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Sunday 31 May 2020 SUNDAY LITURGY FOR FAMILIES (scroll down)

Before we begin, gather the family together. You might be together in the same room or, if you are in different places, you might gather online, using Zoom, for example.

Decide who is going to be Prayer Leader. You could have more than one Prayer Leader. The Prayer Leader should read aloud all of the text on screen where indicated.

Everybody should read together text marked with a blue vertical line...

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Once you are gathered together, light a candle if you have one. When you light a candle, this marks the start of your prayer together.

Prayer Leader:

Let's begin our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Today is Pentecost Sunday.

Our opening hymn is "Come Spirit of God".

Opening

Prayer Leader:

Today is a very important celebration in the Church calendar – today we celebrate Pentecost!

‘Pente’ means ‘fiftieth’ in Greek, and it marks 50 days since Easter Sunday. Before Jesus went up to Heaven, He promised His disciples He would send them a Helper to be with them forever. The day of Pentecost meant the end of their time of waiting!

‘All of a sudden, they heard the sound of a powerful, rushing wind from heaven. Then a fire appeared in front of them and separated out into flames that rested on each of their heads. They were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak languages they’d never spoken before, because of the Holy Spirit inside them!’ Acts 2: 3 – 4

The Holy Spirit was a gift to help the disciples spread peace – and it is a gift which we have access to as well!

Take a moment to think: where do you need peace in your life at the moment? Why not ask to receive the Holy Spirit.

[Pause for a moment]

Penitential Act

Prayer Leader:

Let's take a moment to think about the times we have done the wrong thing over the past week.

[Pause for a few moments]

Now let us say together...

Father God, I am very sorry for the times I have done wrong over the past week. In the things I've done, in the things I've said, and in the things I've thought about. Please forgive me and have mercy on me.

Prayer Leader:

Lord, have mercy on me.

Lord, have mercy on me.

Christ, have mercy on me.

Christ, have mercy on me.

Lord, have mercy on me.

Lord, have mercy on me.

The Gospel - John 20: 19-23

Prayer Leader:

Now let's listen to the Gospel story, followed by a short reflection from Ten Ten.

Intercession Prayers

Prayer Leader:

We're now going to say 'Intercession Prayers'. This is when we ask God to help people or situations.

We say prayers for the Church, prayers for the world, prayers for those who are suffering or in need, and prayers for our local or personal needs.

[These prayers should be read aloud either by the Prayer Leader or by anybody else who is taking part in this service.]

Prayers for the Church

Reader:

We pray for the Church around the world.

Dear Jesus, you sent the disciples the Holy Spirit to help them spread peace. As your Church - your hands and feet here on Earth - we want to spread your peace too.

At this time, many people around the world are standing together and working for the common good, but others are objecting, blaming others and causing disruption. We ask you to help us stand out as peacemakers.

We are inspired by St Francis of Assisi, who turned his back on war and committed to spreading God’s peace, with his one rule being to “follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in His footsteps.”

Today we pray the prayer made famous by St Francis, imagining that all of our brothers and sisters around the world are praying alongside us.

Lord, make me a channel of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

Prayers for the World

Reader:

We pray for our world.

We think of the events of Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit brought peace and unity by giving the apostles the ability to speak different languages and so enabling communication with all.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the whole world in a way that nothing else has in recent memory. Although this common ground is not happy or joyful, it is common ground nonetheless. The whole world has been brought together through suffering, uncertainty and being forced to face a mutual problem. Countries have had to work together to protect one another and prevent further spread of the virus.

Lord, let this common ground bring peace and unity between nations. Let us not become inward looking and ignore our neighbours, but reach out beyond our borders offering love, support and generosity.

Let this unprecedented time bring a new kind of politics and ignite in leaders greater care for our planet and its global population.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

Prayer for those who are suffering and in need

Reader:

We pray for those who are suffering and in need.

For medical experts and political leaders in need of your guidance and wisdom.

For keyworkers in need of your rest and refreshment.

For those who have fallen through the net of government support and in need of your provision.

For families who are struggling and in need of your love.

For those who are ill or grieving and in need of you.

Lord Jesus, help these people know that they are never truly alone because you are with them. Send your Holy Spirit to comfort and bring peace to them today.

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

Prayer for our Local and Personal Needs

Reader:

Holy Spirit, we know that you live in us. You strengthen us, guide us and comfort us. We ask for your help for those things that are closest to our hearts.

We ask you to give us courage to spread peace in our homes and our communities.

If anybody would like to say out loud what they would like to pray for, do so now, otherwise let's spend a few moments in quiet prayer bringing to God all of our personal needs.

[Pause]

Prayer Leader:

Let us ask Mary, our Mother, to pray for us as we say:

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Spiritual Communion

Prayer Leader:

At Mass, the priest prays over the bread and wine and it becomes the body and blood of Jesus. Jesus has asked us to be faithful to Him by receiving the Eucharist in memory of Him.

Sadly, at this time, we cannot receive the Eucharist due to church closures, but we can say a prayer - a Spiritual Communion - which joins our prayer to the priests who are saying mass on their own in church today.

To make a Spiritual Communion, let each of us say, one by one, this prayer:

My Lord, I wish to receive you.

[One at a time, everyone should say this prayer out loud].

Draw Me

Prayer Leader:

Now, let us pray together as we listen to and join in the song, "Draw Me".

The Lord's Prayer

Prayer Leader:

Finally, let us say together The Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

Sign of the Cross

Prayer Leader:

To conclude, let's make the sign of the cross together.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thanks to: Edwin Fawcett and Emmaus (music), Edith Kirkwood (prayers), Joe O'Brien (editing), Erika Sanderson and Joe O'Brien (voiceover), Kathy Kielty (graphic design).

This Sunday Liturgy for Families was created by Ten Ten Resources in response to church and school closures due to Covid-19. If you have used this service with your family, we would love to hear your feedback so we can make sure that the prayer meets your needs. Please get in touch using the button below.

We are also providing daily prayers throughout the week. Children in primary schools that subscribe to Ten Ten Resources would normally pray these prayers in their classrooms. We offer them to you so you can pray them with your children at home.

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