Then will your light shine like the dawn.
R. A light rises in the darkness for the upright.
1 Corinthians 2:1–5
The only knowledge I claimed was of the crucified Christ.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; the man who follows me will have the light of life.
Your light must shine in the sight of men.
Images from the Word
- Salt of the earth
- Light of the world
- Here I am
- Him crucified
In the General Intercessions or the Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in a certain way to the word of God which they have welcomed in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is fitting that such a prayer be included, as a rule, in Masses celebrated with a congregation, so that petitions will be offered for the holy Church, for civil authorities, for those weighed down by various needs, for all men and women, and for the salvation of the whole world.
—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §69
As we come together each Sunday, we are invited to bring our prayer for the world and all its need. We do not come alone in this prayer, but we come as the one Body of Christ. United as one, we intercede for the many needs of our community with a view to the wider Church. As the priestly people of God, we can be confident that God will respond.
‘O come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God.’ —entrance antiphon