Presider’s Page for 23 October (World Mission Sunday)
SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions): ‘Be Thou My Vision’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘’O The Love of My Lord’; ‘The Lord hears the Cry of the Poor’; ‘Go Tell Everyone’.
Today is World Mission Sunday and its theme is “Every Christian is a Missionary“. The Gospel story in the Mass is of the Pharisee and the tax collector, a lesson in humility. In today’s gathering, we praise God who is merciful to us and to all people.
To begin, we recall our sins in the context of divine mercy: (pause)
Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal, for 30th Sunday, Year C)
who alone can probe the depths of the heart,
you hear the prayer of the humble
and justify the repentant sinner.
As we stand before you,
grant us the gift of humility,
that we may see our own sins clearly
and refrain from judging our neighbour.
We make our prayer 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.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Ecclesiasticus 35: 12-14, 16-19 The Lord is not deferential to the powerful but takes the side of the powerless.
2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18 Paul speaks of his imminent death and reflects on his own deep faith.
Luke 18: 9-14 Humility before God is a recurring theme in the readings: the Gospel describes the Pharisee and the tax collector.
Introduction (by the Presider) We turn to God with all our needs, remembering that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted.
- For bishops and all religious leaders that they may lead God’s people with humility (pause for quiet prayer and reflection). Lord, hear us.
- For Pope Francis, that he may continue to renew the Church (pause for quiet prayer and reflection). Lord, hear us.
- For Christians who face persecution, that their religious freedom may be respected (pause for quiet prayer and reflection). Lord, hear us.
- For people who feel they are powerless, that they may realise that God is on their side (pause for quiet prayer and reflection). Lord, hear us.
- For missionaries all around the world, that God may bless their efforts (pause for quiet prayer and reflection). Lord, hear us.
- For our families and especially for people who are sick or troubled (pause for quiet prayer and reflection). Lord, hear us.
The presider prays for the dead: For Christians whose life on earth is over (especially N and N) that the crown of righteousness may be theirs. We include in today’s prayers all missionaries (from our parish) who have died (pause for quiet prayer and reflection). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Compassionate God, you rescue your people in all their distress, hear the prayers we make in humility and truth, through Christ our Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
God of majesty,
look with favour on the gifts we offer,
and grant that this expression of our service
may be directed above all to your glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
PREFACE (Sundays in Ordinary Time VII)
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
You so loved the world
that you gave your only Son as our Redeemer.
You sent him as one like ourselves,
though free from sin,
that you might love in us what you love in Christ.
Your gifts of grace, lost when we disobeyed you,
are now restored by the obedience of your Son.
And so we join the angels and saints
in the joyous hymn of your praise: Holy, Holy, Holy
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III
Lord, you are holy indeed,
and all creation rightly gives you praise.
All life, all holiness comes from you
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
by the working of the Holy Spirit.
From age to age you gather a people to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure offering may be made
to the glory of your name.
And so, Lord God, we humbly pray:
by the power of your Spirit sanctify these gifts
we have brought before you,
that they may become the body + and blood
of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
at whose command we celebrate this eucharist.
On the night he was handed over to death,
he took bread and gave you thanks and praise;
he broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT:
THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
When supper was ended, he took the cup;
again he gave you thanks and praise,
gave the cup to his disciples, and said:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT:
THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.
IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL,
SO THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
The mystery of faith…..
Calling to mind, Lord God
the death your Son endured for our salvation,
his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven,
and eagerly awaiting the day of his return,
we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.
Look with favour on your Church’s offering
and see the Victim by whose sacrifice
you were pleased to reconcile us to yourself.
Grant that we who are nourished by the body and blood of your Son
may be filled with his Holy Spirit
and become one body, one spirit in Christ.
Let him make us an everlasting gift to you,
that we may share in the inheritance of your saints,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with the apostles, the martyrs,
[Saint N.], and all your saints,
on whose constant intercession we rely for help.
Lord, may this sacrifice
which has made our peace with you
advance the peace and salvation of all the world.
Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth:
your servant Pope Francis, our Bishop N.,
all bishops, priests, and deacons,
all ministers of your Church,
and the entire people your Son has gained for you.
hear the prayers of the family you have gathered here before you,
and unite to yourself all your children
now scattered over the face of the earth.
Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters
and all who have left this world in your friendship.
We hope to enjoy with them your everlasting glory,
through Christ our Lord,
through whom you give the world everything that is good.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
may your mysteries accomplish within us
the salvation they embody,
that we may come to possess in truth
what we celebrate now under sacramental signs.
Grant this in the name of Jesus, the Lord.