Vol: 44, No.54 29TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) October 22 2017  

Cel: The Israelites taken into Babylon as captives would not have returned to their homeland by their own effort or power. They were totally powerless to do that. But God chooses to liberate them and for that purpose he chooses Cyrus who does not even know the God of Israel. The Thessalonian community was also chosen by God through the preaching of Paul and companions. That we too may find favour with God, let us pray, saying,

Response: Lord, choose us for your purpose.

1. For the pope, the bishops, the religious and the clergy that as people chosen by God for various ministries in the Church that they may carry them out with devotion and love, we pray … R/
2. For those preparing for the celebration of sacred matrimony that the choice of their life-partner may be done with diligence so as to avoid conflict later in their married life, we pray … R/
3. For those searching for employment that the choice of a profession may done with attention so as to remain happy and fulfilled in life, we pray … R/
4. For youngsters who are inclined to choose a life of dedication in the Church as priests, religious or deacons that their decision to choose consecrated life may be without inner compulsions or outward pressures, we pray … R/
5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that enlightened by the Word of God and assisted by God’s Spirit we may make our decisions with integrity and truthfulness, we pray … R/

(Pray for community and personal needs)
Cel: God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who was quick to expose the malicious intent of the Pharisees who came to trap him.
We realize that hypocrisy or double standard in behaviour is something that you detest. Give us the grace that we may neither be insincere in our dealings with our fellow human beings nor try to gain undue advantage by employing deceitful means. We make this prayer …
Grant us, Lord, we pray, a sincere respect for your gifts, that, through the purifying action of your grace, we may be cleansed by the very mysteries we serve. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PREFACE VII (Ordinary)
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.
For you so loved the world that in your mercy you sent us the Redeemer, to live like us in all things but sin, so that you might love in us what you loved in your Son, by whose obedience we have been restored to those gifts of yours that, by sinning, we had lost in disobedience.
And so, Lord, with all the Angels and Saints, we, too, give you thanks, as in exultation we acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…
Behold, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, who hope in his merciful love, to rescue their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine.
Grant, O Lord, we pray, that, benefitting from participating in heavenly things, we may be helped by what you give in this present age and prepared for the gifts that are eternal. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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