15 Sunday A: Liturgical Prayers

Greeting
The word of God is alive and active:
it is the living person of Jesus our Lord.
May he continue speaking his Word to you,
May you open your hearts to it,
and may the Lord Jesus be always with you. 
 
Introduction by the Celebrant 

A. The Seed Of The Lord
It is heartening to see that many families respect and venerate the Word of God so much that they keep a Bible in their homes. It is hoped that they also read it and apply it in their everyday lives. God’s Word is powerful, yet it is at the same time so humble as to beg us to receive it well and put it into practice. We ask the Lord Jesus who is here with us to let his mighty and humble Word move us.


B. A Generous Sower
When we look at living beings in nature, plants, and animals of all kinds, we see how much seed is generously sown. There is plenty of it, and yet few spring up and reproduce fruit. The Lord himself keeps sowing his Word among us as an invitation, a call, a challenge. But do we even let it take root? What is the crop we let it reproduce? God is generous with his Word but are we generous with our response? Let Jesus today speak  his Word to us, let us welcome it with warmth, let it take root in us and grow and yield a rich and beautiful harvest.
 
Penitential Act 
We hear the Word of God often; we respect it,
but we do not always live according to it.
We ask the Lord to forgive us.
        (PAUSE)
Jesus, living Word of God,
touch our minds and hearts
that we may live as you ask us:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Christ, powerful Word of God,
give us depth and faithfulness,
that your message may not wither in us:
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, humble Word of God,
make us receptive to you
and to your message of life:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
God, in your goodness
speak to us your mighty word of forgiveness.
Lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.
 
Opening Prayer 
Let us pray
that the Lord may open us to his Word
so that it will not remain fruitless
        (PAUSE)
Lord our God,
your Son Jesus opened the ears of the deaf
and gave sight to the blind.
Make us listen to his message of Good News,
attune us to his voice and his silence,
open especially our heart
to all the light and love and hope
that appeal to us in what he says.
Give us also the courage
to speak and to live as we believe,
that his word may succeed in us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. R/ Amen.
 
 Liturgy of the Word  

First Reading Introduction: God’s Word Is Creative
          The prophet speaks a message of hope: God’s Word always produces results and is a creative act. God’s promise of salvation will be fulfilled.

Second Reading Introduction: Straining In Hope For A New Creation
          St. Paul speaks a message of hope. We are God’s children who pass with Christ through suffering on the way of hope toward God’s freedom for ourselves and for a new world.

Gospel Introduction: A Seed That Bears Fruit
        God sows his Word in hope. The good news will be effective in all those who are open to let it change their lives.


General Intercessions
Let us pray to the Lord who sows and harvests, that people may eagerly welcome his Word and respond to its urgent call. Let us say: R/ Lord, hear your people.
•    For those who spread the word of the Good News: pastors and missionaries, catechists and teachers, that they may keep sowing the seed even when they see no harvest yet, let us pray: R/ Lord, hear your people.
•    For those who are not moved by the Word of God, that the Church may hear their silent yearning and speak that Word in such a way that they see that it pertains to their life and happiness, let us pray: R/ Lord, hear your people.
•    For those who have remained deaf to the Word of God, that they may be moved by it when they see it flowering and bearing fruit in the lives of good Christians, let us pray: R/ Lord, hear your people.
•    For the sick, the lonely, those who suffer or mourn, that the Word of God may bring them consolation, give them the courage to bear their pain and to keep hoping in a loving God, let us pray: R/ Lord, hear your people.
•    And for us and all Christian communities, that we may not let the cares of life choke the Word of God in us, let us pray: R/ Lord, hear your people.
Lord, may your Word not return to you without carrying out your will in us, and may our prayers not return to us without having been answered by you. This we ask through Jesus our Lord. R/ Amen.
 
Prayer Over the Gifts
We bring before you, Lord God,
the fruit of the seed you let the farmer sow
and to which you gave growth.
Let this bread bring us the life
of your beloved Son Jesus,
and may this wine from our hills,
bring us joy and lasting hope.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. R/ Amen.
 
Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer
The Word of God is so effective among us that, when it is spoken over bread and wine, it changes them into Jesus our Lord. Let us give thanks and praise to our Father for this great gift.
 
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
With Jesus, we pray to our Father
words of hope and trust.
 
Deliver Us
Deliver us Lord, from words
that are empty and unreliable.
Keep us free from false promises
and from all forms of sin.
Fill our mouths with words and songs
of love, goodness and joy,
as we encourage one another
and wait for the final coming
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus the Lord,
who sows in our hearts
the good seed of his message.
He himself is the message:
let us receive him well and listen to him.

Prayer after Communion
Lord our God,
people hunger today
for truth, authenticity,
for the deeper meaning of life.
Open them to your Good News,
fill our stammering words
with your word of life
and teach us to speak to them
a language they understand,
especially the language of hope and love
of our Christian living.
We ask this in the name of the Lord. R/ Amen.
 
Blessing
We have heard Jesus, the Word of God,
and listened to him.
The Lord now entrusts to you
his Word and his body.
Go now, speak his Word
and be his body to the world.
That you may be a blessing to all,
may the Lord bless you:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.
Go in the peace of the Lord.
R/ Thanks be to God.