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1 JUBILEE OF MERCY Rite of Reconciliation For the Use of Priests In Communal Celebrations Archdiocese of Kingston -1-

2 Contents Communal Anointing outside of Mass Communal Anointing within Mass Prepared by Logo, Prayer of Jubilee Copyright Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelization, Vatican State. All rights reserved. Excerpts from the English translation of Rite of Penance 1974, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. (ICEL); Excerpts from the English translation of the Roman Missal 2010, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. (ICEL). All rights reserved. New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Intercessions and all other material 2015, 2016 Archdiocese of Kingston (Ontario Canada), All rights reserved. -2-

3 ENTRANCE SONG JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY PENITENTIAL CELEBRATION INTRODUCTORY RITES A appropriate song is sung as the ministers enter in procession. A reader carries the lectionary and enthrones it on the ambo. The other ministers enter and venerate the altar. The priest kisses the altar and then goes to the chair. SIGN OF THE CROSS AND GREETING The priest and the people make the sign of the cross, as the priest says: In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The people respond: Amen. Then the priest extends his hands and greets all present with this or another greeting. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the merciful love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. The people respond: And with your spirit. INTRODUCTION The priest may briefly introduce the celebration, in these or similar words: My brothers and sisters, with joy we gather to celebrate the steadfast love and mercy, that God has shown us by sending his Son to be our Saviour. Acknowledging that we have sinned, with confidence in this mercy let us ask the Lord for pardon, so that we may be renewed and refreshed to live the new life of grace that Christ has won for us. -3-

4 OPENING PRAYER The presiding priest says: Let us pray. All pray in silence for a brief period of time. Then with hands extended, the Priest says: Lord God, king of all creation, who have made us your beloved people by sending your Son as our redeemer, open our hearts to your loving mercy, that we may turn away from sin and experience the reconciliation Christ has won for us, who he lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Or: God of mercy and compassion, who in the mystery of the death and resurrection of your Son have revealed your love and offered all people the gift of salvation, grant us, we pray, an unfailing joy which springs from true conversion, that we may proclaim the good news of Christ and give witness to the faith that leads to eternal life. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Or: Almighty eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ has opened for us the vision of your merciful love in his call to repentance and faith in the good news, graciously hear the prayers of your holy people and grant that we may always reflect your love in choosing the values of the gospel and in serving others until we come to our fulfillment in Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. The people respond: Amen. -4-

5 LITURGY OF THE WORD The celebration of God s word follows. If there are several readings, a psalm or other appropriate song or even a period of silence should intervene between them so that everyone may understand the word of God more deeply and give heartfelt assent. The Homily which follows is based on the texts of the readings and should lead the penitents to examine their consciences and renew their lives. EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE A period of time may be spent in making an examination of conscience and in arousing true sorrow for sins. The Priest or Deacon, or another minister may help the faithful by brief statements or a kind of litany, taking into consideration their circumstances, age, etc.. RITE OF RECONCILIATION COMMUNAL ACT OF SORROW The Priest invites the people to express sorrow for their sins. He may use these or similar words: My brothers and sisters, let us confess our sinfulness before God and each other in order that we may be healed. All say: I confess to almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and what I have failed to do; All strike their breast as they say: Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore and I ask blessed Mary ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. -5-

6 INTERCESSIONS - FORM A The Priest invites all to pray: In his great love Christ our Saviour willingly suffered and died to take away the sins of all people. Let us come before him with faith and hope to acknowledge our guilt, express sorrow for our sins, and ask that the wounds caused by our sins may be healed. The Deacon or reader announces the intentions: Healer of body and soul, give us the grace of true repentance and lead us in the way of your life. Lord, in your mercy, Redeemer of the world, pardon your servants and release us from the debt of sin. Lord, in your mercy, Merciful Lord, forgive your children who confess their sins and made us one with the Father. Lord, in your mercy, Refuge of sinners, restore your people to full communion with your Church and lead us home to your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, Divine Physician, revive the Spirit in those who love you and give us strength to serve you in others. Lord, in your mercy, Risen Lord, renew the grace of our baptism and prepare us to celebrate your Easter sacraments. Lord, in your mercy, Another form of the Intercessions and for the Reader or Deacon is found in Appendix One. -6-

7 PRAYER OF PRAISE The Priest concludes the intercessions with the following prayer: All praise and glory to be you, God of mercy and love, for leading us out of the darkness of sin into the light of your kingdom. We bless you for sending us Jesus your Son to save us, to die for us that we might die to sin, and to be raised that we might share your life. We thank you for giving us your Spirit of love to live in our hearts and lead us to you. All glory, praise and honour be yours, through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. All respond: Amen. THE LORD S PRAYER Then the Priest invites all to pray.: Let us ask God to forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us, as we pray in the words Jesus taught us: All say together: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. INVITATION TO INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION The Priest introduces the priests who are present and invites the people to individual confession. -7-

8 BLESSING AND DISMISSAL CONCLUDING RITE The Priest blesses all present, he begins: The Lord be with you. All respond: Deacon: The Priest continues: And with your spirit. Let us bow our heads and ask God's blessing. May God the Father who has adopted us as his children guide your hearts in the way of love ever-lasting. May God the Son who received us as brothers and sisters give you strength to walk in newness of life. May God the Holy Spirit who has made us his dwelling place give you peace all the days of your life. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. The Deacon or the Priest then dismisses the people in these or similar words: Open your heart to God s mercy, confess your sins, and go in the peace of Christ. Or: Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful. Go in peace. R. Amen. R. Amen. R. Amen. R. Amen. All respond: Thanks be to God. -8-

9 Invitation to Prayer: Appendix One INTERCESSIONS - A In his great love Christ our Saviour willingly suffered and died to take away the sins of all people. Let us come before him with faith and hope to acknowledge our guilt, express sorrow for our sins, and ask that the wounds caused by our sins may be healed. The Deacon or reader announces the intentions: 1. Healer of body and soul, give us the grace of true repentance and lead us in the way of your life. Lord, in your mercy, 2. Redeemer of the world, pardon your servants and release us from the debt of sin. Lord, in your mercy, 3. Merciful Lord, forgive your children who confess their sins and made us one with the Father. Lord, in your mercy, 4. Refuge of sinners, restore your people to full communion with your Church and lead us home to your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, 5. Divine Physician, revive the Spirit in those who love you and give us strength to serve you in others. Lord, in your mercy, 6. Risen Lord, renew the grace of our baptism and prepare us to celebrate your Easter sacraments. Lord, in your mercy, -9-

10 Invitation to Prayer: INTERCESSIONS - B By dying on the Cross the Lord Jesus brought forgiveness of our sins and by rising from the dead has raised us up to new and eternal life. Confident of God s mercy let us pray in union with our Saviour. The Deacon or reader announces the intentions: 1. Grant us the grace of repentance, that we may confess our sins and know your forgiveness and love. Lord, in your mercy, 2. Help us to acknowledge your infinite mercy, that we may proclaim your mighty deeds to all lands. Lord, in your mercy, 3. Turn our hearts away from sin and strengthen us to resist temptation, that we may be your holy people. Lord, in your mercy, 4. Overcome the power of evil in the world by the grace of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your mercy and peace to every heart. Lord, in your mercy, 5. Look upon our human nature which is prone to fall and give us courage to confess our sins, that we may know your mercy and love. Lord, in your mercy, 6. Strengthen us in your service and restore what is fallen by your redeeming grace, that in turn we may reach out to those in need. Lord, in your mercy, 7. Open the gates of heaven to the souls of those who confessed the name of your Son, that he may welcome them into Paradise as he welcomed the good thief. Lord, in your mercy, -10-

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