Presider:The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord JesusChrist be with you. All: And also with you.
Presider:Jesus Christ, our Lord, we come to You in sorrow for our sins,and confess to You our weakness and unbelief. (silence) At times in our journey, we have only lived by our ownstrength and not by the power of Your resurrection. Lordhave mercy. All:Lord, have mercy (sung, interspersed).Presider:We have only lived by the light of our own eyes, lacking faithand trust in You. Christ have mercy. All:Christ, have mercy. (sung)Presider:We have only lived for the toils and cares of this present world, and have not prepared enough for our permanentabode. Lord have mercy. All:Lord, have mercy. (sung)Presider: May the God of love and mercy forgive us and free us fromour sins, heal and strengthen us by His Spirit, and raise us tonew life in Christ our Lord. All:Amen.
Presider: Let us pray.God our Creator, we believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ.Open our ears to listen to His word. Open our hearts that we may experience His message as a call addressedpersonally to each one of us to go out and do our partmaking this world a better place to live in. We ask this inthe name of Jesus the Lord. All:Amen
FIRST READING (Sirach 1: 1, 4-11)
Reader:A Reading from the Book of SirachThe word of the Lord All:Thanks be to God
RESPONSORIAL PSALM:SECOND READING (Eph 5:10-17)