Liturgy Alive Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

 

Opening Prayer

Lord our God,
we affirm that we believe in you,
but we are in danger of forgetting
that deeds have to prove
the sincerity of our faith.
Help us to be wise and faithful servants
of steadfast faith and fervent love,
who follow the example of Jesus Christ,
your Son and our Lord for ever.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading Introduction
In the first reading, Paul congratulates the Christians of Thessalonica for their loyalty to the Lord and asks them to hold on to the faith and to have world-wide charity, so as to be prepared for the Lord's coming.


Gospel Introduction
Especially to the leaders of the community, the Lord says that at his coming, he should find them doing what they are supposed to do, that is, serving the community in love.


 

General Intercessions

- That we may be attentive to God's presence in our world in the goodness of people, we pray:

- That we may be awake to the love of God that he shows us and makes grow in us in every eucharist, we pray:

- That we may hope in the certainty that our commitment to justice and love and our dedicated service are needed to bring God's kingdom in our world, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord our God,
as the body is dead without the soul,
this bread and this wine remain lifeless
if not animated by your Spirit.
Give life to these gifts, we pray you,
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
that Christ's love may inspire our lives
to serve you and people
and make us ready to meet at any time
our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Prayer after Communion

Lord our God,
you have called us to life
to be happy ourselves
and to make others happy.
Make us vividly aware
of our responsibility for one another.
Help us to be faithful servants
whose faith in you is made visible
in deeds of sincere love,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing

Blessed is that servant whom the master finds at work when he arrives. May the Lord bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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