As weak and sinful people, we gather to ask the Lord’s mercy. We know his grace is sufficient for us. Together, we praise and thank our God for the constant care we receive.
Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
God of the prophets,
in every age you send the word of truth,
familiar yet new,
a sign of contradiction.
Let us not be counted among those who lack faith,
but give us the vision
to see Christ in our midst
and to welcome your saving word.
We ask 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.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Ezekiel 2:2-5 — The prophet is inspired to speak out, even though God knows the people may not listen.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 — Paul writes about his frailty, which makes him rely all the more on God’s grace.
Mark 6:1-6 — Like many other prophets before him, Jesus finds no acceptance in his home town.
Introduction (by the Presider) Brothers and sisters, let us ask God to have mercy on us and hear our prayers.
- For those called to speak in God’s name today, that may have the courage of the prophets of old (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people scandalised by injustice and the lack of truth in our world, that they may themselves have the courage to speak out against evil (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all who feel weighed down by their own weakness, that they may rely on God’s grace to lift them up (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For the gift of perseverance, that we may be true to what we believe, come what may (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
The presider prays for the dead: For our friends who have died (for N who died recently and N whose anniversaries occur), that they may have eternal peace in God’s presence (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord our God, our eyes are fixed on you till you show us your mercy: let your grace stay with us each day, and listen to the prayers we make, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions): ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘Eat This Bread’; ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’