Presider’s page for Ordinary Time 8 (Sun 2 March)
Opening Comment (for the Presider)
The Lord gathers us in to his loving embrace, the Lord who invites us not to worry about tomorrow. Setting our hearts on his kingdom, we entrust all our tomorrows to him and ask him to help us live for this, his day
Alternative Opening Prayer (from the 1998 ICEL Missal)
your care for us surpasses even a mother’s tender love.
Through this word and sacrament
renew our trust in your provident care,
that we may abandon all anxiety and seek first 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.
Introduction to the Scripture readings (for Ministers of the Word)
Isaiah 49:14-15, Psalm 61, 1 Corinthians 4:105, Matthew 6:24-34. The Gospel assures us of the Father’s care for us and invites us not to worry about small things; the first reading echoes the Gospel with its image of the tender love of God. The psalm reinforces this, inviting deep trust in God. And Paul reminds us that those who live good lives will get the praise they deserve, when the Lord comes.
Introduction (by the Presider): God is to us a rock, a stronghold, so we pour out our hearts before him and bring forward all our needs…
- For all who believe, that they may experience God’s tender love (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us
- For Christian leaders, that they may teach the world who God is (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us
- For mothers, that they may always be well supported in their task of raising the next generation (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For respect for women, that all cultures may respect women’s rights and dignity (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- On this Temperance Sunday, we remember those who find temperance hard, that God may help them (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all of us, as we begin our Lenten pilgrimage this week, that we may learn greater temperance, one day at a time (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
The presider prays for the dead (especially N & N) that they may rest in God, eternally (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider): O God, our fortress and our strength, hear the prayers of your people and help them grow in trust of you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONGS AT MASS (suggestions for Ministers of Music): Only in God; Seek ye first; I will never forget you; Holy God we praise thy name.