Introduction to mass
Promises kept or broken are the stuff of everyday life. Who among us can claim to have kept their word without fail? One alone has done this. One alone has faithfully said "Yes" to God, one alone has fully said God's "Yes" to us - Jesus Christ, God's Word made flesh. In obedience to God and out of love for us, he emptied himself of glory, became as we are, accepted death, even death on the cross, and was raised to life. Now as Christ among us he never ceases to invite us into the one great "Yes" that resounds throughout creation.
The week's prayer focus
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for God's will, not his, to be accomplished. Give us courage, O Lord, to make this prayer our own.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, Paul the apostle bids us have the same mind as Christ Jesus who did not seek glory for himself but poured out his life in humble service. In his name let us pray.
- We pray for Christian communities around the world. May their members be united in belief and in love, with a common purpose and a common mind. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all who wish to follow Jesus. May they not answer his call with "Yes and No" but say a single "Yes" to him with all their hearts. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for a new spirit of integrity in public life. May leaders in every sphere of society hold fast to the highest ethical ideals in the exercise of their duties. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for Pope Francis. May the feast of St Francis of Assisi this week renew him in spirit and inspire us all to care for the earth, our common home. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray in thanksgiving for all the creatures that God has made, especially those that give us companionship at home. May we find joy in them and treat them well. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all who work in dangerous industries. May employers and employees join forces to ensure that safety standards are fully observed at all work sites. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For ourselves, that inspired by the mysteries of the Rosary, we will fill our minds with all that is true and good and loving, and empty them of all that feeds resentment and division, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- We pray for people living with cerebral palsy and for their families and carers. May they receive all the support they need to live active and fulfilling lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the recently deceased... and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they be raised on high with Christ to the glory of God the Father. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
Heavenly Father, by sharing our humanity even unto death your Son Jesus has opened up for us the path of life. May we, like him, pour out our lives in love of you and one another. We ask this through Christ our Lord.