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.
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 live the message they preach (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For Christians, that they may answer God’s call to love the neighbour (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those on the margins of society, that the needs of all may be remembered (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people who feel they are beyond divine mercy, that they may know the God’s warm embrace (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For men and women who are exploited, that justice and equality may prevail in our land (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who endure sickness, in mind or body, that God’s healing care may sustain them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
The presider prayer for the dead (especially N and N), “that they may be raised to life through Jesus’ resurrection” (pause for silent 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
SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) ‘Here I Am, Lord’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘The King of Love My Shepherd is’.