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Sunday 24 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...

Like this

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 the seventh Sunday of Easter.

Our opening hymn is "Into Your Hands".

Opening

Prayer Leader:

Today is the 7th Sunday of Easter.

Last Thursday was Ascension Day, when Jesus was dramatically lifted up to Heaven on a cloud! Next Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost, when the disciples received the Holy Spirit – the Helper that Jesus had promised them.

But this period– the ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost – is a time of waiting. The disciples would surely have been wowed by the spectacle of Jesus’ departure, but now in this period of waiting they must have felt a mixture of loss and hope, sadness and expectation.

Why not take a moment to think: what are you waiting for at the moment? Ask God to give you patience.

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 17: 1-11

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.

As believers around the world are waiting to be allowed back to their church buildings, to celebrate mass together and joyfully worship Jesus together, we are reminded of the disciples waiting to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Dear Jesus, like the disciples, help us to wait well. Strengthen our faith and help us to build our relationships and communities. Help us reach out to those in need, both near and far.

Burn in our hearts passions which we have ignored previously. Help us, your Church, stand against injustice and reflect your glory.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

Prayers for the World

Reader:

We pray for our world.

For political leaders facing global recessions because of the coronavirus, we pray for your foresight and compassion.

For medical experts around the world, we pray for your wisdom and guidance.

For people who are afraid to go out of their homes after lockdown measures have been lifted, we pray for your strength and comfort.

Lord, we bring this pandemic and all our hopes and fears to you. We ask for your protection, your comfort and your guidance. Help us to come together as a global community.

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 keyworkers who are working relentlessly while the rest of the world slows down.

For families who are apart from loved ones.

For those managing mental health conditions and those struggling in new and unexpected ways.

For those whose income has been affected by this crisis and they don’t know how they will recover.

For those who are ill and those who are experiencing loss and grief.

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

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

Prayer for our Local and Personal Needs

Reader:

Dear Jesus, even though it sometimes feels like this time of waiting will never end, help us take comfort in knowing that all good things come from you.

We ask for your help for those things that are closest to our hearts.

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].

Meet Me Here.

Prayer Leader:

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

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 One Life (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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