Songs at Mass (Suggestions)
‘Here I Am, Lord’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘Make me a Channel of Your Peace’; “How Great Thou Art”.
God’s love is displayed for us in the life and death of Jesus. We rejoice in this love, and celebrate the victory over sin and death won for us. As a community, we praise God’s holy name.
• Today is ‘Day for Life 2017’, in Ireland
Sometimes our words and actions do not match each other. We call to mind our sins: (pause) I confess …
Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
you alone judge rightly
and search the depths of the heart.
Make us swift to do your will
and slow to judge our neighbour,
that we may walk with those
who follow the way of repentance and faith
and so enter your heavenly kingdom.
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.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Ezekiel 18:25-28 — Ezekiel reminds us that our actions have consequences.
Philippians 2:1-11 — Contains Paul’s ancient hymn to Christ, which is read each year during the liturgy of Palm Sunday.
Matthew 21: 28-32 — Jesus teaches us that God wants our full commitment, not lip-service.
Introduction (by the Presider) The Lord’s mercy never ends, so we present our prayers with confidence.
- For the leaders of the Church — that they may practice what they preach (Stop a moment and think about the prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For ourselves — that our committment to Christ may be total (Stop a moment and think about the prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all who suffer because of natural disasters — that they may not be forgotten (Stop a moment and think about the prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people are on the margins of Irish society — that they may have justice (Stop a moment and think about the prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For respect for life at all its stages — that women and children may be protected from every danger (Stop a moment and think about the prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who endure sickness, in mind or body — that God may heal them (Stop a moment and think about the prayer). Lord, hear us.
The Presider prays for the dead: For all who have suffered death (especially N and N), that they may be raised to life through Jesus’ resurrection (Stop a moment and think about the prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) O God of endless goodness, your love and mercy have no end: hear the prayers your people make in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
God of mercy,
look with favour upon our offering,
and in this eucharist
open to us the source
from which all blessings flow.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.
PREFACE (Sundays in Ordinary Time VI)
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
In you we live and move and have our being.
Each day we experience the wonders of your love,
and receive even now a pledge and foretaste of life eternal.
Possessing the firstfruits of the Spirit,
through whom you raised Jesus from the dead,
we hope to enjoy his paschal victory for ever.
And so, with all the angels and saints,
we sing the joyful hymn of your 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,
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:
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,
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…..
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
let this holy mystery restore us in mind and body,
that we who proclaim the death of Christ
and are joined to his suffering
may become co-heirs with him in glory,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.