Ordinary Time C

May 2016

 

 

6th Sunday of Easter - May 1st

Ascension Sunday- May 8th

Pentecost Sunday - May 15th

Trinity Sunday - May 22th

The Body and Blood of Christ - May 29th

 


 

SUNDAY MAY 1st, 2016

 

6th Sunday of Easter

 

Greeting
May the love of the Father,
the peace of Jesus,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.

Litany of Praise
We all have our share of troubles and anxieties which rob us of that priceless gift – inner peace.  
In today’s Gospel we will hear Christ say to us:
        “Do not let your hearts be troubled.   (pause)

       “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you’.  (pause)

Let us now call upon Jesus, the Giver of Peace.   (pause)

Lord Jesus, you heal our troubled minds and restless hearts:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you promise us the Spirit
who will remind us of all that you have told us:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you give us your peace,
a peace that the world cannot give:
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A    Great and loving Father,
your abiding gift to us
is the Advocate promised by your Son, Jesus.

Calm all troubled hearts,
dispel every fear.
Keep us steadfast in love
and faithful to your word,
that we may always be your dwelling place.

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    You have promised, O God,
to make your home with those
who hear your word
and put it into practice.

Do not let our hearts be troubled,
but send the Holy Spirit upon us
to remind us of all that Jesus said and did.

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.


GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

P    Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit and his word is true.  United as one family in that Spirit let us bring our needs before the Lord.

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

1    For world leaders: (pause)
that God may guide them into the way of peace,
let us pray:

2    That those who are troubled and afraid may find peace in the gospel of Jesus and become aware of his caring presence,
let us pray:

3    That the Lord’s disciples today may not extinguish the Spirit but learn to recognize him at work in the world and in the Church,
let us pray:

4    Paul and Barnabas urged the followers of Jesus to persevere in faith.
May we too encourage one another to follow the way of Christ:
let us pray:

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

P    Heavenly Father,
take pity on our restless hearts and troubled minds
and grant us the peace and love of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
Loving Father,
as we present these gifts today,
we ask you to come with your Son
and make your home in each of us
and in our communities.

We make our prayer through the Holy Spirit
whom you send in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.   AMEN

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer
A    Through the Spirit of understanding and love,
let us pray the prayer of Jesus
to our Father in heaven:

B    The Holy Spirit enables us to pray
and so we have the confidence to  say / sing:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from fear
and protect us in time of trouble
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:
“Peace I leave with you, my own peace I give you.
A peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.
Lord, take pity on our troubled hearts
and grant us, through your Holy Spirit,
that peace and unity in your kingdom
which lasts for ever and ever.   AMEN.


Sign of Peace
Peace was Christ’s parting gift to his Church.
Let us now share this gift with one another.


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who continues to live among his people.
He invites those who love him
to keep his word and to come to share his banquet.

Prayer after Communion       (based on the Gospel)
God and Father of all,
we have celebrated your love in this Eucharist.
May your Spirit remind us  
to live by the word of Jesus
so that you will come to us
and make your home with us.
We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord.    AMEN


Blessing
May God be gracious and bless you.    
AMEN.

May the face of God shed light upon you.    
AMEN.

May your lives be transformed by the gift of Christ’s peace.   
AMEN.

And may the blessing of our loving God,
+  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
come down upon you and remain with you for ever.  AMEN.


Dismissal
You have heard God’s word…
and received the promise of his Spirit.
Go now in the peace of Christ
and live in his presence.

 

 ASCENSION  SUNDAY  -  Year  ABC


Sign of the Cross

Greeting

Praise and glory to the Lord Jesus
who is seated at the right hand of the Father.
May his grace and peace be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Option A   
Today we rejoice in the Ascension of Christ our Savior. 
It is the sign that his work is completed
and his Father is well pleased. 
Now Jesus invites us to carry on his mission
and to be his presence where we live and work.  (pause)

Lord Jesus, you sit at the right hand of the Father:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are above every authority and power:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are with us always….  to the end of time:
Lord, have mercy.


Option B   
Christ, the God-Man, has ascended into heaven.
He has returned to his Father
   and entered into his glory.
Our hope of everlasting glory is strengthened.
Let us call upon him now as we pray:

Lord Jesus, in your risen body you appeared to your disciples:
Lord have mercy.

You ascended on high to be seated at the right hand of your Father:
Christ, have mercy.

You will come again in your glory to judge the living and the dead:
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Option A
God of majesty,
yours is the power that raised Christ from death,
yours is the glory that exalted him to your right hand.
Clothe us with power from on high
that we may proclaim the good news to the whole world,
confirming our message by the sign of our love for one another.

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.

Option B   
God of all creation,
whose mighty power raised Jesus from the dead,
be present to this community of disciples
who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection.

Strengthen us in the power of the Spirit
to go and make disciples of all nations,
to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us,
and to know that he is with us always
until the end of the age.

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.

Liturgy of the Word

Homily 

Credo


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P    With joy and hope in our hearts because of the victory of Christ,
let us pray in the power of his name for he now sits in glory at the right hand of the Father.

CM    And let our response be:  Lord, draw us close to you.
    (Please repeat)

1    That we may not keep looking towards heaven for the answers to today’s problems but commit ourselves to the common task of making this world a better, safer place for all humankind. We pray:

2    That we will renew our life-commitment to work for a new heaven and a new earth by caring for our planet – and for all life on our planet – God’s gift to us here and now. We pray:

3    May all engaged in the media recognize that they are stewards of a privileged ministry that is intended to enlighten and enrich the human community.  We pray:

4    For ourselves assembled here today:  (pause) 
that we may prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost by uniting ourselves in prayer with Mary and all the saints:  We pray:

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

P    God, our Father, we ask that you listen to our prayers.
We pray that,
at the name of Jesus,
every knee shall bend and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.  AMEN


Prayer over the Gifts

God of endless ages,
here in these signs of bread and wine
your Son Jesus keeps his promise
to be with us always, even to the end of time.
May he live and grow in us
so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit,
we can help him make disciples of all nations.
Grant this in the name of Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Note that there are two Prefaces  (P 26, P27) for the Feast of the Ascension.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

Christ now sits at the right hand of the Father
 where he intercedes for us.
Let us pray to the Father in the words he taught us:


Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Jesus has gone before us.
But he has told us that where he is
we shall one day be.
On the strength of that word
let us go forward in joyful hope
while we await the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Rite of Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to your apostles:
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.”
Let us not stand looking at the heavens;
rather, let us be his witnesses to people on earth,
and grant us the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.    AMEN.


Sign of Peace

Let us acknowledge Christ’s power in our midst
by offering one another a sign of his peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
In breaking this bread
we meet Christ our Lord.
In him, peoples of all nations will sit down at table
as sisters and brothers in the kingdom of God.


Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who said:
“Know that I am with you always
until the end of time.”
Blessed are we who are called to receive him at this altar-table.


Prayer after Communion

Heavenly Father,
you have entrusted to us the mission you gave to your Son;
we are to be his presence in the world,
his witnesses to the ends of the earth.

Christ has no body on earth but ours.

He has no hands but ours to raise up the fallen,
  no feet but ours to seek out the lost.

He has no eyes but ours to see the silent tears of the suffering:
  no ears but ours to listen to the lonely.

He has no tongue but ours to speak a word of comfort to the sad:
  no heart but ours to love the unloved.

Father, send us the Holy Spirit
so that we can be the body of Jesus our Lord.   AMEN

Solemn Blessing

May almighty God bless you on this day
when his only Son ascended into heaven
to prepare a place for you.   AMEN.

After his resurrection, Christ was seen by his disciples.
When he appears as judge
may you be pleasing in his sight.   AMEN.

You believe that Jesus has taken his seat in majesty
at the right hand of the Father.
May you have the joy of experiencing
that he is also with you to the end of time.    AMEN.

Dismissal

Jesus who ascended to heaven will return again.
Go and bear witness to his Gospel of Service.

 

PENTECOST  SUNDAY  - Year  ABC


Sign of the Cross

Greeting

May the Spirit of the Father and Son come upon you,
inflame your hearts,
and remain always with you.

Introduction and  Litany of Praise

Option A   
Almost 2,000 years ago, on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost, the apostles left
the Upper Room, where they had been hiding for fear of the Jews, and went
out fearlessly to preach the Gospel to the world. They could not have done
 this without the Holy Spirit, the “power from on high”.
That day a new community, the Christian Church, was born.

As we, the new People of God, celebrate the birthday of our Church, we realize that we, too, are in need a fresh outpouring of the Spirit of God.
And so we pray:

Option B   
Today, we celebrate the Spirit of the past and the present. 
We recall the coming of the Spirit on the apostles which enabled them to
begin preaching the Gospel to the world. We rejoice that the same Spirit is
here with us.  Let us pray that our hearts may be freed from sin and open to
 the power of the Spirit.

A & B   
Lord Jesus, your Spirit enlightens our minds and opens our hearts: 
Lord, have mercy.

Your Spirit renews our strength and kindles within us the fire of your love:  Christ, have mercy.

Your Spirit forgives and heals and makes us one: 
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer

Option A   

You open wide your hand, O God,
and satisfy with your good gifts the needs of all.

Pour forth your Holy Spirit on your Church,
gathered in prayer with the mother of Jesus,
and quench the thirst of all who work for justice and truth
at the springs of living water.

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.

Option B   

In every generation, O God of Easter glory,
you send forth your Spirit
to breathe upon the world and make it come alive!

Fulfill the promise of these Fifty Days
with the abundant harvest of your Spirit’s gifts.

May we, the community of believers in Christ,
adorned with various ministries and gifts,
be continually formed into one body
by the one Spirit which has been poured out on all of us.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who sends us the Spirit of truth from you,
and who lives and reigns with you,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Liturgy of the Word

Homily

Credo


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P    The Spirit of God is poured into our hearts and empowers us to cry out in prayer.  Let us bring our prayer to the Father, confident that we will be heard.

CM    Let our response be:  Father, send us your Holy Spirit.
    (Please repeat)

1    Father, send your Spirit upon the Church and endow her with a variety of gifts, challenging us to fidelity to its old truths and creativity in new ministries.  We pray:

2    Father, send your Spirit upon all who are imprisoned by doubt, fear, depression, or habits of sin, that they may experience the joy and freedom promised through the outpouring of the Spirit.  We pray:

3    Father, send your Spirit into our hearts, so that we can be empowered to call you, “Abba, Father”, and live as your worthy sons and daughters.  We pray:

    [Father, send your Spirit upon Filipinos who live and work around the world, so that through them more people may come to know you and Jesus, your Son, whom you have sent.  We pray:]

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

P    God of power and might,
as you sent the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost,
renew in us the same Spirit,
that we may be filled with hope and rejoice in our faith. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Generous, loving God,
as we present to you this bread and wine,
we thank you for your countless gifts.
In a special way we thank you today
for the gift of Life in the Spirit.

Grant that our lives may show the gratitude that is in our hearts.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

Because of the Spirit crying out from within us
we are empowered to call God, Abba - Father.
So let us now pray with confidence:


Deliver Us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant, in our day,
the peace of Christ,
which is the work of your Spirit.

In your mercy keep us free from sin
and protect us from all anxiety
while the Spirit leads us in joyful hope
toward the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.


Rite of  Peace
Lord Jesus Christ,
on Pentecost Day you sent your Holy Spirit on your disciples,
and with hearts on fire,
they went forth to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

Send your Spirit of Love on our world,
to gather people of every race, language, and way of life,
into the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.  AMEN.


Sign of Peace

Jesus greeted his disciples with the words: ‘Peace be with you.’
As God’s family, we greet each other in the same way.

    Optional  Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of bread’
    May our sharing in this one cup and one bread
    be our pledge to live according to the Spirit of God.
    ‘For when we eat this bread and drink this wine
we proclaim the death of the Lord Jesus
until he comes in glory’.   (1 Cor. 11:26)

LAMB OF GOD.   
   
Invitation to Communion 
 
Here is the risen Christ
whose Spirit gathers us together around this altar-table.
Blessed are we to be invited to the Super of the Lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy…


Prayer after Communion

Most Gracious God,
pour out your Spirit upon us;
enkindle within us the fire of your Divine Love
so that we can be re-created.

Inspire us with a sense of mission and commitment
so that we, who have been baptized in the one Spirit,
may, like the first disciples,
be ready to share the gifts of the same Spirit,
serving the local community and the Church.

And we do this through Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Blessing

This day the Father of light has enlightened the minds of the disciples
by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  (pause)

May God bless you
and give you the gifts of the Spirit for ever.    AMEN.

May the fire which hovered over the disciples as tongues of flame
burn out all evil from your hearts
and make them glow with pure light.   AMEN.

God inspired speech in different tongues to proclaim one faith.
May we Christians be respectful of all traditions
as we witness to unity in diversity.   AMEN.

And may our loving God bless you,
+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace and may the Spirit of Christ be your guide
wherever you go and in whatever you do

 

TRINITY SUNDAY  -  C


Sign of the Cross

Greeting
   
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of the Father,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.

Introduction 

Option A   
The Feast of the Blessed Trinity, which we celebrate today,
brings us face to face with the mystery of God.
Our destiny is to share in the very life of God which has been revealed through Jesus Christ. 
The Holy Spirit who lives within us draws us into that life.
Today we remember all that God has done for us.

Option B   
We begin every Eucharistic celebration in the name of the Blessed Trinity:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
Our destiny is to share the very life of God
which has been revealed through Jesus Christ. 
Today we praise and thank God for calling us to share in his life and love.


Litany of Praise

Lord Jesus, you reveal God to us as a Father who cares for his children:  Lord, have mercy.

Through the incarnation you have become a Brother to us:
Christ, have mercy.

Through your gift of the Spirit,
the love of God has been poured into our hearts:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer

Option A   

O God,
your name is veiled in mystery,
    yet we dare to call you Father;
your Son was begotten before all ages,
    yet is born among us in time;
your Holy Spirit fills the whole creation,
    yet is poured forth now into our hearts.

Because you have made us and loved us
and called us by name,
draw us more deeply into your divine life,
that we may glorify you through your Son,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.   AMEN.

Option B
   
O God Most High,
in the waters of baptism
you made us your sons and daughters
in Christ, your only-begotten Son.

Deep within us is the cry of the Spirit,
who calls out to you,  “Abba, Father.”
Grant that, obedient to our Savior’s commission,
we may become heralds of the salvation you offer
and go forth to make disciples of all people.

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.

Liturgy of the Word

Homily

Credo

GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P    All our prayer is directed to the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit.  Let us now pray for the needs of the Church and the world.

CM    Let our response be:  Father, hear us in your love.
     (Please repeat)

1    For our Holy Father, Pope  N., 
and the bishops of the church: (pause)
that they may proclaim the one true God
by being faithful to the will of the Father,
obedient to the teachings of Jesus Christ
and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit:  we pray:

2    For the world in which we live:  (pause)
that people may reject false gods of power, pleasure and prestige and come to know and worship the one true God in sincerity and truth: we pray:

3    For all who are without hope because of illness or poverty or persecution:  (pause)  
that the Holy Spirit may bring them comfort and peace:  we pray:

4    That the outpouring of the Spirit on Believers may strengthen their commitment to the task of transforming the ‘face of the earth’ and putting an end to war.  We pray:

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

P    Father, you sent your Son to redeem us, and the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  Draw us ever more deeply into the life you share with us, through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.


Prayer over Gifts

Eternal God,
we bring this bread and wine before you –
  signs of your kindness, fruits of our toil.
Let your Spirit fill them with your presence,
to make your Son Jesus dwell among us,
that through him, and in him, and with him
we may give you all honor and praise
now and for ever.  AMEN.

Suggested Preface:  P43 -   HOLY  TRINITY

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

Through the Spirit of love
let us pray to our Father in the words that Jesus taught us:


Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and give to us the peace promised by your Son.
Guide us by the strength of your Spirit
to grow as a community of love
and to prepare in patient, joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Rite of Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to the disciples and to us:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.”
Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and let your peace be the sign to everyone
of your patient, caring love.
Grant that we may live with you in your kingdom
forever and ever.


Sign of Peace

Since we are members of God’s family,
let us greet and bless one another.


    Optional  Prayer that may be used during the ‘Breaking of Bread’
        As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness
to build a community of love,
to be the holy people
that God calls us to be.


Lamb of God…


Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus
whom the Father sent into the world
to bring us eternal life.
Blessed are we who believe in him
and receive him at this altar-table.

Lord, I am not worthy …

Prayer after Communion

Option A   
Eternal Father,
we praise and thank you
through Jesus Christ your Son
whom you have given to us in this Eucharist.
Keep us united in your Holy Spirit
and let the life of the whole Christian community
be a response of love and service.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.    AMEN.

Option B   
God of splendor and glory,
we worship you, a Trinity of Persons, one eternal God.
Thank you for committing yourself to us.
Help us to commit ourselves to you,
Father – Creator,
Son – Redeemer,
and Spirit  - Sanctifier.
Make us more fully alive, human and holy.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

Option A

May God the Father bless you.  AMEN.

May Jesus Christ take care of you.   AMEN.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten you today and all the days of your life.  AMEN

And may God bless you,
+  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   AMEN

Option B

May the Lord God,
whose voice we have heard in our assembly,
whose face we have seen in Christ Jesus,
and whose Spirit dwells within us,
bless you now…..
+  the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  AMEN.

Dismissal

Children of God,
joint heirs with Christ, 
and led by the Spirit,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

The Body and Blood of Christ -  C


Sign of the Cross

Greeting

Blessed be the Lord Jesus,
the Bread that gives life to the world.
May his grace and peace be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Option A   

We are the People of God journeying in faith towards the Promised Land of
eternal life. We need food for the journey. We receive this food in the
Eucharist where we are nourished by the word of God and the bread of life.

Lord Jesus, you nourish our minds with the bread of faith.
Lord, have mercy.

You nourish our spirits with the bread of hope. 
Christ, have mercy.

You nourish our hearts with the bread of love. 
Lord, have mercy.

Option B

As we come to the Lord’s table to be nourished by the Word and the
Eucharist, let us acclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  (pause)

Lord Jesus, you were moved to pity for the hungry crowd
and you multiplied bread to feed them:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus,
in the Eucharist you nourish us with your body and blood:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you have prepared a banquet for us in your Father’s kingdom:
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Option A    [ICEL – Year C]
   
You have blessed all generations, O God most high,
in Jesus, our compassionate Savior,
for through him you invite us to your kingdom,
welcome us to your table,
and provide us with nourishment in abundance.

Teach us to imitate your unfailing kindness
and to build up Christ’s body, the church,
by generously handing on to others
the gifts we have received from your bounty.

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

Option B    [LTP – Year C ]

Blessed are you, God most high,
maker of heaven and earth,
whose covenant with Abraham
   is a blessing of peace
   for all peoples of the world,
and whose covenant in Jesus
   nourishes and sustains
   all who hunger for the bread of life.

As often as we eat the bread and drink the cup
that proclaim the Lord’s death,
let the love of Christ compel us
to hand on to others,
the blessings we ourselves have received from your hands.

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.

Liturgy of the Word

Homily
Credo

 GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P    We know that the Father loves us because he has lavished abundant  gifts upon us. Confident that he hears our prayers we present our petitions before him.

CM    Our response is:  Nourish your people, Lord.
             (Please repeat) 

1    For the Church:   (pause)
that all Christians may live a truly eucharistic life,
a life of intimate union with Christ
and of humble loving service to one another:  we pray:

2    For the lonely who hunger for the bread of companionship;
and the sick who hunger for the bread of good health:
the underfed who hunger for the bread that nourishes and sustains;
for all who hunger for the Bread of Life, we pray:

3    For the millions of refugees throughout the world.  (pause)
May they receive the bread that they need;
May they also live in hope that one day they can return in safety to their homeland:  we pray:

4    For peace between peoples and nations;
that Israelis and Palestinians will stop their hostilities;
that warring factions in Iraq and elsewhere will respect each other’s right to exist;
we pray:

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

P    Father, may the food we eat at this banquet satisfy all our hungers
and make us a strong and united community in Christ.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.


During the Presentation of the Gifts    or     while the Gifts are being placed upon the Altar

So that the words may be heard there should not be any singing;
 gentle background music may help.

P    Blessed are you, Creator God.
    You give us this BREAD,
    the bread shaped by our hands,
    the bread of toil and pain,
    the bread for sharing.
    We bring it before you:
    let it become the BREAD of our feast,
food for our journey,
and the bread of life.

A    Blessed be God forever.

P    Blessed are you, Creator God.
    You give us this WINE,
    fruit of the work of many hands,
    the wine of joy and song.
    We bring it before you:
    let it become the WINE of our celebration,
    the wine of the everlasting Kingdom.
   
A    Blessed be God forever.


Prayer over the Gifts

Our God and Father,
as a meal brings a family together
and is a sign of unity,
let your Son keep us together
in friendship, peace
and a common concern for the poor and needy.
We ask this through him
who gives himself to us and stays with us,
Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord for ever.   AMEN


Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

Before receiving the Bread of life,
let us pray the table prayer which Jesus himself has taught us:


Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Through the body and blood of your Son
free us from selfishness and sin.
Give us the will to feed a hungry world,
as we work in joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rite of  Peace

St Paul said:
“We who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.”
Lord, grant that by partaking in this sacred meal,
we may grow in unity
and enjoy the peace of your kingdom
where you live forever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Let us now express the unity we have in Christ with those beside us.


Optional prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’ -   Shorter Version

             While breaking the bread the Presider says aloud:
              The bread that we break:
              do we not share in the body of Christ
             when we eat this bread?

              While putting a particle of bread into the cup he says aloud:
            The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks to God:
              do we not share in the blood of Christ
              when we drink from this cup?

Lamb of God….


Invitation to Communion

    [Holding up the Ciborium the Presider says:]
P    This is the bread come down from heaven;
    whoever eats of it will never die.

    [He now holds up the Chalice and says:]
    This is the cup of eternal life;
    whoever drinks of it will live forever.

    [Now, displaying the two receptacles, he says:]
    Come now and receive the body and blood of Christ.

ALL    Lord, I am not worthy....   shall be healed.


Optional Prayer to accompany the  ‘Breaking of Bread’    -    Longer Version      

The 'Lamb of God ' is omitted.

Legend:  Presiding Priest (PP);   Presider's Assistant-Right (PAR);    Assistant on Left (PAL)
 
PAR and PAL ( carrying 2 empty ciboria)  join Presider at the Altar at the beginning of the Prayer for Peace.  PAL places one empty ciborium in front of Presider. When Presider takes up  large bread, PAL removes the Bread plate. Presider now proceeds to break the large bread into the empty ciborium while praying slowly:

PP    God, Provider and Sustainer of life,
    we ask that in the breaking of this bread
    our eyes may be opened
    so that we may recognize the presence of your Son among us. 

PAL    [holding up the bread plate PAL says]
    The bread that we break:
    do we not share in the body of Christ
    when we eat this bread?
            [He begins putting some of consecrated Bread into the other empty ciborium.]

PP    Because there is the one bread,
    all of us, though many, are one body;
    for we all share the same loaf.

PAR    [holding up the chalice PAR says]
    The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks to God:
    do we not share in the blood of Christ
    when we drink from this cup?

ALL    When we eat this bread and drink this cup
    we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
    until you come in glory.  [sung if possible]

PP    [Holding up the Ciborium he says:]
    This is the bread come down from heaven;
    whoever eats of it will never die.

    [He now holds up the Chalice and says:]
    This is the cup of eternal life;
    whoever drinks of it will live forever.

    [Now, displaying the two receptacles he says:]
    Come now and receive the body and blood of Christ.

ALL    Lord, I am not worthy....   shall be healed.

The Presider distributes Sacred Bread to each Minister in turn. 
He may request  PAR to give the chalice to each Minister. 
On this feast it would be good to 'give' the chalice rather than have each one 'serve himself

Prayer after Communion   –  from the Sacramentary

Lord Jesus Christ,
you give us your body and blood in the Eucharist
as a sign that even now we share your life.
May we come to possess it completely
in the kingdom where you live for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Final Blessing

May the Father shower you with his goodness.   
AMEN.

May the Son feed you with his love.   
AMEN.

May the Spirit support you with his strength.   
AMEN.
   
And may the blessing…

Dismissal

Go in peace.
And may the Body and Blood of Christ be your strength and joy.



       

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