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    COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE

    FOR THE SEASON OF LENT

    Outline of the Rite

    Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents

    With Individual Confession and Absolution

    Introductory Rites

    Opening Hymn

    Greeting

    Introduction

    Opening Prayer

    Celebration of the Word of God

    First Reading

    Responsorial Psalm

    [Second Reading]

    Gospel Acclamation

    Gospel

    Homily

    Examination of Conscience

    Rite of Reconciliation

    Litany of Repentance

    Lords Prayer

    Concluding Prayer

    Individual Confession of Sin and Absolution

    Proclamation of Praise for Gods Mercy

    Concluding Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Concluding Rite

    Blessing

    Dismissal

    Closing Hymn

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    PREPARATION

    Schedule Hospitality Ministers to welcome the assembly as they

    arrive and to distribute worship aids.

    Schedule at least two readers to proclaim the reading(s) and to

    read the Examination of Conscience. A reader or deacon may lead

    the Litany of Repentance.

    Provide a musician and cantor(s) to lead the assembly in song.

    Instrumental music may be played during individual confession.

    Prepare the Lectionary with the appropriate readings clearly

    marked.

    Prepare a suitable environment conducive to prayer and

    reconciliation. Candle(s) in the sanctuary should be lit.

    Prepare stations for confessors.

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    Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36)

    INTRODUCTORY RITES

    OPENING HYMN

    GREETING

    Presider: Grace, mercy, and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. All: And with your spirit.

    INTRODUCTION

    Presider: In these or similar words

    My brothers and sisters, As we continue our journey through Lent, we are mindful of Pope Francis theme for the Jubilee Year of Mercy: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. In order that we might enter into the grace of this Lenten season and the grace of this Jubilee Year, it is important to recognize and acknowledge our need for Gods mercy because of our own sinfulness. If we open our hearts and receive the gift of

    Gods mercy, then, like Him, we must extend compassion, mercy, and forgiveness to others.

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    COLLECT

    Presider: Let us pray.

    All pray in silence.

    Almighty and merciful God, you have brought us together in the name

    of your Son to receive your mercy and grace in our

    time of need. Where sin has divided and scattered, may your love make us one again; where sin has brought weakness, may your power heal and strengthen; where sin has brought death, may your Spirit raise to new life. Give us a new heart to love you, so that our lives may reflect the image of your Son. May the world see the glory of Christ revealed in your Church, and come to know that he is the one whom you have sent, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen. (ROP, 100)

    CELEBRATION OF THE WORD OF GOD

    The following are suggested readings. Alternative readings may be selected. The

    homilist may wish to use one, two, or three readings. If only one is chosen, it is preferable that it be the Gospel.

    First Reading Ephesians 4:1-3, 17 32 (text provided below)

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    Responsorial Psalm Psalm 51 Gospel Acclamation

    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; You have the words of everlasting life.

    Gospel Luke 6:36-38

    Homily Examination of Conscience

    The assembly is now invited to make an examination of conscience. This can be

    done in silence or by using the examination of conscience below. One reader alone may read the examination or two readers might alternate between questions. Allow a

    brief period of silence between each one.

    Presider: Sisters and brothers, let us call to mind our failings so that we may seek Gods

    forgiveness. Reader 1:

    Do I live a life worthy of the calling I have received?

    Do I show humility, gentleness and patience to those in my family, at work, and in the world?

    Do I make every effort to preserve unity in family and in my Church?

    Reader 2:

    Do I strive to set aside my former way of life and try to avoid sin?

    Do I lie? Do I speak the truth even when it is difficult to do so?

    Do I resist God? Do I pray to know his will?

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    Reader 1:

    Do I lose my temper? Do I let the sun go down on my anger?

    Do I judge quickly and harshly? Do I live the compassion of Christ?

    Do I offer the gift of mercy and kindness to those in need?

    Do I steal? Am I honest in my business dealings?

    Reader 2:

    Do I gossip or say evil things? Have I slandered the reputation of another?

    Do I hold onto bitterness, passion, and anger?

    Do I forgive as the Lord has forgiven me? Is there someone I need to forgive?

    Reader 1:

    Am I intent on things of earth or things of heaven?

    Am I too busy? Do I make time to pray? Do I participate in the Sunday Eucharist weekly?

    Do I harbor evil desires? Am I faithful to my spouse?

    Reader 2:

    Do I use foul language?

    Does peace reign in my heart? Do I actively work for peace in my family and in the world?

    Do I dedicate myself to thankfulness? Do I regularly express my gratitude to God and those around me?

    Do I care for Gods creation?

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    Rite of Reconciliation

    General Confession of Sins

    Presider: Brothers and sisters, let us call to mind the goodness of our

    Father, and acknowledge our sins so that we may receive his merciful

    forgiveness.

    The deacon or another minister invites all to kneel.

    All: 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 in what I have failed to

    do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore, 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. Litany of Repentence The response, Lord, have mercy may be sung. All stand.

    Presider: The Lord is merciful. He makes us clean of heart and leads us out into his freedom when we acknowledge our guilt. Let us ask him to forgive us and bind up the wounds inflicted by our sins.

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    Deacon/Minister: You came to call sinners. Lord, have

    mercy. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/Minister: You forgave the many sins of the woman who showed you great love. Lord, have

    mercy. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/Minister: You did not shun the company of outcasts

    and sinners. Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/Minister: You carried back to the fold the sheep that

    had strayed. Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/Minister: You called Zacchaeus to repentance and a

    new life. Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/Minister You promised Paradise to the repentant

    thief. Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/Minister You are always interceding for us at the

    right hand of the Father. Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy.

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    Lords Prayer

    Presider: Now in obedience to Christ himself, let us join in prayer to the Father, asking him to forgive us as we forgive others. Our Father

    Concluding Prayer

    Presider: Father, our source of life, you know our weakness. May we reach out with joy to grasp

    your hand and walk more readily in your ways.

    Through Christ our Lord.

    All: Amen. Individual Confession and Absolution The presider or other minister might tell the assembly where the confessors will be located. Some brief words regarding the manner of confessions should be given. The assembly may be advised to remain in church if there is to be a common ending. Quiet instrumental music might be played during this time.

    Proclamation of Praise for Gods Mercy After all have had the opportunity for confession and absolution, the assembly is invited to join in singing/praying a psalm, litany, or hymn of praise. A musical setting of any of the following scripture passages could be used or any other appropriate song. Psalm 28:6-7 Psalm 103:1-4, 8-18 Psalm 32:1-7, 10-11 Psalm 119 Psalm 54 Psalm 136:1-9, 13-14, 16, 25-29 Psalm 66 Psalm 145:1-21 Psalm 95 Isaiah 61:10-11 Psalm 98:1-9 Jeremiah 31:10-14 Psalm 100:1-5 Daniel 3: 52-57 Luke 1:46-55 (Magnificat)

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    Concluding Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Presider: All holy Father, You have shown us your mercy and made us a new creation in the likeness of your Son. Make us living signs of your love for the whole world to see. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

    CONCLUDING RITE Blessing

    Presider: May the Lord guide your hearts in the way of his love and fill you with Christ- like patience.

    All: Amen.

    Presider: May he give you strength to walk in newness of life and to please him in all things.

    All: Amen.

    Presider: May almighty God bless you, the