Penitential Rite for the Feast of the Christ the Universal King

PRIEST: As the Church’s Year draws to a close, we celebrate Jesus Christ, King of all Creation. We celebrate He who came with a dream for the world, for the Universe – a dream of creation alive with divine love, drawn together in the deepest Unity in Christ. We celebrate our Brother who suffered and died on the Cross to make this Dream a reality. On this great Feast, which is also National Youth Sunday, we ask ourselves the question:  does Jesus reign in our hearts and in our lives? Do we share His Dream with our young people and draw them joyfully to serve His Kingdom? Does the quality of our loving reveal the Servant King to our wounded world? Do we serve each other and the broken of our world in the name of our King? Do we serve our own kingdom rather than God’s Kingdom?

READER: When we have thought only of our own needs and desires,
when we have given into our selfishness
and not become servants to those among whom we live…

SUNG RESPONSE

When we have not offered the time, the energy and the gifts God has given us to build up the Body of Christ in our parish, and to transform our world into His Kingdom of Justice, Love and Peace…

SUNG RESPONSE

Because Christ our King comes to the world in all its poverty and brokenness, to speak the Word of Forgiveness, Mercy and Healing that brings about His Kingdom…

SUNG RESPONSE

PRIEST: May the all-merciful God, our Lord and King,
touch our hearts with His reconciling love;
fill our community with the peace of His Kingdom;
and renew among us the fire of His Spirit;
and so bring us and all the world to everlasting life…

                              AMEN!

Penitential Rite for 33rd Sunday

PRIEST: That Jesus will come again is certain … when and how is unknown.  As Advent draws near,  the Liturgy leads us to reflect on the meaning of the vivid images in the Gospel about the Day of the Lord’s Return.  We are challenged to be a People of constant expectancy, always straining our eyes and hearts to watch and work with love for his coming.  Let us repent and so make room for him as he comes to us…

READER: For the superficiality that often marks our lives; 

for our lack of prayer that fails to watch and welcome…

SUNG RESPONSE

When we needlessly add to the distress of others 

by thoughtlessness,  lack of real listening 

and our readiness to judge…

SUNG RESPONSE

When we fail to recognise his coming 

in the offer of friendship or the cry of need,  

in wounds to be loved into healing 

and hungers to be filled with compassion

SUNG RESPONSE

PRIEST: May the God who comes embrace our sin and sets us free for loving compassion;  May the Lord who will return prepare our hearts with his mercy and forgiveness; May the Spirit who is to fill all creation come with a peace that will reconcile all to each; and bring us all creation to everlasting life…

AMEN!