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Presider’s Page for 20 June (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Opening Comment
We have nothing to be afraid of, no matter what storm threatens to overwhelm us, God is with us. We need to trust in Christ’s calming presence — and not to be afraid to ask for help. [And on this Father’s Day, we honour the presence and memory of our fathers — and those who have played a father’s role……]
Penitential Rite
To prepare ourselves to listen to God’s word and share the bread of life, let us call to mind our sins: I confess …
Opening Prayer (from the 1998 ICEL Missal)
In the beginning, O God,
your Word subdued the chaos;
in the fullness of time
you sent Jesus, your Son,
to rebuke the forces of evil and bring forth a new creation.
By that same power,
transform all our fear into faith and awe in your saving presence.
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.
Alternative Opening Prayer — from the Mass  ‘IN TIME OF PANDEMIC’
Almighty and eternal God,
our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
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
Job 38: 1, 8-11 —God alone has the power to calm the storm, a power Jesus displays in the Gospel. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 — The death of Christ has made us all into a new creation Mark 4:35-41 — Who could this man be, whom even the winds and the sea obey? Seeing Jesus calm the sea, his disciples wonder how a man could have such power.
Introduction (by the Presider) The love of the Lord endures forever, so let us entrust to God our prayers:

  1. That God who banished the storm may be our strength (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  2. That fishermen and ship workers may be safe at sea (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  3. That refugees  in dangerous boats may be rescued (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  4. That the people who staff the lifeboats may be preserved from danger (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  5. That all who are sick because of COVID-19 may get well (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for our fathers, on this Father’s Day, that they may be healthy and happy (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.

The presider prays for all who have died (especially N & N) (and for fathers who have died): that all our departed ones may dwell with God in the heavens (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord our God, you support your people in the storms of life: hear our petitions, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS (Mass in Time of Pandemic, 2020)
Accept, O Lord, the gifts we offer in this time of peril.
May they become for us, by your power,
a source of healing and peace. Through Christ our Lord.
PREFACE (Sundays in Ordinary Time IX, from 1998 ICEL Missal)
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.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION (Mass in Time of Pandemic, 2020)
Prayer after Communion
O God, from whose hand we have received
the medicine of eternal life,
grant that through this sacrament
we may glory in the fullness of heavenly healing.
Through 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 Beside Me’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘Eagle Wings’.

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