Ordinary Time C

Oct 2016

 

 

27th Sunday - Oct 2nd

28th Sunday - Oct 9th

29th Sunday - Oct 16th

30th Sunday - Oct 23rd

31st Sunday - Oct 30th

 


 

27th Sunday - Oct 2nd

 

Greeting
The Spirit that God has given to us is no cowardly spirit,
but one that makes us strong, loving, and wise.
May this Spirit be with you always.

Introduction and Litany of Praise
A We are all called to serve God. It is an honor, a privilege, a duty.
We are called to serve with generosity and with love. (pause)


Lord Jesus, you help us to give and not to count the cost.
Lord, have mercy.

You help us to toil and not to look for rest.
Christ, have mercy.

You help us to seek no reward
except that of knowing that we do your will.
Lord, have mercy.

B In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about two qualities of a good servant of God, namely, Faith and Dedication to Duty. We all need help to be better servants and so we pray. (Pause)

Lord Jesus, our faith is weak:
increase our faith.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, we are useless servants;
we have done no more than our duty.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
we have received from God a spirit of love and self-discipline:
teach us to be thankful.
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A God, the rock of our salvation,
we bow down in worship,
we kneel before you.

Increase our faith
and let its power be seen in us, your useless servants,
who, at our appointed tasks,
are working to build up your kingdom.
We make our prayer 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 You hear, O God, the prayer of those
whose faith is the size of a mustard seed.

Give us humility that we may work with all our strength
for the growth of your kingdom
Give us the wisdom to recognize
that we are only useless servants,
doing our duty.

We make our prayer 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 ask the Lord to increase our faith and stir into flame the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we may live as God’s faithful servants.

CM Our response is: Lord, increase our faith.
Please repeat:

1 May our religious and political leaders see themselves as servants entrusted by the Lord with the care of his people, and so serve them faithfully. We pray:

2 For all who have received the ‘laying-on-of-hands’ for service in the church.
May they be strong, loving and wise in their ministry. We pray:

3 For those whose lives are given over to terrorism and violence: that their hearts will be touched by the Spirit of God so that they will learn to walk the way of reconciliation and peace. We pray:

4 For ourselves, unprofitable servants whom the Lord invites to eat and drink at his table. May we hold fast to the standard of sound teaching we have heard from the apostles. We pray:

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

P Hear, O God, the prayer of those whose faith may be just the size of a mustard seed. Grant that your gifts may keep us strong in hope and love. All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
O Lord,
graciously hear the prayers of those who cry to you.

Receive the gifts of your church
and fill all people with your Spirit
so that enemies speak again to each other,
adversaries join hands in friendship,
and nations seek to live in harmony.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Let us acknowledge our need for an increase of faith
as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Deliver us Lord (based on 2nd Reading)
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the peace of knowing
that the Holy Spirit lives within us.
Do not allow our sins to weaken our faith
but help us to guard the treasure entrusted to us
as we prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
‘A peace which the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.’
Increase the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
The Spirit of love and self-discipline has been given to us.
Let us share these gifts with the persons beside us.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
Jesus is the true bread of life,
now broken into many pieces
to give us nourishment
and to be a constant reminder
that we are children of the same Father.

Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus who says:
“Come here and take your place at table”.
Even though we are unworthy servants
we are blessed as we come and pray:


Prayer after Communion
Lord God,
you have given us Jesus
to revive our spirit and strengthen our faith.

Help us to hold on to the sound teaching
that we have heard from him
as we continue to do all that we are obliged to do.
This we ask in the name of Jesus the Lord.


Blessing
May God the Father, who loves us,
help you to experience love in your lives.
AMEN.

May the Lord Jesus, who died for us,
raise you up each day with him.
AMEN.

May the Spirit of power
and of love
and of self-discipline
be evident in your lives.
AMEN.

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

Dismissal
Sinners and servants who have been healed and forgiven,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

 

28th Sunday- Oct 9th


Greeting
May the mercy of God the Father,
the compassion of Jesus his Son,
and the patient love of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.


Introduction and Litany of Praise
Ten lepers came to Jesus and were cured by him.
Nine of them did not think it necessary to thank him. (pause)
Jesus has touched our lives in many ways yet we too are sometimes ungrateful. We may not be as desperate as the lepers were but we are all tainted with the leprosy of sin. We now ask the Lord to heal us. (pause)

Lord Jesus, Master,
take pity on us and heal us from our sins.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Master,
take pity on all outcasts and help us to accept them as you do.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Master,
take pity on all who have to suffer
because they are regarded by the majority as being “different “.
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A O God, our life, our health, our salvation,
look with mercy on your people.

Stir up within us a saving faith,
that believing, we may be healed,
and being healed, we may worthily give you thanks.

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 all healing,
on his way to Jerusalem,
on his way to die,
your Son Jesus made ten lepers clean.

To us sinners,
cleansed and forgiven,
give a spirit of praise and thanksgiving.
Let service of others be our gift of thanks,
as we follow your Son toward the cross and new life.
We make our prayer 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 With gratitude in our hearts for all the gifts God has given us in the past we bring our present needs before him and pray:

CM Lord, hear your people.
Please repeat:

1 For all lepers, especially those who live in the Leper colonies of the world. (pause)
May they receive the support and medical care that they need in order to be restored to health. We pray:

2 Naaman, the foreigner, experienced God’s healing power through Elisha. (pause)
May the healing ministry of the Church help persons of other faith traditions come to know the God revealed in Jesus Christ. We pray:

3 For healthcare workers, nurses and physicians. (pause)
May God, from whom all healing comes, work wonders through their skill and dedication. We pray:

4 For those who have been good to us and to whom we have not shown sufficient gratitude. We pray:

[The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]
P Provident Father, you are the source of all life and goodness. Teach us to be always grateful for the many good things you have given us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
O Lord,
graciously hear the prayers of those who cry to you.
Receive the gifts of your church
and fill all people with the spirit
which makes them your children,
so that the family of nations may be one in your peace.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Suggested Preface: WEEKDAYS #4

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
With Jesus our Lord,
let us pray with trust and gratitude
to our Father in heaven:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin,
especially the sin of ungratefulness
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:
“The reign of God is at hand!
Cure the sick… heal the leprous.”
Look not on our sins
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
Let us now extend to one another
the hand of friendship and peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
Jesus is the bread of life,
now broken into many pieces.
In the eating of this one bread we proclaim
that we are daughters and sons of the same Father.


Invitation to Communion
This is the Lamb of God
who has brought us healing and forgiveness.
Let us accept with gratitude
his invitation to sit at his table.


Prayer after Communion
Lord God of the nations,
You have no need of our thanks,
yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift.

We thank you
for speaking to us through Jesus
and reviving our strength at his banquet table.

Let the whole church bear living witness
to the salvation you continually offer us through him,
for he is our Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing
May faith be your salvation
and service of others your gift of thanks. AMEN

We are sinners who have been cleansed, healed and forgiven.
May you continue to offer your thanks to the Living God. AMEN

May you show your gratitude to the Creator
by caring for the earth
and respecting the Indigenous peoples
who live in our mountains. AMEN.

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


Dismissal
The Mass is ended.
Go and show your gratitude to God by a life of humble service.

 

 

29th Sunday - Oct 16th


Greeting
Blessed be God our Father who hears the cry of the poor.
May the Spirit of love and compassion be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise
A Prayer and faith are very closely connected.
It is because we have faith that we pray;
and it is prayer that sustains our faith. (pause)

At times we may feel that God is slow to answer our prayer.
But let us persevere – God does listen.

B With arms outstretched between heaven and earth, Jesus died interceding for us with his Father. Our prayers must be unceasing and persistent, as Jesus himself still intercedes for us with the Father.

A & B Lord Jesus, you want all people to know the sacred Scriptures:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you wish to see justice done to the widows and orphans of this world:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you tell us to pray always and never lose heart:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A O God,
through the hands of your servant Moses, uplifted in prayer,
you gave victory to your chosen people.

Look upon the church gathered in prayer today.

Grant that we may never grow weary
as we await the coming of that hour
when you will grant justice to your people
who cry out to you day and night.

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 Lord God,
tireless guardian of your people,
always ready to hear the cries of your chosen ones,
teach us to rely, day and night, on your care.

Support us in our prayer lest we grow weary.
Grant that we will always seek your enduring justice
and your ever-present help.

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 Jesus told his disciples about the need to pray continually and never become discouraged. In obedience to his instruction let us pray now for our own needs, the needs of the Church, and those of the world.

CM Our response is: Lord, may all peoples praise you.
Please repeat:

1 That government leaders may give priority to the needs of widows and orphans,
the poor and the powerless. We pray:

2 That judges and legislators may not rest until justice is done for the oppressed.
We pray

3 May the teaching of Jesus move us to a concern for justice, especially for the poor
and those whom society ignores. We pray:

4 For widows, widowers, single parents and all who experience loneliness: (pause)
that the Lord will fill their lives with his loving presence and care. We pray:
5 For all of us: (pause)
that we may be open to the message of the Scriptures, ready to listen and to learn. We pray:

P Grant that what we have spoken with our lips,
we may believe in our hearts,
and practice in our lives.
We ask 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,
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.


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Jesus urges us to pray unceasingly.
Now let us sing / recite the prayer that he taught us.


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the peace that flows from justice.
Help us to pay special attention to the victims of injustice
and bring them fresh hope
as we prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus, you said to your disciples:
“Ask, and it will be given you;,
search, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened for 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
‘Blessed are the peacemakers:
they shall be called children of God’.
We meet in the name of Christ and share his peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
On a hillside in Galilee,
Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it,
and gave it to his followers.

We, in like manner,
break the bread of the Lord
as a sign of our desire
to share in the Father’s heavenly banquet.


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus
who urges us to pray always and not to lose heart.
He now invites us to receive him at this altar-table.


Prayer after Communion
  God, the Sustainer of life,
you have refreshed us in this holy meal.
Help us to strengthen the weary,
give hope to the discouraged,
walk with the weak and the poor,
and lift up, with the gentleness of Jesus,
those who need comfort and care.
This we ask in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.
 

Blessing
May the Lord protect you always and free you from every evil.
AMEN

May God inspire you to proclaim and witness to your faith.
AMEN.

May God bless your efforts to spread the Gospel of Jesus.
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
The Mass is ended.
Go and share the Good News of Christ.

 

 

30th Sunday - Oct 23rd


Greeting
  Blessed be God who hears the cry of the poor.
May God’s love and compassion be with you all.


Introduction and Litany of Praise
The Pharisee in today’s Gospel is self-sufficient;
he does not need God.
The tax-collector confesses his poverty;
he needs God.
God can only help those who ask for help
because they know their need of him.
We now ask God’s help;
we need it!

Lord Jesus, you always hear the cry of the poor:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, be merciful to us for we are sinners:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you hear the prayers of the humble,
you rescue us in our distress:
Lord, have mercy.



Opening Prayer
A O God,
who alone can probe the depths of the heart,
you hear the prayer of the humble
and justify the repentant sinner.

As we stand before you,
grant us the gift of humility,
that we may see our own sins clearly
and refrain from judging our neighbor.

We make our prayer 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 Merciful God,
you assure us that the prayer of the humble pierces the clouds.

Look upon us who come before you,
humble and repentant like the tax collector,
and grant that, as we open our hearts
we may trust in your steadfast love and mercy.

We make our prayer 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 hears the cries of the humble.
Let us pray now that our petitions will reach the heart of our God.

CM Our response is: Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.
Please repeat:

1 For the poor, the broken-hearted, the unjustly imprisoned, and for those who feel crushed by life: that God will take notice of them and come to their rescue,
we pray:

2 That those who feel that they are beyond God’s mercy
may find hope in the humble words of the tax collector, we pray:

3 That we will always try to come before God exactly as we are, with our virtues and sins, our successes and our failures, we pray:

4 For tax collectors and all who do unpopular but necessary jobs. We pray:

5 For the courage to remain steadfast in our beliefs so that with St Paul we may be able to say, “I have kept the faith”. We pray:

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

P God our Father, keep us humble and gentle of heart.
Let all our prayers come before you
in the name of the one who was humble and obedient unto death, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Kind and merciful Father,
we stand here before you empty-handed
and we feel small and frail before you.

We have just brought you bread and wine
but these are the very gifts you have given us.

Grant us grateful hearts for all that we have received from you.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
By the grace of God we dare to pray the prayer of Jesus
who humbled himself for our sakes:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Free us from our self-sufficiency
and our pride
which prevents us from recognizing our inner poverty.
Help us to seek you and your kingdom
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you say to us today:
“All who exalt themselves will be humbled,
but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Look not on our sins of pride,
but upon the faith of your Church,
but 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 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 by the Son
in a spirit of obedience to the Father’s will.
It is the sign of our communion with one another.


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who humbled himself to live amongst us.
Blessed are we to be invited to the table
that he has prepared for those who will pray:
Lord, I am not worthy…..


Prayer after Communion
God, our merciful Father,
we realize that we are sinners
in constant need of your mercy.
We thank you that you have let us eat from Jesus’ table.
Make our hearts grateful
for all that we have received from you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Blessing
Jesus calls all people to his Father’s kingdom.
May he give you the grace to trust in his promises.
AMEN.

May you walk humbly in life
so that the glory of God may shine through you.
AMEN.

As God touches your life more and more,
may you touch others with his mercy.
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
Go…. and be humble servants of the Lord.


31st Sunday - Oct 30th

 

Greeting
A Blessed be the Lord our God,
who overlooks people’s sins so that they may repent.
May his love and forgiveness be with you.

B May the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all. (based on 2nd Reading)

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A. In today’s Gospel we are introduced to Zacchaeus. He was a man who sought happiness in riches and power, but did not find it there. In receiving Jesus into his home and his life, he found freedom and lasting peace.

B. Today’s gospel is a shocking one.
Jesus went to stay with a man whom the community despised.
He did that because he was thinking, not of himself, but of the other person’s need.
How often we do what will make us popular, rather than what is right!
We go where we are most welcome, rather than where we are most needed. In many ways we betray the Gospel. (pause)

A & B
Let us ask Jesus our Savior for pardon and peace. (pause)

Lord, Jesus, you are kind and full of compassion:
Lord, have mercy.

You are slow to anger and abounding in love:
Christ, have mercy.

You support all who fall, and raise up all who are bowed down:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A Just and merciful God,
true Lord of every home,
come into our midst today
to speak your word.

Enable us to welcome you with joy,
and to give mercy and forgiveness a place in our lives.

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 What do you look like, O God of compassion?

A shepherd who carries the lost sheep home;
a woman who sweeps the whole house to find a single coin;
a father who never gives up hope
that his wayward son will come home to be loved.
Count us among the children of the covenant,
among those sinners who are found by Jesus
who has come into our world to seek out and save what was lost.

We make our prayer 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 To the God who can do all things and who is merciful to all,
let us pray in the name of Jesus, the friend of outcasts
and the guest of sinners.

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

1 May our politicians and Government Officials follow the example of Zacchaeus and be open to accept responsibility for the wrongs they may have done and be ready to make amends for them. We pray:

2 For all those who are regarded as outcasts of society: (pause)
that, like Christ, we may have the courage and generosity to befriend them.
We pray:

3 That those in prison may not lose hope, but may look forward to freedom and integration with the community where they can rebuild their lives. We pray:
4 That we may all learn from the example of Zacchaeus who, after one encounter with Christ, changed his life completely. We pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]
P God of mercy, we know that you will never forsake us.
May this give us hope
and serve as a model in our dealings with others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Compassionate Father,
your Son Jesus did not condemn outcasts and sinners
but shared their table.
In his presence they found the courage to stand up and walk with dignity.

As we bring ourselves and our gifts before you
we ask you to accept us as you accepted Zacchaeus.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Suggested Preface: Ordinary Time Vlll


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
In the name of Jesus the Lord
we now ask our heavenly Father to forgive us
as we forgive those who sin against us.


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from the sin
of condemning people to their past.
Help us to seek out and befriend those that are ‘lost’
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Zacchaeus:
“I must stay at your house today.”
You ate with outcasts and sinners
in order to let them know that they too were precious to God.
Help us to reach out to those
who feel that they are rejected by society
so that we will all enjoy the peace of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
In a spirit of humility,
and conscious of being equal in God’s sight,
we offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.


Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
When we break this Bread and share this Wine,
we declare that we, the baptized,
honor all people as our sisters and brothers.
We are all members of one family.


Invitation to Communion
Behold the Lord Jesus
who has come to seek out and to save the lost.
Blessed are we to be invited to his holy banquet.


Prayer after Communion
Merciful God,
today we have been the guests of Jesus, your Son.

Today we may meet people who crave for a smile,
wait for a kind word,
or look for a sign of friendship.

Do not allow us to pass them by with unseeing eyes
but help us to respond to them as did Jesus to Zacchaeus.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.



Blessing
May the Lord of salvation dwell within you.
AMEN.

May the Lord inspire you to welcome the sinner.
AMEN

May the Lord be merciful to you and give you peace.
AMEN.

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


Dismissal
Our celebration is ended.
Go now and welcome Jesus into your homes.