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Formation on Eucharistic Prayer
The Eucharistic prayer
The Eucharistic prayer is the centre and summit of the entire Mass. It is a prayer of thanksgiving and sanctification. The priest invites US to lift up OUR hearts in prayer. WE unite OUR thoughts with those expressed by the priest, who addresses God in the name of the whole community. The priest and YOU and I join ourselves with Christ to proclaim the marvellous deeds of God.
The priest may choose from a variety of Eucharistic Prayers - at the moment there are four as well as some for special circumstances for example one which expresses the theme of Reconciliation. Soon there will be others that have been added to the number.
The Eucharistic Prayer flows from start to finish. Almost all of the Eucharistic Prayers you will experience follow the same structure. Becoming more familiar with the whole Prayer helps us to be better able to listen for the parts of the prayer as it moves along.
Opening Dialogue: You exchange lines with the priest as the prayer solemnly begins (The Lord be with you.... And with your spirit)
Thanksgiving: The priest recites the Preface, which gives thanks & praise to God.
Acclamation: We all sing Holy, Holy, Holy joining our voices with those of the angels to give praise to God.
Institution Narrative and Consecration: The story of the Last Supper is recounterd together with the sacred words "This is my Body" & "This is my Blood."
Anamnesis: We proclain the death & resurrection of Christ until he comes again. We sing / say one of the Memorial Acclamations.
Offering: the priest offers to God the consecrated bread and wine - it is a perfect self- offering of Jesus Christ.
Intercessions: The first one prays for unity of those filled with the Holy Spirit. We pray that the Holy Spirit will come down on all of us, making us united as we preapre for Communion.
The entire prayer concludes with praise to God the Father; through, with and in Christ; in the untiy of the Holy Spirit. We respond in faith with Amen.
In the Eucharistic Prayer the changes in translation will affect more what you HEAR, than what you SAY. It is the celebrant who has to become more c
omfortable with the words he will use.
(Taken from "Understanding the Revised Mass Texts" by Paul Turner)
Guidelines for Advertising/Promotions in our Parish
Creating guidelines for:-
1. Notices in Mass.
2. Notices in the bulletin.
3. Notices on the Church notice boards in the foyers.
4. Speaking at Masses
Reasons for these guidelines. Advertisements/Promotions even for good things, have the potential to take away from the central liturgy. It is like ‘ads’ affecting the integrity of a good movie.
Secondly the impact of advertisements at Mass, on the workload of the people who prepare the weekly liturgy slides and the musicians at individual masses is more than people realise. We are dealing with 7 masses, so someone has to communicate the new procedures to each of the musicians and then some of those people can find it difficult to implement the extra things being asked of them.
I realise that each request in itself is small but there is a cumulative effect overall.
A third reason is the impact that requests have on me as Parish Priest. I wish to empower groups to make the decisions where their requests for advertising are appropriate and to empower others for example the Liturgy Committee, who are involved in the decision making process - to respond. Again for myself, it is the cumulative effect - each little decision is not significant, but when added together at times I find it burdensome.
If there are disagreements or different interpretations of the following guidelines, I as Parish Priest, will work with the people who see things differently.
Criteria for Advertising Notices.
During Mass: We do not announce notices from the pulpit unless it is something for the whole Parish Community (or something major for our Youth - our Salesian bias).
Notices on the screen after communion need to be about whole parish events, or to something that is happening after that specific Mass. eg. Prayer Ministry after the 6 pm Mass or Maliana Market taking place outside after that particular Mass.
Notices on the screen before or after Mass cannot be used to advertise future events. (The bulletin and other means are appropriate for those.)
2. Notices in the bulletin: These are about our community events and our Parish Groups.
Some, flagging notices for Diocesan Events or people who have contributed to our community will be included. eg. Mons. Kerry Bayada's retirement, Fr John Sullivan's 50th Anniv. Mass., etc.
3. On the website we advertise anything appropriate. There is an area on the website for events, invitations and other functions outside the parish and groups are welcome to send (Tara) items to be included in this section.
4. Notices in the Foyer:
We are at present striving to develop a more effective way to use the Notice-boards in the foyers.
The issues are :-
Timing of notices - some are there for months - even after the event etc. has occurred.
Responsibility for disposing of Notices after their “use-by” date.
Target audience of advertisement
General neatness of the foyers - overcrowding of advertisements, which detracts from the impact of their own and other group’s advertisements, as well as the overall “look” of the foyers to anyone who comes to visit the Church.
This is a working document so if you have any comments to improve it or any areas that it is not covering - please contact Fr Mick with your suggestions.
Prayers of Intercession (Formatted version saved on my computer)
Guide to writing Prayers of Intercession for the Parish of St John Bosco Engadine/ Heathcote.
Any member of the Liturgy Committee can also assist you
Name of the Prayer
Prayer of the Faithful (our prayer)
Titles given by various authors/ groups etc.
Prayer of the Faithful.
Prayer of Intercession.
The Prayer of the Faithful is prepared for Weekend Masses, as well as important Feast Days throughout the year
The Format of the Prayer
Intercession - begins “We pray for……”
- therefore addresses and names the person, organisation, country etc. e.g. the Pope, Bishops, Civil authorities, those who have died etc.
The Prayer - is directed to God begins with the words
“Lord, may …….”
If God is mentioned further into the prayer – use the word You … don’t repeat Lord as we are speaking directly to God. This is usually the part the congregation are reading. Keep the Prayer confined to one sentence.
Introduction and Conclusion - are read by the celebrant.
In between, it is preferable to have 5 prayers(Max.6) / intercessions/prayers in the set order.
Our “pattern” within the prayers –
Prayer 1. For the Pope, Bishops, Australian Bishops
Prayer 2. Civil Leaders & countries etc. (National disasters etc. etc.)
Prayer 3. Prayer for that particular week of the Month e.g. Social Justice, Vocations etc. (list given below)
Prayer 4. Prayer for - checklist e.g. Youth as this is the Year of Youth
Prayer 5. Prayer for the deceased – extremely ill etc. at the end of this prayer we always add “especially ……) so that the parish Secretary can put the actual names in for the lector to read.
As well as the every week examples it was decided to have a list of significant groups/ intentions / on which to focus on a regular basis. (This can be changed for other significant/relevant intercessions when required)
*season of the year,
* Issues which are universal, national, local, parish.
* A few examples – for RCIA candidates, catechumens, 50th Anniversary of the Church,
HSC students, Sacramental celebrations St Vincent DePaul … etc. etc.
*Social Issues – Mother's /Father’s Day, etc.etc
*** Year of …… - This year is the Year of Youth (ends Nov.) –
There is a list (you will be given) listing a prayer for every week of the year for your information.
*Local Parish Celebrations- Before / on the weekend of First Communion /Confirmation
The list is long and if you have a special once a special prayer (see below) for examples
Our Special Prayers on a regular monthly basis.
As well as the every-week examples it was decided to have a list of significant groups, intentions to focus on, on a regular basis. Sometimes these are “moveable” owing to a more universal planning or emergency
Those intentions currently on the list are:
Week 1 the Armed Forces (and can add families)
Week 2 Social Justice (Adrien LeGras is the representative of that Cttee and sends a list of issues which their committee have decided upon for the year– (he writes the prayer and includes a PPP slide with his Word Doc.) A copy will be given to you for the rest of the year – with the date and Sunday closest to the intentions for which they would like to pray.
Week 3 Vocations – not only religious but any vocations in life e.g. Marriage Sunday for that intention.
Week 4 Abuse of any kind
Week 5 (obviously when there is one) - Antioch.
The roster at the moment is for every 6 weeks – and of course, if there is an emergency you can swap with someone else. (send out a general email to those on the Cttee)
* There is a printed roster issued – with
* Date/ Sunday of the Year OR Significant Feast day, e.g. Eastertide finishes with the four Feasts – Ascension, Pentecost, Corpus Christi and Trinity,
* We move back to Ordinary Time Year B.
* There are a few feasts which if they fall on a weekend would have special POF, these would be listed in the Liturgy Calendar and of course when we celebrate our Parish feast of St John Bosco it takes precedence and we use special prayers not the ones for that Sunday of the year.
** For the sake of the musicians preparing their PPP for their weekend Mass / Masses and for the parish secretary a word copy and the PPP is forwarded to Joan Moylan
email@example.com phone if needed 9520 7546 by Wednesday night prior to the POF you are rostered for. if at all possible.
** They will be able to be sent to the rostered musicians and Tara by Thursday lunchtime. This allows time in case there have been changes to the Musicians roster or an emergency prayer or name of deceased added to the POF and the Bulletin sheet being prepared by Tara
Set up of slide presentation
When the computer was set up –we were advised to always make sure we have good contrast between the background and the written word on the slide – he suggested "deepish" blue background with white writing, Some people use a white background with black writing ( as long as you use good contrast)
Size of font – usually between 36 – 38 (Fr Michael aims to use size 40 fonts)
Font – It was also suggested the use Verdana 40
For POF set-up
Slide 1- black
Slide 2 – Title Slide – while the priest is reading the introduction
Eg: Prayer of the Faithful
3rd week of Ordinary Time Year B
Slide 3 – picture / images for Intercession 1
Slide 4 – Text of prayer.
This formula (slide 3 and 4) is repeated throughout the list of prayers.
A black slide while Priest is reading the conclusion, then a slide with an image (if you want) plus the word Amen. (Maybe an image which matches the title image / or a smaller image of the slide you used at the beginning of the prayer – your choice)
Finish with black slide.
St Louis Uni. Liturgy resources read more
From Adelaide Diocese - read more
Vanderbilt Divinity Library - good intros and conclusions read more
For Intercession topics - read more
Contemporary expression of prayers with brief prayers of intercession; From Philippians read more
Laughingbird from South Yarra - prayers and scripture are contemporized in Australian! Too radical for most :) read more
An article about prayers of the faithful read more
The Prayer of the Faithful: Reflections on Good Practice (pdf) is a document produced by the Liturgy Committee
The Prayer of the Faithful worksheet (pdf) provides a template for writing intercessions.
The diocese of Arundel & Brighton has produced some useful Guidelines for Prayers of the Faithful
Preparing the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass (pdf)
Preparing the Prayer of the Faithful — GIRM Opportunities Series
Australian Catholics (Jesuit) Prayers of the People read more