Opening Comment (for Presiders)
The Christmas Season ended last Sunday, and the season of Lent begins quite late this year, on 5 March. During the time between the two seasons, we celebrate the Sundays of Ordinary Time, learning a little more each week about the life of Jesus. On this Sunday, we reflect on the Lamb of God, our Redeemer.
Opening Prayer (from the 1998 ICEL Missal)
you sent your Son, the spotless Lamb,
to take upon himself the sin of the world.
Make our lives holy,
that your Church may bear witness to your purpose
of reconciling all things in Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (for Ministers of the Word)
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 — God’s Chosen One will bring salvation to all peoples.
1 Corinthians 1:1-3 — Includes the very start of Paul’s first letter to the people of Corinth; we’ll be reading from that letter each week until the start of Lent in early March.
John 1:29-34 — John the Baptist introduces Jesus to us as the Lamb of God, the Chosen One.
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us raise our prayers to God, who stoops down to hear us.
- For all the members of the Church, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those preparing for baptism, confirmation or First Communion, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all who suffer because of war or famine, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For peace in the world, especially in Syria and the Middle East (pause for sient prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For farmers, and all who look after lambs and sheep, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people who are ill, at home or in hospitals or nursing homes, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord our God, we proclaim your justice and mercy; hear the prayers we make in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONGS AT MASS (for Ministers of Music): ‘Ag Críost an Síol’, ‘Holy God We Praise thy Name’, ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’.