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.



05Dec Presider’s Page for 5 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

Presider’s Page for 5 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

December 5th, 2021

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.

28Nov Presider’s Page for 28 November (First Sunday of Advent, Year C)

Presider’s Page for 28 November (First Sunday of Advent, Year C)

November 28th, 2021

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 over 2,000 years ago.

21Nov Presider’s Page for 21 November (Christ the King)

Presider’s Page for 21 November (Christ the King)

November 21st, 2021

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as the Anointed 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.

14Nov Presider’s Page for 14 November (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 14 November (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 14th, 2021

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.
• Today is World Day of the Poor, with the theme 'The poor you will always have with you' (Mark 14:7)

07Nov Presider’s Page for 7 November (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 7 November (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 7th, 2021

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.
• Today is Prisoners' Sunday in Ireland.

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

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

November 2nd, 2021

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 Monday 1 November (All Saints Day)

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

November 1st, 2021

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, the holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are among them.

29Oct Presider’s Page for 31 October (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 31 October (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 29th, 2021

What is asked of us is simple - to love God and our neighbour. But our love also extends to our common home, as all eyes are on Glasgow, where the UN Climate Change Conference begins in Glasgow this Sunday — that Planet Earth may be spared from destruction.

24Oct Presider’s Page for Mission Sunday, 24 October (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for Mission Sunday, 24 October (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 24th, 2021

This year’s Mission Sunday theme suggests that "We cannot remain silent". Those were the brave words of St Peter and St John in the Acts of the Apostles, when even in the face of persecution, they insisted: "We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). We pray to have their courage in our country, today.
In this Sunday's Mass, we come to God, who gives the blind new sight.

17Oct Presider’s Page for 17th October (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 17th October (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 17th, 2021

We are called to serve as Christ served, but when that proves hard for us, we approach the throne of grace for mercy and assistance, knowing that God is on our side, encouraging us onwards.