03Oct Presider’s Page for 3 October (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Opening Comment
October is Mission Month. In three weeks time we will honour the work of missionaries on Mission Sunday; throughout the month, we are challenged by the Mission theme for 2021: ‘We cannot remain silent’, based on the strong words from the Acts of the Apostles: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

Today is Day for Life in Ireland, which invites Catholics to consider a more positive and compassionate response to the care of people who are in the final stages of life .

Penitential Rite
As we enter into this celebration, we recall times we have failed to show love, never forgetting God’s mercy (pause)
Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life; Lord, have mercy…
Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins; Cbrist, have mercy….
Lord Jesus, you feed us with your body and blood; Lord, have mercy….

Alternative Opening Prayer (for Year B, from the 1998 ICEL Missal)
Creator God,
in Christ you call man and woman
to the fullness of glory
for which you created them in your image.
Heal our hardened hearts,
renew our obedience to your spoken will,
and conform our lives to your gracious design.

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.

Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Genesis 2:18-24 — Includes the second creation story given in the Bible: we are taught here that man and woman are meant to be together.
Hebrews 2:9-11 — On most Sundays between now and the feast of Christ the King, the second reading will be from the Letter to the Hebrews. This was written about AD 80, to show the people of the time that Jesus fulfilled the needs of Jews and Greeks alike.
Mark 10:2-16 — Jesus instructs his followers about family life, repeating the teaching given in Genesis and telling all to be as trustful as little children.

BIDDING PRAYERS

Introduction (by the Presider) The Lord blesses us all our days, so let us ask for help and strength.

  1. For those affected by natural disasters (pause for five seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  2. For the suffering people of Afghanistan (pause for five seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  3. For respect for all human life, from conception to life’s natural end (pause for five seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  4. For those who care for the dying —  (pause for five seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  5. For married people — that God may be with them in good times and bad (pause for five seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  6. For the lonely — that they may have good friends to support them (pause for five seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.

The Presider prays for the dead: For all our people whose days in this world are over (especially N and N), that with joy they may enter their heavenly homeland (pause for five seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.

Conclusion (by the Presider) O Lord our God, you bless those who trust in your ways: hear the prayers we make in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Lord God,
accept the sacrifice
which we celebrate at your command
and offer as a sign of our faithful service.
Through its power accomplish within us
the holy work of your redemption.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

PREFACE (Marriage III)
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

You created man and woman out of love
and raised them to such a dignity
that in the union of husband and wife
you show us a true image of your love:
love is our origin,
love our constant calling,
love our fulfilment in heaven.
Thus, the sacrament of marriage,
an abiding sign of your own love,
consecrates the love between husband and wife.

Through Christ the choirs of angels
and all the saints proclaim your glory.
May our voices join their unending chorus of praise: Holy, holy, holy

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II (with interpolation for Sunday mornings)
Lord, you are holy indeed,
you are the fountain of all holiness.

[In communion with the whole Church,
we have assembled on this day which you have made holy,
and, rejoicing that you have made us a new creation in your risen Son,
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.

Before he was given up to death,
a death he freely accepted,
he took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT:
THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

When supper was ended, he took the cup;
again he gave you thanks,
gave the cup to his disciples, and said:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT:
THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.
IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL,
SO THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith…..

Remembering therefore his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord God,
this life-giving bread, this saving cup.
We thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
We pray that all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ
may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Lord, remember your Church throughout the world:
perfect us in love
together with Francis our Pope and N. our Bishop,
with all bishops, priests, and deacons,
and all who minister to your people.

Remember our brothers and sisters
who have gone to their rest
in the sure hope of rising again;
bring them and all who have died in your mercy
into the light of your presence.

Have mercy on us all:
make us worthy to share eternal life,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with the apostles and with all the saints,
who have found favour with you throughout the ages;
in union with them
may we praise you and give you glory
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, with him, In him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Almighty God,
may the bread we have broken
and the cup we have tasted
fill us with life and gladness
and transform us into the Christ we have received,
for he lives and reigns for ever and ever.

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) ‘Love is His Word’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘Ubi Caritas (Taizé)’; ‘Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace’.