Presider’s Page for 14 November (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Opening Comment
As we move into the darker times of the year, the readings at Mass remind us more and more of the end of time, and the glory awaiting believers. We trust that God stays with us always.

• Today is World Day of the Poor, with the theme ‘The poor you will always have with you’ (Mark 14:7)

Penitential Rite
Preparing ourselves to move from darkness to light, we call to mind moments when there was darkness in our own lives and we ask God for healing (pause)
You were sent to heal the contrite of heart: Lord, have mercy.
You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us: Lord, have mercy.

Alternative Opening Prayer (from the 1998 ICEL Missal)
Your creation, O God,
runs its appointed course,
as from the ends of the earth
you gather a people you call your own.

Confirm us in the strength of your abiding word.
Steady our hearts in the time of trial,
so that on the day of the Son of Man
we may without fear rejoice to behold his appearing.

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
Daniel 12:1-13 — Daniel gives a prophecy of the end of time, when the virtuous will be rewarded.
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18 — What many priests did in former times, Christ does now: he has achieved our perfection.
Mark 13:24-32 — Jesus repeats Daniel’s prophecy, adding that only the Father knows when the end will come.


Introduction (by the Presider) The Lord is at our side to support us, so we can present our needs with confidence.

  1. For a new and equal world — with peace and justice for all (pause a few moments for reflection — about 10 seconds). Lord, hear us.
  2. For a world transformed by faith — with care for the poor (pause a few moments for reflection — about 10 seconds). Lord, hear us
  3. For a future for our planet — with climate change controlled by all our efforts (pause a few moments for reflection — about 10 seconds). Lord, hear us
  4. For people out of work — and for new hope for those who feel cast aside (pause a few moments for reflection — about 10 seconds). Lord, hear us
  5. For those suffering because of COVID – we pray new strength and healing (pause a few moments for reflection — about 10 seconds). Lord, hear us.
  6. For bereaved people — for divine help in their grief (pause a few moments for reflection — about 10 seconds). Lord, hear us.

The Presider prays for those who have died: For all who have died (especially N and N), that they may awake to everlasting life (pause a few moments for reflection — about 10 seconds). Lord, hear us.

Conclusion (by the Presider) O Lord, you are our portion and cup, you support us all our days: hear the prayers we make for all your Church, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

God of majesty,
may the offering we make in your sight
obtain for us the grace of true service
and win us the prize of everlasting happiness.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

PREFACE VII(Saturday evening Mass)
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

When sin had scattered your children afar,
you chose to gather them back to yourself
through the blood of your Son and the power of the Spirit.
Thus a people made one by the oneness of the Trinity
shines forth as your Church,
the body of Christ and the temple of the Spirit,
to the praise of your manifold wisdom.

And so we join the multitude of angels
in their joyful chorus of praise:

Holy, holy, holy…

PREFACE IX (Sunday Mass)
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.

Communion Reflection for World Day of the Poor (provided by CAFOD, on cafod.org.uk)


Generous God, we thank you:

For the gifts you have given us,

the abundance of your Creation,

and the beauty that surrounds us.


For the people whose lives have touched ours,

for the love they show,

the burdens they lift,

the hopes we share.


Compassionate God, we ask you:

to fill us with your love,

to place in our hearts a spirit of courage,

to move us to reach out to others in need.


And lead us to play our part,

so that now and in generations to come

all your children may share

in our hope for a better world.


We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Having shared in the gift of these sacred mysteries,
we humbly pray, Lord God,
that what your Son commanded us to do
in remembrance of himself
may strengthen among us the bonds of love.
We ask this through Jesus 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) ‘Christ be our Light’; ‘On Eagles Wings’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘Abide With Me’.


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