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.



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.

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

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

December 8th, 2018

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.

02Dec Presider’s Page for 2 December (Advent I, Year C)

Presider’s Page for 2 December (Advent I, Year C)

December 2nd, 2018

Advent begins today. During these days, we look forward, waiting in hope. We watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ who was born for us just a little over 2,000 years ago.

25Nov Presider’s Page for 25 November (Christ the King)

Presider’s Page for 25 November (Christ the King)

November 25th, 2018

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as our king, the one who died for us and rose triumphant. We offer praise and worship — and ask for the grace to live as worthy citizens of his kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace.

18Nov Presider’s Page for 18 November (Ordinary Time 33)

Presider’s Page for 18 November (Ordinary Time 33)

November 18th, 2018

As we move into the darker times of the year, the readings at Mass remind us more and more of the end of time, and the glory awaiting believers. We trust that God stays with us always.

11Nov Presider’s Page for 11 November (Ordinary Time 32)

Presider’s Page for 11 November (Ordinary Time 32)

November 11th, 2018

Gathering together in the Lord’s house, we bring simple gifts into God’s presence - our love, our care for each other, our worshipping hearts and voices. We ask for the grace to continue to show love through the coming week.




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