we, who have been saved by the power of God,
proclaim Christ crucified
so that many will believe in his name.
This we ask through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

A
May you be filled with zeal for your Father’s house.

AMEN.

May you always regard your body as a true temple of God.

AMEN.

May you always remember that you are being saved by the power of God.  AMEN.

 

B
Through your service of God and neighbor
may you receive God’s countless blessings.  AMEN

You believe that by his dying Christ destroyed death forever.
May he give you eternal life.   AMEN.

Christ humbled himself for our sake.
May you follow his example and share his glory.   AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace,
knowing that you are the dwelling place of the Living God.

Download printable file here: 3rd Lent – B

2nd SUNDAY OF LENT – B

Greeting

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who loved us and gave himself for us,
be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A       On Mount Tabor, Jesus’ disciples got a glimpse of the glory that was his as the Son of God.  It was such a wonderful experience for them that Peter exclaimed, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.’

And it is good for us to be here this (morning / evening) because we too get a glimpse of our own glory, for we too are beloved children of God.

[Pause]

B       ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

These words addressed to the apostles are now addressed to us.
Today we are asked to look at Jesus and listen to what he says to us.
Let us ask him to forgive our sins and free us from anything that hinders our hearing of the Gospel.  [Pause]

A&B      We pray to you, God of Abraham, Elijah and Moses.

   Lord, have mercy.

We pray to you, God of all Christians.

   Christ, have mercy.

    We pray to you, God of all peoples.

   Lord, have mercy.

C       Every year, on the 2nd Sunday of LENT, we read about the incident where Jesus was transfigured in the presence of his apostles.  Sin disfigures us, so let us turn to the Lord for the help we need so that we too can experience transfiguration… we too can be transformed.

Lord, you help us to change hatred into love.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you help us to change bitterness into forgiveness.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you help us to change sorrow into joy.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Ever faithful God,
you were ‘well pleased’ with Abraham’s obedience
and you accepted the sacrifice of your own Son,
who gave himself up for the sake of us all.

Mould us by Christ’s teaching and his obedience,
that, as we walk his way of sacrifice,
we may come to share in your glory.

Grant this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
God of all goodness,
you did not spare your only-begotten Son
but gave him up for the sake of us sinners.

Strengthen within us the gift of obedient faith,
that, in all things, we may follow faithfully in Christ’s footsteps,
and, with him, be transfigured in the light of your glory.

Grant this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                             GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

A
Since God has sent his own Son into the world
we are sure that after such a gift
God will not refuse us anything He can give.
With faith we pray to our Father, and say:

B
To God,  who did not withhold his own Son but gave him up for us,
let us offer our intercessions, and say:

CM      Lord, transform us in your love.

Please repeat:

  1. For the members of our Church: that we may have faith like Abraham’s, ready to listen to the voice of God and to do his will in all things,  we pray:
  2. May government officials listen to the voice of the poor and the weak instead of giving in to the demands of the rich and powerful,  we pray:
  3. That the radiant face of Christ may shine on all exiles and refugees and be a sign of encouragement to those burdened with sickness,  we pray:
  4. For the community gathered here today: that we will support each other in faith, encourage each other in difficulty, and strengthen each other in love, we pray:

P       Lord, if you are on our side, who can be against us? Your Son pleads for us, so we ask you to grant our petitions in his name.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, look upon the face of Christ your Son,
who gave himself up as a ransom for all.
As this bread and wine are changed
and become the food and drink of eternal life
may we become to those around us
bread of strength and wine of joy;
and may we reveal to them the face of Christ,
our Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.

[Please note that there is a special Preface – P13 in the Sacramentary –  for today’s Celebration.]

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

On Mount Tabor, the Father said to Jesus:

“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him”.

We are God’s beloved sons and daughters and so we pray:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from sin
and set us free from the fear of changing
and of becoming more like your Son.

During the Lenten season
may we be so touched by Jesus
that we will not be afraid
as we wait in joyful hope for his coming;
for he is the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ,
you said to your apostles on the holy mountain:

‘Rise, and do not be afraid.’

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

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

Invitation to Communion

A
This is Jesus, God’s Beloved Son.
It is good for us to be here to receive him.

B
Behold the Righteous One,
who was “put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”
Lord, it is good for us to be here to receive him.

Prayer after Communion

Eternal Father,
you have brightened our lives today;
you have given us a glimpse into the life of Christ.
In times of darkness may we learn to listen to his voice,
and without fear,
commit ourselves to brighten the lives of the people around us.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May God the Father continue to call you his beloved.

AMEN.

May you always be ready to listen to the voice of God the Son.

AMEN.

May the Holy Spirit shower blessings upon you.

AMEN.

And may the blessings of our God   +
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
come down upon us today and remain with us for ever.  AMEN.

Dismissal

A
‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’
Let us go forth and proclaim this message!

B
Yes, Lord, it was good for us to be here!
Let us go forth and transform the world!

Download printable file here: 2nd Lent – B

1st SUNDAY OF LENT – B

Greeting

In today’s celebration, the Lord Jesus proclaimed:

“Repent, and believe the good news.”  (pause)

May the Spirit who reconciles us with the Father be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A
As we enter the season of Lent we begin a period of preparation to celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus – THE PASCHAL MYSTERY. Let us ask the Lord to help us to use this time of grace to grow nearer to him.

Lord Jesus, you strengthen us when we are weak.

Lord, have mercy.

You lift us up when we fall.

Christ, have mercy.

You seek us out when we are lost.

Lord, have mercy.

B
LENT recalls the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, during which time he was tempted by the devil. But through prayers, fasting, and fidelity to the word of God he overcame the tempter.  We too have to face temptations.  We need God’s power to resist them.  Lent provides us with a great opportunity to follow with confidence the footsteps of Jesus.

Lord, you call us to repentance.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you call us to self-denial.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you call us to prayer and works of charity.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
God of the covenant,
as the forty days flood swept away the world’s corruption
so in the saving flood of baptism
your people are washed clean and born again.

Throughout these forty days, we beg you,
unseal for us the wellspring of your grace,
cleanse our hearts of all that is not holy,
and cause your gift of new life to flourish once again.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and mighty God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
Gracious God,
while the waters of the great flood
cleansed and renewed a fallen world,
may we, made holy through the saving waters of baptism
be touched again by the call to conversion
and dedicate our lives anew to the challenge of the Gospel.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and mighty God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                      GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       As we begin the season of Lent we come in faith and trust before God, seeking help in our struggles with the forces of evil.

Let our response be:           Create a new Spirit within us, O Lord.

Please repeat:

  1. That all Christians may make this season of Lent a special time of grace and blessing by turning away from sin and celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation, we pray:
  2. May we all reject the temptations of power, prestige and wealth, and decide to act justly, love with compassion and walk humbly before our God.  We pray:
  3. That as a community, we may enter into the spirit of Lent and be generous in our efforts at prayer, fasting and reaching out to those who are most in need of our help, we pray:

[As we celebrate National Migrants’ Sunday we pray for the millions of Filipino overseas workers and Migrants.  (pause) May they may be respected and protected wherever they live and work. We pray: ]

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

P       Loving Father, you stood by your Son in his temptations. Sustain those who hope in you and keep them in your love, now and forever.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of mercy,
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

A
Let us now pray in the words of Jesus
that God may deliver us from evil
and stand by our side in times of trial.

B
In order that our heavenly Father may deliver us from the Evil One
let us pray as Jesus taught us.

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Do not allow us to yield to the seductive power of sin
but strengthen us with the hope
that you will complete your victory in us
at the final coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to us:

“You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”

Do not allow us to be misled
by the values of the kingdoms of the world,
but enable us to work for the peace and unity of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

May the peace of…

Exchange of Peace

Our fasting and self-denial helps us to purify ourselves from sin
and to live as members of God’s Kingdom.
Let us now show each other the peace of that Kingdom.

Invitation to Communion

A
This is Christ Jesus
who enables us to triumph over the evil that is within us.
Blessed are we who are gathered around this table to receive him.

B
This is Jesus who urges us to “live by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”

Blessed are we who are called to the Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

God of love and mercy,
we have received Jesus
who suffered for sins once for all.
Tempted in every way as we are, he did not sin.

He was put to death
but made alive in the spirit.

May the bread of life
strengthen us on our journey of forty days
and lead us to the joyful celebration of Easter.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit,
give to each of you a contrite heart.  AMEN

May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree,
heal you by his wounds.  AMEN.

May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth,
speak to you words of pardon and peace.  AMEN.

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

Dismissal

A
The Mass is ended.
Go and make this Lenten season an acceptable time of salvation.

B
Made strong by your word and the bread of heaven,
let us go forth and face temptation with courage and hope.

Download printable file here: 1st Lent – B

ASH WEDNESDAY – ABC

Greeting

From God the Father
and from Jesus Christ who loved us
and washed away our sins in his blood,
grace and peace be with you.

Introduction   –   in these or similar words

With Ash Wednesday we begin the Season of Lent which is a preparation for the celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – THE PASCHAL       MYSTERY. Today, through the Ashes Ceremony, we signify our readiness to repent, to be renewed and to live according to the demands of the Gospel.

·      The Penitential Rite and the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes will take place at the end of the Mass.

Opening Prayer

A
God of love and mercy,
as we begin the discipline of Lent,
make this day holy by our self-denial and prayer.

Lead us onward through these forty days
from darkness, sin, and death
to the new land of light, freedom, and life
which your Son has won for us.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
our reconciliation and our peace,
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,
whose creating power called us forth from the dust of the earth
and whose redeeming love fashioned us anew in your divine image,
in this, the acceptable time,
help us to embrace the sacred discipline of Lent
with broken, humbled hearts
and to come to the blessed joy of the paschal feast
cleansed and renewed.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
our reconciliation and our peace,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Optional       GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

 P       Let us pray to our heavenly Father that we may open our hearts to hear the call of Jesus to repentance.

CM      Our response is:     Lord, make us your faithful people.

Please repeat:

  1. That we who have gathered here may welcome LENT as an acceptable time of salvation through our works of fasting, prayer, and sharing: we pray:
  2. That the Word of God may inspire us to have a change of heart, to turn away from sin, and to choose to do good: we pray:
  3. That those who are engaged in the exploitation of others…. in drug trafficking, corruption and violence may hear the voice of God calling them to repent and change their lives: we pray:
  4. That those who think they are better than others may join their fellow Christians in asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness: we pray:

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

P       Merciful God, may this season of repentance bring us your forgiveness and lead us to the joy of Christ’s victory over sin and death. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Optional

Instruction before the Presentation of the Gifts

We have proclaimed our sinfulness and our desire to change our lives.
Let us now unite ourselves with Christ in this Eucharist so that,
in him and with him,
we will have the power to live up to our Lenten promises.

Prayer over the Gifts

Father, you always welcome us whenever we turn to you.
Be pleased with this sign of repentance –
the ashes soon to be placed on our foreheads;
and accept this bread and wine
drawn from the good things you have given us.

Grant that we may pass from death to life
through Jesus Christ, your Son,
whose victory over death is our one true source of hope.
We give you praise and glory in his name, now and forever.   AMEN.

[Presider may use one of the Lenten Prefaces and a suitable Eucharistic Prayer   or
Eucharistic Prayer of Reconciliation I or II ]

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Today, Ash Wednesday, we are invited to return to God with all our hearts.
We do so now by saying / singing:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace and reconciliation
on this day of salvation.
In your mercy keep us free from the sin of hypocrisy
and protect us in time of trial
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

St Paul appeals to us in these words:

“In Christ’s name, be reconciled to God!
Do not receive the grace of God in vain.”

Lord Jesus,
look not on our selfishness and 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.

Sign of Peace

We cannot be reconciled to God if we are not reconciled to one another.
So let us give a sign of peace to those beside us.

Invitation to Communion

Behold the Christ,
sent to reconcile the world to the Father.
Blessed are we who are invited to share in the Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

God of mercy and compassion,
we thank you for giving us a share
in the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus.

May we keep close to him
as he leads us through these forty days
and prepares us to celebrate the glory of his Resurrection.
All this we ask through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May the God of Compassion bless you,

+   the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   AMEN.

Announcment(s) by the CM

  • If you wish to support the HAPAG-ASA Program you may take an envelope from one of the boxes here in the Church.
  • Small Sachets (she holds up a sample) containing ASHES and a short PRAYER are available in the Sacristy for those who would like to conduct an Ashes Ceremony in their Office or Home.

The Presider now goes to the table where the Ashes are placed orstays at the Chair.

He addresses the Assembly in these or similar words.

We have come here to recall who we are
– a people baptized into Jesus Christ,
but a people who have not lived up to our calling.

And so we are here to be called again
by the all-powerful Word of God
to a change of heart
and a willingness to live out the demands
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

[Pause for a few moments]

The Blessing of Ashes

Merciful Father,
we acknowledge our need to change our hearts
and turn to you again.
We were buried with Christ in Baptism,
dying to sin, rising with him to new life.
Yet the power of your love
is still not fully revealed in us and in our world.

Father, bless these ashes,

and bless us + who receive them.

May this signing with ashes
be the visible expression of a new commitment of ourselves to you.

At the end of Lent, may we be ready
to celebrate Christ’s passion with joy,
and on the day of resurrection
to rejoice with him forever.

Through him may your name be blessed and praised,
now and forever.

AMEN. Sung 

                                                The Imposition / Distribution

 

CM                 The Ministers will use one of the following formulae.

Presider      Repent… and believe the Gospel.

CM             Or

Presider      You are dust … and unto dust you shall return.

CM                  And you will answer AMEN.

The Presider and Ministers now take containers, and impose ashes on the foreheads of the penitents while using one of the prescribed formulae.

Download printable file here: ash-wednesday-abc

6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Greeting

May the grace of our compassionate God be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

The Jewish people, and indeed most others too, did not touch lepers for fear that they would be infected.  Yet Jesus reached out and touched them. He still reaches out to us.  Let us approach him now, conscious that we need his healing touch.   (pause)

Lord Jesus, you touch the untouchable with the warmth of your love:

Lord, have mercy.

 Lord Jesus, you are close to the outcasts and sinners:

Christ, have mercy.

 Lord Jesus, you make them whole again and restore their human dignity:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
We come before you, O God,
confident in Christ’s victory over sickness and death.
Heal us again from sin – which divides us,
and from prejudice – which isolates us,
and make us eager to reach out to all.
We ask 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 Jesus you stretch out your hand, O God,
to touch the unclean,
to love the unloved,
and to draw even the most despised and excluded
into the circle of your beloved disciples and friends.
Inspired by such love,
make us eager to reach out to others.
We ask 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       Like the leper in the gospel who cried out for healing, we now approach our heavenly Father with the assurance that our prayers will be answered.

CM      Our response is:       Lord, touch us with your healing love.

Please repeat:

  1. For those in our society who are afflicted with leprosy and severe skin disease: may they receive the medical assistance and social acceptance that they need. We pray:
  2. That the Lord make us his instruments to comfort those who suffer, to uplift the spirit of the depressed, and to bring his love and hope to those broken in body and spirit.  We pray:
  3. For the sick in our community.  (Long pause) May Jesus stretch out his hand and touch them with his healing power.  We pray:

[As we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, may the experience of being loved give each of us a glimpse of how God loves us, and may we love and serve others in return.  We pray:]

            (The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant)

 P       God our Father, your Son Jesus revealed how close you are to us, especially to those who suffer. Hear our prayers as we renew our pledge to work for your kingdom.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Merciful Father,
your Son Jesus did not condemn outcasts and sinners
but invited them to his table.
In his presence they found the courage to stand up and walk with dignity.
As we bring ourselves and our gifts before you
we ask you to accept us
as Jesus accepted the leper who knelt before him.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

God loves each of us with an everlasting love. We profess this now as together we say/sing:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially from the tendency to exclude others.
Keep us from judging and condemning.
Help us to accept and respect one another
as we prepare in hope
for the coming among us of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you stretched out your hand and touched the leper
so that he might know that he is loved and accepted.
Help us to reach out to the rejects of society
so that we may all enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Like God, we can never exclude anyone from our Christian love.
Let us offer a sign of peace to those beside us.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

As the Holy Spirit strengthens your Church,
may this, your blessed and broken bread, bring life to us.
May we be living signs of the love
we share with one another.

Invitation to Communion

Whether we eat or drink or whatever we do
we do everything for the glory of God.
Blessed are we who are called to the altar-table of the Lord.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
we have been refreshed with the one bread
by which you continue to renew the human family.
Fill us with a compassionate love
that will inspire us in our efforts
to put an end to every form of discrimination
and bring all peoples into your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May the Father’s kindness be with you.

AMEN

May the compassion of Jesus comfort you.

AMEN.

May the love of the Spirit protect you.

AMEN.

And may the blessings of our loving God,

+  Father, Son and Spirit,

be with you and abide with you always.

AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace.

And whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,

do everything for the glory of God.

Download printable file here: 6th Ordinary – B

5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Greeting

From God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
peace and love be with you.  [Eph. 6:23]

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Suffering and sickness may be severe. It may even appear to be overwhelming. But Jesus Christ has triumphed over it all.   (pause)

We pray in this Eucharist for Christ’s healing presence in our world and in our hearts today.    (pause)

Lord Jesus, you heal the broken-hearted and bind up all our wounds:

Lord, have mercy.

 Lord Jesus, your word gives us hope when we despair:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you nourish us for the journey with the gift of yourself:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Out of compassion, O God,
you sent your Son into our afflicted world
to proclaim the ‘day of salvation’
when broken hearts would be healed
and broken spirits would be revived.
Through the efforts of us wounded-healers
may that day of salvation be upon us.
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 father’s care and a mother’s compassion,
O good and loving God,
you embraced the sufferings of the whole human family.
In our times of trial and testing,
lift us up and set us free
to serve others in their illness and pain.
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 given us new life in Christ Jesus who came to heal us, to forgive us, and to offer his life for us. With confidence, we pray:

CM      Lord, heal your people.

Please repeat:

  1. For all who preach the gospel by promoting the sacredness of life: (pause) that they may be fired with the love of Christ and the zeal of St. Paul:  We pray:

[On Saturday, we celebrate the World Day of the Sick and Handicapped(pause) May the sick learn to unite their sufferings with the sufferings of Christ.  We pray:

  1. May all those in the Medical, Nursing and Caring Profession appreciate that they are united with Christ in the ministry of healing and caring for the sick. We pray:
  2. We bring before the Lord all who suffer and are helpless, and all who are in darkness or despair:  (pause).   For them we pray:

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

P       Merciful God, help us to learn from your Son, who shows us your compassion in the face of human suffering that we may help others to carry their burdens. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God our Father,
in these signs of bread and wine
we remember your Son Jesus Christ.
Fill us with his Spirit
that we may become weak with the weak,
and become all things to all people.
We ask through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Jesus frequently went off to a lonely place to pray to his heavenly Father.
What kind of prayer did he make?
He said:  “When you pray, pray like this.”

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from discouragement and despair.
Give us the comfort of knowing
that even in moments of hardship and pain
you are with us,
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 leave you peace; my peace I give you.”

Look not on our sins
but grant that we may be weak with the weak
and become all things to all people,
for the sake of the kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

We have all been healed by the love of God.
In gratitude let us share Christ’s peace with those around us.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Heavenly Father,
your Son is the food that nourishes the whole world.
May this bread,
broken that we may deepen our union
with you and our neighbor,
be a sign of your continual presence among us.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who cures the sick and heals the broken-hearted.
Blessed are we who come to him for healing.

Prayer after Communion

God of compassion,
we thank you for Jesus
who gives us strength and hope
in times of sorrow and pain.
May we reach out to one another
and be a source of comfort to all who suffer.
Grant this in the name of Jesus our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May the Lord who heals the broken-hearted protect you.   AMEN.

May the Lord watch over you and keep you in his tender care.   AMEN.

May the power of the Lord strengthen you in his service.   AMEN.

And may the blessings of our loving God,

+  Father, Son and Spirit,

be with you
and abide with you always.  AMEN.

Dismissal

The Lord Jesus has come to give us healing and hope.
Go, and care for one another.

Download printable file here: 5th Ordinary – B

4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Sign of the Cross

Greeting

Blessed be the Lord our God,
whose words are spirit and life.
May the Spirit of the Living God be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Jesus’ words carried great authority with the ordinary people. Why? Because his words were true and people knew he meant them.

Jesus’ words can change our lives if we act on them…..

but sometimes we are content merely to listen to them.   (Pause)

Lord Jesus, your words guide us when we make mistakes.

Lord, have mercy.

Your words comfort us when we are sad.

Christ, have mercy.

Your words inspire us to live good and holy lives.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Faithful God,
your Son, Jesus of Nazareth,
spoke the truth with authority,
and you confirmed his teaching by wondrous deeds.

Make us holy
so that by word and deed
we may proclaim his name
and bear witness to your healing power and presence.

All this we ask 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
O God,
your Son – the Holy One –
comes to lead this assembly to holiness
and to set our spirits free.

Touch our hearts
that with single-hearted resolve
we may work for your kingdom
with all our energy and zeal.

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       Let us intercede for our own needs and the needs of all in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Holy One of God.

CM      Our response is:       Hear us, O Lord.

Please repeat:

  1. That the church may speak the truth in love with an authority born of faithful witness and loving service. We pray:
  2. That Jesus’ teaching may rebuke unclean spirits that torment our world: greed, exploitation, violence, oppression and despair.  We pray:
  3. That the Lord our God may raise up prophets in every land and put in their mouths the challenging words of justice and peace. We pray:
  4. That those committed to celibacy for the sake of the gospel may grow in holiness and joy through their service of God and neighbor. We pray:

[That we Filipinos commit ourselves as a people to read, study, pray, live, share, and celebrate God’s word so that day by day we may become more like Jesus the Christ, your Word made flesh. We pray:]

P       Lord, grant that what we have said with our lips, we may believe with our hearts, and practice with our lives. Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God,
these are the gifts of the poor –
a little food, a little wine.
Accept us in our riches and our poverty,
in our strength and our weakness,
in our joys and our sorrows.
Let us experience all life as a gift from you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A
Taught by our Savior’s command
and formed by the word of God, we dare to pray:

B
Jesus spoke the truth and he spoke with authority.
Let us join him as he prays for the coming of God’s kingdom.

Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and free us from all anxieties.
In your mercy,
help us to listen to your voice;
inspire us to prepare with joy and hope

for the final coming among us

of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

‘I leave you peace, my peace I give you.’

We find it hard to speak these words to others with love
when there is little peace in our own hearts.
Take pity on us
and grant us the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Let us acknowledge Christ’s power in our midst
by offering one another a sign of his peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Heavenly Father,
may this blessed bread,
broken that we may deepen our union
with you and our neighbor,
be the sign of your continual blessing.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus of Nazareth – God’s Word made visible for us.
Blessed are we who are invited to receive him at this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
we have listened to the words that Jesus has spoken;
they are the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and know
that he is the Holy One of God.
By the strength of the food we have received
may we have the courage to follow him
and serve you, our God, for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May you always listen to the voice of God.  AMEN.

May you always recognize the power of God working through you.  AMEN.

May you proclaim the truth by word and deed.   AMEN.

And may you always be blessed by God,

+  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.

Dismissal

Listening for God’s voice and eager to do God’s will,
go in peace of Christ.

Download printable file here: 4th Ordinary – B

3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Sign of the Cross

Greeting

Grace and peace to you
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus.
May the Spirit of New Life be always with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A       In recent weeks we have been celebrating the Birth and Childhood of Jesus. The adult Jesus spent around 3 years forming a community of disciples. He calls us also to be his disciples.   (pause)

B       Today, our Church, and each of us gathered in worship, listens to and extends to others the Call and Invitation to discipleship:

A&B  Lord Jesus, you call us to receive the kingdom of heaven through a change of heart:  Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you call us to be wholehearted, committed disciples:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you call us to follow you in such a way that the world will see your loveLord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Your sovereign rule, O God,
draws near to us
in the person of Jesus your Son.
Your word summons us to faith;
your power transforms our lives.

Free us to follow in Christ’s footsteps,
so that neither human loyalty
nor earthly attachment
may hold us back from answering your call.
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       Simon Peter and Andrew placed all their confidence in Jesus when they left everything to follow him.  We ask for that same confidence and trust as we pray:

CM      Lord, renew our hearts.

Please repeat:

  1. For those who “left their nets” to follow Jesus: that, through their committed lives, others may be inspired to follow:  We pray:
  2. May more young people from our Parish be open to the call of the Lord to “be fishers of other people” and serve him in the building up of the Kingdom. We pray:
  3. That we, who worship, will invite others to join our worship so that our Parish may be recognized as a Worshipping Community.  We pray:
  4. That we, who serve as volunteers, may welcome others to serve in the different ministries in our Parish.  We pray:

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

P       Give us, O Lord, the gift of a strong faith so that like Simon Peter and Andrew, we may respond to your call with generosity, with honesty, and with courage. This we as through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Sovereign Lord,
with these gifts of bread and wine
we bring before you our good intentions –
our desire to please you in all we do.
Give us the strength to answer the call
of Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord never fails to bless the generous giver.
We pray now that we, too, may share our daily bread
with those who have none, as we say together:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord,
from everything that keeps us from following you.
Help us to break the chains of sin
so that we can become free
to serve you and your kingdom
as we prepare for the final coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ you said to your apostles:

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.”

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

Let us now extend the hand of friendship and peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

When we break this bread and share this wine
we declare that we regard all people
as our brothers and sisters.
With God as our Father
we are members of one family.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who gathers people
from east and west,
from north and south,
to join him in the banquet prepared for those who love him.
Blessed are we who have been invited to the Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God of the nations,
today your Son has spoken to us
and has called us to be his disciples.
By the strength of the food he has given us
may we have the courage to follow him
on the road which leads to you.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing   (adapted from St. Anselm)

 A
May the God of all tenderness and mercy
make you cleave to him without parting,
worship him without wearying,
serve him without failing,
now and forever.     AMEN.

B
May the Father reveal his will to you.      AMEN.

May the Son accompany you on every step of your journey.   AMEN.

May the Holy Spirit keep your hearts alive with love.  AMEN.

Dismissal

God’s kingdom is at work in our midst.
Go and be faithful disciples of the kingdom.

Download printable file here: 3rd Ordinary – B

2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – B

Greeting

Grace and peace to you
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus!
May the Spirit of New Life be always with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

In the Gospel today we will hear Jesus say to his first two disciples,

‘Come and see.’   They accepted his invitation and had an encounter with him which changed their lives.   (Pause)

Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we have an opportunity to encounter the Lord.  Let us prepare ourselves now for this.  (pause)

Lord, Jesus, you call us to follow you.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you call us to be one people.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you call us to do the will of your Father.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

O God, you always call us by our name.
Make our ears attentive to your voice,
our spirits eager to respond,
that, having heard you speak through Jesus,
we may draw others to be his disciples.

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.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord and Giver of life,
with these gifts of bread and wine
we bring before you our good intentions –
our desire to please you in all we do.
Give us the strength to answer the call
of Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Moved by the Holy Spirit,
we cry out to God our Father
in the words of Jesus himself:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us Lord, we pray, from every evil,
and graciously grant peace in our days
that, sustained by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and saved from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope –
the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your Apostles,

“Come and see.
“Come, follow me.”

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.

Sign of Peace

Let us now extend the hand of friendship and peace.

Invitation to Communion

“Look, here is the Lamb of God.”

This is Jesus who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are we who are invited to the banquet of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
today your Son has spoken to us
and has called us to be his disciples.
By the strength of the food he has given us
may we have the courage to follow him
on the road which leads to you.
Grant this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May you always be able to see where Christ lives,
and, like the apostles, stay with him. AMEN.

May you always be aware of his love for you.  AMEN.

And may you know that because of this love
you are of infinite value.  AMEN.

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

Dismissal

Go now in the peace of the Lord
and, like Andrew, bring others to meet Jesus.

Download printable file here: 2nd Ordinary – B