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.



05Apr Presider’s Page for 5 April (Palm Sunday)

Presider’s Page for 5 April (Palm Sunday)

April 5th, 2020

Today’s liturgy gives us a preview of the events of Holy Week. The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are the focus of this and every Sunday celebration.

26Mar Presider’s Page for 29 March (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Presider’s Page for 29 March (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

March 26th, 2020

In under a fortnight's time, the Easter Triduum will begin, on Holy Thursday evening. It will be a Triduum like no other, with no public celebrations because of the Coronavurus pandemic. But in our own homes, each of us can recall the great events that Easter remembers. We ask God’s help in the last 10 days of Lent.

22Mar Presider’s Page for 22 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Presider’s Page for 22 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

March 22nd, 2020

Traditionally, this Sunday is called Laetare Sunday, which means ‘a day for joy’ — although few will feel much joy this year, as the COV-19 epidemic draws ever nearer. But at this midpoint of Lent, it is traditional to honour mothers, treasuring those still with us and praying for those we have lost to death.

17Mar Presider’s page for 17 March (Lá ‘Fhéile Pádraig, English & Gaeilge)

Presider’s page for 17 March (Lá ‘Fhéile Pádraig, English & Gaeilge)

March 17th, 2020

In the heart of Lent, we keep the feast of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We mark the day by praising God the creator, who sustained Patrick in good times and bad, and who will sustain the Irish even in the face of coronavirus.

15Mar Presider’s Page for 15 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

Presider’s Page for 15 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

March 15th, 2020

Today’s readings about water and thirst remind us that this is a baptismal season. The holy water of baptism blesses and protects the faithful in every danger, even as the threat of the coronavirus bears down upon our world.

08Mar Presider’s Page for 8 March (Second Sunday of Lent)

Presider’s Page for 8 March (Second Sunday of Lent)

March 8th, 2020

Now that we are ten days into the season of Lent, our goal is clarified in today’s liturgy. The Gospel of the Transfiguration reminds us that we are destined for glory. Like the disciples, we keep this glimpse of glory in our hearts in the dark days ahead. Resurection will follow, as surely as day follows night.

01Mar Presider’s Page for 1 March (First Sunday of Lent)

Presider’s Page for 1 March (First Sunday of Lent)

March 1st, 2020

We celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. All over the world today, men and women are beginning a period of preparation for their baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we spend Lent preparing to renew our baptismal vows at Easter, looking forward to our blessing with Easter water and to receiving the gift of a new start.

23Feb Presider’s Page for 23 February (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 23 February (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 23rd, 2020

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

16Feb Presider’s Page for 16 February (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 16 February (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 16th, 2020

Today’s readings ask for decisions, challenging Christians to choose the right path. We gather to worship God, who can help us in all our choices.

09Feb Presider’s Page for 9 February (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 9 February (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 9th, 2020

Over these Sundays, we listen to what Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount. In today’s liturgy, we hear that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Rejoicing in this calling, we praise God who sustains us all our days.




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