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Vol: 46, No.19 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 10 2019  
temptations and became victorious. That we too may overcome temptations through God’s help, let us pray, saying,
Response: Lord, help us to overcome temptations.
1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that as leaders in the Church they may exhort the people to use the period of Lent for spiritual renewal and closeness to God, we pray … R/
2. That the earth may produce sufficient food for the 7.5 billion people on it and for all other living beings, we pray … R/
3. That malnutrition and diseases originating from it may be controlled through proper planning and good utilization of resources, we pray … R/
4. For the farming community in our country that the distress that land owners and agricultural labourers face may be urgently dealt with, we pray … R/
5. For all of us present in the Eucharistic assembly that enlightened by the Word of God we may go through the period of Lent in a spirit of sacrifice and self-emptying, we pray … R/
(Pause to pray for personal and community needs)
Cel: God, our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who undertook a period of prayer and fasting before beginning his ministry. Jesus undertook this soon after his baptism when he heard the assuring words of his Father. Mission needs preparation. Give us the grace that we too may prepare ourselves for the great events of our saving history that are about to unfold. We make this prayer …
Give us the right dispositions, O Lord, we pray, to make these offerings, for with them we celebrate the beginning of this venerable and sacred time. Through Christ our Lord.
PREFACEI (Temptation)
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.
By abstaining forty long days from earthly food, he consecrated through his fast the pattern of our Lenten observance and, by overturning all the snares of the ancient serpent, taught us to cast out the leaven of malice, so that, celebrating worthily the Paschal Mystery, we might pass over at last to the eternal paschal feast.
And so, with the company of Angels and Saints, we sing the hymn of your praise, as without end we acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. (Mt 4:4)
Renewed now with heavenly bread, by which faith is nourished, hope increased, and charity strengthened, we pray, O Lord, that we may learn to hunger for Christ, the true and living Bread, and strive to live by every word which proceeds from your mouth. Through Christ our Lord.
The Israelites make their confession of faith in the context of offering the first fruits. In acknowledgement of the fact
that all the products of the land come from God, and to show thankfulness for his goodness, Israelites bring as an offering a portion of the fruits that ripen first. Such an offering is made both
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