We gather together as friends, called by the Lord to forgive each other as quickly as God forgives us. Penitential rite: Conscious of the Lord’s unfailing forgiveness, we remember the moments of sin in our lives: (pause) Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life … you forgive us our sins … you feed us with your body and blood: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
1 Kings 19:4-8 — Elijah was at the point of despair when God sent him food and drink to nourish him on his journey.
Ephesians 4:30 to 5:2 — Paul challenges Christians to imitate Christ in the way they treat each other.
John 6:41-51 — We resume reading from Chapter Six of St John’s Gospel, and will read it at Sunday Mass till the end of this month. Today we are taught that Jesus is the true bread come down from heaven, promising the fullness of life.
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our needs to God, knowing that when we call, the Lord hears.
- For all who gather to celebrate the Eucharist this weekend, that sharing the bread from heaven, they may have the fullness of life (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those unable to receive the bread at Mass because of their coeliac condition, that the Blood of the Lord may nourish them, bringing health and wholeness (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who receive exam results at this time of year, that they may find happiness in life, sustained by their faith (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who experience despair, to the point of giving up, that God may send an angel to sustain them (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For holidaymakers and all those away from home during these weeks, that they may travel safely and find refreshment (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For our brothers and sisters who have died in Christ (especially N & N), that having eaten the Bread of Life, they may live forever (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) We bless you, O Lord, at all times: from all our terrors you set us free: let our prayers come into your presence, and continue to support us, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgical Suggestions: Penitential Act V (page 1387). Preface VI of Sundays in Ordinary Time (page 450). Eucharistic Prayer 1. Include the Sign of Peace. Solemn Blessing 12 (Ordinary Time IV, page 554). Songs: “Though we are Many’ (Eucharistic Congress song); ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘Take and Eat’; ‘I am the Bread of Life’.