Ordinary Time C

Jul 2016

 

 

14th Sunday - Jul 3rd

15th Sunday- Jul 10th

16th Sunday - Jul 17th

17th Sunday - Jul 24th

18th Sunday - Jul 31st

 


 

14th Sunday - Jul 3rd

 

Greeting
My brothers and sisters:
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise
Jesus sent out his disciples as bearers of peace…. healing…. and the good news of salvation to others. But we must first possess these gifts before we can share them with others. Let us turn in prayer to the Lord, the Prince of Peace, from whom all good gifts come. (pause)


Lord Jesus, you comfort us as a mother comforts her child: Lord, have mercy.

Through your cross and resurrection you bring peace to the world: Christ, have mercy.

You empower us to cure the sick and announce the kingdom of God; Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A Boundless, O God, is your saving power;
your harvest reaches to the ends of the earth.

Fill our hearts with zeal for your kingdom
and place on our lips the tidings of peace.

Grant us perseverance as heralds of the gospel
and joy as disciples of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN

B As a mother comforts her child, O God,
you embrace a broken world;
you empower us - your Son’s disciples -
to bear your gift of peace to all peoples.

Let us go then, into your harvest
not as masters but as your laborers,
seeking not to be successful but only to be faithful,
rejoicing that our names are written in heaven.

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 Moved with compassion for all who are on life’s journey, especially those who live on the margins of society, we pray:

CM Lord, hear us in your love.
Please repeat:
1 That church leaders may be distinguished by compassion and selfless service, imitating Christ, who came among us as servant of all: we pray:
2 For those whose profession it is to help the sick and the needy
- doctors, nurses, social workers: (pause)
that they may always be motivated by compassion: we pray:

3 For those who “lie wounded on the road”
– the street children, the victims of sexual abuse, the old and the lonely; (pause)
that they may find good Samaritans who will assist them and restore them to health and hope: we pray:

4 For all those who have been good neighbors to us; (pause)
that the Lord may reward them: we pray:

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

P Lord, give us eyes that see the wounds of others;
give us a heart that feels compassion for them;
and give us the will to respond to their needs.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.



Prayer over the Gifts
Remember, Lord,
that your Son, our peace and reconciliation,
has washed away the sin of the world by his blood.
Look with favor on your Church’s offering
and grant that we may extend to all the freedom of Christ,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. AMEN

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer
The kingdom of God is very near.
In the words of Jesus,
let us pray that it may come into our world and into our hearts:

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

Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
‘Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God’.
Through your healing power
the love of peace quells violence
and vengeance yields to forgiveness.
Grant Lord, that we will become instruments of your peace
and heralds of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever. AMEN.



Sign of Peace
Following the command of Jesus
let us offer his gift of peace to those around us.

Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Lord of the harvest,
who has appointed us to be heralds of his good news.
Blessed are we who have gathered around this table to receive him.


Prayer after Communion
A Lord of the harvest,
we thank you for the many gifts you have given us,
especially the gift of Jesus your Son in this Eucharist.

Send us out as laborers into your harvest,
praying, healing and bringing peace to all those we meet.
And we do this in the power of Jesus, the Lord.

B Christ has no body on earth but ours.
He has no hands but our to raise up the fallen:
no feet but ours to seek out the lost.

He has no eyes but ours to see the silent fears 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.

Blessing
May peace dwell in your hearts. AMEN

May peace fill your home. AMEN.

May peace be yours, now and forever. AMEN.

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


Dismissal
At the end of the Mass we are not simply dismissed.
We are sent out in the Lord’s name,
and with the Lord’s power,
to build up his kingdom in the world.
Go now in his peace.

 

 

15th Sunday - Jul 10th


Greeting
The word of God is very near to us;
it is already in our mouths and in our hearts.
May Jesus, the living Word of the Father,
be always with you.

Intro and Litany of Praise

Today we hear again the parable about a man lying wounded by the roadside, and how two people passed him by….. while a third stopped and helped him.

Let us stop for a moment and call to mind the number of times we have passed by someone who needed help. (pause)
Christ is our Good Samaritan. He does not pass us by.
He cares for us, binding up our wounds. (pause)


Lord Jesus,
you are the wounded man lying half-dead on the road waiting for our help:
Lord, have mercy.

You are the stranger we are not inclined to help
because he or she is not one of us:
Christ, have mercy.


You bring us to the Father’s inn
where we can experience God’s loving care:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer

A God of mercy and compassion,
in Christ you draw near to us,
lifting us out of death,
binding up our wounds,
and nursing our spirits back to health.

Let such a tenderness as yours compel us to go and do likewise.
Grant 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 God most merciful,
you have established the great commandment of love
as the summary and the soul of the entire law.

Fill our hearts, then, with compassion and generosity
toward the sufferings of our sisters and brothers,
so that, like Christ,
we may become Good Samaritans where we live and work.

We ask you 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 Moved with compassion for all who are on life’s journey,
especially those who live on the margins of society, we pray:

CM Lord, hear us in your love.
Please repeat:

1 That church leaders may be distinguished by compassion and selfless service, imitating Christ, who came among us as servant of all: we pray:

2 For those whose profession it is to help the sick and the needy
- doctors, nurses, social workers: (pause)
that they may always be motivated by compassion: we pray:

3 For those who “lie wounded on the road”
– the street children, the victims of sexual abuse, the old and the lonely; (pause)
that they may find good Samaritans who will assist them and restore them to health and hope: we pray:

4 For all those who have been good neighbors to us; (pause)
that the Lord may reward them: we pray:

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

P Lord, give us eyes that see the wounds of others;
give us a heart that feels compassion for them;
and give us the will to respond to their needs.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts

Compassionate Father,
your Son Jesus has given meaning
to death as well as to life.

In his own body he experienced our sufferings
and died our death.

As we join him in his sacrifice,
help us to bear with him the burdens of our brothers and sisters,
that, with him, we may live with you forever and ever. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Our God is a God of compassion…. a God who cares.
And so we pray with Jesus, our Good Samaritan:


Deliver us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Help us to love our neighbor as you yourself 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 ate with outcasts and sinners
in order to let them know that they too were precious to God.
Help us, your followers,
to reach out to those who feel rejected by society
so that we will all enjoy 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’
May this blessed bread, now broken for all,
be a symbol of your love
and a reminder of the charity
that we are called to share with one another.


Invitation to Communion
This is the Lamb of God
who laid down his life that we might live and be life-giving.
Happy are we to be united around the table of the Lord.


Prayer after Communion
God of mercy and compassion,
when, exhausted and hungry,
we lay by the side of the road,
you sent us Jesus your Son.

He has spoken to us,
and has healed our wounds.

We ask you, Father, to continue to care for us
through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN



Blessing
May you love the Lord, your God, with your whole being,
and your neighbor as yourself.
AMEN.

May the Word of God be always in your heart and in your mouth.
AMEN.

May God, who listens to the cry of the poor,
give you a compassionate heart.
AMEN.

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

Dismissal

A The Samaritan has given us an example of unselfish love.
Let us go and be ”Good Samaritans” to others.

B As disciples of Jesus, servants of the gospel,
and neighbors to all in need,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

 

16th Sunday - Jul 17th


Greeting

God speaks words of wisdom to us.
May you be attentive to God’s word
and may the Word made flesh remain always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

    A In today’s Gospel, we join Jesus in the house of Martha and Mary.
Martha got caught up in the details of providing food.
Mary sat at his feet and provided a “listening ear’. (pause)

During this Mass we can do what Mary did, spend some time in listening to Jesus as he speaks to us in the Liturgy.

or

B Today’s Readings remind us of the importance of hospitality in our
culture. To receive the stranger in our midst is to receive the Lord.
As we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we ask the Lord for a
heart that is always open to him and to the needs of others. [pause]

or

C Sometimes our activity serves as a mere cover for the emptiness we feel inside us. Do we have the time to listen…. to God… and God’s people? Let us examine ourselves. (pause)

ABC Lord Jesus, you tell us not to be overly worried about things:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, your presence calms our fears:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you remind us to focus on the one thing necessary – to listen to your word:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer

A Eternal God,
you draw near to us in Christ
and make yourself our guest.
Amid the cares of our daily lives,
make us attentive to your voice
and alert to your presence,
that we may treasure your word above all else.

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 Wise and merciful God,
grant us a heart,
thirsting for your truth,
longing for your presence,
and ready to hear you in the word of your Son.

Let your gracious presence here in word and at table
remind us that one thing only is necessary,
to listen to 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 turn to the Lord and ask that our lives may be marked by a deep love for him and that this be expressed in hospitality and the service of others. Full of trust, we pray:

CM Lord, make your home among us.
Please repeat:

1 That those who exercise authority in Church and Government may listen to the Lord and learn from him to be humble servants of God’s people: we pray:

2 That those who are anxious and upset about many things at home or at work may know how to give priority to the more important things in life: we pray:

3 That we may always be ready to welcome strangers, those in need, those who are lonely and have no one to listen to them: we pray:

4 That God who blessed Abraham and Sarah for their hospitality, bless those nations who graciously welcome refugees in search of shelter: we pray:

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

P Father, your Son Jesus honored Martha and Mary
by coming to their home as a guest.
May we always welcome him into our lives
and have a place for him in our hearts.
We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
Father, may we welcome Jesus your Son
in these gifts of bread and wine.
Help us to be like Martha and Mary
always ready to see the face of Jesus
in every guest that enters our home.
And we do this in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Intro to Lord’s Prayer

With Jesus present in our midst,
we pray with him the prayer which he taught us:


Deliver Us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Help us to make time for people….
and be ready to listen to them
as we prepare in joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ,
at the table in your kingdom
no one is a stranger.
Help us to recognize in every person
a beloved son or daughter of your Father.
May we share your peace with everyone
as we work together for the coming of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.


Exchange of Peace

May the kingdom of God come among us
in the welcome we now give to one another.

Optional Prayer that may be used during 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 24:3330-31)

Invitation to Communion

  This is the Lord who says:
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking;
if you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in to you and eat with you,
and you with me.” (Rev. 3:20)

Lord, I am not worthy…..


Prayer after Communion

God of love and mercy,
through Jesus Christ whom we have just received,
you have come among us as our guest.
In our daily lives help us to recognize and welcome you
in everyone who comes to us
especially the poor and needy.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Blessing

May the Lord of all kindliness
enkindle in you the fire of his love,
and make of you a welcoming people. AMEN

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

Dismissal

God speaks to us in the events of daily life.
Be ready to listen to God’s voice.
Go in peace.

 

 

17th Sunday - Jul 24th


Greeting
   
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ !
May God’s kingdom come upon you
and remain always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

One of the first prayers we learned as children, was the one we know as the ‘Our Father’ or ‘The Lord’s Prayer.’ Is it just a formula for us?
Or is it for us, as it was for Jesus, a prayer of warmth and tenderness to a loving God? (pause)

Let us call upon Jesus… the one who teaches us to pray. (pause)

Lord Jesus,
you teach us how to pray as you taught your disciples:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you taught us that God is our loving and forgiving Father:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you told us that your heavenly Father will give us good things
when we ask for help:
Lord, have mercy.



Opening Prayer

A Provident Father,
with the prayer your Son taught us always on our lips,
we ask,
we seek,
we knock at your door.

In our every need,
grant us the first and best of your gifts,
the Spirit who makes us your children.

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 Across the centuries, heavenly Father,
on countless lips and in every tongue
the prayer of your Son resounds.

Yet we who know the words so well
need still to learn their power.

Give us your Holy Spirit
so that our prayer may be filled
with childlike trust and unwavering perseverance.

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 The Lord Jesus encourages us to pray with confidence to the Father who knows how to give good things to his children.

CM Let our response be: Lord, hear our prayer. Please repeat:

1 That the church, which daily prays for the coming of God’s kingdom, may work tirelessly for justice and peace in the world. We pray:

2 That we may have the ‘bread’ to meet our daily needs;
the greatness of heart to be able to forgive our enemies;
the strength to overcome our temptations. (pause)
We pray:

3 For those who have not yet heard of Christ, especially in Asia and Oceania.
May the Holy Spirit open their minds and hearts to the Good News of salvation. We pray:

4 For the refugees of the world, especially those in _________. (pause)
May the richer countries of the world increase their efforts to bring aid so that humanitarian catastrophes can be averted. We pray:

[For the members of the Mission Society of the Philippines and all Filipino Missionaries. (pause)
May they receive the support they need from the church leaders and the lay faithful. We pray:]

[The Presider may add a local / relevant petition]

P Heavenly Father,
teach us to ask, seek and knock
so that the good things you want to give us may be ours.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.



Prayer over Gifts

Lord, look upon the face of Christ your Son,
who gave himself up as a ransom for all,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
your name may be great among the nations
and one sacrifice may be offered to your glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

With our Lord Jesus Christ
let us now pray the prayer that he taught us:
[Our Father / Ama Namin or Alternative Version on page 6]


Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Keep us free from sin
and protect us from boring routine and discouragement
when we pray to you.
Help us to work for your kingdom
and for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Rite of Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to your disciples:
“Ask, and you will receive;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened to you”.
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

As children of the God of peace,
let us offer one another a sign of reconciliation and peace.

Optional Prayer may accompany the action of the ‘Breaking of Bread’
It is the Lord Jesus who speaks to us:
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking;
if you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in to you and eat with you,
and you with me.” (Rev. 3:20)

Invitation to Communion

This is the Lord Jesus who draws us near to God
that we may address him as Abba! Father!
Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

Prayer after Communion

Our Father in heaven,
we thank you for giving us your Son
in this Eucharistic celebration.

May we learn from him
not only the importance of prayer,
but also that our deeds should match our words.
And we make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Final Blessing

May you know the Lord’s goodness all the days of your life.
AMEN.

May you be blessed with his gifts, and forgive as you are forgiven.
AMEN.

May God receive you into his holy dwelling place.
AMEN.

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

Dismissal

In this Eucharist we have celebrated the goodness of the Father.
Go now and share it with others.


Our Father – Dialogue Form
Instead of the usual recitation of the Lord’s Prayer this version could be used. In order to emphasize that this is a meditative
exercise the Presider should wait for about 5 seconds before beginning a new phrase.

The Presider / Leader says:
Let us pray the ‘Our Father’ one phrase at a time. I will introduce each phrase, then you
will pray the actual prayer… slowly, meditatively……one phrase at a time

With the aid of the Power Point, a few people e.g. CM, Choir members could lead the Assembly.

When our faith is weak, Lord teach us to pray:
Our Father, in heaven.

When we are inclined to forget about you, Lord, teach us to pray:
Holy be your name.

When we feel pessimistic about our lives and about the state of the world,
Lord, teach us to pray:
Your Kingdom come.

When we have difficult decisions to make, and are tempted to take the easy way out, Lord, teach us to pray:
Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

When we complain about little things and forget that millions of people are poor and hungry, Lord, teach us to pray:
Give us today our daily bread.

When we are worried about our sins, and find it hard to forgive those who sin against us, Lord, teach us to pray:
Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

When we are troubled by temptation, Lord, teach us to pray:
Do not bring us to the test.

When we find it hard to cope, Lord, teach us to pray:
But deliver us from evil.

When we are preoccupied with ourselves and our own glory,
Lord, teach us to pray:
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.


18th Sunday - July 31st


Greeting
   
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father
and from Christ Jesus our Lord
be with you all. (1Tim.1:2)


Introduction and Litany of Praise

Possessions exercise a big hold on our hearts.
The result is that we often forget the more important things in life.
Jesus urges us to ‘make ourselves rich in the sight of God.’.
In truth, all of us are poor before God. [pause]

With empty hands and hearts we stand before the Lord and ask for forgiveness and healing.. [pause]

Lord Jesus, you challenge us to reach out to the needy
rather than accumulate things we do not really need:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you advise us to avoid greed in all its forms:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you teach us that our true treasure is in heaven:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A O God,
the giver of every gift that endures,
only by your grace can we rightly understand the wonder of life
and why it is given to us.

By the word of your Son
confront our greed and self-importance,
and shape our lives in accordance with the gospel.

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 Creator God,
Lord and giver of life,
how generous you are to all your creatures.

With such generosity ever before our eyes,
help us to avoid greed in all its forms,
to measure life’s worth
not by the quantity of possessions,
but by the life and love we freely place at the service of others.

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 Often in life we don’t know what we want or what is truly important. Let us, therefore, pray for the gift of wisdom that we may get our priorities in tune with those of the Gospel.

CM Our response is: Lord, we place all our trust in you.
Please repeat:

1 For the followers of Christ: (pause)
that they may not judge success in life by the amount of money they earn
or the possessions that they manage to acquire. We pray:

2 For our political leaders and the wealthy among us: (pause)
that they may work untiringly to ensure a radical redistribution of the riches of our country. We pray:

3 For ourselves: (pause)
that we may realize that the most valuable things in life are those which no money can buy – things such as health, friendships, peace of mind and goodness of heart. We pray:

4 For the refugees of the world, especially those in ___________. (pause)
May the richer countries of the world increase their efforts to bring aid so that a humanitarian catastrophe can be averted. We pray:

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

P Provident Father,
cleanse our hearts of greed for material things
and from envy of others,
and clothe us with generosity and compassion.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN


Prayer over Gifts

Lord, look upon our gifts,
drawn from the good things you have given us.

Let us not store up treasures for ourselves,
but grow rich in those things that are pleasing to you.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

With trust in God’s daily care for us, we now pray:


Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and set us free from all attachments
that keep us from giving ourselves to you and to your people.
Help us to ‘make ourselves rich in the sight of God’
as we prepare in hope for the coming in glory of your Son –
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to the crowd:
“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
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

Everything else will pass away but love will remain forever.
Let us give each other a sign of Christian love.

Optional Prayer 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.


Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus our Lord,
who became poor to make us rich in wisdom and love.
Blessed are we to receive him as the Father’s free gift.

Prayer after Communion

Lord and Giver of Life,
you want us to enjoy the good things of life
but you warn us not to let them become our masters.

Give us the wisdom to remember
that, however much we have, we are still poor
if we do not have your Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior.

And we ask all this in the power of his name. AMEN.

Blessing

May God give you strength.
AMEN.

May God show you mercy.
AMEN.

May God fill your heart with love.
AMEN.

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

Dismissal

A As disciples of Christ,
let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

B Seeking to be disciples who share generously and serve humbly,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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