Pray With Us

 

 

We put ourselves in the presence of God as we listen to some music.

 

 

Leader: Blessed be God, father, son & spirit.

All:     Blessed be his kingdom, now & for ever.  Amen.

Leader: There is one body & one spirit.

All:     There is one hope to which we are called.

Leader:  One God, one faith, one baptism.

All:     One God, & parent of all.

Leader:  Peace be with you.

All:  And also with you.

 

Please join in the hymn.

(Refrain) This is what the Lord God asks of you, only this:
That you act justly, that you love tenderly,
That you walk humbly with your God.

 

My children I am with you such a little while, & where I go, you cannot come. 

A new commandment I give to you:

as I have loved you, so love each other. (Refrain)
Do not let your hearts be troubled: trust in God now & trust in me. 

I go to prepare a place for you,

& I shall come again to take you home. (Refrain)
Peace is the gift I leave with you, a peace the world can never give.

If you keep my word, my father will love you,

& we will come to you to make our home. (Refrain)

 

Please sing the psalm after the cantors have sung the antiphon.

Cantors:       The bodies of the saints have been buried in peace,

                     And their name lives on for all generations, alleluia!

Side 1:    You have heard, O God, the strains of my distress,

              Even the silent crying of my heart.

Side 2:  I love you because your ear has inclined to me,

          I know you were there for me in the day of my trouble.

Side 1:    The cords of death entangled me:

               The snares of the grave held me fast.

Side 2:  Tentacles wrapped themselves round me,

           Crushing me to anguish & pain.

Side 1:     Desperate for air I called out:

                Help me, deliver me, rescue me.

Side 2:   My strength is sapped, my energy draining away.

           With my last breath I called out in panic.

Side 1:     In your healing compassion, you came to me,

                With the kiss of life reviving me.

Side 2:   At my very last gasp you held me,

           You snatched me from the jaws of the grave.

Side 1:      You delivered me from the stronghold of death,

                 You wiped the tears from my eyes.

Side 2:   You saved my feet from stumbling,

           And I walked free in the land of the living.

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:          The bodies of the saints have been buried in peace,

              And their name lives on for all generations, alleluia!

 

We will listen to, or join in with the next psalm: The Blessing Cup Ps 115

 (Watermark)

 

 

The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.

 

How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me?

The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name.

(Refrain)

O precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I; you have loosened my bonds.

(Refrain)

A thanksgiving sacrifice I make, I will call on the Lord’s name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all his people.

(Refrain)

 

Reading from Pope Francis.

A fundamental rule of being a disciple of Christ is the necessity to make sacrifices and deny one’s self. Jesus tells us that in order to follow him, to be his disciples, one must deny oneself – that is, the claims of one’s own selfish pride – and take up one’s very own cross. Then Jesus gives everyone a fundamental rule.  Whoever wants to save his life will lose it.

To have faith must go further than mere words – it must lead to concrete actions and choices, marked by love of God, by a great life, by a life with so much love for neighbour.

For many reasons, people may end up on the wrong path, looking for happiness only in things. But we find happiness only when love, real love, meets us, surprises us, changes us. Love changes everything! And love can change us too, each of us. The testimonies of the saints demonstrate this. The Lord wants his disciples to have a personal relationship with him and to make him the centre of their lives.

 

A period of silent reflection.

 

After the cantors have sung the antiphon, please sing the canticle as indicated.

Cantors: Rejoice you saints before the Lamb;

             The kingdom was prepared for you from the beginning of the world, alleluia!

Side 1:   My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

             My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

Side 2: For he has looked with favour on his lowly handmaid

         And from this day all generations will call me blessed

Side 1:  The Almighty has done great things for me

             Holy is his name.

Side 2: He has mercy on those who fear him

         In every generation

Side 1:  He has shown the strength of his arm

            He has scattered the proud in their conceit

Side 2: He has cast down the mighty from their thrones

         And has lifted up the lowly

Side 1:  He has filled the hungry with good things

            And has sent the rich away empty

Side 2: He has come to the help of his servant Israel

         For he has remembered his promise of mercy –

Side 1:  The promise he made to our fathers,

             To Abraham and his children for ever.

All:              Give praise to the Father Almighty

              to his Son Jesus Christ our Lord

              to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts

              both now and for ever, Amen.

All:   Rejoice you saints before the Lamb;

       The kingdom was prepared for you from the beginning of the world, alleluia!

 

Intercessions: ad lib

We conclude these prayers with

Reader: We pray for people who have died today – for those who will die

             tonight – and for those whose anniversaries of death occur

             tomorrow, remembering especially:

Leader begins the Our Father…………..

Leader:        Almighty, ever-living God, you fashioned your martyrs after the

                    image of your Son, who is glorified in his death for the world’s

                    salvation: listen now to their prayers & grant us the strength

                    that their faith & love imparts. We make our prayer through

                    Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy

                   Spirit, one God for ever and ever.        All:       Amen.

Leader:        May God grant us, each day, good news to share.

All:          News of encounter, of reconciliation, shared life, peace.

Leader:        May we find in Jesus always the light necessary

to illumine our way & the way of others.

All:          Light which shows a direction, which opens new paths, which

              invites us to go together, which points towards the same horizon.

Leader:        May the Holy Spirit be our strength every day,

the breath which carries everything:

All:         Strength to create, to resist, to love, to serve, to be consistent,

to live in harmony & plenitude with created things. Amen.