I was just working with my DRE, Arlene, to put together an Advent Prayer service and it occurred to me that it would be good to share a few resources you might want to check whenever you’re putting together a prayer service.
One rule of thumb to follow is to seek to make your prayer service bear a “family resemblance” to the Mass, our central form of prayer. In other words, select elements from the Mass to include in your order of prayer: greeting, penitential prayer, liturgy of the Word (including a responsorial), General Intercessions, Lord’s Prayer, Rite of Peace, a blessing, and so on. Here’s a good resource to go to in order to copy and paste prayers of the Mass into your Prayer Service:
Secondly, it’s always a good idea to look to the Scripture readings for the day on which your prayer service will take place (or you can use the Scripture readings for the previous or upcoming Sunday). Check this resource for the Scripture readings of the day:
Next, you can “borrow” some wonderful prayers and psalms from the Liturgy of the Hours. Check out the following:
Finally, don’t forget to include hymns that are appropriate to your celebration. Look at these resources:
I hope these are helpful for your litgurgy/prayer service planning. Know of other online resources that can be of help?
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