THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

Greeting

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was born of the Virgin Mary,
be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A       Mary’s ‘Assumption into heaven’ means that she shares in her Son’s victory over death, and enjoys the fullness of eternal glory. During her earthly life, Mary was a humble person who sought to do the will of God at all times. She shows us the way we must go in order to share her glory.   (pause)

We turn to God who, as Mary said, is rich in love and mercy.

Lord, your mercy reaches from age to age.

Lord, have mercy.

You fill the hungry with good things.

Christ have mercy.

You raise up the powerless who trust in you.

Lord, have mercy

B       Today we celebrate the glorification of Mary. She who shared intimately in the joyful and sorrowful mysteries of Jesus’ earthly life, now shares his glory in heaven. We too are called to share in the glory of Jesus. Mary, our mother, will help us in moments of discouragement and failure. (pause)

Let us confess our sins to God, asking Mary and all the saints to intercede for us.

I confess to almighty God…

Opening Prayer

Faithful to your promise, O God,
you have lifted up the lowly,
clothing with heavenly splendor
the woman who bore Christ – our life and resurrection.

Grant that, like Mary,
we may hear your word and keep it
and one day share with her
the risen life of 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       With the help of Mary, our mother, let us pray together to our Father that he may look with favor upon us, his servants, and do great things in us.

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

Please repeat:

  1. For our world that longs to be free from terrorism, war and death. (pause) May Christ put all these enemies under his feet and keep them far from our lives. We pray:
  2. For all people of good will who work to transform our society. (pause) May they strive to lift up the lowly and fill the hungry with good things. We pray:
  3. For the poor and all those who suffer persecution.   (pause) That God will bring down the powers that oppress his people who hunger for what is right. We pray:
  4. That we all see Mary, who visited her cousin Elizabeth, as the perfect model of love for God and neighbor. We pray:

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

P       Lord God, you have taken Mary into heavenly glory. We ask you to keep us in your love and lead us to share in that same glory. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God,
you let your Spirit come down on Mary
and made her the mother of Jesus, your Son.
May your Spirit come down with power
on our humble gifts of bread and wine
so that they may become the food and drink of eternal life.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

 

Preface of the Assumption (P 59)

It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere,
to give you thanks, Father most holy,
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Today the Virgin mother of God was taken up into heaven
to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church
in its perfection,
and a sign of hope and comfort for your people
on their pilgrim way.

You would not allow decay to touch her body,
for she had given birth to your Son, the Lord of all life,
in the glory of the incarnation.

In our joy we sing to your glory
with all the choirs of angels:

         Holy, Holy…

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

In her words and actions, Mary fulfilled God’s will.
We pray that God’s Will may be done as we say / sing:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and from the fear of the last enemy – death.
Let your compassion and faithful love
reach from age to age,
and fill the hungry with good things,
as we wait in joyful hope for our resurrection
at the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you say to us today:

“All who exalt themselves will be humbled,
but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Look not on our sins of pride,
but upon the faith of your church,
and grant us the ‘salvation and the power’ of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Mary brought Christ into the world.
Now let us recognize him in each other
as we offer a sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is the BREAD come down from heaven: [holds up BREAD]
Those who eat of it will never die.

This is the CUP of eternal life:   [holds up CUP]
Those who drink of it will live for ever.

Prayer after Communion

God of all that lives,
your Son Jesus has reassured us in this Eucharist
that he is ‘the resurrection and the life.’
With Mary, his mother,
may we be humble enough
to listen to your word,
be concerned with the needs of our neighbor,
and be to the world the body of your Son
until we too share in your glory for ever. AMEN.

Blessing

Born of Mary,
the Son of God redeemed humankind.
May he enrich you with his blessings.
AMEN

You received the author of life through Mary.
May you always rejoice in her loving care.
AMEN

You have come to rejoice at Mary’s feast.
May you be filled with the joys of the Spirit
and the gifts of your eternal home.
AMEN.

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

Dismissal

Proclaiming the Mighty One
who has done great things for Mary and for us,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

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

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

The Lord’s ways are not our ways.

We should not be surprised, therefore, if those whom we think are the least deserving of God’s blessings are the ones who actually receive them.

In fact they receive more!  God is never outdone in generosity!  (pause)

For the times we have been envious of others
to whom God has apparently given more:

Lord, have mercy.

For the times we have resented newcomers coming into our part of the Lord’s vineyard:

Christ, have mercy.

 For sometimes thinking that we have more right to God’s favors than others:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

To the last as to the first, O God,
you are generous and just,
for as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are your ways above our ways.

Let us never begrudge your generosity towards others
while we work without ceasing for the coming of your kingdom.

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       Let us pray now to God our Father whose generosity is always greater than we can expect or imagine.

CM      Our response is:        Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That countries rich in agricultural or technological resources may be generous in sharing these benefits with nations in need. We pray:
  2. That laborers faced with poor working conditions or unjust wages may find support in Christian social teaching and solidarity in the Christian community. We pray:
  3. That those who are out of work may not lose the hope of being able to provide for themselves and their families.   We pray:
  4. That in our Christian communities we may not be jealous of each other’s gifts and talents but use our own in the service of all:   We pray

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

P       Heavenly Father, help us to be always thankful for the many gifts you have showered upon us.  Bring us closer to one another in understanding and love. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Generous God,
in these signs of bread and wine
we bring to you the fruits of our labor.

May your Son Jesus,
who worked as a carpenter in Nazareth,
help us to bear the burden of our daily work,
and to seek your will in all we do.

We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord is close to all who call him,
especially to those who can say…..

Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and keep us from applying to you
our human thoughts and ways.
Help us to appreciate the immensity of your generosity
as we prepare with hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

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

Help us to put an end to all envy and quarreling
so that we can work without concern for the reward of our labors,
and enjoy the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Exchange of Peace

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

B
We are all co-workers of the Lord;
let us greet each other in his name.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who says:

‘Come here and take your place at table’

Blessed are we who come
even though we are unworthy servants.

Prayer after Communion

Generous God,
everything we have and everything we are
is a gift from you.

Let us not begrudge your generosity to others,
knowing that we too are undeserving of your favors,
and stand more in need of your mercy than of your justice.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May you always be aware of God’s great love for you.   AMEN.

May that love always live in your hearts.     AMEN.

May it show forth in your actions.      AMEN.

And may the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

+  bless you now and forever.    AMEN.

Dismissal

A
The Lord has assured us of a generous reward.
Let us go now and joyfully work for the spread of his kingdom.

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

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24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

May the mercy of God our Father,
the compassion of Jesus his Son,
and the patient love of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.

Introduction

A
Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian message.
As followers of Jesus we are called upon to forgive our brothers and sisters from our hearts.  Let us look at the way Jesus forgave people.

B
Our God is a forgiving God…. full of compassion and mercy.
However, as our readings today point out, we cannot expect any forgiveness or mercy from God if we do not forgive other people.

Litany of Praise

Lord Jesus, you forgave Peter after he denied you:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you asked your Father to forgive those who crucified you:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you teach us that the forgiven person must forgive in return:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God, Most High,
you are slow to anger and rich in compassion.

Keep alive in us the memory of your mercy;
calm our anger
and take away all our resentments.
May we discover the forgiveness promised to those who forgive
and become a people rich in mercy.

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
When you pass judgment, O God Most High,
justice and mercy meet in perfect measure,
and you pardon us as we pardon one another.

Create in us a new heart,
formed in the image of your Son,
a heart strong enough to bear every wound
and gentle enough to forgive every offense,
that the world may see
how your people love one another.

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 pray to our merciful God that we, who have experienced his forgiveness, may bring the joy of reconciliation to the world.

CM      Our response is:  Inspire us to forgive.

  1. For all Christian churches, long divided by grudges and pride.  (pause) May they be brought together in the unity of the gospel of Jesus: Lord, in your mercy:
  2. For those among us who find it difficult to forgive. (pause) May the realization of God’s generous mercy to humankind touch their hearts and enable them to extend the hand of reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy:
  3. For all of us gathered here.  (pause) May we be able to forgive those who have sinned against us and so be healed of our bitterness and resentment. Lord, in your mercy:

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

 P       Compassionate God, you are slow to anger and rich in mercy. Listen to our prayers and fill us with a spirit of true forgiveness. We ask this through Jesus, the Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Remember, Lord,
that your Son, in offering his life,
has washed away the sins of the world.
Look with favor on your church’s offering
and grant that we too may be ministers of reconciliation.
This we ask through Christ our Lord.

[ Presiders may wish to use the Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation #2 ]

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A
Let us ask God to forgive our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us….  as we pray:

 B
Asking God to forgive our many sins,
and with love and forgiveness toward all, we now pray:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially from our unwillingness to forgive
those who have injured us.
Protect us in time of trial
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

A
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“If you are bringing your gift to the altar,
and there remember that someone has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar,
and go and be reconciled with that person.”

Lord, help us to seek reconciliation with one another,
so that we may enjoy the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

B
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

‘Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give to you.’

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

Exchange of Peace

We have all been healed by the love of God.
So in gratitude let us share Christ’s peace with the persons beside us.

Invitation to Communion

A
This is Jesus who reconciles us with God and with one another.
Blessed are we who are invited to his banquet table.

B
This is Jesus who died and lives again;
the Lord of both the dead and the living.
Blessed are we who are invited to his supper.

Prayer after Communion

Compassionate Father,
you have nourished us at the table of your Son.
May we be willing to reach out to all those we have hurt
and be ready to ask their forgiveness.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

 P       May God show you mercy and fill you with grace.

AMEN.

May God give you peace and a vision of glory.

AMEN.

May God move your hearts to forgive from the heart.

AMEN.

Dismissal

A
Our celebration is ended.
Go, and share with others God’s forgiveness and love.

B
Eager to proclaim and share God’s boundless love,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
and from Christ Jesus our Lord
be with you all.    (1 Tim. 1:2)

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

If we really want to be Church… to be followers of Christ… we must be brothers and sisters to one another. That means that we have the courage to correct our brother or sister when they are in error.  But do we have enough love for the Lord and one another to do this?

A
For the times we have ignored the needs of others and shrugged them off with words like….

‘It’s their own business’    or    ‘Why should I get involved?’

Lord, have mercy.

For the times when we have been too cowardly to ‘point out the fault of a brother or sister who has sinned against us’

Christ, have mercy.

For the times when we, as Church, have not denounced evil, especially when it is hurting other people:

Lord, have mercy.

B
Lord Jesus, you hold us responsible
for a brother or sister who falls away from grace:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you hold us responsible
for the unity and integrity of the Church:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you hold us responsible
for reconciliation not only within the Church but in the world at large:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God, whose Word is life,
grant us a bold and faithful spirit,
that we may proclaim your truth in love,
and bring back those who have gone astray.
Bind us together in mutual love,
that our prayer in Christ’s name
may be pleasing to you.

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

B
God of unity and peace,
your Son has taught us
that where two or three are gathered in his name
he is present in their midst
and that you will grant their request.

Grant us a new heart
so that we can become people
whose law is love for one another
and whose peace and reconciliation is Jesus
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                       GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

 P       Jesus tells us today:

“If two of you agree about anything you ask,
it will be done for you by my Father in heaven”.

So we say:

CM      Thank you, Lord, for being with us.

  1. For the Church of Jesus Christ;  (pause) that it may always be a sign of reconciliation and that its leaders may always have the courage to call evil by its name.  We pray:
  2. For those who have strayed from the right path:  (pause) may they experience a change of heart, ask pardon from the Lord, and be reconciled with the Christian community.  We pray:
  3. For all of us gathered here in eucharistic worship;  (pause) may we have the courage to speak the truth with love and accept criticism with humility.  We pray:

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

P       God our Father, with your Son among us we pray, increase the love of our neighbor in our hearts. and keep us sensitive to one another’s needs. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Most Gracious God,
you bring together at the table of your Son,
the weak and the strong,
the sinner and the saint.

May your Spirit give us the strength to care for one another
and be willing to search for those who have gone astray.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus, our Lord.   AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

With Jesus present in our midst,
we pray the prayer that he taught us:

Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the peace
that comes from knowing that you are always with us.
In your mercy,
keep us free from the sin of condemning people to their past.

Help us to show our concern for them
as we all prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to us:

“Where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them.”

Touch our hearts so that we may become people
who work and pray
that there be peace in your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Let us express our love and concern for one another
by offering a sign of Christ’s peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Rock of our salvation.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the Lord who made us…  and say:

Prayer after Communion

God of love and mercy,
your Son Jesus is in our midst;
he has strengthened us with his body and blood
so that we can reach out
to those who have wandered far from you,
for you are our Shepherd – God,
and we, the people you guide.
Oh, that today we would hear your voice
as we make our prayer through Jesus, the Lord.  AMEN.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blessing

May God who loves you keep you in his fatherly care.

AMEN.

May Jesus who lives in our midst guide you on your way.

AMEN.

May the Holy Spirit give you the strength to do God’s will.

AMEN.

And may ……

Dismissal

The Lord has instructed us to be concerned for one another.
Go, therefore, and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Download printable file here: 23rd Ordinary – A

22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

The grace and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all.   (1 Cor. 1.3)

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A
One of the most popular songs in recent years is:  I did it my way.”
We all like to do things ‘my way’!

In today’s Gospel Jesus says:

’No, that way may lead you astray.
if you want to have life, you do it MY way’.

 B
Today’s Gospel reminds us that we should not always look for the easy way.  Jesus challenges us to take up our cross daily and to follow him.

Lord Jesus, you resolutely took the way to Jerusalem,
to suffer and die for us:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you were tempted by Satan to abandon the cross:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you were obedient unto death,

and so the Father gave you a name which is above every other name:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God,
whose word burns like a fire within us,
grant us a bold and faithful spirit,
that in your strength we may be unafraid
to speak your word
and follow you where you lead.

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
Not by power and popularity, O God,
but in suffering and self-sacrifice
did Jesus show us the cost of discipleship.

As disciples of Jesus
may we learn how to deny ourselves,
take up our cross
and follow in his footsteps.

We make our prayer through the same 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       As we lift up our hands in prayer,
we turn with confidence to God and ask for what we need.

CM      Our response is:       Lord, hear your people.

  1. For prophets and proclaimers of the word of God:   (pause) that the fire of this word may always burn in their hearts. We pray:
  2. For those who suffer imprisonment and torture for their belief in Christ:  (pause) that they receive the grace to remain strong and faithful. We pray:
  3. For those who find it difficult to take up their cross because they think not as God does, but as human beings do.  We pray:
  4. For the old, the lonely and the sick of our community.  (pause) May they embrace their cross willingly and offer up their sufferings  for Jesus.  We pray:

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

P       Lord, teach us to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to labor and not to ask for any reward except that of knowing that we do your will. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God,
we wish to offer to you
your Son Jesus Christ –
the sacrifice that pleases you.
Accept also the sacrifice of our lives,
that with your Son
we may die to sin
and rise to new life.
Grant this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A
Jesus came to do the will of his Father:
let us pray that we may do likewise as we say /sing:

B
With Jesus, we pray to our heavenly Father
that we may always seek his will
so that God’s ways may be our ways:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the inner peace
which comes from doing your will
especially when it is hard to do so.
Keep us free from sin
and protect us in time of trial
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“If any want to be my followers,
let them deny themselves
and take up their cross
and follow me.”

Forgive us for wanting an easy religion,
without demands,
without any cost to ourselves.
Grant us the peace of your kingdom,
where you live for ever 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 suffered and died for us.
He is risen from the dead
and invites us to share this meal with him.

Prayer after Communion

Gracious God,
your word and sacrament give us life and food.
May this gift of your Son
help us to carry our own cross
and follow him
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Blessing

Like earth that is parched may you thirst for the Lord.

AMEN

May your lips glorify and praise his holy name.

AMEN.

May the Word of the Lord be like a fire burning within your bones.

AMEN.

Dismissal

Take up your cross, follow Jesus….  and go.

The Mass is ended.

Download printable file here: 22nd Ordinary – A

21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

The Lord be with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A
If Jesus were to stand here before you today and ask you:

      “Who do you say I am”,

what answer would you give him?  (pause)

Lord Jesus, you are the Messiah, the Son of the living God:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the living Rock that saves us:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you entrusted to Peter the ‘power of the keys’
in order to guide your people:

Lord, have mercy.

B
We may wonder at times why Jesus entrusted his Church to weak people?    Yet in spite of the weaknesses of our leaders God still trusts them and promises to be with us all until the end of time.

Let us ask Jesus to help us live up to that trust.

Lord Jesus, we believe in you for you are the Messiah,
the Son of the living God:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have commissioned your Church to bring God’s forgiveness to the world:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have promised that the powers of evil can never overcome those who put their complete trust in you:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
God, well-spring of all wisdom,
and source of every insight,
you inspired Simon Peter to confess
that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
On this rock of faith you have built your church.

Pour out your Spirit in abundance,
that we all may become living stones
standing firm upon the one foundation,
which is 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
Loving God,
you sent your Son among us
to reveal your wisdom
and make known your ways.

Increase our faith,
that we may confess Jesus as your Son,
take up his work on earth,
and trust his promise to sustain the Church.

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       How deep the wisdom and knowledge of God… how impossible to penetrate God’s motives! Let us pray that the Lord will reveal his ways to us, so that we can always confess his name and give him praise.

CM      Our response is:       Lord, listen to your people.

Please repeat:

  1. For all those who exercise authority, in the Church and in society. (pause) May they serve us with the humility and wisdom of Christ.  We pray:
  2. For the Church(pause) That it may rely on the power of the risen Christ as it confronts human weakness, scandals, and the powers of evil within its leaders.  We pray:
  3. For ourselves(pause) That we may recognize Christ, not only as our Lord and Savior, but as a Friend who loves us with a rocklike love.   We pray:
  4. That this community may open doors of welcome to all who have been alienated from the church.  We pray:

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

P       Eternal God, we bless you for revealing Jesus your Son to us. May we be blessed with the riches of your wisdom and knowledge. To you be glory for ever through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

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

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

With Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God,
we have the courage to say:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy accept us in our weakness
and fill us with the power of Christ.
Keep us free from sin
and protect us in time of trial
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“My peace I leave you;
my peace I give you.”

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

Sign of Peace

As brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ
we offer one another his gift of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Blessed are we to be invited to the banquet of life.

Prayer after Communion

God of Wisdom,
God of Knowledge,
how unsearchable are your judgements,
how inscrutable are your ways!
We thank you for the gift of Jesus, your beloved Son.
May he continue to guide those
whom he has called to leadership and service.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Blessing

CM    Your response to the each blessing is:

To God be glory forever.  Amen.

P       May God give you peace.

A          To God be glory for ever.  Amen.

 May God show you love.

A          To God be glory for ever.  Amen.

May God bring you to glory.

A          To God be glory for ever.  Amen.

 P       And may God bless you,

+  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Dismissal

Our celebration is ended.

Let us go in the power of Christ, the Son of the living God.

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20th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

The grace, mercy and peace from God the Father
and from Christ Jesus our Lord
be with you all.    (1 Tim.12)

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Is there a place in our hearts for everyone…  whether saint or sinner?  (pause)

We proclaim that Christ died for everyone,
but sometimes we look down on others
because they do not worship the Lord the same way as we do.  (pause)

You have made your house, O Lord,
a house of prayer for all peoples.
Son of David, have pity on us.

Son of David, have pity on us.

You hear the prayer of pagans
and make yourself known to all who seek you.
Son of David, have pity on us.

Son of David, have pity on us.

You welcome all who come to you for mercy.
Son of David, have pity on us.

Son of David, have pity on us.

May almighty God,
who sent his Son Jesus Christ to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,
have mercy also on us..
May God forgive our sins and bring us to eternal life.

Opening Prayer

A
God of all nations,
to your table all are invited
and in your family no one is a stranger.

Satisfy the hunger
of those gathered in this house of prayer,
and mercifully extend to all the peoples on earth,
the joy of salvation.

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
God of all nations,
through faith in Jesus,
a pagan woman found welcome
at the table of your children.

Let people of every race, language and way of life
find that our Parish is a place
where foreigners are welcomed as friends,
where strangers are called brothers and sisters.

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       Together let us offer intercession to the God who cares for all the nations of the world without difference or distinction.

CM      Our response is:   Lord, hear the cries of the poor.

Please repeat:

  1. For our Church leaders and all gathered here today: that we may be grateful for all the good things we enjoy, and be generous in sharing them with others.   We pray:
  2. For government leaders: that in their planning they may give priority to the poor and disadvantaged members of society.  We pray:
  3. That countries divided by religious, ethnic or racial conflict may seek reconciliation and learn to live as good neighbors.  We pray:
  4. For the thousands of men, women and children in our overcrowded jails(pause) that our government authorities will increase their efforts to ease the congestion. We pray:
  5. For those who are engaged in prison ministry:  (pause) that they may never tire of their efforts to bring the healing comfort of Christ to all those under their care.  We pray:

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

P       Compassionate God, our refuge and our strength, we have placed these petitions before you knowing that what we ask faith will never be refused, especially when we ask them through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Provident Father,
you prepare the table of your Son
for all who are willing to approach it.

You welcome especially the poor of the earth.

May we learn from Jesus
to give to all those who ask for help.

Grant this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

God’s house is a house of prayer.
Gathered here we pray in the words that Jesus taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially our tendency to exclude others
from what we consider to be ours by right and privilege.

Open our hearts to all peoples and cultures
so that they too can come to accept
the Lordship of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ,
at the table in your kingdom
no one is a stranger.

Help us to recognize in every person
a beloved son or daughter of your Father.

May we share your peace with everyone
as we work together for the coming of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Rite of Peace

In a spirit of humility,
and conscious of being equal in God’s sight,
we offer each other a sign of Christ’s peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread.

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

Invitation to Communion

A
This is Jesus Christ,
the food of children,
the true bread of heaven.
Blessed are we who are invited to the Master’s table.

B
They will come from east and west
and from north and south
to sit down at the table in the kingdom of God.
Blessed are those who are called to the banquet of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

God of all nations,
we have been refreshed with the one bread
by which you continue to renew the human family.

Grant that our sharing in this sacrament of unity
may inspire us to end discrimination
and bring all peoples into your kingdom.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

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

AMEN.

May you show the love of Christ to all who are in need.

AMEN

May you make your homes ‘houses of prayer’.

AMEN.

And may almighty God bless you,

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

Dismissal

Go and bear witness

to the world-wide love of the Lord.

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15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

The Word of God is in your hearts and on your lips.
May it bear fruit in your lives
and remain always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A
Jesus compared the Word of God to a seed. However, if a seed is to produce a harvest it must be planted in good soil. What kind of soil have we prepared for the Word of God? Let us now examine ourselves.   (Pause)

Lord, through Jesus, your Word made flesh,
you reveal to us the mysteries of the kingdom:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, your Word is like rain that makes our lives fertile and fruitful:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, your Word is like a two-edged sword
that penetrates the core of our being:

Lord, have mercy.

B
In today’s Mass we will listen to the parable of the sower.
We are invited to reflect on the importance of the Word of God to help us grow and bring forth fruit in our lives.  We cannot live without it.
Let us open our minds and hearts to what Jesus wants to say to us.
(pause)

You are the Word who came forth from the mouth of God
and dwelt among us:

Lord, have mercy.

You carry out the will of the Father:

Christ, have mercy.

You accomplish what you were sent to do:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

God of the heavens,
God of the earth,
all creation awaits your gift of new life.
Prepare our hearts to receive the word of your Son,
that we may hear it, understand it,
and bear fruit a hundredfold.

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       We have listened to the word of God and renewed our faith. With confidence we bring before our heavenly Father our many needs and the needs of the entire world.

CM      Let our response be:     Open our hearts to your word, O Lord.

  1. For those who spread the word of God – priests, religious and missionaries…. catechists and teachers –   (pause) that they may keep sowing the seed ‘in season and out of season’. We pray:
  2. For those who have remained deaf to the word of God:  (pause) that they may be moved by it when they see it flowering and bearing fruit in the lives of good Christians.  We pray:
  3. For this assembly:  (pause) that we may take care of the life of the Spirit within us, and not allow it to be choked by materialism and worldly concerns.  We pray:
  4. For the agricultural land in our country: (pause) May the Lord drench its furrows, bless its yield and crown the year with his bounty.  We pray:

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

 P       Lord, may your word not return to you without carrying out your will in us; and may our prayers not return to us without having been answered by you. This we ask through Jesus our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

We bring before you, Creator God,
the fruit of seeds that were sown;
you had prepared the land,
drenched its furrows,
softened it with showers
and now have blessed its yield.
May this bread bring us strength,
and may this wine from our hills bring us joy.
We make our prayer in the name of Jesus our Lord.  AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

Nourished by the word of God we are enabled to say:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord,
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 apostles:

“Blessed are your eyes, for they see,
and your ears, for they hear.”

We have been blind and deaf to the power of your word
so we ask you to heal us
and grant to us the peace and freedom of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

We can show that God’s word has taken root within us
by sharing a sign of peace with one another.

May the peace….

Invitation to Communion

Behold the Sower who sows the seed of eternal life.
Blessed are we who are called to share at his table
where we enjoy the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Prayer after Communion

Creator God,
we know that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory that has been revealed to us.
Open our hearts to your good news;
fill us with your word
so that it will accomplish your will within us,
and bear fruit that will yield a hundredfold.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May the Word of God find a welcome in your heart.

AMEN.

May God’s word accomplish within you the purpose for which it was sent.      AMEN

May you enjoy the blessed hope and glorious freedom of the reign of God.    AMEN.

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

Dismissal

Let us go now to proclaim the Word made flesh

by the lives we lead.

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6 – This Feast takes the place of the 18th Sunday in O.T. in the Year 2017   

Greeting

Glory be to God the Father
who reveals to us Jesus his Son.
May you listen to him
and may his favor be always with you.

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 the glory prepared for us, 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 the Gospel.  [Pause]

C       On this day in the year 1945, an Atom bomb destroyed the city of Hiroshima. The blinding light and fireball claimed the lives of around one hundred and forty thousand people.

Every August 6, the Church commemorates the occasion where Jesus was transfigured on Mount Tabor. The light of Christ illumined the lives of the 3 apostles who were present.  Light can kill….  or give life!

ABC    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.

Opening Prayer

A
Upon a high mountain,
O God of majestic glory,
you revealed Jesus in the mystery of his transfiguration
as your Son, the Beloved,
to whom we must listen.

By the word of his gospel,
shining for ever as a light in the darkness,
give us hope in the midst of suffering
and faith to perceive, even in the passion and cross,
the glory of the risen Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
God and Father of Jesus,
you transfigured your Chosen One
and in heavenly light
revealed him as your Son.

Open our ears to the living Word
and our eyes to his glorious presence,
that we may be strengthened
in time of fear and uncertainty,
and one day share your glory.

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.

                             GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P       Let us bring our petitions before the throne of the Holy One, presenting them through Christ the Beloved Son.

CM      Let our response be:  Lord, transform us in your love.

Please repeat:

  1. For a world terrified by the memory of the atomic bomb(pause) May the blinding light of destruction always yield to the transforming light of peace. We pray:
  2. For nations still shrouded by conflict and war.  (pause) May they have a change of heart so that mercy will conquer hatred and vengeance make way for forgiveness. We pray:
  3. That the radiant face of Christ may shine on all exiles and refugees and be a sign of encouragement to them in their misery, we pray:

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

 P       God of majesty, help us to listen to your Beloved – in whose name we pray – that we may be sustained by your words of everlasting life.  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 Old 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 can pray:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and from the fear of changing.
Set us free from our past
so that we may go forward with courage
and prepare in joyful hope
for the coming of our Lord and 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.

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 Jesus, God’s Beloved Son.
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

Yes, Lord, it was good for us to be here!

Let us go forth and transform the world!

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19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting

The Lord be with you.

Introduction and  Litany of Praise

A
God reveals himself to us in the ordinary events of our daily lives.
But we need to make time for quiet and prayer
in order to discover just what God is saying to us.
Like Elijah, we must listen for the “gentle breeze”,
the “sound of sheer silence”.

O Lord, you hear our cries.

Lord, have mercy.

Your ears are attentive to the voice of our pleading.

Christ, have mercy.

With you is found mercy and fullness of redemption.

Lord, have mercy.

B
In today’s Gospel Jesus invites us to have faith in him even when we feel that we are overwhelmed by difficulties.  When we are ‘out of our depth’, he is there to help us.

“Take courage. It is I.
Do not be afraid”, he says.

In you, Lord, mercy and faithfulness have met.

Lord, save us.

In you, Lord, justice and peace have embraced.

Christ, save us.

In you, Lord, we have salvation.

Lord, save us.

Opening Prayer

A
Strong and faithful God,
your outstretched arm
governs the mighty forces of creation,
and your gentle hand
cradles even the smallest of creatures.

Reach out your hand to us of “little faith”,
that we may take heart and not be afraid,
knowing that you are God-with-us in Jesus,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN

B
God of power and might,
your sovereign word comes to us in Christ Jesus.

When your Church is in danger, make firm our trust;
when your people falter, steady our faith.

Show us in Jesus your power to save,
that we may always acclaim him 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       When Elijah was troubled and afraid, he fled to the mountain of the Lord. When Peter faltered in his faith, he looked to the Lord for help. The Lord our God is here, in the midst of this community. We bring our needs before him as we pray:

CM      Lord, save us.

            Please repeat:

  1. We pray for our Holy Father, Pope _________, and the bishops of the Church.   (pause) May the power of the Lord’s presence continue to guide them in the storms and crises that face the Church.  We pray:
  2. For the thousands of Filipinos who work on ships at home and abroad.   (pause) May they be saved from disasters and always find in Jesus a haven of peace. We pray:
  3. That nations battered by the storms of war and ethnic strife may come one day to rejoice in reconciliation and peace.  We pray:
  4. We remember today the millions of people in the different countries of AFRICA who are suffering severe hardships because of famine, AIDS and wars.  (pause) We pray:
  5. For ourselves: (pause) that we may have a sense of Christ’s presence with us at all times, especially in times of trial, we pray:

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

 P       Heavenly Father, the hand of your loving kindness gently yet powerfully guides all the moments of our lives. Strengthen our weak faith, so that we may walk through every storm toward a safe haven and true peace, with Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, our refuge and our hope,
look upon our gifts,
drawn from the good things you have given us.

Thank you for your words of encouragement
that we need not be afraid,
for we follow Jesus, your Son, and our Lord.  AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

Jesus told his disciples to have courage and not to be afraid.
So with confidence we call God….

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Keep us free from discouragement and doubt
and from fears that paralyze us.
Help us to discover the outstretched hand of your Son,
as we wait with joyful hope
the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ,
when the disciples were struggling against wind and sea,
you came to them and said:

“Courage!   It is I.
Do not be afraid!”

Come to us in our moments of adversity
and calm our fears,
so that we may enjoy the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Let us now extend to one another
the hand of friendship and peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is the Lord Jesus,
the Son of the Living God.
Blessed are we who are invited to the Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Strong and Faithful God,
you made yourself known to Elijah in the gentle breeze;
you saved Peter by taking him by the hand.

Today you have made yourself known to us
and have revived us in this Eucharist.

Lord, increase our faith
and do not allow us to be separated from Christ,
who will lead us safely to you.
All this we ask in the name of the same Christ our Lord.   AMEN

Solemn Blessing

The Lord is not in the wind.

The Lord is not in the earthquake.

The Lord is not in the fire.

The Lord is in the gentle breeze,
in the sound of sheer silence.

In the midst of your fears and worries
may you always hear his word. AMEN.

May our loving God bless you,

+  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   AMEN.

Dismissal

This week,
let us try to be attentive to the Lord’s presence in our lives.

Go in the peace of Christ.

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