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.



10Dec Presider’s Page for 9 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

Presider’s Page for 9 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

December 10th, 2017

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.

08Dec Presider’s Page for Friday 8 December (Immaculate Conception of Mary)

Presider’s Page for Friday 8 December (Immaculate Conception of Mary)

December 8th, 2017

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Today’s feast celebrates her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for believers. We worship God, for whom everything is posssible.

03Dec Presider’s Page for 3 December (First Sunday of Advent B)

Presider’s Page for 3 December (First Sunday of Advent B)

December 3rd, 2017

Advent begins today; the season is at its shortest this year. During these first two weeks, the Church focuses on the end of time, when Christ will come in glory. Then, for the last week of Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.

26Nov Presider’s Page for 26 November (Christ the King)

Presider’s Page for 26 November (Christ the King)

November 26th, 2017

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. At the end of time, this king will come in glory to judge the living and the dead. He will ask how we treated the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the naked, those sick or in prison.

19Nov Presider’s Page for 19 November (Ordinary Time 33)

Presider’s Page for 19 November (Ordinary Time 33)

November 19th, 2017

The beginning of the Advent season is coming closer, and the Liturgy invites us to look further into the future, towards the end of time, to be ready when the Day of the Lord comes. Today’s gathering will help us on our way, by teaching us how to live and giving us food for the journey.
• Today has been designated by Pope Francis as the first-ever “WORLD DAY OF THE POOR”

12Nov Presider’s Page for 12 November (Ordinary Time 32)

Presider’s Page for 12 November (Ordinary Time 32)

November 12th, 2017

Songs at Mass (Suggestions)
‘Sing a New Song Unto the Lord’; ‘My Soul is Longing for your Peace’; Only in God’; ‘Be Not Afraid’.

Opening Comment
At this time of year, our deceased relatives and friends are often …

05Nov Presider’s Page for 5 November (Ordinary Time 31)

Presider’s Page for 5 November (Ordinary Time 31)

November 5th, 2017

God’s message is still a living power among us, so we gather this Sunday to listen and be challenged by it.

02Nov Presider’s Page for 2 November 2017 (All Souls Day)

Presider’s Page for 2 November 2017 (All Souls Day)

November 2nd, 2017

On All Saints Day and today, we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today we pray for all souls, for the faithful departed still on the journey to their heavenly home.

01Nov Presider’s Page for 1 November 2017 (All Saints Day)

Presider’s Page for 1 November 2017 (All Saints Day)

November 1st, 2017

Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are among them.

29Oct Presider’s Page for 29 October 2017 (Ordinary Time 30)

Presider’s Page for 29 October 2017 (Ordinary Time 30)

October 29th, 2017

There’s a reminder of the two great commandments in today’s celebration: we are called to love God and our neighbour: friend, visitor and stranger alike.




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