Liturgy Preparation

Liturgy pages composed by Fr Bernard Cotter PP, Newcestown, Bandon, Co Cork. They are offered to the hard-pressed presider as a resource — to be printed out and brought to the altar for Mass, a one-page tool to use in the Liturgy. The pages as previously published by Veritas Publications Ltd in Liturgy Preparation for 2007 (Year C) are added here weekly.



20Jan Presider’s Page for 20 January (Ordinary Time 2)

Presider’s Page for 20 January (Ordinary Time 2)

January 20th, 2019

There are echoes of the Christmas season in today’s liturgy, particularly in the Gospel story of the wedding feast of Cana, in which God’s glory becomes visible in Jesus, as it did at his Epiphany and Baptism. (Today is also the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.)

13Jan Presider’s Page for 13 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Presider’s Page for 13 January (Baptism of the Lord)

January 13th, 2019

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazareth and the start of his public ministry.

06Jan Presider’s Page for 6 January 2019 (Epiphany)

Presider’s Page for 6 January 2019 (Epiphany)

January 6th, 2019

On this feast of the Epiphany, Roman Catholics celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the three wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

01Jan Presider’s Page for 1 January 2019 (Mary, Mother of God)

Presider’s Page for 1 January 2019 (Mary, Mother of God)

January 1st, 2019

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2019, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. Today is also World Peace Day, a day during which we pray for peace.

30Dec Presider’s Page for 30 December (Holy Family)

Presider’s Page for 30 December (Holy Family)

December 30th, 2018

Today, the Sunday after Christmas, is part of the continuing celebration of the Lord's Nativity. In today’s Mass, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. As we say goodbye to 2018, we entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for God’s help in 2019, soon to dawn upon us.

25Dec Presider’s Page for 25 December (Christmas Day Mass)

Presider’s Page for 25 December (Christmas Day Mass)

December 25th, 2018

We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God has taken human flesh, has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

23Dec Presider’s Page for 24 December (Christmas Night Mass)

Presider’s Page for 24 December (Christmas Night Mass)

December 23rd, 2018

In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.

23Dec Presider’s Page for 23 December (Advent 4)

Presider’s Page for 23 December (Advent 4)

December 23rd, 2018

Advent is drawing to a close; we have just another day left to prepare for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we rejoice that the promise made to Mary by the Lord is to be fulfilled.

16Dec Presider’s Page for 16 December (Advent 3)

Presider’s Page for 16 December (Advent 3)

December 16th, 2018

We’re well over halfway through Advent. Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer.

09Dec Presider’s Page for 9 December (Advent 2)

Presider’s Page for 9 December (Advent 2)

December 9th, 2018

John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.




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