Opening Comment (for the Presider)
The Gospel story of the Pharisee and the tax collector is read today. It reminds us of the value of being humble before God. In today’s gathering, we praise God who is always merciful to us. Penitential Rite: To begin, we recall our sins in the context of divine mercy: (pause) I confess…
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (for Ministers of the Word)
Ecclesiasticus 35: 12-14, 16-19 The Lord is not deferential to the powerful but takes the side of the powerless.
2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18 Paul speaks of his imminent death and reflects on his own deep faith.
Luke 18: 9-14 Humility before God is a recurring theme in the readings: the Gospel describes the Pharisee and the tax collector.
Introduction (by the Presider) We turn to God with all our needs, remembering that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted.
- For bishops and all religious leaders, that they may lead God’s people with humility (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who lead our country, that they may not forget the needs of the poor (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For victims of injustice and inequality, that they may receive the respect which is their due (pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For people who feel they are powerless, that they may realise that God is on their side (pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For all the sick, particularly people near death, that their faith may comfort them (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people who feel who so crushed by life that they wish to end it, that they may feel the love of God and know they are never alone (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us
The presider prays for the dead, those who died during the week and those whose anniversaries occur (and the person/people for whom Mass is offered): For Christians whose life on earth is over (especially N and N) that the crown of righteousness may be theirs (pause for silent prayer.) Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Compassionate God, you rescue your people in all their distress, hear the prayers we make in humility and truth, through Christ our Lord.
SONGS AT MASS (for Ministers of Music) ‘Abide with Me’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘The Lord hears the Cry of the Poor’; ‘God of Mercy and Compassion’.