Liturgy Alive Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Opening Prayer

Let us pray to the Father of all
that our heart, like his own,
may be open to all people
Father of all,
long ago you chose the people of Israel
to make your name known to all the nations.
Your Son Jesus Christ made it clear
that forgiveness and fullness of life are the share
of all who believe in him.
Make your Church truly a place of encounter
for all those who grope for you,
that all obstacles and barriers may be removed
and that the riches of all nations and cultures
may reveal the thousand faces
of the love you show us
in Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

General Intercessions

Let us pray to God our Father, who opens his heart and home to all who seek him, and let us say: R/ Listen to your people, Lord.

- That the Church may be attentive to the life and needs of today's world and discover in its aspirations bridges toward Christian hope, let us pray: R/ Listen to your people, Lord.

- That there may be room in the universal Church for the cultural riches of various peoples and for manifesting one and the same faith in a variety of languages and forms of expression, let us pray: R/ Listen to your people, Lord.

- That the Jews, the first people called by God, may see their hopes fulfilled and one day discover Christ as their Savior, let us pray: R/ Listen to your people, Lord.

- That we may open our hearts and homes to those that are hard to accommodate: strangers and refugees, the jobless and the poor, victims of discrimination and oppression; that we may do all we can to integrate them into the human and Christian community, let us pray: R/ Listen to your people, Lord.

- That all of us here may be concerned about those who are not here
because they are estranged from the Church, that our lives may reveal Christ to them, let us pray: R/ Listen to your people, Lord.

God our Father, do not allow us ever to become a self-enclosed, self-satisfied group, but make us into a real community open to all people and all needs, on account of Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts

God our Father,
you set the table of your Son
for all who are willing to come:
for saints and for sinners,
for the poor and the rich.
Give us your Son Jesus Christ.
May we learn from him
to give to all those who ask for food or love
not meager crumbs or left-overs,
but the food of ourselves,
as Jesus does here for us,
your Son and our Lord for ever. R/ Amen.

Prayer after Communion

God our Father,
in this eucharist we have all been one
in Jesus Christ your Son.
He died and rose to life for all;
his likeness is reflected
in the face of every human being:
let it become visible in all.
Let his face not be marred or divided
by our prejudices and fears;
do not allow our love to be less than universal,
but unite us all in him
who is our common way to you and to one another,
Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

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