23rd Sunday Ordinary Time — Bidding Prayers etc
Opening Comment God’s healing power was seen in the ministry of Jesus, and continues in the sacraments, in advances in medicine and in the work of the caring professions. Today we pray for strength, trusting that God will continue to show compassion to the whole world.
Penitential rite: Let us call to mind our need of healing, as we reflect on our sinfulness: (pause) Lord Jesus, you healed the sick … you forgave sinners … you give us yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Isaiah 35:4-7 — Isaiah promises that when the Messiah comes, the deaf will hear and the dumb will speak.
James 2:1-5 — James complains of class distinction at religious services.
Mark 7:31-37 — Through Jesus’ healing ministry, the deaf hear and the dumb speak.
Introduction (by the Presider) The Lord raises up those who are bowed down, so we bring forward our prayers with confidence:
- For the Church, that all may feel welcome here, without distinction (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For Christians,that they may work to end unfair discrimination (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people with difficulties in speech or hearing, that they may find understanding and friendship (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- Thanking God for better weather recently, we ask a blessing on all who work on the land, that they may work safely and be preserved from accidents (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For our friends who have died (especially N and N), that the Lord may raise up all the faithful departed (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those we love and are concerned about and for all our own needs…. (long pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Healing God, you pour out your love on those who cry to you for help: raise us up by your grace and support us in our needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Penitential Act VII (page 1388). Preface I of Sundays in Ordinary Time (page 440). Eucharistic Prayer 1 (The Roman Canon). Solemn Blessing 10 (Ordinary Time II, page 553). Songs:‘Be Thou My Vision’; Lay Your Hands Gently Upon Us ; ‘Take and Eat’; ‘Now Thank We All Our God’.