There are reassuring words for us in God’s Word, with Paul reminding us that there is no need for us to worry. If there is anything we need, we can pray for it and God’s peace will be ours.
Penitential Rite: Confident in this divine care, we remember our sins in the light of God’s mercy (pause): Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way to the Father ….
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Isaiah 5:1-7 — God poetically recounts all he has done for his people, and shows sadness and anger at what he has got in return.
Philippians 4:6-9 — Peace is promised for all who ask God’s help.
Matthew 21:33-43 — The sadness of the first reading is reflected in the Gospel: this time there is disappointment at how God’s son is treated.
The General Intercessions
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our prayers into the presence of the Lord of hosts, who promises peace to those who pray.
- For all the members of the Church, that we may be thankful for what we have been given. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who lead countries and governments, that they may help their citizens live full and happy lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For all men and women of goodwill, that they may discover the true happiness that is found only in God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For people who worry, and for all who suffer, that the God’s peace and serenity may fill them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who have died (especially N and N), and all who mourn after them, that eternal peace and comfort may be theirs. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- A moment’s quiet prayer for all our needs (Long pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) God of hosts, you turn your face to your people: let your grace fill us according to our needs, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Other Liturgical Suggestions
Today is celebrated as ‘Day for Life’ in Ireland, with the theme: ‘A call to solidarity and hope in difficult times’. Penitential Rite c-vii. Alternative opening prayer. Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time 8. Eucharistic Prayer 3. Solemn Blessing 11 (Ordinary Time 2) contains a verse from the Second Reading.
Songs ‘Praise to the Holiest’; ‘Eat This Bread’; ‘Holy God We Praise Thy Name’.