Presider’s Page for 1 March (Lent 2)

Opening Comment
As we continue to celebrate Lent, it’s important that we keep the goal of our journey before us. The gospel of the transfiguration is read on this lenten Sunday each year, to remind us to hold firm to a vision of glory, on dark days.

Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
Ever-faithful God,
you were well pleased with Abraham’s obedience
and you accepted the sacrifice of your Son,
who gave himself up for the sake of us all.
Train us by Christ’s teaching and school us in his obedience,
that, as we walk his way of sacrifice, we may come to share in your glory.
We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God for ever and ever.

Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 — The heartbreaking story of Abraham offering up his only child Isaac teaches that true sacrifice is about obedience rather than slaughter.
Romans 8:31-34 — God’s will is that we be saved, not condemned. Jesus, who died and rose for us, intercedes for us still.
Mark 9:2-10 On the second Sunday of Lent each year, the story of Jesus’ transfiguration is read – this year, as Mark recorded it.


Introduction (by the Presider) Let us call on the Lord’s name, praying with thanksgiving and trust.

  1. For all the members of the Church, as we continue on our lenten journey — we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  2. For Christians facing persecution in Iraq, Syria and Libya — we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  3. For the Jewish people of every country, the sons and daughters of Abraham — we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  4. For peace in the world, especially in Ukraine — we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  5. For those who are starving in a world of plenty — we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  6. For our community, and particularly for people who are lonely or fearful — we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.

The presider prays for the dead: for those who have gone before us in faith (especially N & N who died recently and N & N whose anniversaries occur) — we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.

Conclusion (by the Presider) Loving God, we are your servants who trust in you, even in the midst of affliction:
hear our prayers and help us to walk in your presence all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) ‘Here I am Lord’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘God of Mercy and Compassion’

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