20th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Liturgy Preparation


Opening Comment

Everyone is welcome in God’s house, everyone who loves God’s name. We gather to experience the warmth of this embrace.

Penitential Rite: To prepare ourselves, let us call to mind our sins, remembering God’s compassion for sinners: (pause) Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations…


Introduction to the Scripture Readings

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 — God’s laws are simple to understand: even foreigners can live by them. Our God is the god of all people.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 — Paul longs to see the Jews realise that Jesus is their Messiah, even though he admits God’s plan is beyond our understanding.

Matthew 15:21-28 — The Canaanite woman was persistent, a reminder that persistent faith is fruitful.


The General Intercessions

Introduction (by the Presider) God sheds his light on us, so we bring our prayers with confidence:

  1. That people of every nation, race, colour and religion may be united in working for justice and integrity (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. That those in England traumatised after the week’s violence may cling to the values of respect and tolerance. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. That we may always show love to the people from other countries who live in our parish. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. That those who will receive Leaving Cert results this week, may find happiness in life, with a deep faith to guide them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. That all who suffer, in mind, body or spirit, may experience Christ’s healing power. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. For our brothers and sisters who have died (especially N & N) that they may come to God’s holy mountain, along with those whose faith is known to God alone. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Conclusion (by the Presider) Gracious God, all the nations find their help in you: teach us to trust in your love as you grant our petitions, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Other Liturgical Suggestions Penitential Rite: c-ii). Alternative Opening prayer echoes today’s gospel. Eucharistic Prayer 4 (with its own preface). Solemn Blessing 11 (Ordinary Time 2).


Songs ‘All the ends of the earth’; ‘Glory and Praise to our God’; ‘Sing a New Song’

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