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Liturgy Preparation for 2007 - Year C

Author(s): Bernard Cotter

ISBN13: 9781847300041

ISBN10: 1847300049

Publisher: Veritas

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  • If you are involved in the Mass, you have to prepare it. Sacristans, ministers, teachers, choirs, liturgy groups and priests know this only too well. And they understand too how time consuming it can be to prepare for the sixty Sundays and holydays of the year. They need worry no more: this book gives them all the help they need. As well as ideas for every Sunday and holyday, events rarely covered in other resource books are here too: Advent and Lent Penance Services, the World Day of the Sick and many more - all in the order in which they occur. A simple how-to guide has been added, so that anyone can compose intercessions to cover local events and topical news items.

  • Bernard Cotter


    Bernard Cotter, a native of Dunmanway, Co Cork, has worked as a priest in parishes in Ireland and the US for twenty-one years. Whether writing for magazines or parish newsletters, he tries to present faith in simple, accessible terms.


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    A very useful guide to the requirements of the Sundays and holy days, complete with special events like penance services and the Day of the Sick.

    - Books Ireland December 2006

    Busy priests, sacristans, ministers. teachers, choirs, liturgy groups and priests all know that good liturgy needs a lot of preparation. This book gives them all the help they need. As well as ideas for every Sunday and holyday, events rarely covered in other resource books are here too: Advent and Lent Penance Services, the World Day of the Sick and many more - all in the order in which they occur. Included here are ideas and texts for opening comments, introductions to readings, general intercessions, suggestions for themes and music and a calendar for the following weeks highlights.

    - Catholic Ireland.net

  • The Presentation of the Lord , Feb 2

    FOR PRESIDERS
    The main Mass today begins with the blessing of candles (Roman Missal, pp. 530-1) which takes the place of the Penitential Rite. The Gloria follows the blessing (and procession), then the Opening Prayer and Readings.

    Opening Comment (for Masses without blessing of candles)
    It is forty days since we celebrated the birth of Jesus at christmas. Today we remember his Presentation in the Temple. This feast is also called Candlemas; candles are blessed because today Jesus was revealed in the Temple as the light of all peoples.

    Penitential Rite: As we prepare to worship the Light of the World, let us acknowledge the darkness in our lives: (pause)
    You raise the dead to life in the Spirit: Lord, have mercy.
    You bring pardon and peace to the sinner: Christ, have mercy.
    You bring light to those in darkness: Lord, have mercy.

    Introduction to the Scripture Readings
    Malachi 3: 1-4 - Malachi makes a prophecy that God will send a messenger to his Temple; Christians see this promise fulfilled in the events commemorated by this feast.
    Hebrews 2: 14-18 - It was because Jesus was fully human that he was able to redeem humans.
    Luke 2:22-40 - The Gospel describes what happened when Jesus was presented in the Temple.

    The General Intercessions (samples)
    Introduction (by the Presider)
    The King of Glory has appeared among us, so we bring forward our petitions with confidence.

    Intercessions (announced by the deacon, cantor or another person)
    1. That all Christians may stand for the light and reject the ways of darkness.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    2. That all who worship God - in churches, synagogues and mosques
    may grow in love and respect for each other.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    3. That prophets today may challenge those without faith to discover the light of truth.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    4. That those who serve God in convents and monasteries may be rewarded for their fidelity.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    5. That older people may be cherished and their wisdom honoured in our community.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    6. That perpetual light may shine on all our dead.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us

    Conclusion (by the Presider)
    God of power, we acknowledge Jesus as the light of the world.
    Accept the prayers we make in his name and grant them, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    FOR LITURGY PLANNERS
    Liturgical Suggestions
    The Mass at which candles are blessed could begin in the place where the Easter Vigil begins. Candles like those used at the Vigil could be made available to all, and could then be blessed as people hold them (lighted). The procession to the altar would then follow, as the Gloria is prayed or sung. The Opening Prayer is next (no penitential rite). Texts for this manner of starting Mass are given in the Roman Missal, p. 530. The peoples candles could be re-lit for Gospel and/or Eucharistic Prayer. Preface of the Presentation of the Lord. Eucharistic Prayer 2. Solemn Blessing 4 (Epiphany). Today is also the Day for Consecrated Life.

    Songs: The Light Of Christ; The Gloria; O Mary Of Graces.

    St Blaise -Feb 3

    FOR PRESIDERS
    Opening Comment
    Today we remember St Blaise, who was a bishop in Armenia over 1,500 years ago. Before dying as a martyr, he is said to have saved a child from choking. He is venerated as the patron of those wlJo suffer diseases of the throat.

    Penitential Rite: As we prepare to celebrate the healing power of God, let us acknowledge our need of divine help: (pause)
    Lord Jesus, you healed the sick: Lord, have mercy.
    Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners: Christ have mercy.
    Lord Jesus, you gave us yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.

    Introduction to the Scripture Readings
    Romans 5: 1-5 - Suffering can bring us many gifts from God, including patience, perseverance and hope.
    Mark 16: 15-20 - Jesus promises that in his name believers will lay their hands on the sick and they will recover.

    The General Intercessions (samples)

    Introduction (by the Presider)
    Strong is Gods love for us, so we bring forward our needs on this feast of St Blaise.

    Intercessions (announced by the deacon, cantor or another person)
    1. That all who carry the cross of suffering may realise that christ is close to them.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    2. That those who suffer from sickness and disease may experience healing.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    3. That the mentally ill and their families may find peace and new strength.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    4. That doctors and nurses and all who care for the sick may show patience and sensitivity.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    5. That those who suffer from ailments of the throat may enjoy relief, at St Blaises intercession.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    6. That God may help each of us, according to our needs, which we remember now...
    (Long pause for silent prayer) ord, hear us.

    Conclusion (by the Presider)
    Faithful God, you show your love by supporting your people in sickness and in health.
    Hear our prayers for healing - and grant them, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lord, hear us.

    FOR LITURGY PLANNERS
    Liturgical Suggestions
    Penitential Rite c-viii. Opening prayer from the Proper of Saints (3 February). Other Mass prayers from Common of Pastors: (4) for bishops (pp. 716-7). Preface of Pastors, or from Anointing of the Sick: Anointing within Mass (in Pastoral Care of the Sick, Veritas Publications, 1982, p.114). Eucharistic Prayer 2. Prayer over the People 26 (Feasts of Saints). The blessing of throats (using candles blessed at Mass on 2 February) is given after the Gospel of the Mass. Choose from these formulas:
    Through the intercession of St Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    or
    Through the intercession of St Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness. In the name of the Father,+ and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Songs: Lay Your Hands Gently Upon Us; Only In God; Be Still And Know.


    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Feb 4

    FOR PRESIDERS
    Opening Comment
    Everyone who believes Gods word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Peter and Paul, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day.


    Penitential Rite: We call to mind our weakness at the start of Mass, always relying on Gods strength: (pause)
    You raise the dead to life in the Spirit: Lord, have mercy.
    You bring pardon and peace to the sinner: Christ, have mercy.
    You bring light to those in darkness: Lord, have mercy.

    Introduction to the Scripture Readings
    Isaiah 6: I -8 - Isaiah sees the holiness of God and is called to be Gods messenger.
    I Corinthians 15: I - I I - Paul summa rises his message: he preaches the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
    Luke 5: 1- I I - Jesus calls fishermen to help him in his mission. Though they feel unworthy, like Isaiah, they follow him.

    The General Intercessions (samples)

    Introduction (by the Presider)
    Gods love is eternal, so with confidence we present our needs.

    Intercessions (announced by the deacon, cantor or another person)
    I. For all who are called to be apostles and preachers today,
    that they may not give up, even when they feel unworthy.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

    2. For those called to educate others in faith, especially parents and teachers,
    that by their words and actions they may share the Good News.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

    3. For our children and young people, that they may learn to value our Christian beliefs.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

    4. For fishermen, and all who work on the sea, that they may have divine protection against every storm.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

    5. For those who have known tragedy, that Gods healing power may assist them in difficult times.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

    6. For all who have gone before us in faith (especially Nand N), that they may sing Gods praises with the angelic host.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

    Conclusion (by the Presider)
    Loving God, your faithfulness has no bounds. Let your hand guide your people, who bring their prayers in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    FOR LITURGY PLANNERS
    Liturgical Suggestions
    Today is Education in Faith Sunday, a day to give prominence to all who are involved in handing on the faith. Penitential Rite c-v. Alternative Opening Prayer. Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time 4. Eucharistic Prayer 3. Solemn Blessing 14 (Ordinary Time 5).

    Songs: Here 1 Am Lord; Servant Song; Praise The Lord All You Nations.

    The Week Ahead
    Friday 9 February: St Maron is honoured by Maronites, an Eastern Catholic Church based in Lebanon (in full communion with Rome).
    Saturday 10 February: The feast of St Pauls Shipwreck is celebrated in Malta.
    Sunday 11 February: Word Day of the Sick.

    The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Feb 11


    FOR PRESIDERS
    Opening Comment
    Today the Church celebrates World Day of the Sick, during which we recall the healing power of God and ask for help for all who are sick.


    Penitential Rite: To prepare ourselves to hear words of hope and comfort in this Mass, let us call to mind our own need for healing: (pause)
    Lord Jesus, you healed the sick: Lord, have mercy.
    Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners: Christ, have mercy.
    Lord Jesus, you give us yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.

    Introduction to the Scripture Readings
    Jeremiah 17:5-8 - Those who trust in God are compared with those who trust only in themselves.
    1 Corinthians 15: 12, 16-20 - Paul reminds us that without the resurrection, we can have no hope.
    Luke 6: 17, 20-26 - Lukes version of the beatitudes takes place on level ground. Jesus encourages the poor and sick, while denouncing the wealthy and self-satisfied.

    The General Intercessions (samples)

    Introduction (by the Presider)
    My brothers and sisters, let us bring our needs to the Lord, who guards the way of the just.

    Intercessions (announced by the deacon, cantor or another person)
    1. For those who are called to spread the Good News, that they may be fearless in preaching Gods Word.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    2. For people who have been blessed with material possessions, that they may not forget their continuing need for God.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    3. For those who lack food or clothing, that the kindness of believers may show them the loving face of their Creator.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    4. For all who suffer - in body, mind or spirit, that Gods gifts of patience and endurance may sustain them.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    5. For those who care for sick people, at home, or in hospitals or nursing homes, that our support may ease their challenging task.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
    6. For all who have fallen asleep in death (especially N and N), that they may share the resurrection of Christ.
    (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

    Conclusion (by the Presider)
    O Lord our God, you hear the prayers of those who walk in your ways.
    Sustain us in our needs and deepen our faith, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    FOR LITURGY PLANNERS
    Liturgical Suggestions
    Today is World Day of the Sick. The Sacrament of the Sick may be celebrated during Mass or at a separate service. Liturgical suggestions for either celebration given overleaf. At the regular Sunday Mass, the Rite of Blessing and sprinkling holy water may be used in place of the Penitential Rite. First Opening Prayer. Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time 2. Eucharistic Prayer 2. Solemn Blessing II (Ordinary Time 2).

    Songs: On Eagles Wings; Servant Song; Lay Your Hands Gently Upon Us; Be Still And Know.

    The Week Ahead
    Monday 12 February: Birthday of Abraham Lincoln
    Wednesday 14 February: St Valentines Day (also Ss Cyril and Methodius, patrons of Europe). Saturday 17 February: Random Acts of Kindness Day (see www.actsofkindness.org).
    Sunday 18 February: Chinese New Years Day (Year of the Pig begins).

    World day of the Sick - Feb 11


    FOR PRESIDERS
    A service with Anointing of the Sick should be held in warm, comfortable (wheelchair-accessible) surroundings with spacious, easily-accessed bathrooms and with tea-making facilities available (possibly, though not necessarily, a church). A celebration could be arranged for the afternoon of Sunday 11, or on the morning or afternqon of the preceding day, Saturday 10. The arrangement of the room should allow for the free movement of ministers of anointing between the rows of seats and/or wheelchairs. A social element (e.g. cup of tea afterwards and a chat/social) might be appreciated by those attending and their carers.

    Liturgy format for a service of Anointing outside Mass is given in Pastoral Care of the Sick (Veritas, 1982) pp. 8397, 100-2. Readings may be chosen from Lectionary, Volume Ill, pp. 203-53 or from the readings for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, with particular emphasis perhaps being placed on the first reading, with its theme of trust in God. Gospel readings are given in Pastoral Care of the Sick (pp. 88-90).
    White vestments are worn.

    Introductory Rite includes sprinkling with Holy Water and Instruction (p. 84).

    Penitential Rite
    To prepare ourselves to celebrate the healing power of God, we acknowledge our need of divine help: (pause)
    Lord Jesus, you healed the sick: Lord, have mercy.
    Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners: Christ have mercy.
    Lord Jesus, you gave us yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.

    Introduction to the Scripture Readings
    Jememiah 17:5-8 (First reading from Sunday Mass) - People who trust in God are compared with those who rely only on themselves. Trusting in God brings life, healing and strength.
    Psalm 22 may be sung as a response (The Lords my Shepherd).
    Gospel readings suggested on pp. 88-90, Pastoral Care of the Sick.
    The Litany follows (p. 91); this is directly followed by the laying on of hands on each person who is to be anointed.
    The Blessing of Oil follows (pp. 92-3) or a prayer of thanksgiving may be prayed over already-blessed oil.
    The Anointing of each sick person on forehead and hands takes place now (followed by Prayer after Anointing, p. 94 ff, adapted for communal use).
    After the Our Father, the service concludes with the Blessing (pp. 100-2).

    FOR LITURGY PLANNERS
    Liturgical Suggestions
    The Anointing of the Sick may also be celebrated during Mass. Mass prayers are found in Pastoral Care of the Sick or the Roman Missal. On Sunday II February, the readings would be of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
    Opening Prayer in Pastoral Care of the Sick, p. 106 or Roman Missal, p. 838. Prayer over the gifts in Pastoral Care of the Sick, p. 113 or Roman Missal, p. 839. Preface for the Anointing of the Sick (Pastoral Care of the Sick, p. 114) or of Weekdays 4. Eucharistic Prayer 2 or 3: additions to each prayer for a Mass for the anointing of the sick are given in Pastoral Care of the Sick, pp. 115-6. Prayer after Communion in Pastoral Care of the Sick, p. 116, or Roman Missal, p. 839. Solemn Blessing 10 (Ordinary Time I) or Pastoral Care of the Sick, p. 117.

    Songs: Lay You Hands Gently Upon Us; Only In God; Be Still And Know; The Lords My Shepherd, Nearer My God To Thee.

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Liturgy Preparation for 2007 - Year C