Presider’s Page for 8 August (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Opening Comment
We gather together as friends, called by the Lord to forgive each other as quickly as God forgives us.

Penitential Rite
Let us call to mind our sins (pause)
I confess…..

Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
God, our Father and provider,
whose Son has given his flesh for the life of the world,
sustain your pilgrim Church on its journey
with the word of life and the bread of heaven.

Draw us nearer to him in whose name we gather,
that, following his way of sacrificial love,
we may come to the banquet of eternal life.

Grant this 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.

Alternative Opening Prayer — from the Mass  ‘IN TIME OF PANDEMIC’

Almighty and eternal God,
our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.

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
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 — We should imitate Christ in the way we treat each other.
John 6:41-51 — 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.

  1. For those who gather for Mass this weekend — that we may have fullness of life (pause and pray). Lord, hear us.
  2. For people who are part of our online communities — that God may be be with them (pause and pray). Lord, hear us.
  3. For all who are sick because of COVID-19 — that they may get better (pause and pray). Lord, hear us.
  4. For people who feel despair — that God may send an angel to sustain them. (pause and pray). Lord, hear us.
  5. For all who are Christian — that we may treat others with love and gentleness (pause and pray). Lord, hear us.
  6. For people on holidays — that they may come home refreshed (pause and pray). Lord, hear us.

The Presider prays for those who have died: 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 and pray). 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.

Prayer Over The Gifts
accept from your Church these gifts,
which in your mercy you have given us to offer
and which by your power
you transform into the sacrament of our salvation.
Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

PREFACE (Sundays in Ordinary Time IX, from 1998 ICEL Missal)

It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
From sunrise to sunset this day is holy,
for Christ has risen upon us today
and scattered the darkness of death
with light and life that will not fade.
This day the risen Lord assembles us,
unfolds for us your word,
and breaks for us the bread of life.
And though the night will bring this Sunday to a close,
you call us to live in endless light,
the never-ending Day of the Lord.
And so, with the choirs of angels,
with all the heavenly host,
we proclaim your glory
and join their unending chorus of praise: Holy, holy, holy…..

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II (with interpolation for Sunday mornings)
Lord, you are holy indeed,
you are the fountain of all holiness.

In communion with the whole Church,
we have assembled on this day which you have made holy,
and, rejoicing that you have made us a new creation in your risen Son,
we pray:
Send down your Spirit upon these gifts to make them holy,
that they may become for us
the body + and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Before he was given up to death,
a death he freely accepted,
he took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:

When supper was ended, he took the cup;
again he gave you thanks,
gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

The mystery of faith…..

Remembering therefore his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord God,
this life-giving bread, this saving cup.
We thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
We pray that all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ
may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Lord, remember your Church throughout the world:
perfect us in love
together with Francis our Pope and N. our Bishop,
with all bishops, priests, and deacons,
and all who minister to your people.

Remember our brothers and sisters
who have gone to their rest
in the sure hope of rising again;
bring them and all who have died in your mercy
into the light of your presence.

Have mercy on us all:
make us worthy to share eternal life,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with the apostles and with all the saints,
who have found favour with you throughout the ages;
in union with them
may we praise you and give you glory
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, with him, In him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION (Mass in Time of Pandemic, 2020)
Prayer after Communion
O God, from whose hand we have received
the medicine of eternal life,
grant that through this sacrament
we may glory in the fullness of heavenly healing.
Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE PEOPLE (Mass in Time of Pandemic, 2020)
O God, protector of all who hope in you,
bless your people, keep them safe,
defend them, prepare them,
that, free from sin and safe from the enemy,
they may persevere always in your love.
Through Christ our Lord.

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions): ‘All the Earth Proclaim The Lord’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘Take and Eat’; ‘I am the Bread of Life’.

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