Greetings (see second reading)
We are gathered in the name of Jesus: he was rich but became poor for our sake to make us rich out of his poverty. He brought us life and healing. May his life and grace be always with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. God Is Pro-Life
Two great enemies in life are death and illness. Almost every one of us is scared of them. Are we convinced that God too is pro-life, that he is an enemy of death? Even the Old Testament assures us: "Death is not of God's making." Jesus' resurrection is the sign that death has been overcome in its roots. It is the gate to life. In this eucharist we express our faith that we believe in Jesus as the Lord of life.
B. Life Is Victorious
Almost everyone fears death and has a hard time to deal with it in faith. Life is a beautiful gift from God but it is brittle; sickness is a normal share of it and death comes as an inescapable reality. How can we reconcile this with faith in a God who has made us for life? We do not always see clearly, but we know at least this: since Christ rose from the dead, death has been overcome; it is not the end. We ask Jesus here in the eucharist to touch us with his power of life.
Let us now seek the Lord's forgiveness for the illness and death of sin which we have brought at times on ourselves. (PAUSE)
Lord Jesus, when you died for us you defeated death once and for all by rising from the dead: Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you are the giver of life: you restored the sick to health and raised up the dead: Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you are the defender of life: you healed those wounded by sin and gave them back their hope and trust: Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
May the Lord who overcame sin take all our sins away and restore us to the fullness of life. May he lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.
Father of all that breathes and lives, your Son Jesus Christ touched people and they were healed and they lived. Let him take us by the hand and raise us up from sin and discouragement. Let him touch us with his body and blood and make us fresh and new again to live his life and to go his way to you. Let him touch us with the warmth of his love that our love may revive others, especially the poor and those who suffer. All this we ask through Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.
Liturgy of the Word
Introduction to the First Reading: The God of Life Made Us Imperishable God made us for life; it was sin that brought death into the world. But Christ will make life triumph over death.
Introduction to the Second Reading: Sharing and Solidarity in the Church Local churches that are better off should help the poorer ones, just as Christ made himself poor to make us rich.
Gospel Introduction: Jesus Has the Power to Give Life The power of resurrection is at work in Jesus: he restores the sick to fuller life, he brings the dead back to life.
We believe in a God who created us for life. Let us trustingly bring before him all the pains and illnesses of the world and of God's people, and let us say: R/ God of life, hear our prayer. - That the Church may continue with compassion Jesus' healing ministry, that the sick may be comforted, the downtrodden set free, and the poor and the weak be protected, let us pray: R/ God of life, hear our prayer.
- That in this world of hunger for food and spiritual values, affluent churches and nations may share generously with those who have less, let us pray: R/ God of life, hear our prayer.
- That doctors and nurses and all others who care for the ill and the handicapped may have a great respect for life and be inspired in their task by the love of Christ, let us pray: R/ God of life, hear our prayer.
- That the faith and the hope of the sick and the dying may be firmly anchored in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; that with him they may accept their pains with patience and when the time comes also accept death as the gateway to full life, let us pray: R/ God of life, hear our prayer.
- That in our Christian communities we may be concerned about one another as the Lord is solicitous about us, and that we may enrich one another with every good gift of heart and mind, let us pray: R/ God of life, hear our prayer.
God, to you we owe our existence; from you comes all that is good. Help us to overcome death and evil through Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord God, almighty Father, accept the gifts we bring before you and fill them with the power of your Holy Spirit, that they may become for us the bread of resurrection and life of Jesus Christ your Son. Through this sacrament change us into people of joy and hope, that together we may go the way of life of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer
In the Eucharistic prayer we express our belief that our life comes from the resurrection of Jesus our Lord. Let us thank and praise the Father with Jesus tha he wants us to live for ever.
Introduction to the Lord's Prayer
Deliver UsDeliver us, Lord, from the forces of evil that cast a dark shadow on life: from wars and hatred, from fear and violence, and from the ultimate enemy, death. Let the power of resurrection work in us, that we may overcome sin and go forward together with joy and hope toward our permanent encounter with him who overcame death, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. R/ For the kingdom...
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus the Lord, the resurrection and the life. Happy are we to be invited to eat the bread that sustains us and assures us of everlasting life. R/ Lord, I am not worthy...Prayer after Communion
Lord God, almighty Father, you have given us here the body and blood of your Son as a source of life-giving power. Do not allow us to leave it idle but help us to use it as a force to uplift the people around us and to build together a world of reconciliation, compassion and justice. May thus the risen life of Jesus work among us already now, until you raise us up on the last day through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We have broken bread with the Lord and we remember his words: Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have everlasting life and I will raise them up on the last day. God wants us to live and Jesus nourishes this life with the food of his own body. Ah, we are the living! Let us live this life to the full and may almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.
Go in the peace of the Lord and bring his peace and healing to one another. R/ Thanks be to God.