As summer takes hold, we give thanks to God for all the gifts we enjoy. We rejoice in God’s saving power: death itself is in his hand and all the living depend on God alone.
Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
God of the living,
in whose image we have been formed
with imperishable life as our destiny,
dispel from your people the fear of death
and awaken within us the faith that saves.
Bid us rise from the death of sin
to take our place in the new creation.
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
Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:22-24 — God is the author of life. He does not want his creation to die. Death entered the world with evil.
2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15 — Paul encourages generosity in people who have a lot to share.
Mark 5:21-43 — Jesus shows God’s power and generosity by healing the woman with the haemorrhage and by raising the daughter of Jairus.
Introduction (by the Presider) The Lord listens and has pity, so let us bring our prayers to God.
- For those who suffer from all kinds of diseases, that they may experience healing and new strength, according to God’s will (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all who care for the sick, particularly those who look after the dying, that they may be generous with their time and their compassion (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all who have experienced the pain of loss, through bereavement or separation, that we may have the grace to make a new start (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For parents who have had to endure the death of a child, that the support of the community and God’s grace may bring them comfort (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
The Presider prays for the dead: For the faithful departed, particularly all those who have died in tragic circumstances, that God may rescue them from eternal death (especially N & N) (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord our God, you rescue your people from despair and help them in every difficulty:
be with us in times of trial and accept our prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions): ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘On Eagle’s Wings.’; ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’.