Pray With Us

 

Leader: God, our creator, we pray tonight that our lives may be

             a hymn of praise that sings your song.

All:       Amen, alleluia!

Leader: Strengthen us in love, root us in mercy.

All:       Amen, alleluia!

Please join in the refrain for the litany which honours all the saints including the apostles.

(Bernadette Farrell – God beyond all names)

 

 

Saints of God in glory, be with us, rejoice with us, sing praise with us & pray with us now.

 

Please sing Psalm 115 & its antiphon as indicated.

Cantors:  Philip, to see me

               Is to see the Father.

Side 1:      I believe even when I say:

                ‘I am completely crushed’

Side 2:    In my dismay I declared:

            ‘No one can be relied on.’

Side 1:      What return can I make to you, Lord,

                For all your goodness to me?

Side 2:    I will take up the cup of salvation,

            Invoking the name of the Lord.

Side 1:      I will pay what I vowed to the Lord God.

                May the whole nation be present!

Side 2:    Precious in your eyes

            Is the death of your faithful.

Side 1:      Lord God, I am your servant,

                You have freed me from my bonds.

Side 2:    I will offer you the thanksgiving sacrifice,

            Invoking your name, Lord God.

Side 1:      I will fulfil what I vowed to you

                In the presence of all the people.

Side 2:    In the courts of the house of the Lord,

            In your midst, Jerusalem.

All: Glory be to the Father and to the Son,

     And to the Holy Spirit;

     As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

     World without end, Amen.

All:         Philip, to see me

             Is to see the Father.

 

We will listen to & join in with the refrain of a setting of psalm 125 (126), Singing the Psalms 3 A5, after saying the antiphon.

All: If you know me, you know your Father too.  From this

moment you know him & you have seen him, alleluia!

 

 

Refrain: The Lord has done great things for us, we are

filled with gladness & joy (x 2).

When God set the captives of Zion free,

We were more like children in a dream.

Then you could hear our laughter & cheers,

Then you could hear our shouts of joy. Refrain.

They said in amazement to the world,

The Lord has done great things for them.

Truly our God has done great things

And so we are glad to shout for joy. Refrain.

Restore all our fortunes, God of Love,

Like rivers that save the desert lands.

Those who have gone to sow in tears

Shall go back to reap with songs of joy. Refrain.

Reading – adapted from Pope Francis on apostleship.

Today Christ looks straight at us and asks, ‘Who am I for you?’ as if to say: ‘Am I still the Lord of your life, the longing of your heart, the reason for your hope, the source of your unfailing trust?’

Jesus is asking us today the same questions he asked to his disciples: “Who do people say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?”  In the end, only Peter answers that he is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

We too renew today, on this feast, our life choice to be Jesus’ disciples and apostles. May we too pass from Jesus’ first question to his second, so as to be ‘his own’ not merely in words, but in our actions and our very lives.

This is the crucial question for us – ‘Who do you say I am?’  It is the decisive question. It does not allow for a non-committal answer, because it brings into play our entire life.

 

Silent or shared reflection.

 

Please say the Magnificat antiphon together & then join in with a version of the canticle: (Our Blessing Cup CD Tr.6)

 

 

All: If you remain in me & my word remains in you, you may ask what you will & you will receive it, alleluia!

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

And my spirit exalts in God my Saviour;

For he has looked with mercy on my lowliness,

And my name will be for ever exalted

For the mighty has done great things for me,

And his mercy will reach from age to age,

And holy, holy, holy is God’s name.

Holy, holy, holy is God’s name.

Holy, holy, holy is God’s name.

 

Intercessions:

Reader:  We have chosen to be disciples of Jesus: let us pray

              for those whose faith is being challenged or

              undermined by inner doubts or outside influences ………

              pause ………..     Lord, where else can we go?

All:      Only you have the words of eternal life.

Reader:   We pray for those who build up our faith & all who strive to proclaim the gospel in words that people can relate to.……… ………..    

Lord, where else can we go?

All:      Only you have the words of eternal life.

Reader:     We pray for our torn & fragmented world, wrestling

                  to equate the deep yearning for peace with the

                  instinctive urge for gratification & power; that

                  many may have the courage to walk God’s way  ………

                  pause ………..     Lord, where else can we go?

All:        Only you have the words of eternal life.

Reader:      We pray for those whom we instinctively warm to &

                  those with whom there are frequent

                  misunderstandings……pause ….. Lord, where else can

                  we go?

All:        Only you have the words of eternal life.

Reader:     We pray for people who have died today – for

                 those who will die tonight – and for those

                 whose anniversary of death occur tomorrow,

                 remembering especially:

 

Pause for people to add silently or aloud any further intentions.

Leader begins the Our Father….

Leader:     Lord God, you give us the joy every year of celebrating the feastday of Saints Philip & James.  Make us partners by their prayers in the passion & resurrection of your son.   We make our prayer through that son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

All:        Amen.

Leader:     Let us pray for God’s blessing on each other as

                we listen to, or join in with, a blessing.

(Gaelic Blessing Tr5 – Libera Peace.)

 

 

Deep peace of the running wave to you

Deep peace of the flowing air to you

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you

Deep peace of the shining stars to you

Deep peace of the gentle night to you

Moon & stars pour their healing light on you

Deep peace of Christ the light of the world to you

Deep peace of Christ to you.