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Feast Day 5th May

Penitential Rite

For the times we have failed in love and compassion,

We ask your pardon Lord - Lord, have mercy.

For the times we have failed to show courage in the face of injustice,

We ask your pardon, Lord, - Christ, have mercy.

For the times we have failed to forgive the hurts and wrongs done to us,

We ask your pardon Lord - Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer (Collect)

O God, you raised up Blessed Edmund Rice to serve Christ in those suffering from poverty and injustice; grant, we pray that following his example, we may be faithful servants of your truth and love.  Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-2, 4

Responsorial Psalm: Will you let me be Your Servant

Second Reading: Ephesians 3: 14-19

Gospel Reading: John 15: 1-8, 12-1

Prayers of the Faithful

For the universal Church, that it may ever more fully and eagerly embrace its mission to proclaim the Gospel to all the world through the witness of service love.

We pray to the Lord .... Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who follow in the footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice:  the Presentation and Christian Brothers, and all members of the ER Network, that they may respond with the same courage and generosity to the call of Christ to the marginalized and outcast of our own day.

We pray to the Lord .... Lord, hear our prayer.

For each us, called to one Discipleship, that the life of Blessed Edmund may encourage and inspire us to love one another as Christ has commanded us.

We pray to the Lord .... Lord, hear our prayer.

For the young, to whom Blessed Edmund devoted his life, especially those on the fringes of our educational system, that they may hear Christ's call to grow and bear fruit through the witness and ministry of others.

We pray to the Lord .... Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who suffer disability and illness, that they may find healing through the love and care of others and may the compassion they awaken be a source of renewal in our world.

We pray to the Lord .... Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who suffer oppression and injustice, that they may know hope through the witness and courage of others.

We pray to the Lord .... Lord, hear our prayer.

For all the faithful departed, especially for the deceased members of the congregation founded by Blessed Edmund, that the Lord may reward them in the glory of his eternal Kingdom.

We pray to the Lord .... Lord, hear our prayer.

Father, hear the prayers of your people.  Give us what you inspired us to ask you for in faith.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, accept the gifts we bring in memory of Blessed Edmund.  May our sharing in this mystery of your love help us to live the example of that love.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord, Amen.

Communion Reflection

  • Spirit of God, grant us the LOVE which filled the heart of Blessed Edmund, inspiring him to give all for you.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the JOY of Blessed Edmund who found his happiness in seeing and serving you in the poor.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the PEACE of Blessed Edmund who trusted in you and your providence through countless difficulties.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the PATIENCE of Blessed Edmund who held to being a man of faith even when misunderstood and opposed.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the KINDNESS of Blessed Edmund who always had time for the smallest and weakest.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the GOODNESS of Blessed Edmund whose broad vision saw ways all around him to spread the goodness of the Kingdom.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the GENTLENESS of Blessed Edmund who brought the gentleness of Christ to all his relationships.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the FAITHFULNESS of Blessed Edmund who did not give in to discouragement.
  • Spirit of God, grant us the SELF CONTROL of Blessed Edmund who prayed constantly that your will be done in him.
  • Lord, to live in your Spirit is not to be complete but to be open, not to be perfect but to be growing, not to have arrived but to be firmly on the way.
  • Help us to continue on the path of Jesus in the way of Blessed Edmund and to be faithful to the gift and spirit he has left us.  Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Prayer After Communion

May we go forth with compassion and courage in our hearts to work together for the coming of God's Kingdom of justice, love and peace, Amen.

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  • Edmund Rice Prayers +

    We dedicate ourselveds to work together Read More
  • Two Poems +

    Edmund Rice poems by Hugh Sharpe cfc and Ralhael Consedine PBVM  Read More
  • Magnificat +

    Like Mary, help me to proclaim a new way Read More
  • Feast Day Mass - Edmund Rice +

    Mass for the feast 5th May Read More
  • Feast Day Blessing +

    Blessings to all our Brothers and members of the Edmund Rice Network Read More
  • Litany of Blessed Edmund Rice +

    Plant peace firmly in our hearts and in our world Read More
  • Blessed Edmund's Our Father +

    - forgive us our blindness toward each other Read More
  • Blessed Edmund Rice Paraliturgy +

    Grant us the courage and care of Blessed Edmund Read More
  • Prayer for Edmund Rice Network +

    We as colleagues in the Edmund Rice network... Read More
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