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.



21Jan Presider’s Page for 21 January (Ordinary Time 3)

Presider’s Page for 21 January (Ordinary Time 3)

January 21st, 2018

The calling of Andrew and his brother Peter is described in today’s Gospel. Like those early disciples, we too are called. As believers, we gather here to listen to God’s word, resolving to put it into practice in the coming week.
• The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues till Thursday next.

14Jan Presider’s Page for 14 January (Ordinary Time 2)

Presider’s Page for 14 January (Ordinary Time 2)

January 14th, 2018

Now that the Christmas season is behind us and we are moving into the New Year, the liturgy challenges us to reflect on what following Christ means. We gather as God’s people, called to follow the Lamb of God and we praise God, with thanksgiving.
• This is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

07Jan Presider’s Page for 7 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Presider’s Page for 7 January (Baptism of the Lord)

January 7th, 2018

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 (Epiphany of the Lord)

Presider’s Page for 6 January (Epiphany of the Lord)

January 6th, 2018

Opening Comment
On this feast of the Epiphany we 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.

31Dec Presider’s Page for 31 December (Holy Family)

Presider’s Page for 31 December (Holy Family)

December 31st, 2017

On this first Sunday after Christmas Day, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for all who have been part of our families, those still alive and those whom we hope have joined the great family of God in heaven.

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

Presider’s Page for 25 December (Day Mass)

December 25th, 2017

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

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

Presider’s Page for 24 December (Night Mass)

December 24th, 2017

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.

24Dec Presider’s Page for 23/24 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

Presider’s Page for 23/24 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

December 24th, 2017

Presider's Page for 23/24 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

17Dec Presider’s Page for 17 December (Advent 3, GAUDETE)

Presider’s Page for 17 December (Advent 3, GAUDETE)

December 17th, 2017

We’re two thirds of the way 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 very near.

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.




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