Opening Comment: Though many things can distract us, we are called to the cross of Christ and the new life Christ brings. As the lenten journey to death and resurrection continues, we ask for the grace to continue as enthusiastically as we began. Penitential Rite: To prepare ourselves to celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent, let us call to mind our sins: (pause) You were sent to heal the contrite of heart…
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (Year B)
Exodus 20:1-7 — The ten commandments give the foundation on which a life of Christian love is built. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 — Christ crucified is our focus; Christ draws us together — beyond our factions, beyond our disputes. John 2:13-25 — Jesus purifies the Temple of commercial defilement, but then proclaims himself the New Temple, the fulfilment of everything the old order stands for.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings of Year A (which may be used today) Exodus 17:3-7 A thirsty people complain to Moses, and God gives them water from the rock. Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 A reflection on God’s love, which was proved, Paul says, by Jesus’ death on the cross. John 4:5-42 The Gospel story of the woman at the well contains the promise of living water to those who believe.
The General Intercessions
Introduction (by the Presider) Sisters and brothers, let us bring our prayers to the Lord.
- For the baptised, as they continue their journey to renewal at Easter (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For adults and children preparing to join the Church through baptism (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For an end to hatred and violence, in our country and in our world— and for the protection and safety of the suffering people of Syria (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people of the world who need our care: the starving, the homeless, the lonely (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For this community, and particularly for those who are sick in mind, body or spirit (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all our people who have died, (especially N & N who died recently and N & N whose anniversaries occur) (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) God of wisdom and light, your words guide our lives: Hear the prayers we make in faith, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgical Suggestions Purple vestments, purple banners, purple cloths: few or no flowers. Penitential Act, page 383. No Gloria today, no Alleluia. Preface of Lent 1, page 414. (Preface of the Third Sunday of Lent, page 97, may be used only if Year A Gospel is read.) Eucharistic Prayer 3. Prayer over the People page 98 (preceded by ‘Bow down for the blessing’ and followed by: ‘And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit, come down on you and remain with you for ever.’ Songs ‘Praise to the Holiest’; ‘Jesus Remember Me (Taizé)’;’A Íosa Glan Mo Chroíse’.