Presentation of the Lord, Candelaria - Feb 2

Preparation

Ideally, people should bring their own candles so that they could have them lighted before the proclamation of the Gospel. Where this is impractical, those with candles can have them blessed at a special ceremony at the end of Mass.

 

The Presider and ministers gather in the Nave opposite the 1st Door.

Two Sanctuary Assistants carry lighted candles.

 

As the Ministers are gathering in the Nave of the Church the Commentator says:

 

CM The BLESSING OF CANDLES Ceremony will take place before the

end of the Mass.

 

When all are ready the Presider, using a hand-held Mic, greets the people in these or similar words.

 

P Forty days ago we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today, we recall the occasion on which he was presented in the Temple, was offered to the Father and was revealed to the people..

Led by the Spirit, two elderly people, Simeon and Anna, came to the temple, recognized the baby Jesus as their Lord, and proclaimed him with joy.

 

Gathered now in this house of God, and united by the Spirit, we shall welcome Jesus Christ, the light to the nations, and recognize him in the sharing of the word and the breaking of bread.

 

CM Please stand and join in singing, THE LIGHT OF CHRIST.

 

The Ministers, led by Candle bearers, proceed to the Sanctuary.

 

Upon arrival, after the customary reverences, the Presider may wish to greet the people.

 

The Penitential Rite is omitted; it is replaced by the Candle Ceremonies.

 

The Presider may introduce the GLORIA in these or similar words:

 

P United with the whole Church
let us now give glory to God in the highest
and pray for peace among God’s people.

 

GLORIA

Opening Prayer

 

Inspired by your Spirit, Lord,

we gather in your temple to welcome your Son.

 

Enlighten our minds

and lay bare our inmost thoughts.

 

Purify your people,

and make us obedient to the demands of your law,

so that we too, like Jesus,

may grow in age and wisdom and grace.

 

We ask 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. AMEN

 

1st Reading Malachi 3.1-4

Responsorial Psalm 24 v. 1 -3

(2nd Reading may be omitted – if there are time constraints)

Alleluia

Gospel: Long Version: Luke 2: 22- 40

 

Shorter Version: Luke 2: 22-35; 39-40

 

Homily

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P Here in the House of God let us present our prayer through Jesus, the merciful high priest, who is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.

CM Our response is: Shine on your people, Lord.

Please repeat:

 

1 In obedience to the law, Jesus was presented in the temple to his Father. (pause)

May Christian parents follow the example of Joseph and Mary and have a healthy respect for just laws and religious traditions. We pray:

 

2 The Lord comforted Simeon and Anna in their old age. (pause)

May we always respect, honor and care for the elderly. We pray:

 

3 Jesus was a sign that pointed the way to God, a sign that would be opposed by many. This brought him much suffering and even death. (pause)

May we accept our trials and sufferings as we try to spread the reign of God in our world. We pray:

 

4 Simeon longed to see the Lord before he died. (pause)

May the Lord welcome into the kingdom our brothers and sisters who yearn to see God face-to-face. We pray:

 

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

 

P Loving Father,

today we present our humble petitions to you

and ask you to grant them through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Prayer over the Gifts

Eternal God,

we recall the day when Jesus your Son,

was presented in the temple through the arms of Mary,

and proclaimed by Anna and Simeon

as light to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

May the gifts we have presented today be pleasing to you.

This we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Presider uses the designated Preface and an appropriate EP from the ROMAN MISSAL.

Presentation of the Lord

It is truly right and just,

our duty and salvation,

to give thanks to you

almighty and eternal God.

 

Today your Son,

who shares your eternal splendor,

was presented in the temple,

and revealed by the Spirit

as the glory of Israel

and the light of all peoples.

 

Our hearts are joyful,

for we have seen your salvation,

and now with the angels and saints

we praise you for ever:

 

HOLY, HOLY….

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Purify our hearts, O Lord,

that we may worthily offer you this prayer:

 

 

Deliver us Lord

 

Deliver us, Lord, from the darkness of sin

and let the light of your love shine upon us.

May your kindly light lead us forward in joy and hope

as we work for the final coming among us

of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

I leave you peace, my peace I give you.

Purify your Church,

that it may bear witness to the light of the gospel

in a world torn by strife

and often devastated by natural disaster.

Grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

 

Exchange of Peace

As children of the God of peace,

let us offer one another a sign of reconciliation and peace.

 

Invitation to Communion

Like Simeon and Anna,

we look upon Jesus the Lord -

our light, our joy, and our salvation.

Blessed are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb.

 

Prayer after Communion

Source of light and life,

you spoke your powerful word to the world

and there was light.

 

You have spoken your Word Jesus to us

and there is light in our minds and hearts.

 

Help us, through the nourishment we have received,

to let this light shine

that it may brighten the footsteps

of all who are searching for the truth.

 

All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

Solemn Blessing

 

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high has broken upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness

and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 

May the blessings of our loving God,

+ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

descend upon you today,.

and remain with you forever. AMEN.

 

Since many people will come forward and present candles to be blessed the CM

(if none present, the Presider) says:

 

CM Those of you who have brought Candles to be blessed

please come forward to the foot of the Sanctuary.

 

 

When all are assembled the Presider says:

 

Jesus said:

I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness

but will have the light of life. [John 8:12]

 

 

The Blessing of Candles

 

Creator God,

Source of all light,

today you reveal to Simeon and Anna

your beloved Son as the Light of the Nations.

 

We ask you to bless +

all those who will pray in the presence of these candles.

 

May we all walk in the light of faith

and follow Jesus, the Light of the World,

who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

The Presider may sprinkle the Candles (and the Assembly) with Holy Water.

 

 

Dismissal

Go in peace of Christ… and

 

Let your light shine before others

so that they may see your good works

and give glory to your Father in heaven”.

 

The Choir may lead the Assembly in a suitable Recessional hymn e.g.

WALK, WALK IN THE LIGHT.

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2016

 

5th. SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C

 

Greeting [based on 2nd Reading]

May the grace of God be with you.

 

Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

A All the saints were conscious of their sinfulness - and this challenged them to rely more on the grace of God than on their own strength.

While our sinfulness humbles us, we still belong in the company of Jesus. Let us now approach him and confess our sins. [Pause]

 

I confess….

 

B Our labors will all be fruitless unless we believe that God is by our side. For the times when we doubted God’s word, let us now ask for pardon and peace.

 

Lord, with Isaiah we confess that we are sinners :

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord, with Paul we say that we do not deserve to be called Christians:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord, with Peter we declare that we are sinful men and women.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Opening Prayer

 

A Most holy God,

the earth is filled with your glory,

and in your presence angels stand in awe.

 

Enlarge our vision,

that we may recognize your power at work in your Son

and join the apostles and prophets

as heralds of your saving word.

 

We ask 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. AMEN.

 

B O God of infinite glory,

to our unclean lips

and faltering hands

you entrust the responsibility

to proclaim the gospel.

 

Sustain us with your Spirit,

that through our witness

your word may find a welcome in every heart

and bear a rich harvest all over the world.

 

We ask 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. AMEN.

 

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P Let us now pray to the Lord who strengthens us in our weakness,

and who does not abandon us when we fail.

 

CM Our response is: God of glory, hear us.

Please repeat:

 

1 That there be more men and women who - following the example of Isaiah, Paul and Peter - accept the Lord’s calling to be disciples despite their inadequacies and human weakness, we pray:

 

2 That those in government may have the courage and the honesty to use their gifts and resources in the service of the poor and the powerless of our country,

we pray:

 

3 That young people who are launching out into the unknown to face a difficult future may put their trust in Jesus and allow him to lead them, we pray:

 

4 That all those weighed down by failure, guilt and sin may discover the forgiveness of God and may find peace in him, we pray:

 

5 That in a world shaken by the thunder of violence and war,

the Lord may send messengers of peace and heralds of reconciliation, we pray

 

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

 

P God our Father,

you know that we are weak and in need of your grace.

Help us in our efforts to follow your Son

so that all people will come to know you as their God and Father.

This we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 

Prayer over the Gifts

God of all holiness,

in these signs of bread and wine

we celebrate the central truth of our faith:

that Christ died for our sins

and that he was raised on the third day.

Purify our hearts and our lips

that we may now proclaim that he is the Lord

who lives and reigns with you and the Spirit,

now and for ever. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Although we are sinners,

we come in confidence before God our Father,

and pray the prayer of Jesus:

 

 

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from believing

that because we, like Peter, are sinful people,

we cannot be saved by Jesus.

Send us as your messengers of forgiveness and love

while we prepare in joyful hope

for the coming in glory

of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Simon Peter:

Do not be afraid;

from now on you will be catching people”.

You have taken away our guilt,

you have blotted out our sins,

so grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

 

 

Sign of Peace

Jesus has reconciled us to God and taken away our fear.

Let us offer each other a sign of peace and reconciliation.

 

 

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

The bread we now break

is the Lord’s blessed bread

divided into many pieces

so that we may share his life.

For in the partaking of this bread,

we partake of his Spirit of love

and his promise of life-everlasting.

 

Invitation to Communion

This is the Lamb of God

who by his death and resurrection

has saved us from sin

and has called us to this altar-table.

 

Prayer after Communion

Gracious God,

You have spoken your word to us

and have strengthened us at this table.

You have called us to live out the mission of your Son Jesus.

 

Send us out into the deep

so that by word and example

we can lead others back to you.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 

Blessing

 

May the Father bless you as God’s children.

AMEN

 

May the Son acknowledge you as his disciples.

AMEN

 

May the Spirit guide you in your ways.

AMEN

 

And may the blessing of God,

+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

come down upon you and remain with you for ever.

AMEN.

 

Dismissal

 

A As disciples eager to share the blessedness of God’s kingdom,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

B We have been nourished at the banquet of the Lord.

Let us now go and invite others to share in the grace of God.

 

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2016

 

1st SUNDAY OF LENT – C

 

Greeting

May the word of God be on your lips,

and in your heart,

and may the Lord be always with you.

 

 

Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

A. As we enter the season of Lent we begin a period of preparation to celebrate the central mystery of our faith - the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus.

[We make a journey with Jesus to the cross and to the tomb so that our faith

will be renewed.]

Let us ask the Lord to forgive us our sins and help us to use this time

of grace to grow nearer to him.

 

 

B. LENT recalls the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, during which time he was tempted by the devil. But through prayers, fasting, and fidelity to the word of God he overcame the Tempter.

 

We too have to face temptations; we need God’s power to resist them.

Lent provides us with a great opportunity to renew our Baptismal Vows and follow more closely the footsteps of Jesus.

 

 

A&B Lord Jesus, you are our strength in times of temptation.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you were victorious over Sin and Satan.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you call us to prayer, self-denial and works of charity.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

A Lord our God,

you alone do we worship;

only your word gives life.

 

When we walk through the desert of temptation,

strengthen us to renounce the power of evil.

 

When our faith is tested by doubt,

illumine our hearts with Easter’s bright promise.

 

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

B Hear the voice of your church, O Lord our God,

as we cry out to you during this season of Lent.

 

Come to our aid with mighty hand and outstretched arm,

so that, nourished by the bread of your word

and strengthened by your Spirit,

we may overcome every temptation of the Evil One.

 

We ask this in the name of Jesus our Savior

whom you raised from the dead,

and who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P As we begin the Season of Lent we come in faith and trust before God, and seek help in our struggles with the forces of evil.

 

CM Let our response be: Create a new Spirit within us, O Lord.

Please repeat:

 

1 That, led by the Spirit to embrace prayer, fasting and almsgiving,

the church my learn anew that we do not live by bread alone.

We pray in faith:

 

2 For government leaders: that they may resist the temptation to seek their own glory, and seek instead to serve their brothers and sisters.

We pray in faith:

 

3 May we, like Jesus, call upon God in time of temptation

rejecting the attraction of sin and refusing to be ruled by its power.

We pray in faith:

 

4 May God’s Word be on our lips and in our hearts. (pause)

May we confess Jesus as Lord and always call upon his name.

We pray in faith:

 

[There are 8 million Filipino Overseas Workers and Migrants in 200 countries in the world. (Pause)

As we celebrate National Migrants’ Sunday we pray that they enjoy the respect and protection of their host countries, we pray:]

 

[For all who work for our migrants - chaplains, social workers, and government

officials. (pause) May they strive to provide the pastoral care that the migrants so

badly need: we pray:]

 

[ Presider may wish to add a petition that is local / relevant]

 

P Loving Father, you stood by your Son in his temptations.

Sustain those who hope in you and keep them in your love,

now and forever. AMEN.

 

 

Prayer over the Gifts [based on 1st Reading and Gospel]

Generous God,

we set down before you the fruits of the earth

that you have given us.

 

May your Son Jesus help us

not to live by bread alone

but to worship and serve you -

our God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

 

A In order that our heavenly Father may deliver us from the Evil One

let us pray as Jesus taught us.

 

B We turn to you, Father, and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord,

as we say / sing the prayer he taught us:

 

 

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and grant us peace in our day.

Do not allow us to yield to the seductive power of sin

but strengthen us with the hope

that you will complete your victory in us

at the full coming

of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to us:

You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”

Do not allow us to be swayed

by the values of the kingdoms of the world,

but enable us to work for the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

 

 

Sign of Peace

St Paul tells us today that we all belong to the same Lord.

Let us now recognize the Lord in our midst

as we offer each other a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

This bread which we break is the bread of life.

It is the sign of Christ’s body

prepared by the Father

and offered in sacrifice by the Son

in a spirit of obedience to the Father’s will.

 

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Christ Jesus

who enables us to triumph over the evil that is within us.

Blessed are we

who “live on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”

 

 

Prayer after Communion

God of love and mercy,

we have received Jesus

who was tested as we are - but did not sin.

May he, the bread of life,

strengthen us on our journey of forty days

and lead us to the joys of Easter.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 

Blessing [based on 2nd Reading]

 

May the Word of God be in your heart. AMEN

 

May you always confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord. AMEN

 

May the Lord of all be generous to those who call on him. AMEN

 

And may the God of compassion bless you,

+ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

 

 

Dismissal

 

A The Mass is ended.

Go and make this Lenten season a time of preparation for renewing our promises to the Lord.

 

B Made strong by the bread of heaven,

let us go forth and face temptation with courage and hope.

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 21, 2016

 

2nd. SUNDAY OF LENT C

 

Greeting

Glory be to God the Father

who reveals to us his Son Jesus.

May you listen to him;

and may God’s favor be always with you.

 

Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

A On Mount Tabor, Jesus’ disciples got a glimpse of the glory that was his as the Son of God. It was such a wonderful experience for them that Peter exclaimed, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.’

And it is good for us to be here this (morning / evening) because we too get a glimpse of our own glory, for we too are beloved children of God. [Pause]

 

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples

that you will suffer greatly and be rejected by the leaders of the people:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples

to take up their cross and follow you:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples

that suffering and the cross lead to victory and glory:

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

B ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

These words, addressed to the apostles, are now addressed to us.

Today we are asked to look at Jesus and listen to what he says to us.

Let us ask him to forgive our sins and free us from everything that hinders

our hearing of the Gospel. [Pause]

 

We pray to you, Lord of all peoples.

Lord, have mercy.

 

We pray to you, God of Abraham, Elijah and Moses.

Christ, have mercy.

 

We pray to you, Lord of all Christians.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

A God of the covenant,

your presence fills us with awe,

your word gives us unshakable hope.

 

Fix in our hearts

the image of your Son in glory,

that, sustained on the path of discipleship,

we may pass over with him to newness of life.

 

Grant this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

B Great and faithful God,

to those who seek you with a sincere heart

you reveal the splendor of your face.

 

Strengthen our faith in the mystery of the cross;

and grant us hearts attuned to discipleship,

so that we may follow, as faithful disciples,

your Son, your Chosen One, Jesus the Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P As we recall Jesus’ transfiguration and renew our commitment to listen to him, let us also present our petitions, saying:

 

CM Lord, transform us in your love.

Please repeat:

 

1 May government and church officials listen to the voice of the poor and the weak instead of giving in to the demands of the rich and powerful, we pray:

 

2 That the radiant face of Christ may shine on all exiles and refugees and be a sign of encouragement to those burdened with sickness, we pray:

 

3 Like the apostles on the mountain may we be filled with wonder and have a deep desire to listen to God’s chosen Son. We pray:

 

4 Like St. Paul, may strive to honor the cross of Christ by imitating the one who died that we might live. We pray:

 

[For all women celebrating “International Women’s Day. (pause)

May their dignity and rights be respected throughout the world; we pray:]

 

 

[Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]

 

P God of love and mercy, give us the grace to rise above our human weaknesses so that we may be faithful to your Son and to the demands of the Gospel.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, look upon the face of Christ your Son,

who gave himself up as a ransom for all.

 

As this bread and wine are changed

and become the food and drink of eternal life

may we become to those around us

bread of strength and wine of joy;

and may we reveal to them the face of Christ,

our Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

[Please note that there is a special Preface – P13 - for today’s Celebration.]

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

On Mount Tabor, the Father said to Jesus:

This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him”.

We are his beloved sons and daughters and so we pray:

 

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from sin

and set us free from the fear of changing

so that we can become more like your Son Jesus.

During the Lenten season

may we be so touched by him

that we will no longer be prisoners of fear

as we wait in joyful hope for his coming;

for he is our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ,

you said to your apostles on the holy mountain:

Rise, and do not be afraid.’

Look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

 

Sign of Peace

Jesus has made our peace by his death on the cross.

Let us now greet each other in that peace.

 

 

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

This bread which we break is the bread of life.

It is the sign of Christ’s body

offered in sacrifice

in a spirit of obedience to his Father’s will.

 

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, God’s Beloved Son.

Lord, it is good for us to be here;

it is good for us to receive him.

 

 

Prayer after Communion

Eternal Father,

you have brightened our lives today;

you have given us a glimpse into the life of Christ.

In times of darkness may we learn to listen to his voice,

and, without fear,

commit ourselves to brighten the lives of the people around us.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 

Blessing

 

May God the Father continue to call you his beloved.

AMEN.

 

May you always be ready to listen to the voice of God the Son.

AMEN.

 

May the Holy Spirit shower blessings upon you.

AMEN.

 

And may the blessing…. +

 

Dismissal

Yes, Lord, it was good for us to be here!

Let us go forth and transform the world!

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2016

 

3rd. SUNDAY OF LENT – C

 

Greeting

Blessed be God

who calls us to bear fruits of goodness that will last.

May God’s love and peace be with you all.

 

Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’

These words, addressed by Jesus to his contemporaries,

are addressed to us in today’s liturgy. (pause)

 

A Lord Jesus, you are slow to anger and rich in mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

You forgive all our guilt and heal all our ills.

Christ, have mercy.

 

As the heavens are high above the earth,

so strong is your love for those who honor you.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

 

B At times we look only at the defects or mistakes of others.

Now, let us look into our own hearts

and recognize our need for God’s mercy and forgiveness. (pause)

 

Lord Jesus, you have been good to us

although we are just as guilty as others:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus,

you expect us to bear fruits of repentance and good works:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you have been patient with us:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Opening Prayer

 

A God of salvation,

we stand before you on holy ground,

for your name is glorified

and your mercy revealed

wherever your mighty deeds are remembered.

 

Cultivate us with compassion

until, by your grace, we bear at last

the abundant fruits of the Holy Spirit.

 

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

holy and mighty God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

B God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

you revealed your name to Moses in the burning bush;

and you revealed your mercy to every generation

in the life and teaching of Jesus.

 

Open our minds to the wisdom of his Gospel

that we may grasp the lessons you teach us

in the events of our daily lives.

 

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

holy and mighty God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P The Lord who forgives our sins listens to our prayer.

Let us approach him with confidence because we know God really loves us.

 

CM Our response is: Lord, give strength to your people.

Please repeat:

 

1 That the Church may be open to reform, aware that it is always in need of repentance, we pray:

 

2 For those who are addicted to harmful substances. pause)

May they be supported in their attempts to overcome their dependency, we pray:

 

3 For all prisoners of conscience,

and those who suffer persecution for their faith. (pause)

May they experience the strength of Christ in their trials, we pray:

 

4 For those who have lost loved ones through violence or disasters. (pause)

may they find comfort in their mourning and courage to embrace the future

 

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

 

P Loving Father,

receive the prayers of a penitent people,

who come before you in humility and faith.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Merciful Father,

your Son, Jesus, welcomed sinners

and ate with them at table.

 

May our gathering at the table of your Son,

bring us the gifts of reconciliation and peace -

with one another and with you.

 

We ask this in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

We stand before you, our God, on this holy ground….

and we have the confidence to call you Father…. as we pray / sing:

 

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil

and grant us the peace

that comes from following your commandments.

Keep us from relying on our own strength

and do not allow us to fall,

as we wait in joyful hope

for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus, you said to the people:

If you do not repent, you will all perish.”

Look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

 

Exchange of Peace

The fruit of the Spirit is peace.

Let us share a sign of this peace with the persons beside us.

 

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Our Father gives us the bread from heaven

and the saving cup brimming with life.

May this bread broken and cup poured

link us together in charity and peace

so that we may be living signs of the Lord’s kingdom.

 

Invitation to Communion

Behold Jesus,

the spiritual Rock from which all graces spring.

Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

 

Prayer after Communion

God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob,

and our God too,

we thank you for the meal that we have shared.

 

We have eaten the same spiritual food

and we drank the same spiritual drink.

 

You have seen the miseries of your people

and you are aware of our sufferings.

 

Send us back into our communities

so that we can do our part

in bringing comfort and healing and hope

to all those who suffer.

We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord. AMEN.

 

 

Blessing

 

Through your service of God and neighbor

may you receive God’s countless blessings. AMEN.

 

May the Lord pardon your iniquities and heal all your ills. AMEN.

 

May the Lord secure justice and the rights of all the oppressed. AMEN.

 

May the God of mercy bless you,

+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN

 

Dismissal

 

A Our Mass is ended.

Go and bear fruit that will last for ever.

 

B Reconciled to God in Christ,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

- See more at: http://www.bibleclaret.org/sunday-liturgy-guide#1

 

 SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2016



 

5th. SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C

 
Greeting [based on 2nd Reading]

May the grace of God be with you.

 
Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

A All the saints were conscious of their sinfulness - and this challenged them to rely more on the grace of God than on their own strength.

While our sinfulness humbles us, we still belong in the company of Jesus. Let us now approach him and confess our sins. [Pause]

 

I confess….

 

B Our labors will all be fruitless unless we believe that God is by our side. For the times when we doubted God’s word, let us now ask for pardon and peace.

 

Lord, with Isaiah we confess that we are sinners :

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord, with Paul we say that we do not deserve to be called Christians:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord, with Peter we declare that we are sinful men and women.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Opening Prayer

 

A Most holy God,

the earth is filled with your glory,

and in your presence angels stand in awe.

 

Enlarge our vision,

that we may recognize your power at work in your Son

and join the apostles and prophets

as heralds of your saving word.

 

We ask 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. AMEN.

 

B O God of infinite glory,

to our unclean lips

and faltering hands

you entrust the responsibility

to proclaim the gospel.

 

Sustain us with your Spirit,

that through our witness

your word may find a welcome in every heart

and bear a rich harvest all over the world.

 

We ask 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. AMEN.

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P Let us now pray to the Lord who strengthens us in our weakness,

and who does not abandon us when we fail.

 

CM Our response is: God of glory, hear us.

Please repeat:

 

1 That there be more men and women who - following the example of Isaiah, Paul and Peter - accept the Lord’s calling to be disciples despite their inadequacies and human weakness, we pray:

 

2 That those in government may have the courage and the honesty to use their gifts and resources in the service of the poor and the powerless of our country,

we pray:

 

3 That young people who are launching out into the unknown to face a difficult future may put their trust in Jesus and allow him to lead them, we pray:

 

4 That all those weighed down by failure, guilt and sin may discover the forgiveness of God and may find peace in him, we pray:

 

5 That in a world shaken by the thunder of violence and war,

the Lord may send messengers of peace and heralds of reconciliation, we pray

 

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

 

P God our Father,

you know that we are weak and in need of your grace.

Help us in our efforts to follow your Son

so that all people will come to know you as their God and Father.

This we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 
Prayer over the Gifts

God of all holiness,

in these signs of bread and wine

we celebrate the central truth of our faith:

that Christ died for our sins

and that he was raised on the third day.

Purify our hearts and our lips

that we may now proclaim that he is the Lord

who lives and reigns with you and the Spirit,

now and for ever. AMEN.
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Although we are sinners,

we come in confidence before God our Father,

and pray the prayer of Jesus:

 

 
Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from believing

that because we, like Peter, are sinful people,

we cannot be saved by Jesus.

Send us as your messengers of forgiveness and love

while we prepare in joyful hope

for the coming in glory

of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

 
Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Simon Peter:

“Do not be afraid;

from now on you will be catching people”.

You have taken away our guilt,

you have blotted out our sins,

so grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

 

 
Sign of Peace

Jesus has reconciled us to God and taken away our fear.

Let us offer each other a sign of peace and reconciliation.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
The bread we now break
is the Lord’s blessed bread

divided into many pieces

so that we may share his life.

For in the partaking of this bread,

we partake of his Spirit of love

and his promise of life-everlasting.

 
Invitation to Communion

This is the Lamb of God

who by his death and resurrection

has saved us from sin

and has called us to this altar-table.

 
Prayer after Communion

Gracious God,

You have spoken your word to us

and have strengthened us at this table.

You have called us to live out the mission of your Son Jesus.

 

Send us out into the deep

so that by word and example

we can lead others back to you.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 
Blessing

 

May the Father bless you as God’s children.

AMEN

 

May the Son acknowledge you as his disciples.

AMEN

 

May the Spirit guide you in your ways.

AMEN

 

And may the blessing of God,

+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

come down upon you and remain with you for ever.

AMEN.

 
Dismissal

 

A As disciples eager to share the blessedness of God’s kingdom,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

B We have been nourished at the banquet of the Lord.

Let us now go and invite others to share in the grace of God.

 

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2016



1st SUNDAY OF LENT – C

 
Greeting

May the word of God be on your lips,

and in your heart,

and may the Lord be always with you.
 

 
Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

A. As we enter the season of Lent we begin a period of preparation to celebrate the central mystery of our faith - the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus.

[We make a journey with Jesus to the cross and to the tomb so that our faith

will be renewed.]

Let us ask the Lord to forgive us our sins and help us to use this time

of grace to grow nearer to him.


B. LENT recalls the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, during which time he was tempted by the devil. But through prayers, fasting, and fidelity to the word of God he overcame the Tempter.

 

We too have to face temptations; we need God’s power to resist them.

Lent provides us with a great opportunity to renew our Baptismal Vows and follow more closely the footsteps of Jesus.


A&B Lord Jesus, you are our strength in times of temptation.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you were victorious over Sin and Satan.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you call us to prayer, self-denial and works of charity.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 
Opening Prayer

 

A Lord our God,

you alone do we worship;

only your word gives life.

 

When we walk through the desert of temptation,

strengthen us to renounce the power of evil.

 

When our faith is tested by doubt,

illumine our hearts with Easter’s bright promise.

 

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

B Hear the voice of your church, O Lord our God,

as we cry out to you during this season of Lent.

 

Come to our aid with mighty hand and outstretched arm,

so that, nourished by the bread of your word

and strengthened by your Spirit,

we may overcome every temptation of the Evil One.

 

We ask this in the name of Jesus our Savior

whom you raised from the dead,

and who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P As we begin the Season of Lent we come in faith and trust before God, and seek help in our struggles with the forces of evil.

 

CM Let our response be: Create a new Spirit within us, O Lord.

Please repeat:

 

1 That, led by the Spirit to embrace prayer, fasting and almsgiving,

the church my learn anew that we do not live by bread alone.

We pray in faith:

 

2 For government leaders: that they may resist the temptation to seek their own glory, and seek instead to serve their brothers and sisters.

We pray in faith:

 

3 May we, like Jesus, call upon God in time of temptation

rejecting the attraction of sin and refusing to be ruled by its power.

We pray in faith:

 

4 May God’s Word be on our lips and in our hearts. (pause)

May we confess Jesus as Lord and always call upon his name.

We pray in faith:

 

[There are 8 million Filipino Overseas Workers and Migrants in 200 countries in the world. (Pause)

As we celebrate National Migrants’ Sunday we pray that they enjoy the respect and protection of their host countries, we pray:]

 

[For all who work for our migrants - chaplains, social workers, and government

officials. (pause) May they strive to provide the pastoral care that the migrants so

badly need: we pray:]

 

[ Presider may wish to add a petition that is local / relevant]


P Loving Father, you stood by your Son in his temptations.
Sustain those who hope in you and keep them in your love,
now and forever. AMEN.

 
Prayer over the Gifts [based on 1st Reading and Gospel]
Generous God,

we set down before you the fruits of the earth

that you have given us.

 

May your Son Jesus help us

not to live by bread alone

but to worship and serve you -

our God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

 

A In order that our heavenly Father may deliver us from the Evil One

let us pray as Jesus taught us.

 
B We turn to you, Father, and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord,
as we say / sing the prayer he taught us:

 

 
Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and grant us peace in our day.
Do not allow us to yield to the seductive power of sin

but strengthen us with the hope

that you will complete your victory in us

at the full coming

of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

 
Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to us:

“You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
Do not allow us to be swayed

by the values of the kingdoms of the world,

but enable us to work for the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

 

 
Sign of Peace

St Paul tells us today that we all belong to the same Lord.

Let us now recognize the Lord in our midst

as we offer each other a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

This bread which we break is the bread of life.

It is the sign of Christ’s body

prepared by the Father

and offered in sacrifice by the Son

in a spirit of obedience to the Father’s will.
 
 
Invitation to Communion
This is Christ Jesus
who enables us to triumph over the evil that is within us.

Blessed are we

who “live on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”

 
 
Prayer after Communion

God of love and mercy,

we have received Jesus

who was tested as we are - but did not sin.

May he, the bread of life,

strengthen us on our journey of forty days

and lead us to the joys of Easter.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 
Blessing [based on 2nd Reading]

 

May the Word of God be in your heart. AMEN

 

May you always confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord. AMEN

 

May the Lord of all be generous to those who call on him. AMEN

 

And may the God of compassion bless you,

+ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
 
 
Dismissal

 

A The Mass is ended.

Go and make this Lenten season a time of preparation for renewing our promises to the Lord.

 

B Made strong by the bread of heaven,

let us go forth and face temptation with courage and hope.



FEBRUARY 21, 2016



2nd. SUNDAY OF LENT – C

 
Greeting

Glory be to God the Father

who reveals to us his Son Jesus.

May you listen to him;

and may God’s favor be always with you.

 
Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

A On Mount Tabor, Jesus’ disciples got a glimpse of the glory that was his as the Son of God. It was such a wonderful experience for them that Peter exclaimed, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.’

And it is good for us to be here this (morning / evening) because we too get a glimpse of our own glory, for we too are beloved children of God. [Pause]
 
Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples

that you will suffer greatly and be rejected by the leaders of the people:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples

to take up their cross and follow you:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you tell your disciples

that suffering and the cross lead to victory and glory:

Lord, have mercy.
 

 

B ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

These words, addressed to the apostles, are now addressed to us.

Today we are asked to look at Jesus and listen to what he says to us.

Let us ask him to forgive our sins and free us from everything that hinders

our hearing of the Gospel. [Pause]

 

We pray to you, Lord of all peoples.

Lord, have mercy.

 

We pray to you, God of Abraham, Elijah and Moses.

Christ, have mercy.

 

We pray to you, Lord of all Christians.

Lord, have mercy.

 
 
Opening Prayer

 

A God of the covenant,

your presence fills us with awe,

your word gives us unshakable hope.

 

Fix in our hearts

the image of your Son in glory,

that, sustained on the path of discipleship,

we may pass over with him to newness of life.

 

Grant this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

B Great and faithful God,

to those who seek you with a sincere heart

you reveal the splendor of your face.

 

Strengthen our faith in the mystery of the cross;

and grant us hearts attuned to discipleship,

so that we may follow, as faithful disciples,

your Son, your Chosen One, Jesus the Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P As we recall Jesus’ transfiguration and renew our commitment to listen to him, let us also present our petitions, saying:

 

CM Lord, transform us in your love.

Please repeat:

 

1 May government and church officials listen to the voice of the poor and the weak instead of giving in to the demands of the rich and powerful, we pray:

 

2 That the radiant face of Christ may shine on all exiles and refugees and be a sign of encouragement to those burdened with sickness, we pray:

 

3 Like the apostles on the mountain may we be filled with wonder and have a deep desire to listen to God’s chosen Son. We pray:

 

4 Like St. Paul, may strive to honor the cross of Christ by imitating the one who died that we might live. We pray:

 

[For all women celebrating “International Women’s Day. (pause)

May their dignity and rights be respected throughout the world; we pray:]

 

 

[Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]

 

P God of love and mercy, give us the grace to rise above our human weaknesses so that we may be faithful to your Son and to the demands of the Gospel.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 
Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, look upon the face of Christ your Son,

who gave himself up as a ransom for all.

 

As this bread and wine are changed

and become the food and drink of eternal life

may we become to those around us

bread of strength and wine of joy;

and may we reveal to them the face of Christ,

our Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

[Please note that there is a special Preface – P13 - for today’s Celebration.]

 
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

On Mount Tabor, the Father said to Jesus:

“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him”.

We are his beloved sons and daughters and so we pray:

 
Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from sin

and set us free from the fear of changing

so that we can become more like your Son Jesus.

During the Lenten season

may we be so touched by him

that we will no longer be prisoners of fear

as we wait in joyful hope for his coming;

for he is our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 
Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ,

you said to your apostles on the holy mountain:

‘Rise, and do not be afraid.’

Look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

 
Sign of Peace

Jesus has made our peace by his death on the cross.

Let us now greet each other in that peace.

 

 

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

This bread which we break is the bread of life.

It is the sign of Christ’s body

offered in sacrifice

in a spirit of obedience to his Father’s will.

 

 
Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, God’s Beloved Son.

Lord, it is good for us to be here;

it is good for us to receive him.

 

 
Prayer after Communion
Eternal Father,

you have brightened our lives today;

you have given us a glimpse into the life of Christ.

In times of darkness may we learn to listen to his voice,

and, without fear,

commit ourselves to brighten the lives of the people around us.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 
Blessing

 

May God the Father continue to call you his beloved.

AMEN.

 

May you always be ready to listen to the voice of God the Son.

AMEN.

 

May the Holy Spirit shower blessings upon you.

AMEN.
 

And may the blessing…. +

 
Dismissal

Yes, Lord, it was good for us to be here!

Let us go forth and transform the world!

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2016



 
3rd. SUNDAY OF LENT – C

 
Greeting

Blessed be God

who calls us to bear fruits of goodness that will last.

May God’s love and peace be with you all.

 
Introduction and Litany of Praise

 

‘Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’

These words, addressed by Jesus to his contemporaries,

are addressed to us in today’s liturgy. (pause)

 

A Lord Jesus, you are slow to anger and rich in mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

You forgive all our guilt and heal all our ills.

Christ, have mercy.

 

As the heavens are high above the earth,

so strong is your love for those who honor you.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

 

B At times we look only at the defects or mistakes of others.

Now, let us look into our own hearts

and recognize our need for God’s mercy and forgiveness. (pause)

 

Lord Jesus, you have been good to us

although we are just as guilty as others:

Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus,

you expect us to bear fruits of repentance and good works:

Christ, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, you have been patient with us:

Lord, have mercy.

 
Opening Prayer

 

A God of salvation,

we stand before you on holy ground,

for your name is glorified

and your mercy revealed

wherever your mighty deeds are remembered.

 

Cultivate us with compassion

until, by your grace, we bear at last

the abundant fruits of the Holy Spirit.

 

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

holy and mighty God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

B God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

you revealed your name to Moses in the burning bush;

and you revealed your mercy to every generation

in the life and teaching of Jesus.

 

Open our minds to the wisdom of his Gospel

that we may grasp the lessons you teach us

in the events of our daily lives.

 

We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

holy and mighty God for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

P The Lord who forgives our sins listens to our prayer.

Let us approach him with confidence because we know God really loves us.

 

CM Our response is: Lord, give strength to your people.

Please repeat:

 

1 That the Church may be open to reform, aware that it is always in need of repentance, we pray:

 

2 For those who are addicted to harmful substances. pause)

May they be supported in their attempts to overcome their dependency, we pray:

 

3 For all prisoners of conscience,

and those who suffer persecution for their faith. (pause)

May they experience the strength of Christ in their trials, we pray:

 

4 For those who have lost loved ones through violence or disasters. (pause)

may they find comfort in their mourning and courage to embrace the future

 

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

 

P Loving Father,

receive the prayers of a penitent people,

who come before you in humility and faith.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 
Prayer over the Gifts

Merciful Father,

your Son, Jesus, welcomed sinners

and ate with them at table.

 

May our gathering at the table of your Son,

bring us the gifts of reconciliation and peace -

with one another and with you.

 

We ask this in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.
 
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

We stand before you, our God, on this holy ground….

and we have the confidence to call you Father…. as we pray / sing:

 
Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil

and grant us the peace

that comes from following your commandments.

Keep us from relying on our own strength

and do not allow us to fall,

as we wait in joyful hope

for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

 
Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus, you said to the people:

“If you do not repent, you will all perish.”

Look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,

where you live for ever and ever.

 
Exchange of Peace

The fruit of the Spirit is peace.

Let us share a sign of this peace with the persons beside us.

 

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Our Father gives us the bread from heaven

and the saving cup brimming with life.

May this bread broken and cup poured

link us together in charity and peace

so that we may be living signs of the Lord’s kingdom.

 
Invitation to Communion

Behold Jesus,

the spiritual Rock from which all graces spring.

Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

 
Prayer after Communion

God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob,

and our God too,

we thank you for the meal that we have shared.

 

We have eaten the same spiritual food

and we drank the same spiritual drink.

 

You have seen the miseries of your people

and you are aware of our sufferings.

 

Send us back into our communities

so that we can do our part

in bringing comfort and healing and hope

to all those who suffer.

We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord. AMEN.

 

 
Blessing

 

Through your service of God and neighbor

may you receive God’s countless blessings. AMEN.

 

May the Lord pardon your iniquities and heal all your ills. AMEN.

 

May the Lord secure justice and the rights of all the oppressed. AMEN.

 

May the God of mercy bless you,

+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN

 
Dismissal

 

A Our Mass is ended.

Go and bear fruit that will last for ever.

 

B Reconciled to God in Christ,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.