Priests for Life - Liturgical Resources
LITURGICAL RESOURCES
Weekly Liturgical Email
for Clergy

View All
Intercessions

Mass Prayers for Life

Preaching

Bulletin inserts
OTHER SECTIONS
America Will Not Reject Abortion Until America
Sees Abortion


Prayer Campaign

Join our Facebook Cause
"Pray to End Abortion"


Take Action

Social Networking

Rachel's Vineyard,
A Ministry of Priests For Life


Silent No More Awareness Campaign, A Project
of Priests For Life

Clergy Resources
SIGN UP FOR EMAIL


 

Fifth Sunday of Easter - Cycle C

En español

General Intercessions: [English PDF]
 

Celebrant: God has taught us to love one another. Out of love for all people, we now bring their needs before the Lord. 

Deacon/Lector: 

That the Church and her leaders throughout the world may follow the example of the apostles, growing in faith despite any kind of trial, we pray to the Lord... 

For all those who aspire to public office, that they may learn that true power is found in service, and true wisdom is found in the Word of God, we pray to the Lord…

That the world may see clearly the love we have for the poor, the sick, the oppressed, and the unborn, we pray to the Lord... 

For our troops, that they may be protected and that their efforts to secure peace and justice may meet success, we pray to the Lord... 

That God may bless and prosper all the activities and organizations of our parish, we pray to the Lord... 

For all who have died, that they may be purified of sin and share the joys of heaven, we pray to the Lord...

Celebrant: 

Father, we thank you for this time of worship. 
As you answer our prayers,
deepen our love for you and one another.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Bulletin Insert:
 

No More Death 

 

“Today, there is a nationwide decline in both the number and the rate of abortions. More and more people understand the truth that the child in the womb is a human being. More and more people see the efforts of those in the Church to reach out to women and men, mothers and fathers who have been harmed by abortion. So often, women who have had an abortion and men who have been wounded by abortion keep their pain secret. We plead with them to come to the forgiving embrace of the Church and the compassionate counseling of … post-abortion healing. As we do so we hear again the prophet’s words: “The vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment and will not disappoint” (Hab 2:3).”  -- Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, Homily at Respect Life Mass, Philadelphia, October 3, 2010

Homily Suggestions:
 

Acts 14:21-27
Rv 21:1-5a
Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

 

Watch a video with homily suggestions

 

Tying this weekend’s readings with the theme of life brings us right to the powerful promise in the second reading from Revelation 21, “There shall be no more death.” The Easter season celebrates the basis of this promise: Christ has conquered the kingdom of death by his own death and resurrection, and has given us a share in this victory through our baptism.

 

Moreover, the victory embraces the entire universe, spiritual and physical: “I…saw a new heaven and a new earth.” Any power that death exercises now, through evils like abortion or the threat of our own death, is a temporary and fleeting power that has lost both its foundation and finality. That’s why the Church proclaims the Gospel of Life with utter confidence, and why we are to engage in pro-life activities with the same confidence. We do not just work “for” victory; we work “from” victory. 

 

Christ’s victory over death, which we now share, is a victory to which we give expression in the world by changing the shape of society and its policies and bringing this world into line with the demands of a culture of life. A new heaven and new earth have already begun in Christ and the Church. “Behold, I make all things new.” These are words God speaks daily. He speaks them to us and through us.

 

This new order of reality, in which death no longer has the final word, is the context in which the Lord says that his commandment, “love one another,” is “new.” The law and the prophets had already instructed love; but only in Jesus Christ’s victory over sin and death can love and life have the final word. Only in him can we love with a divine as well as human love. Only in him can we love the vulnerable and the unborn, and all people, with the very love that he has, and therefore persevere through the “many hardships” that are necessary “to enter the Kingdom of God” (First reading).


Priests for Life
PO Box 141172 • Staten Island, NY 10314
Tel. 888-735-3448, (718) 980-4400 • Fax 718-980-6515
mail@priestsforlife.org