Ordinary Time C

APRIL 2016

 

2nd Sunday of Easter - April 3

3rd Sunday of Easter - April 10

4th Sunday of Easter - April 17

5th Sunday of Easter - April 24

 


 

SUNDAY April 3, 2016

 

2nd Sunday of Easter - C

Greeting
The peace of the risen Lord be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A.    In today’s Gospel the disciples are filled with joy when they see the risen Lord. Three times they hear his greeting, “Peace be with you.”
That Easter greeting is extended to all of us now gathered in faith.

Let us ask the Lord for the gift of his Easter peace and joy,
that our fears may be banished and our sins forgiven.    (pause)

    Lord Jesus, you raise the dead to life in the Spirit.
    Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the sinner.
Christ, have mercy.

You bring light to those in the darkness of doubt and unbelief.
Lord, have mercy.

B.   Like the apostle Thomas, we all have doubts from time to time.
    We should not hide them but bring them to Jesus.
He, the risen Lord, will say to us also: 
“Cease doubting and believe.”

    Lord Jesus, you help us to believe
that your love for us is unchanging and unfailing.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you help us to believe
that your forgiveness is all-embracing.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you help us to believe
in your promise of eternal life.
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer     

A    Creator God,
on this, the Lord’s Day,
you gather your people together to celebrate Jesus,
the Living One, who has conquered death,
and now lives in our midst.

Open our hearts to receive the Spirit that Jesus breathes on us.
Help us, who have not seen, to believe;
send us, as you sent Jesus,
to greet the world with the Easter word of peace
and to share with all
the new life that comes from forgiveness.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


B.     O God of Easter glory,
    increase in us this Easter faith,
that, by believing in Jesus, whom we have never seen,
we may confess him as our Lord and our God.

Let the peace that he bestowed on the first disciples
reign over this assembly.
Let the Spirit that was breathed on them
fill our hearts anew.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

GENERAL    INTERCESSIONS

P    As members of a believing and caring community,
let us now bring our needs before God whose love has no end.

CM    Let our response be:      Our Lord and our God, hear our prayer.

1    That the Catholic church will be filled with the spirit of the Risen Lord and be a witness of new life to the whole world. We pray in faith:

2    For those whose faith is weak or non-existent:  (pause)
that the Lord may touch their minds and hearts through the lives of committed Christians. We pray in faith:

3    For peace in the world, especially in _______  and those parts of the world where violence and war have become a part of daily life. We pray in faith:

4    For the sick of our community:   (pause)
that their faith in the Risen Lord may give them courage in their suffering  and hope for their healing. We pray in faith:

5    For ourselves.  (pause)
May we be filled with the peace that is given to those who confess Jesus as
‘my Lord and my God:.  We pray in faith:

P    God of Love and Mercy, you give strength to the weary,
and new courage to those who have lost heart.
Hear the prayers of all who call on you in need,
so that they may have the joy of receiving your help.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
God our Father,
your Son came among his disciples
and brought them peace.
In these signs of bread and wine
let him come among us
to bring us the peace of his presence.
For he is our Lord and our God
now and forever.  AMEN
              

Invitation to the Acclamation  -    (after the “Consecration”)

P    We cannot see the Lord with our eyes
nor can we touch him with our hands.
But we know that he is alive
and we proclaim with the Apostle Thomas:

All    My Lord and my God.


Intro to the Our Father
                                    
A    Jesus said,  ‘Doubt no longer but believe.’
We accept that his Father is our Father, so we can sing / say:

B    With Jesus present among us
we pray to his Father in confidence as we sing / say:

Deliver Us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant to us in our day
the peace which your risen Son brought to his disciples
in their hour of need.
In your mercy help us overcome our doubts
and be faith-filled disciples
as we prepare for the coming 
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

A    Lord Jesus Christ,
in the evening of Easter you said to your apostles:
‘I leave you peace, my peace I give you.’
Look not on our doubts and disbelief
but on the faith of your Church,
which proclaims that you are truly risen.
Stay with us always
and lead your Church to perfect unity,
now and forever.  AMEN

May the peace which Christ brought to his apostles
be with you always.

B    Lord Jesus Christ,
on the first Easter evening
you appeared to your frightened and disheartened disciples
and said to them:
‘Peace be with you.’
Then you showed them your wounded hands and side,
and they were filled with joy.
Grant that we who have heard the message of Easter,
may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.  

May the peace which Christ brought to his apostles
be with you always.

Sign of Peace
Jesus’ first words to his disciples after his Resurrection were,
 ‘Peace be with you.’
Let us now offer the Master’s greeting to one another.


    Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
And the company of those who believed
        devoted themselves
        to the apostles' teaching,
        and fellowship,
        and prayer,
        and to the breaking of bread.    (Acts 2: 42)


Invitation to Communion

A    This is Jesus, our risen Lord,
whom we acclaim as our Lord and our God.
Happy are we who receive him at this Altar-table.

B    This is Jesus, our risen Lord.
It is he we love without seeing.
Blessed are we who can recognize in this bread
the body of the Risen Christ.


Prayer after Communion
God our Father,
we thank you for Jesus, your risen Son.
He who loves us is alive.

Give us eyes of faith to see
that all we are and do
has a meaning and a purpose,
and that your Son is present with us
in our moments of darkness.
We pray that he may stay with us,
for he is our Lord and our God for ever and ever.  AMEN

Solemn Blessing

Through the resurrection of his Son,
God has saved you and made you his children.
May he bless you with joy.   
AMEN.

The Redeemer has given you lasting freedom.
May you inherit his everlasting life.       
 AMEN.

By faith you rose with him in baptism.
May your lives be holy,
so that you will be united with him forever.   
AMEN.

May our beloved God bless you,
+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.     
AMEN.

Dismissal
Jesus is risen. 
Sin and death are conquered.
Go forth from this Church with confidence and joy
to love and serve the Lord.


 

SUNDAY April 10, 2016

 

3rd Sunday of Easter - C

 

Greeting   

A    To the One seated on the throne
be blessing and honor and glory forever and ever!
And may the Lord be with you.

B    From God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
peace and love be with you.   (Eph. 6:24)

Introduction & Litany of Praise

A    In today’s Gospel we hear the words of Jesus to Simon Peter:  “Do you love me” ?   For the times we have not responded positively to the Lord’s invitation to love, let us ask for forgiveness.   (pause)

B    In spite of the fact that Peter denied Jesus, he was forgiven and confirmed as chief shepherd of the early Church.
Jesus does not reject us when we fail.  
All he wants to know is, “Do we love him”

Lord Jesus,
you were exalted by the Father as Leader and Savior
that you might grant forgiveness of sins:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you are the Lamb that was slaughtered
who now sits at the right hand of the Father:    
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you appeared to your disciples
and sent them to preach the Good News of your victory:
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A    God of life,
in your risen Son
you reveal your abiding presence among us
and summon those reborn in baptism
to lives of worship and service.

Fill this assembly with reverence
as we come before you in prayer.

Grant us courage and zeal
in bearing witness before the world
to your Son, Jesus Christ, the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN

B    God of our ancestors,
you have raised up Jesus
and exalted him at your right hand
as Leader and Savior.

Open our eyes to recognize your risen Son
as he continues to show himself to his disciples
through the worship and witness of the church.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus
our Passover and our Peace,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN

GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P    With the resurrection of Christ, our hope of resurrection has dawned.  Let us intercede with the Lamb of God who is our cause of rejoicing.

CM    Our response is:     Lord, keep us in your love.
    Please repeat:

1    Christ instructed Simon Peter to feed the flock.  (pause)
May the Pope and bishops of the church nourish the faithful through their witness to Christ’s compassion for the suffering poor.  
We pray in faith:

2    For peace in the world, especially in ________  and those countries where violence and war have become a part of daily life.
We pray in faith:

4    That we may be kind and forgiving towards all those who disappoint or fail us, just as the Lord has been kind to us.  
We pray in faith:

5    For all who serve in the ministries of our Parish.
May they tend well the flock entrusted to their care.
We pray in faith:

        The Presider may add a petition that is local / urgent]

P    Loving God,  
in Christ’s victory you have turned our mourning into dancing.  
Sustain in your church the Spirit of love
 that we may praise you unceasingly in the company of Christ.  
We ask this in Jesus’ name.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
God, our Life-Giver,
you entrust your Son to us
and place him into our hands.
Through him, and together with him,
let us become to the world
your word and your gift.
Grant this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray to the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus
as we sing / say:

Deliver us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Strengthen us with the power of your Son
- the Lamb that was slain for us -
that our faith may remain firm
in times of persecution and trial,
as we look forward with hope
for the coming in glory and power
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace   [2nd Reading  & Gospel]
Lord Jesus Christ,
You ask us, “Do you love me”?

With Peter, we can say:
“Lord, you know everything;
you know that we love you”

All praise be to you, “the Lamb of God,
to you be power, wisdom, honor, glory and blessing,
for ever and ever. Amen”.

Sign of Peace
May the peace of Jesus, the Risen Lord, be with you always.

          Optional Prayer which may accompany the ‘Breaking  of bread’
             When Jesus was at table with them,
                he took the bread and blessed and broke it,
                and gave it to them.
                And their eyes were opened
                and they recognized him in the breaking of the bread.  
(Luke 24:30-31)

Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus the Lord,
who says to us today:
  “Come and eat”!
He takes bread and gives it to us.
Happy are we to receive him at this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion
Strong and faithful God,
now that we have shared a meal with Jesus
we can respond better to his love.
Like the apostles,
let us be ready to speak in his name
and to suffer humiliation for the sake of that name.
To him be all blessing and honor and glory,
for ever and ever.   AMEN

Solemn Blessing

May the Lord show his face to you.  
AMEN.

May the Lamb that was sacrificed give you his wisdom and strength.  
AMEN.

May the Lord walk with you wherever you go.  
AMEN.

And may the blessing of God be upon you,
+  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.   
AMEN.

Dismissal:
We are all witnesses to Jesus’ love for each one of us.
Let us go forth from this church
willing to speak in his name.

 


 

SUNDAY April 17, 2016

 

4th Sunday of Easter

 

Greeting
Praise be to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
May his love and protection be with you all.

Litany of Praise

A    Jesus is the Good Shepherd who calls each of us by name.
Have we been faithful in following his call?
Let us examine ourselves.   (Pause)

Lord Jesus, you are the lamb who takes away our sin:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you guard us as a shepherd guards his sheep:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you lead us to springs of living water:
Lord, have mercy.

B    Today the church celebrates “Vocation Sunday”.  
We are reminded of the great need for men and women to serve the church as Priests, Religious and Lay Workers. Jesus urges us to ”ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvest”. Have we really prayed hard for and encouraged vocations?
 
    Lord Jesus, our shepherd, you came to lead us to the Father:
Lord, have mercy.

    Lord Jesus, you called disciples to continue your work on earth.
We are your disciples today:  
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you invite us to serve our brothers and sisters and to lead them to the banquet prepared for them:  
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A    God of lasting love,
fulfill your plan of salvation
to gather into one fold the peoples
from every nation, language and way of life.

Attune our ears to the voice of the Good Shepherd,
who leads us to you,
that we may be counted among those
who know and follow you.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

B    O God, the fountain of joy and peace,
    into the hands of your risen Son
you have entrusted the destinies of peoples and of nations.

Sustain us with the power of your Spirit,
that amidst the changes of life in this world,
we may never become separated from Christ our Good Shepherd,
who guides us to springs of life-giving water.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P    On this ‘Vocations Sunday’  we bring our needs to God, asking for the grace to respond generously to God’s call to be witnesses in the world.

CM     Your response is:  Lord, hear your people.
    Please repeat:

1        We pray for the young people of our parishes struggling to find their identity in the
    church.  (pause)  
May we give our wholehearted support to those whom you are calling to priesthood, religious life and mission.  Let us pray:

2    That by their dedication and spirit of service our Christian families may provide the favorable climate in which a commitment to a life of Christian service may take root and grow, let us pray:

3    That young people may encounter Christ as the meaning and inspiration of their lives.   (pause)                                                                                                          That they may be willing to become for others the heart of Christ  that loves and the hands of Christ  that heal. Let us pray:

4    Like Paul and Barnabas, may we be enthused for the good news of Jesus so that others may come to believe the message of eternal life.  Let us pray:

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

P    God, you show no partiality based on race or culture,
for in Christ you gather all people into one.  
Sustain your church as a community of peace and prayer,
and lead us to the fullness of life in Christ.  
We ask this in Jesus’ name.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
O God, you are a God who cares.
You prepare for us the table of life.
You invite us to stand around your throne and worship you
for our robes have been washed white again in the blood of the Lamb.
Grant that, with him -  Jesus Christ our Lord -
we may praise you for ever and ever.   AMEN.
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray with Christ our Shepherd to God the Father,
confident that our petitions will be heard:

Deliver us
Deliver us, Lord, from all that divides us
and bring us together under the leadership of Jesus.
Let us share in the peace of his caring and forgiving love,
save us from all anxiety,
and bring us to the source of living water  -
he who is our Shepherd, our Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
   ‘I am the good Shepherd.
   The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice:
   I know them and they follow me.’
Good Shepherd, bind us to you and to one another
so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace
We are God’s people, the sheep of his flock.
Let us offer each other the peace given to us by Christ our shepherd.

Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Lamb on the throne,
who leads us to the springs of life,
that we may never hunger or thirst again.
Happy are we to be invited to this banquet.

Prayer after Communion
Father, we have listened to the voice of your Son
speaking to us here in this Eucharist.
He has brought us to fresh pastures;
he has wiped away our tears;
our cup is overflowing.

May we keep close to him,
and follow him wherever he leads us

Grant this through the same Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Blessing

May God the Father
who called you as sheep of his flock,
bless you and lead you to your promised home.  
AMEN.

May Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for his sheep,
grant you the fullness of life.   
AMEN

May the Holy Spirit, who sustains those born again in Christ,
keep your minds and hearts in the way of peace.  
AMEN.

And may…..

Dismissal
Christ has made you a light for the nations,
so that his salvation may reach the ends of the earth.


 

SUNDAY April 24, 2016

 

5th Sunday of Easter

 

Greeting

We are known to be the disciples of the Lord
by our love for one another.
May this love remain always with you.

Introduction   and   Litany of Praise

A    It is the newness and freshness of God’s re-creation in Christ
that we celebrate today.
There is a new heaven and a new earth
where God lives continually with his people.
Let us call upon Christ our Savior, God-with-us.   (pause)

Lord Jesus, you are the glory of God the Father:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, your rule lasts from age to age:
Christ,  have mercy.

Lord Jesus, through your death and resurrection,
you have brought us life:
Lord, have mercy.

B    ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’
Of all the commandments Christ gave us this is the most important:
it includes all the others.  
The only failure in the life of a Christian is the failure to love.
Let us remember those people that we find difficult to take into our hearts, and ask the Lord to help us to be more loving towards them.  

Lord Jesus, the glory of God is revealed in you.  
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have loved us with an everlasting love.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you command us to love as we are loved by you.
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A    We behold your glory, O God,
in the love shown by your Son,
lifted up on the cross
and exalted on high.

Increase our love for one another,
that we may be disciples of the risen Lord Jesus,
and so reflect by our lives
the glory that is yours.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
 the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN

B    In Christ your Son, O God of glory,
you are making all things new.

Make this new commandment of love
the very foundation of our lives,
so that, loving you and loving one another
we may show that we are Christ’s disciples.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN

GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P    Let us pray that we may be faithful to the new commandment by which  we shall be known as Christ’s followers.

CM    Our response is:    Lord, unite us in your love.

1    For this assembly.  (pause)
That we may be able to rise above the grudges, jealousies and meanness of spirit which prevent us from loving one another.   We pray to the Lord.

2    For those in special need.  (pause)
That the Lord may heal the sick, comfort the suffering and the dying, give safety to travelers and free those unjustly deprived of liberty.  We pray to the Lord.

3    That peoples of all nations may come to know and enjoy the personal loving God revealed in Jesus Christ.  We pray to the Lord:

4    That we who are called the people of God may truly become a holy people.  
We  pray to the Lord.

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

P    Heavenly Father,
listen to our requests and deepen our awareness of your tender love.  Help us to remain faithful to your Son’s new commandment to love.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts            [based upon  2nd Reading]
Creator God,
the bread that we eat is meant to be the bread of peace,
but to many it is the bread of tears.
The cup that we drink is meant to be the cup of joy,
but often it is a bitter cup of sadness.
Let the bread and wine which we bring before you
become for us the food and drink
which will give us strength to build a better world
with Jesus, who is our Lord for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer
Our God has made his home among us;
we are his people.
Let us turn to God and say / sing:


Deliver Us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Help us to love our neighbor as you love us  
-- with all our heart and soul –
as we work in joyful hope
for the return in glory
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to your disciples:
   ‘A new commandment I give you;
    love one another as I have loved you.”
Lord, touch our hearts
so that we may be people who are able to love,
and thus we will enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.  

Sign of Peace
Let us offer each other a sign of Christ’s love and peace.


               Optional Prayer which may accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
We break this blessed bread,
recalling that at the Last Supper,
the Lord Jesus gave his body and blood to his friends
as a sign of oneness with them.

Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, who loved his own to the end.
Happy are we who love one another as he has loved us.


Prayer after Communion        [inspiration from Readings]
God of heaven and earth,
through the sacrament that we have received
you have created within us a heart that is new.
Grant that by our love for one another
everyone will know that we are the disciples
of Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May the God of kindness and compassion make his home with you.  
AMEN

May God wipe away all tears from your eyes
and welcome you into his holy city.   
AMEN.

May you be strengthened and encouraged
to continue in the practice of your faith.    
AMEN.

And may God, who is love itself,
help us all to love one another;
and may he bless you all,
+  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.    
AMEN.

Dismissal
Our celebration has now ended.
By your love for one another
go and show yourselves to the world
as disciples of Christ.

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