England & Wales
Grant that your faithful, O Lord,
whom you nourish and endow with life
through the food of your Word and heavenly Sacrament,
may so benefit from your beloved Son's great gifts
that we may merit an eternal share in his life.
Roman Missal, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Besides the times of year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thirty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated,but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honoured in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as Ordinary Time.
Beginning with the Third Sunday, there is a semicontinuous reading of the Synoptic Gospels. This reading is arranged in such a way that as the Lord's life and preaching unfold the teaching proper to each of these Gospels is presented.
Cycle of Prayer — Autumn
- The Spread of the Gospel
- especially on Home Mission Day (3rd Sunday in September) & on World Mission Day (penultimate Sunday in October)
- Justice and Peace in the world
- especially on Racial Justice day (2nd Sunday in September) and on Harvest Fast Day (1st Friday in October)
- The Harvest, the Fruits of Human of Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation
- especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held
- All Victims of War
- especially on Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November)
- Prisoners and their Families
- especially on the Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependants (2nd Sunday in October)
- Young People
- especially on Youth Day (Christ the King)
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The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments have informed Bishops' Conferences that from henceforward St Joseph is to be insert into Eucharistic Prayers II-IV in the Roman Missal.
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- Cycle of Prayer
Department for Christian Life and Worship
The Department for Christian Life and Worship is one of the six Departments of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. It is advised by three Committees: