A Service of the Word



A Service of the Word




The Introductory Rites


The Entrance Antiphon is said:


Sign of the Cross


All make the Sign of the Cross and say:


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





The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.



                                   Penitential Act                              


Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.


You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

Lord, have mercy.  or  Kyrie, eleison.
Lord, have mercy.  or  Kyrie, eleison.


You came to call sinners:

Christ, have mercy.  or  Christe, eleison.

Christ, have mercy.  or  Christe, eleison


You are seated at the right hand

of the Father to intercede for us:


Lord, have mercy.  or  Kyrie, eleison.

Lord, have mercy.  or  Kyrie, eleison.


Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,

to your faithful people pardon and peace,

that they may be cleansed from all their sins

and serve you with a quiet mind;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.   Amen.


The Gloria


Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ,

only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated

at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.



 The Collect



The Liturgy of the Word


First Reading                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               






Second Reading                                                                                                                                      


Gospel Reading


The Apostles Creed


I believe in God,

the Father almighty,   

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord

(bow) who was conceived

by the Holy Spirit, 

born of the Virgin Mary, (rise)             

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried; 

he descended into hell; 

on the third day

he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven, 

and is seated at the right hand

of  God the Father almighty; 

from there he will come

to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy catholic Church, 

the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, 

and life everlasting.  Amen.


The Prayer of the Faithful (Bidding Prayers)


Through the gospel, the Lord Jesus calls us to share in his glory.

Let us make our prayer with him to our heavenly Father.


We pray for all nations:

that they may seek the way that leads to peace,

that human rights and freedom may be everywhere respected,

and that the world’s resources may be generously shared.


Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for the Church:

that her leaders may be faithful ministers of your word,

that all her members may be strong in faith and hope

and that you may be recognized in the love she bears to all.


Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for our families, and the community in which we live:

that we may find you in them.


Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for ourselves:

that in the coming week we may serve others in our work,

and find peace when we rest.


Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for the sick, the dying, the lonely, the hungry,

the homeless and the bereaved;

comfort and support them through their troubles

and heal them from all that harms them.


Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for the faithful departed:

that through your mercy they may rest in peace.


Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


Let us seek the intercessions of all the saints

and of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we pray together:


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among 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.  


Almighty God,

who hast given us grace at this time with one accor

to make our common supplications unto thee

and dost promise

that when two or three are gathered together in thy name

thou wilt grant their requests:

fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

as may be most expedient for them;

granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,

and in the world to come life everlasting.    Amen.



Spiritual Communion


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.


For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.   Amen.



Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me,

O Lord, I beseech you: 

that he may both mercifully cleanse my heart

and defend me from all adversities.  

Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Act of Reception


In union, dear Lord,

with the faithful at every Altar of your Church

where your blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father,

I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving,

I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament.  

And since I cannot receive you sacramentally.

I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart.  

I unite myself to you and embrace you with all affections of my soul.   

Let me never be separated from you.    Let me live and die in your love.   Amen.


Come Lord Jesus, dwell in your servant in the fulness of your strength,

in the perfection of your ways,

and in the holiness of your Spirit,

and rule over every hostile power in the might of your Spirit,

and to the glory of your Father.   Amen.


May the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.   Amen.



Act of Praise and Thanksgiving


+ Blessed, praised and adored be Jesus Christ

on his throne of glory in Heaven,

and in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.   Amen.



Anima Christi


Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to thee.
That with thy saints I may praise thee
For ever and ever.   Amen.



The Concluding Rites



May almighty God bless us,

the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   Amen.


Regina Caeli

Joy to thee, O Queen of heaven, Alleluia;             

He whom thou wast meet to bear, Alleluia;              

As He promised hath arisen, Alleluia;                          

Pour for us to God thy prayer, Alleluia.


Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!                            

For the Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!


O God, who by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

did vouchsafe to give joy to the whole world;

grant we beseech you, that though His mother, the Virgin Mary,

we may obtian the joys of everlasting life. 

Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.