ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 70:2. 6
O God, come to my assistance; O LORD, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O LORD, do not delay.
Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored. Through our Lord.
A reading from the Book of Ecclestiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Theme: “What has a man from all the toil and strain?”
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Sometimes a man who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by a man who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What has a man from all the toil and strain with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of pain, and his work is a vexation; even in the night his mind does not rest. This also is vanity
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 90:3-4. 5-6. 12-13. 14 and 17 (R.1)
- R. O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation.
- You turn man back to dust, and say, “Return, O children of men.” To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, or like a watch in the night. R.
- You sweep them away like a dream, like grass which is fresh in the morning. In the morning it sprouts and is fresh; by evening it withers and fades. R.
- Then teach us to number our days, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Turn back, O LORD! How long? Show pity to your servants. R.
- At dawn, fill us with your merciful love; we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us; give success to the work of our hands. O give success to the work of our hands. R.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians 3:1-5.9-11
Theme: “Set your minds on things that are above, where Christ is.”
Brethren: If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life is hidden appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his practices and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Sythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.
The word of the Lord.
Alleluia R. Alleluia Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. R. Alleluia
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 12:13-21
Theme: “The things you have prepared, whose will they be?”
At that time: One of the multitude said to Jesus, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Graciously sanctify these gifts, O Lord, we pray, and, accepting the oblation of this spiritual sacrifice, make of us an eternal offering to you. Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Wis 16:20
You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, endowed with all delights and sweetness in every taste.
Or: Jn 6:35
I am the bread of life, says the Lord; whoever comes to me will not hunger, and whoever believes in me will not thirst.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Accompany with constant protection, O Lord, those you renew with these heavenly gifts and, in your never-failing care for them, make them worthy of eternal redemption. Through Christ our Lord.