Presider’s Page for Sun. 10 November (32nd Sunday)
Opening Comment (for the Presider)
At this time of remembrance, our dead are often in our minds. Today’s readings challenge us to believe in eternal life after death. We worship God who sustains us in this life and promises us a share in the resurrection. Penitential Rite: Now, let us call to mind our sins — and God’s forgiveness: (pause) Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life … you forgive us our sins … you feed us with your body and blood: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (for Ministers of the Word)
2 Maccabees 7: 1-2, 9-14 The story of a woman and her sons whose faith in the resurrection gave them the strength to endure martyrdom.
Psalm 16: The Lord hears our prayers, and when we die brings us to the sight of glory.
2 Thessalonians 2:16 to 3:5 Paul’s letter to the Christians of Thessolonika was written to reassure and encourage them.
Luke 20: 27-38 Jesus’ answer to people who doubted the resurrection of the dead.
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our needs to God, who pays heed to all our cries.
- For Christians who suffer persecution for their beliefs, that God’s power may sustain them (pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For priests, particularly those facing difficulties, that they may be supported in times of suffering and doubt (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For the people who doubt that life continues after death, that they may embrace the good news brought by Jesus (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those in mourning after the death of a loved one, and all who minister to them, that they may have the support of a strong faith (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For prisoners, their families and loved ones, that they may put their trust in God, who never forgets them (pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who have died through war or violence, that all may share in the resurrection and have eternal life (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord our God, you watch over and protect your people: turn your ear to us, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONGS AT MASS (for Ministers of Music): ‘Abide with Me’; ‘Ag Criost an Siol’; Be Not Afraid; On Eagles Wings’; ‘How Great Thou Art’.