We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as our king, the one who died for us and rose triumphant. We offer praise and worship — and ask for the grace to live as worthy citizens of his kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace.
We recall times we have failed in love, as we continue to enjoy God’s love and favour (pause)
Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and prince of peace: Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you are Son of God and Son of Mary; Crist, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you are Word made flesh and splendour of the Father; Lord, have mercy.
Alternative Opening Prayer (from the 1998 ICEL Missal)
Almighty and eternal God,
to Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead,
you have granted everlasting dominion
and a kingship that shall not pass away.
Remove from us every desire for privilege and power,
that we may imitate the sacrificial love of Christ our King
and, as a royal and priestly people,
serve you humbly in our brothers and sisters.
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
2 Samuel 5:1-3 The choosing of David as King of Israel in ancient times
Colossians 1:12-20 Jesus is given all the titles a king would have.
Luke 23:35-43 On the cross, Jesus promises heaven to the good thief.
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our prayers to the Lord, the great king.
- For all who follow Christ — that we may work to make the Kingdom of God a reality (pause for 10 seconds of quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who lead nations — that the powerful may seek truth and justice (pause for 10 seconds of quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For the people of the world — that we may work together for an end to hunger and want (pause for 10 seconds of quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For ourselves — that our lives may show that Christ rules our hearts (pause for 10 seconds of quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For the sick and sorrowful — that they may experience God’s healing (pause for 10 seconds of quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those affected by natural disasters in many countries — that God may be close to them (pause for 10 seconds of quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
The Presider prays for the dead: For all who have gone to their eternal rest (especially N and N), and on this World Day of Remembrance for Road traffic Victims, we pray for those lost to road crashes in our country, and all the dead: that, with the good thief, they may find a place in Paradise (pause for 10 seconds of quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) O God, you rule your people with love and compassion: listen to our prayers and give us the help we need, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
as we offer you the sacrifice of reconciliation,
We ask that your Son bestow on all peoples
the gifts of unity and peace,
for he lives and reigns for ever and ever.
PREFACE OF CHRIST THE KING
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
You anointed Christ the Lord, your only Son,
with the oil of gladness
as eternal priest and king of all creation.
As priest, he offered himself on the altar of the cross
and redeemed the human race
by this perfect sacrifice of peace.
As king, he claims dominion over all creatures,
that he may present to your infinite majesty
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.
And so, with angels and archangels,
with all the heavenly host,
we proclaim your glory
and join their unending chorus of praise: Holy, holy, holy
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III
Lord, you are holy indeed,
and all creation rightly gives you praise.
All life, all holiness comes from you
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
by the working of the Holy Spirit.
From age to age you gather a people to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure offering may be made
to the glory of your name.
And so, Lord God, we humbly pray:
by the power of your Spirit sanctify these gifts
we have brought before you,
that they may become the body + and blood
of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
at whose command we celebrate this eucharist.
On the night he was handed over to death,
he took bread and gave you thanks and praise;
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 and praise,
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…..
Calling to mind, Lord God
the death your Son endured for our salvation,
his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven,
and eagerly awaiting the day of his return,
we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.
Look with favour on your Church’s offering
and see the Victim by whose sacrifice
you were pleased to reconcile us to yourself.
Grant that we who are nourished by the body and blood of your Son
may be filled with his Holy Spirit
and become one body, one spirit in Christ.
Let him make us an everlasting gift to you,
that we may share in the inheritance of your saints,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with the apostles, the martyrs,
[Saint Patrick], and all your saints,
on whose constant intercession we rely for help.
Lord, may this sacrifice
which has made our peace with you
advance the peace and salvation of all the world.
Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth:
your servant Pope Francis, our Bishop N.,
all bishops, priests, and deacons,
all ministers of your Church,
and the entire people your Son has gained for you.
hear the prayers of the family you have gathered here before you,
and unite to yourself all your children
now scattered over the face of the earth.
Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters
and all who have left this world in your friendship.
We hope to enjoy with them your everlasting glory,
through Christ our Lord,
through whom you give the world everything that is good.
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
Nourished by the food of immortal life,
we beg you, Lord,
that we who glory in our obedience to Christ,
the king of all creation,
may live with him always in the kingdom of heaven.
Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) ‘Holy God’; ‘The King of Love My Shepherd Is’; ‘Sing A New Song’; ‘Hail Redeemer, King Divine’.