Ordinary Time C

Dic 2016

 

 

1st Sunday of Advent - A

2nd Sunday of Advent - A

3rd Sunday of Advent - A

4th Sunday of Advent - A

E U C H A R I S T - CHRISTMAS Eve & Day

Feast of The Holy Family - Year ABC

 


 

1st Sunday of Advent - A

 

Introduction
The Family assigned to light the ADVENT CANDLE assembles in the front seat on ‘Candle’ Side.
The Cantor sings the Verse:
The Choir leads the Assembly in singing the Response.

When the Ministers are ready to begin the Procession the CM says: Please STAND.
C The Spirit and the Church cry out:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

C All those who await his coming pray:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

C The whole creation pleads:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

[pause]
CM On this, the First Sunday of Advent,
as we await Christ’s coming,
let us sing our Gathering Hymn.

The Ministers begin the procession.
Presider kisses the altar.
He may go to his Chair – as usual – or he may decide to stand behind the Wreath.
Sanctuary Assistants with clear Book and microphone are in attendance.
Other Ministers proceed to usual places.



Sign of the Cross

Greeting & Introduction
P Blessed be the Lord Jesus who is, who was, and who is to come!
May he find you prepared for his coming and
may his grace be with you!
All And with your spirit.

My brothers and sisters,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory,
let us pray that God will make us witnesses of Christ,
who became one of us
to bring salvation to all. [pause]

Blessing of Wreath
P Lord God, our Source of hope,
you gather all nations in your kingdom of light and peace.
On this day when we celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death,
we look forward to his return
when we will share the vision of your glory.

Lord, bless your people +
who look upon this WREATH
as the evergreen sign of your faithful love.
Dispel the darkness of sin,
that the light and joy of Jesus may shine in this waiting world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Assigned family ascends the Sanctuary and lights one Advent Candle.
At the appropriate time the Presider says:

As we light this Advent wreath,
let us pray that it be a reminder of God’s promises,
especially to those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Let God’s word guide our feet on the road of peace.

This next section may be omitted because of Blessing Rite - as on Passion Sunday et al.

Introduction and Litany of Praise
P Today, the Readings urge us to be vigilant as we look forward to the second coming of Christ when God’s promises will be fulfilled.

Lord Jesus, you warn us to be prepared
because you are coming at a time we least expect:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, it is now the hour for us to awake from sleep,
for the night of sin is over and the day draws near:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, we must cast off the deeds of darkness,
and live honorably as in the daylight:
Lord, have mercy.



Opening Prayer
A God of majesty and power,
unknown is the day and unexpected the hour
when Christ at last will come.

Rouse your household from its sleep and keep it watchful.
Hasten the advent of that day
when the sounds of war will be for ever stilled,
the darkness of evil scattered,
and all your children gathered into one.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near,
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B Merciful and faithful God,
you sent your only-begotten Son,
the teacher of truth and the font of reconciliation,
to gather the warring nations of earth
into the peace of your everlasting reign.

Stir up within us the spirit of joyful expectation,
that, leaving behind the darkness of night,
we may run to greet your day as it draws near,
and gladly welcome your Christ
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.




GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS
P As we enter the season of Advent we pray to God that we can avail ourselves of the opportunity for a new beginning in grace.

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

1 That Church leaders may see the Advent Season as an ‘acceptable time of salvation’ and invite all peoples to join in the great pilgrimage to the house of the Father….. we pray:

2 That those who still live under the power of darkness may see light and abandon a life marked by drunkenness, sexual excess, quarreling or jealousy, we pray:

3 Let us pray that Isaiah’s vision will come true in our lifetime: that nation will not lift up the sword against nation; that there will be no more training for war….. we pray:

4 That all the nations of the world will spend less on armaments and more on ways and means to provide better housing, food, education, health services especially among the impoverished peoples of the world….. we pray:

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

P God of love and mercy, listen to our prayers. May your Son at his coming dispel the darkness of our hearts, and enable us to live as children of the light. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Prayer over the Gifts
Grant, O Lord, that the gifts we present
may be pleasing in your eyes.

Make us watchful
and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may find us active in his service
and joyful in his praise.

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

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Now is the time of our salvation. (pause)
Let us prepare for the coming of the reign of God
as we pray in the words that Jesus gave us.


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
that separates us from you.
Despite the tensions of our day,
keep us free from fear.
Wake us up from our indifference
and keep alive in us the hope
that we will be ready for the final coming
of our Savior, Jesus Christ.



Prayer for Peace
Isaiah said:
‘Nation will not lift sword against nation,
and there will be no more war or training for war.’
Lord, grant that the world may turn away from violence
and terrorism and war,
so that all of God’s children
may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


Exchange 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
P As we break the bread of life,
in a sharing of communion in the Lord,
we remember the promise of Jesus:
"See, I am coming soon." (Rev. 22.7)
And let us pray:

A "Maran-atha! Come, Lord Jesus!" (1 Cor. 16:22)


Invitation to Communion
Behold our Master
who bids us to stay alert and prepare for his return in glory.
Blessed are we who are invited to his banquet.


Lord, I am not worthy….


Prayer after Communion
Lord God,
you have satisfied our hunger with the one bread
that sustains the human heart;
give us the strength to overcome the scourge of violence and war
and to safeguard your law of truth and justice.
Keep alive in us the hope that guides us on our pilgrim way.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.



Blessing
May God make you steadfast in faith, joyful in hope,
and untiring in love all the days of your life. AMEN.

You believe that the Son of God once lived among us;
you look for him to come again. AMEN.

When Jesus comes in glory,
may he reward you with endless life. AMEN.


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

Dismissal
A Brothers and sisters:
let us lay aside the works of darkness
and march toward the light of the Day of Christ.

B Go forth in peace to prepare the way of the Lord.

 

 

2nd Sunday of Advent - A


Preparation
The Family assigned to light the candle on the ADVENT WREATH assembles in the front seat.
The candle that was lighted the previous Sunday is already lit before the Procession begins.


OPTIONAL
The Cantor sings the Verse:
The Choir leads the Assembly in singing the Response.

When the Ministers are ready to begin the CM says: Please STAND.

C The Spirit and the Church cry out:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

C All those who await his appearance pray:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

C The whole creation pleads:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

[pause]
CM As we await Christ’s coming let us sing our Gathering Hymn:

The Ministers begin the procession.
Presider kisses the altar …. then proceeds to his Chair..
Other Ministers proceed to their usual places.


Sign of the Cross


Greeting
P Praised be Jesus our Lord,
whose coming is announced by John the Baptist!
May you prepare for Jesus a straight path,
and may his peace and love be with you.
All And with your spirit.

Lighting of Candles
P Praised be Jesus our Lord,
whose coming is announced by John the Baptist!
May you prepare for Jesus a straight path,
and may his peace and love be with you.
All And with your spirit.


Introduction and Litany of Praise
A Jesus did not look down on sinners, nor avoid them; on the contrary, he reached out to them, assuring them that his Father is a God of mercy and compassion, always ready to forgive.

B Jesus welcomed sinners and sat down at table to eat and drink with them. As we gather round the Lord’s table we are conscious of our sinfulness. But we are even more conscious of the Lord’s welcome. As we prepare to celebrate this Eucharist we rejoice in God’s love and forgiveness.

A & B Lord Jesus,
you welcome sinners and eat with them:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus,
you rejoice when sinners repent and you receive them with joy:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you are the Good Shepherd
searching for the lost ones and leading them back to your fold:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A Your kingdom is at hand,
O God of justice and peace;
you made John the Baptist its herald
to announce the coming of Christ,
who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Give us a spirit of repentance
to make us worthy of the kingdom,
that in our day justice will flourish
and conflict give way to the peace of Christ.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,v whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B Stir up within us,
O God of peace and mercy,
a sincere desire for repentance,
that, baptized with the Holy Spirit
and enkindled by the fire of your love,
we may bring to every situation
the justice, gentleness and peace
that the incarnation of your Word
has caused to sprout and blossom upon the earth.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
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 for the coming of a new age of justice and peace for all peoples.

CM Our response is: Lord, make us your faithful people.

1 For the church: (pause)
that like John the Baptist, may always be a light to expose evil
and a voice to summon sinners to righteousness. We pray:

2 For world leaders: (pause)
that they may be converted to walk on the path of peace;
that they may try harder to put an end to war and oppression. We pray:

3 For our government and civic leaders: (pause)
that they seek after justice and defend the rights of the poor so that peace may reign in our land. We pray:

4 That the Lord protect our country and our people from natural calamities and the evils of corruption and injustice. For this we pray:
[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P God our Father, help us in our struggle to do what is right and just.
May we be able to welcome the Lord when he comes.
This we ask in his name - Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Grant, O Lord,
that the gifts we present
may be pleasing in your eyes.

Make us watchful
and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son;
that, when he shall appear,
he may find us active in his service
and joyful in his praise.
We ask this in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray that God’s reign may come among us,
and that justice and peace
may flourish in our world.


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and give us dedicated women and men
to work for that peace
which is the sign of the presence of your Son on earth.

Turn our hearts to you and free us from sin,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rite of Peace
Isaiah said:
“Then the wolf shall live with the lamb,
calf and lion cub will feed together.”

Lord, guided by this vision
let us promote the peace and unity of your kingdom v where you live for ever and ever.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


Sign of Peace
The Baptizer pointed the way to Christ.
Let us acknowledge Christ in each other as we offer a sign of peace.


Lamb of God.


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Lamb of God.
It is he who is coming to save us.
Blessed are we who have been invited to supper of the Lamb.


Prayer after Communion
Lord, God of hope,
in this Eucharist we have celebrated
the coming of your Son in our midst.

Let this brief encounter with him
refresh and restore us
so that we may become humble road-signs
to a quality of justice and peace
that only you can give.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Blessing
May the God of power open our hearts to welcome Jesus.
AMEN.

May God remove all that hinders us from receiving him with joy.
AMEN.

May we hasten the coming of the day of God.
AMEN.

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


Dismissal
A All through the coming week
let us do our part in preparing the way of the Lord.

B Go forth in peace to prepare the way of the Lord.

 

 

3rd Sunday of Advent - A


Preparation
The Family assigned to light the candle on the ADVENT WREATH assembles in the front seat.
The 2 candles that were lighted the previous Sunday are already lit before the Procession begins.
The Cantor sings the Verse.
The Choir leads the Assembly in singing the Response.

When the Ministers are ready to begin the Procession the CM says: Please STAND.

C The Spirit and the Church cry out:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

C All those who await his appearance pray:

All Come, Lord Jesus!

C The whole creation pleads:
All Come, Lord Jesus!
[pause]
CM As we await Christ’s coming let us sing our Gathering Song:
The Ministers begin the procession
Presider kisses the altar…… then proceeds to the Chair.
Other Ministers proceed to their usual places.


Sign of the Cross

Greeting
Let us rejoice with joyful song
because the Lord is coming to save us!
May the Lord’s gift of salvation be with you all.


Introduction / Welcome

LIGHTING OF CANDLES
Introduction and Litany of Praise
Assigned family ascends the steps and lights the 3rd Candle on the ADVENT WREATH.
While they do this the Presider says slowly:

P: As we light the candle of our Advent wreath,
let us pray that God’s radiant splendor will bring the light of hope
to those whose lives are darkened by oppression and war.
May it enlighten our eyes to behold Christ in others.

The family members now return to their seat.

Litany of Praise
In today’s Gospel we see Jesus at work:
enabling the blind to see,
the deaf to hear,
the lame to walk.
It is a marvelous display of compassion for suffering humanity.

In this Eucharist we encounter the same compassionate Jesus.
Let us not be afraid to let him see our wounds and weaknesses. [Pause]

Lord Jesus, you proclaimed the good news to the poor:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, our Savior, you healed the sick and raised the dead to life:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have told us that we will be blessed
if we do not lose faith in you:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A God of glory and compassion,
at your touch even the wilderness blossoms,
broken lives are made whole,
and fearful hearts grow strong in faith.

Open our eyes to your presence
and awaken our hearts to sing your praise.
To all who long for your Son’s return
grant perseverance and patience.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B God of peace, whose word is
good news for the oppressed,
healing for the brokenhearted,
and freedom for all who are held bound;
gladden our hearts
and fashion the earth into a garden of righteousness and praise.

Sanctify us in spirit, soul and body,
so that we may generously prepare the way
for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was, who is and who is to come,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS
P As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Messiah,
we confidently place our needs before God the Father.

CM Our response is: Hear our prayer .
(Please repeat):

1 That those who exercise authority among us
may shun luxury and corruption;
may they, instead, follow the example of John the Baptist
who lived a life of austerity and integrity. Lord, in your mercy:

2 That parents may follow the example of John the Baptist in pointing out Christ and preparing his way in the lives of their children. Lord, in your mercy:

3 That the sick and the handicapped may draw strength and encouragement
from those who care for them. Lord, in your mercy:

4 That those burdened with sorrow, disappointment or loneliness may experience the gentle healing of Christ and be filled with joy this Christmas. Lord, in your mercy:

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

P God of mercy, take pity on our weakness.
May the coming of your Son
confirm our faith, strengthen our hope, and deepen our love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
O God of joy and gladness,
we present these simple gifts of bread and wine,
the fruit of rain and sunshine
and the patient work of our hands.
May the Spirit of your Son
help us to sustain one another
with the bread of nourishment
and the wine of joy.
We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

[The Presider may wish to use Preface #2 - John the Baptist]


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
One day the desert will blossom again
and we shall see the glory of God!
That this day may come soon, let us pray with confidence:


Deliver us Lord(based on Readings)
Deliver us, Lord, from the effects of sin
that prevent us from seeing your power and glory
in the world around us.

Strengthen the weak hands,
make firm the feeble knees,
give courage to the fearful hearts
as we wait with patience
for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Rite of Peace
Isaiah said:
“They will come to Zion shouting for joy,
everlasting joy on their faces;
joy and gladness will go with them
and sorrow and lament be ended.”
Lord, look not on our brokenness
but on the faith of your Church
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


Exchange of Peace
The Baptizer pointed the way to Christ.
Let us acknowledge Christ in each other as we offer a sign of peace.




Lamb of God.
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus
who proclaimed Good News to the poor,
and healed those who had disabilities.
Blessed are you who are gathered around his altar-table.


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

Solemn Blessing
You believe that the Son of God once lived among us;
you look for him to come again.
AMEN

May God make you steadfast in faith,
joyful in hope,
and untiring in love all the days of your life. AMEN

When Jesus comes again in glory,
may he reward you with life without end. AMEN.

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


Dismissal
Our celebration is ended.
Go, as Jesus has said, and tell others what you have seen and heard.

 

 

4th Sunday of Advent - A


Preparation
  The Family assigned to light the candles on the ADVENT WREATH assembles in the front seat.
The 3 candles that were lighted the previous Sundays are lighted before the Procession begins.
The Cantor sings / says the Verse.
The Choir leads the Assembly in singing / saying the Response.

When the Ministers are ready to begin the Procession the CM says: Please STAND.

C The Spirit and the Church cry out:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

C All those who await his appearance pray:
All Come, Lord Jesus!

C The whole creation pleads:
All Come, Lord Jesus!
[pause]
CM As we await Christ’s coming let us sing our Gathering Song.
v The Ministers begin the procession.
Presider kisses the altar.... then proceeds to the Chair.
Other Ministers proceed to their usual places.
 

Sign of the Cross


Greeting and Introduction
My brothers and sisters,
on this fourth and last Sunday of Advent,
I greet you with the words of the apostle Paul:
“From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
grace and peace be with you.”




LIGHTING OF CANDLES
Assigned family ascends the steps and lights the 4th Candle on the ADVENT WREATH.
While they do this the Presider says slowly:

P As we light the candles of our Advent wreath,
let us pray that we, like Mary and Joseph,
may welcome Christ into our lives
and so become instruments
of the coming of the reign of God in our troubled world.

The family members now return to their seat.




Introduction and Litany of Praise
Emmanuel, God-with-us, was born into the house of David,
yet he belongs to all nations.
Let us prepare for the coming of this child,
that he may in truth be ‘God with us.’

Lord Jesus, you are the son of David,
the Messiah foretold by the prophets:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God
who comes to deliver your people from their sins:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the son of Mary
Emmanuel,
God who dwells among his people:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A Eternal God,
in the psalms of David,
in the words of the prophets,
in the dream of Joseph
your promise is spoken.
At last, in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
your Word takes flesh.

Teach us to welcome Jesus, the promised Emmanuel,
and to preach the good news of his coming,
that every age may know him
as the source of redemption and grace.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B Eternal God, whom the heavens cannot contain,
you have chosen as your tabernacle
the womb of Mary, the Virgin of Nazareth.

Overshadow us with your power,
form us as your daughters and sons
and knit us together as your holy people
according to your word.

For you nothing is impossible
and so we offer you our prayer
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was, who is and who is to come,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS
P We are among the people who have been “called to belong to Jesus Christ”. As his people gathered here, let us now pray to God for the needs of the Church and the world.

CM Our response is: Come to us, Lord Jesus!
Please repeat:

1 For husbands and wives: (pause)
that they may find comfort in time of sorrow, strength in time of trial, and make Jesus the center of their lives. We pray:

2 For those parents in our community who are awaiting the birth of a child: (pause)
may they find God’s presence in the wonder of childbirth. We pray:

3 For all those preparing for marriage: (pause)
that like Mary and Joseph they may build their partnership on the firm foundation of the word of God. We pray:

4 For victims of rumor, gossip and false judgment: (pause)
may they find in us defenders of their rights and reputations. We pray:

5 May the poor and disadvantaged,
the lonely and abandoned,
experience the Lord’s consolation
through the efforts of the people who minister to them this Christmas: We pray:

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

P Faithful God,
like Joseph and Mary we long for the coming of Jesus into our lives. Hear these payers of your waiting people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
God of those who hope,
through these humble signs of bread and wine
we will welcome your Son Jesus Christ as our God-with-us.
Help us to welcome him also in the people around us
and to hear his constant call
in the events of everyday life.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Through Jesus, our God-with-us, let us pray with trust to our Father in heaven as we say / sing:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from the blindness
that prevents us from seeing the plight of those who are in need.
Open our ears to their cries for help.
Enable us to prepare in joy and hope
for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Rite of Peace
Isaiah said:
“The young woman is with child and shall bear a son
and shall name him Emmanuel.”
Lord Jesus,
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.

The peace of the Lord be with you always.


Exchange of Peace
Patiently awaiting the Lord whose coming is near,
let us offer one another a sign of peace.

[Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread]
P As we break the bread of life,
in a sharing of communion in the Lord,
we remember the promise of Jesus:
"See, I am coming soon." (Rev. 22.7)
And let us pray:

A "Maran-atha! Come, Lord Jesus!" (1 Cor. 16:22)


Lamb of God


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Mary,
our God-with-us.
Blessed are we who are called to his Banquet.


Prayer after Communion
Faithful God,
in this Eucharist we have again celebrated
the coming of your Son into our midst.
Plant within our hearts
your living Word of promise,
that, into a world grown weary
of empty dreams and broken promises,
we may bring forth the living presence
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN


Solemn Blessing
To all God’s beloved, who are called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace. AMEN.

You are God’s chosen people;
by his call you belong to Jesus Christ. AMEN.

You rejoice that our Redeemer came to live with us.
When he comes again in glory,
may he reward you with life without end. AMEN

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


Dismissal
Our celebration is ended.
With Mary and Joseph, go and prepare for the coming of the Lord.

 

E U C H A R I S T - CHRISTMAS Eve & Day

When the Ministers have lined up in the center of the church the Commentator CM says:

CM Please Stand.
Dear friends:
On this (night) (day), 20___ years ago, Jesus, our Savior, was born.
Shepherds and Wise Men came to adore him. (Pause)

We, too, have come to adore him…..
so let us now rejoice, as we sing:

Ay O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL. [2 verses max.]

[Procession to the Sanctuary begins]
Sign of the Cross

Greeting
P. Sisters and brothers in Christ:
On that first Christmas Night the Angel said:
"Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good news;
a message of peace and joy is given to the whole world.
Today in the city of David,
a Savior is born to you who is Christ, the Lord."
May the peace and joy of the newborn child be with you all.

Introduction and Welcome


Litany of Praise
Before listening to the Word of God
and celebrating at the Table of the Lord
let us praise the Lord Jesus Christ. [pause]

Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of Peace:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are Son of God and Son of Mary:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are Word made flesh and radiance of God’s glory:
Lord, have mercy.

The Gloria is given special prominence during the proclamation of the Gospel]


Opening Prayer
A ICEL 1997

Good and gracious God,
on this holy night you gave us your Son,
the Lord of the universe, wrapped in bands of cloth,
the Savior of humankind, lying in a manger.

On this holy night
draw us into the mystery of your love.

Join our voices with the heavenly host,
that we may sing your glory on high.

Give us a place among the shepherds,
that we may find the one for whom we have waited,
Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
in the splendor of eternal light,
God forever and ever. AMEN

Or
B Taken from Eucharistic Liturgies edited by J. Gallen
In joyful celebration of the message of peace and joy
let us pray: [pause]
Father we thank you for the ‘magic’ of Christmas,
this special moment of gladness and joy
when we celebrate all the beauty of being human.

We thank you for the message of peace
which you speak to us in your Son.

You are not afraid to become one of us,
to reach out and touch those you have called your own.

And we need not be afraid of you,
for you are a God
who is pleased to make your home with us.
We sing your praise with all the peoples of our world,
for you are our God,
today and everyday, forever and ever. AMEN

Responsorial Psalm: 'Let Heaven Rejoice’ by Bob Dufford SJ

CM Tonight we join the whole of creation as we sing:

Ref. Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad; let all creation sing.
Let children proclaim through ev'ry land: "Hosanna to our King."

2. Rise in splendor; shake off your sleep; put on your robes of joy,
And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord. Ref

5. Nations tremble, wise men amazed, a child has been born this night.
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, a Father, Prince of Peace. Ref.

6. Songs of angels, "Glory on high, and peace to all on earth.
I bear glad tidings, born this day, your Savior and your God" Ref.

[Because of time constraints the 2nd Reading is omitted]

CM Please STAND for the Alleluia and Gospel

Celtic Alleluia!
Alleluia! “I bring you news of great joy,
joy for all the nations,
For today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!




THE CHRISTMAS GOSPEL
In this Gospel two texts will be sung,

GLORY TO GOD…. ON EARTH . or PAPURI SA DIYOS... N'YA.
and COME TO BETHLEHEM AND SEE

The message of the Angel can be spoken by a person - Male or Female - stationed in the Sacristy.
Legend: P = Presider; N = Narrator; A = Angel; Cr = Choir; Ay = Assembly

P. A PROCLAMATION OF THE GOOD NEWS ACCORDING TO LUKE
[Luke 2.1-20]

N In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus
that all the world should be registered.
This was the first registration
and was taken while Quirinius was Governor of Syria.
All went to their own towns to be registered.
Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee
to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem,
because he was descended from the house and family of David.
He went to be registered with Mary,
to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

While they were there,
the time came for her to deliver her child.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son
and wrapped him in bands of cloth,
and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them:

A. Do not be afraid, for see -
I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you:
you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth
and lying in a manger.

N Suddenly a great multitude of heaven’s angels appeared with the angel praising God and singing:
Ay Glory, Glory to God in the highest,       Papuri sa Diyos, Papuri sa Diyos,
Glory to God.                                              Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan.
Glory, Glory to God in the highest,            At sa lupa’y kapayapaan,
Glory to God.                                             at sa lupa’y kapaypaan,
Amen, Amen, Amen.                                 sa mga taong kinalulugdan N’ya.
N When the angels had left them and gone into heaven,
the shepherds said to one another:

Cr. Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing.
Come adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Ay GLO-RI-A IN EXCELSIS DE-O.
GLO-RI-A IN EXCELSIS DE-E-O.

N So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the child lying in the manger.

When they saw this,
they made known what had been told to them about this child:
and all who heard it were amazed
at what the shepherds had told them.

But Mary treasured all these words
and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
as it had been told them.

P. THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD.

CM Please be SEATED.


Guidelines
After the Gospel, the Couple assigned to carry the Infant Jesus to the Crib take the image (from the Sacristy) and walk slowly across the front of the Sanctuary. When they arrive there they place the Image in the crib. They then take up a position outside the entrance of the Crib and remain there until after the children have gone. They then return to their seats.

CM The Manger / Crib will now be blessed. [pause]
We invite all the children to join the couple as they walk towards the Crib.
(She points to where it is located and, if necessary, repeats the instruction.)

The Presider joins the Couple and the children in their procession.

He puts incense in the Thurible, incenses the Image(s) … and then the children.
He then prays the Blessing prayer. [Page 6].

Christmas Eve / Day - 5

CM Please KNEEL for the Blessing.

The Blessing of the Crib

P Let us pray. [pause]

We praise and thank you, Lord, God of the nations.
To set us free, you sent your only Son
to be born of the Virgin Mary.

A lowly cave was his birth-place;
the animal's manger was his first cradle.
Yet all the while the angels sang out his glory.

God of Mary and Joseph,
of shepherds and animals,
bless + us whenever we gaze on this Crib.

Through all the days of Christmas
may this crib tell the story
of how shepherds and wise men,
angels and animals,
found Christ in Bethlehem.

All praise and thanksgiving be yours, Father,
through Jesus your Son,
truly God and truly human,
living and reigning with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever. AMEN.

[The Presider now returns to the Chair for the Homily.]
Homily

Credo Before the beginning of the CREDO the CM says: Please STAND

CM During the recitation of the CREDO you are requested to KNEEL and PAUSE after the words ' ....BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY' .

CM is the first to kneel down at the appointed time.
After a suitable pause, e.g. ½ minute, the CM says: PLEASE STAND.
The Credo continues, 'He suffered under Pontius Pilate…..’


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS
P On this holy (night) (day),
let us ask Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Mary, to intercede for us.

CM Let our response be: Lord, bless your people.

1 Prince of Peace,
at your birth the angels announce the Good News to the shepherds.
Fill our world, torn by division, hatred and wars, with the good news of reconciliation and peace. We pray:

2 Emmanuel, you make your dwelling among us.
Bless all the families of our parish, especially those that are suffering at this time: We pray:

3 Divine Shepherd, you lead the shepherds to the manger.
Bless our religious and political leaders.
Make them humble and responsible servants of your people. We pray:

4 Divine Messiah, many still do not know you.
Let the Good News of your coming resound throughout the world
so that people will hear the comforting words of hope and salvation. We pray:

5 Infant Jesus, bless our world with food and people who care for others so that there will never be another hungry or unloved child in our midst. We pray:

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

P Father of Jesus, hear these prayers that we have made to Jesus, your Son and our Lord. AMEN.


Presentation of the Gifts



Prayer over the Gifts
Loving Father,
your gift of your Son, Jesus,
shows us what it is to be human.
May the presentation of our gifts today
make us fully human and fully alive,
like your newborn Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
AMEN.


Christmas Eve / Day 7

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER #2
Introductory Dialogue

It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

Today you fill our hearts with joy and wonder
as we recognize in Christ the revelation of your love.
No eye can see his glory as our God,
yet now he is seen as one of us.

Christ is your Son before all ages,
yet now he is born in time.
He has come to lift up all things to himself,
to restore unity to all creation
and lead straying humanity back to the heavenly Kingdom.

And so, with all the Angels, we praise you,
as in joyful celebration we acclaim:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.

[Christmas and its Octave:
We gather here together before you
in communion with the whole church,
and we celebrate the most holy (night) (day)
when Mary, in her glorious virginity,
gave birth to the Savior of the world.
Through him, our Redeemer and our Lord, we pray:]
Send down your Spirit upon these gifts
to make them holy
that they may become for us
the Body and + Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed
and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and,
giving thanks,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT:
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the cup
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith.
A We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your resurrection
until you come again.

B When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death. O Lord,
until you come again.

C Save us, Savior of the world,
for by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life
and the cup of salvation,
giving thanks that you have deemed us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Humbly we pray that,
partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ,
we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,
and bring her to the fullness of love,
together with N., our Pope,
N., our bishop,
and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep
in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints,
who had found favor with you throughout the ages,
we may share eternal life with them
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord's Prayer
The Son of God became a child among us
that we might become children of God
who dare to say / sing:

Deliver us, Lord
Deliver us, Father, from all that is evil,
from fear and despair…
from everything that prevents us from being fully human.
V Keep us faithful in proclaiming
your tidings of peace and joy
as we wait in hope for the second coming
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus, at your birth the angels sang:
'Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to all people on earth.'
(Yet conflict still continues in the Holy Land -
the land where you were born.
Enable us to continue the struggle for peace
in our own land – ______________ -
and throughout the world.)
Grant to us who have heard the message of the angels
the peace and unity where you live forever and ever. AMEN.

May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be always with you.


Invitation to exchange peace
“Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
he will be called “Prince of Peace.” [Isaiah 9:6]

Let us share that peace in our blessing of one another.


LAMB OF GOD.....


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Mary.
He is our God-with-us.
Blessed are we who are called to receive him.


Post Communion
Glory to you, our God, in the highest heaven!
With angels and shepherds,
with Mary and Joseph,
and with all people of good will
who long for peace,
we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus.

As guests at his table,
let us become, with him,
your gift and your sign of hope to a waiting world.
We make our prayer through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing Based on the 2nd Reading
A May the joy of the angels,
the wonder of the shepherds,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child
be yours this Christmas. AMEN

B God sent angels to the shepherds
to herald the great joy of our Savior’s birth.
May you be filled with joy
and be heralds of his Gospel. AMEN

And may the blessing of our loving God,
+ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and your families today….. and forever. AMEN.

Dismissal [The Presider says in these or similar words]
“A child has been born for us,
a son given to us.” (pause)
Let us go and share with the world
the peace and joy of the Child of Bethlehem.

Christmas Eve / Day 12

 

 

 

Feast of The Holy Family - Year ABC

Attn: Presiders:
Please convey to the CM and Organist if you plan to use the Optional Gloria as on page 2.
Otherwise, you may intone the GLORIA.



Greeting
Praised be God the Father
for sending his Son to be a part of the human family.
May the grace of God be with you and your family.


Introduction
God is Family.
God is Father, Son and Spirit.
By our Baptism we became adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus;
we are members of the Church – the family of God.
Today we celebrate the memory of the Holy Family of Nazareth -
- Jesus, Mary and Joseph. [pause]


Litany of Praise
Lord Jesus,
when you became a member of the human family you sanctified all families. Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus,
you grew up in Nazareth and lived as the son of the local carpenter.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you accepted to live under the authority of Mary and Joseph.
Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God…..

Optional Feast of the Holy Family
TODAY THE ANGELS
[This is designed to replace the GLORIA]
P. Today the angels sing in the heavens - sing with them!
Ay Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

P. Today the shepherds come to Bethlehem - come with them!
Ay Glory to God in the highest…. on earth. Papuri sa Diyos…. sa kaitaasan!

P. They search for and find Joseph and Mary and the newborn child - search with them!
Ay Glory to God in the highest…. on earth. Papuri sa Diyos…. sa kaitaasan!

P. They marvel and give glory to God for all that they have seen and heard -
give glory to God!
Ay Glory to God in the highest…. on earth. Papuri sa Diyos…. sa kaitaasan!

( Appropriate for Year A )
P Today Joseph and Mary and Jesus made their home in a town called Nazareth - stay with them!
Ay Glory to God in the highest…. on earth. Papuri sa Diyos…. sa kaitaasan!

( Appropriate for Year B )

P Today Joseph and Mary present their child to the Lord in the temple of Jerusalem - present yourselves with him.
Ay Glory to God in the highest…. on earth. Papuri sa Diyos…. sa kaitaasan!

( Appropriate for Year C )
P Today Mary and Joseph find their Son Jesus in the temple,
listening to the teachers and asking them questions - listen to him!
Ay Glory to God in the highest…. on earth. Papuri sa Diyos…. sa kaitaasan!



Opening Prayer
A ICEL – 1997

Loving God,
guardian of our homes,
when you entrusted your Son
to the care of Mary and Joseph,
you did not spare them the pains
that touch the life of every family.

Teach us to rely on your word,
that in our trials as in our joys
our families may be clothed in gentleness and patience
and united in love.

Make us ever thankful
for the blessings you give us
through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
in the splendor of eternal light,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B Prayers for SUNDAYS AND SEASONS

What love you have bestowed upon us,
O good and gracious God,
in letting us be called your children,
and in giving us your Son, Jesus,
to live as a child among us
in the family of Mary and Joseph!

Let all who seek the face of Christ find him,
not only here, in this house of prayer,
but in the households, large and small,
where your love is revealed
in our love for each other.

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.

For the Feast of the HOLY FAMILY, earlier editions of the Roman LECTIONARY contained one set of Readings for Year ABC and a separate Gospel for Years A, B and C.

The compilers had obviously searched the Scriptures and selected what they considered the most appropriate Readings for this feast.

Later editions have introduced separate sets of Readings for Years A, B and C; these seem less appropriate for the celebration of family life on Holy Family Sunday.

The CBCP has opted for the earlier version and this is displayed in the Ordo for Year A,B,C


First Reading: Sirach 3 2-6, 12-14
A reading from the book of Sirach

The Lord honors a father above his children,
and he confirms a mother’s right over her children.
Those who honor their father atone for sins,
and those who respect their mother
are like those who lay up treasure.
Those who honor their father
will have joy in their own children,
and when they pray they will be heard.
Those who respect their father will have long life,
and those who honor their mother obey the Lord.

My child, help your parents in their old age,
and do not grieve them as long as they live;
even if their minds fail, be patient with them;
because you have all your faculties do not despise them.
For kindness to your mother and father will not be forgotten,
and will be credited to you against your sins.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm: 'Let heaven rejoice..' verses 2,5 & 6
Ref. Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad; let all creation sing.
Let children proclaim through ev'ry land: "Hosanna to our King."

2. Rise in splendor, shake off your sleep, put on your robes of joy,
And morning’s light will show to you the glory of the Lord. Ref

6 Songs of angels, "Glory on high, and peace to all on earth.
I bear glad tidings: born this day, your Savior and your God" Ref.

[ Add in Year A ]
7A Back from Egypt where they hid and lived as refugees,
Mary, Joseph and their child went home to Nazareth. Ref.

[ Add in Year B ]
7B Joseph and Mary, obeying the Law, went up to Jerusalem,
and in the temple of the Lord they offered their only Son. Ref.

[ Add in Year C ]
7C Mary and Joseph searched in vain for Jesus their missing child;
but in the temple there they found the one who for us died. Ref.


Second Reading: Colossians 3: 12-17, 19-21
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colossians

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Bear with one another and,
if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other;
just as the Lord has forgiven you,
so you also must forgive.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in the one body.
And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly;
teach and admonish one another in all wisdom;
and with gratitude in your hearts
sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed.
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord,

Fathers, do not provoke your children,
or they may lose heart.

The word of the Lord.


Celtic Alleluia! [Verse may be sung]
Alleluia!
“I bring you news of great joy,
joy for all the nations,
For today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!


Gospel
Year A - Mat 2: 13-15, 19-23
Year B - Luke 2: 22-40
Year C - Luke 2: 41-52


Holy Family – Year A

Gospel Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
+ A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew

After the wise men had left,
an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph to a dream and said,
“Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt,
and remain there until I tell you;
for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night,
and went to Egypt,
and remained there until the death of Herod.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord
through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared
in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,
“Get up, take the child and his mother,
and go to the land of Israel,
for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.”
Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother,
and went to the land of Israel.

But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
in place of his father Herod,
he was afraid to go there.
And after being warned in a dream,
he went away to the district of Galilee.
There he made his home in a town called Nazareth,
so that what had been spoken through the prophets
might be fulfilled,
“He will be called a Nazorean.”

The gospel of the Lord.


Longer Version - Year B

Gospel Luke 2:22-40
+ A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.

When the time came for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
(as it is written to the law of the Lord,
“Every firstborn made shall be designated as holy to the Lord.”)
and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated
in the law of the Lord,
“a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;
this man was righteous and devout,
Looking forward to the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him what was customary under the law,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed
at what was being said about him.

Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary,
“this child is destined for the falling
and the rising of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be opposed
so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed –
and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Asher.
She was of a great age,
having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
then as a widow to the age of eighty-four.
She never left the temple
but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day.
At that moment she came,
and began to praise God and to speak about the child
to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Mary and Joseph had finished everything required
by the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and that favor of God was upon him.

The gospel of the Lord.


Shorter Version – Year B

Gospel Luke 2:22, 25-27, 34-35, 39-40

+ A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.

When the time came for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;
this man was righteous and devout,
looking forward to the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him what was customary under the law,

Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary,
“This child is destined for the falling
and the rising of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be opposed
so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed –
and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

When Mary and Joseph had finished everything required
by the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town in Nazareth.
the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

The gospel of the Lord.




Year C

Gospel Luke 2:41-52
+ A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.

Now every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem
for the festival of the Passover.
And when he was twelve years old,
they went up as usual for the festival.

When the festival was ended and they started to return,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Assuming that he was in the group of travelers,
they went a day’s journey.
They started to look for him among their relatives and friends.
When they did not find him,
they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.

After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting among the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions.
And all who heard him were amazed
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him they were astonished;
and his mother said to him
“Child, why have you treated us like this?
Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.”
He said to them,
“Why were you searching for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.

Then Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them.
His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years,
and in divine and human favor.

The Gospel of the Lord.


GENERAL INTERCESSIONS
P As we celebrate the feast of the HOLY FAMILY, let us pray to God who is both Father and Mother of the whole human family.

CM And let our response be: Bless your family, Lord.

1 For the family of the Church: (pause)
that it may be a mother and a home for all people in need. We pray:

2 For parents and grandparents: (pause)
that like Mary and Joseph they may be models of upright living. We pray:

3 For families that are severely tried by poverty,
and by problems related to drugs and sexual abuse: (pause)
that society may support them in their efforts to live a more human life. We pray:

4 For separated couples and their children: (pause)
that they may meet warmhearted people whose understanding love helps them to cope with the disappointments of life. We pray:

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

P Lord, grant that we may praise rather than criticize,
sympathize rather than condemn,
give rather than receive,
so that our homes may become places where love and peace reign.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.



Prayer over the Gifts
Lord of all Creation,
we are mindful that these gifts of bread and wine
have already been blessed by sun, earth and rain.
And we are grateful for all the Blessings of Life
that you have given us.
We pray that our families
may be nurtured in forgiveness and understanding
and nourished by friendship and care.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


EUCHARISTIC PRAYER #2

Introductory Dialogue
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

Today you fill our hearts with joy and wonder
as we recognize in Christ the revelation of your love.
No eye can see his glory as our God,
yet now he is seen as one of us.

Christ is your Son before all ages,
yet now he is born in time.
He has come to lift up all things to himself,
to restore unity to all creation
and lead straying humanity back to the heavenly Kingdom.

And so, with all the Angels, we praise you,
as in joyful celebration we acclaim:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.

[Christmas and its Octave:
We gather here together before you
in communion with the whole church,
and we celebrate the most holy (night) (day)
when Mary, in her glorious virginity,
gave birth to the Savior of the world.
Through him, our Redeemer and our Lord, we pray:]
Send down your Spirit upon these gifts
to make them holy
that they may become for us
the Body and + Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed
and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and,
giving thanks,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT:
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the cup
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith.

A We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your resurrection
until you come again.

B When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death. O Lord,
until you come again.

C Save us, Savior of the world,
for by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
giving thanks that you have deemed us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Humbly we pray that,
partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ,
we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,
and bring her to the fullness of love,
together with N., our Pope,
N., our bishop,
and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep
in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints,
who had found favor with you throughout the ages,
we may share eternal life with them
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever. AMEN.


Invitation to the Lord's Prayer
In union with the family of all the children of God
we pray with hope the prayer taught us by our Brother, Jesus:


Deliver us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and let the peace of Christ
live in our hearts and our homes.
Give us compassion, gentleness and patience
that we may prepare in hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus, at your birth the angels sang:
'Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to all people on earth.'
(Yet conflict still continues in Palestine -
the land where you were born.
Enable us to continue the struggle for peace
in our own land - the Philippines -
and throughout the world.)
Grant to us who have heard the message of the angels
the peace and unity where you live forever and ever. AMEN.

May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be always with you.


Invitation to share the gift of peace
St. Paul reminds us that
if “we bear with one another
and forgive one another
then the peace of Christ will rule in our hearts”.
So let us now offer each other a sign of peace.


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


LAMB OF GOD.....


Invitation to Communion
Behold Christ Jesus, the Son of the Virgin Mary.
Blessed are we who are invited
to the banquet of the family of the children of God.


Post Communion Prayer
Creator God,
we thank you the gift of Jesus your Son.
May he keep on living in our homes and communities.
Let us, like Mary and Joseph,
be ready for any task you may entrust to us.
for we can do everything in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.



Solemn Blessing [based on Colossians 3: 12- 17]
You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved. AMEN

Bear with one another and forgive one another,
if one has a grievance against another. AMEN

May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts
this day and forever. AMEN.

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

Dismissal
Our celebration is ended.
Go and follow the example of the Holy Family in your daily lives.