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Sunday Readings: PASSION SUNDAY (PALM SUNDAY)

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LET US PRAY

Almighty God, we pray you bless + these branches and make them holy.  Today we joyfully acclaim Jesus our Messiah and King.  May we reach one day the happiness of the new and everlasting Jerusalem by faithfully following him who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 21: 1-11.

Theme: Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!

When they were near Jerusalem and had come in sight of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village facing you, and you will immediately find a tethered donkey and a colt with her.   Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, ‘The Master needs them and will send them back directly.’ “This took place to fulfill the prophecy:  Say to the daughter of Zion: Look, your king comes to you; he is humble, he rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. So the disciples went out and did as Jesus had told them.  They brought the donkey and the colt, then they laid their cloaks on their backs and he sat on them.  Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in his path.  The crowds who went in front of him and those who followed were all shouting:  “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest heavens!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil.  “Who is this?” people asked, and the crowds answered, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty, ever-living God, you have given the human race Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility.  He fulfilled your will by becoming man and giving his life on the Cross.  Help us to bear witness to you by following his example of suffering and make us worthy to share in his resurrection.

 

FIRST READING

A reading from the prophet Isaiah    50: 4-7

Theme: I did not cover my face against insult and spittle.  I know I shall not be shamed.   

The Lord God has given me a disciple’s tongue.  So that I may know how to reply to the wearied, he provides me with speech.  Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple.  The Lord God has opened my ear.  For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away.  I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord God comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.  So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be ashamed.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM     Ps.21: 8-9, 17-20, 23-24.  Rv. 2.

Response:  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

1.         All who see me deride me.  They curl their lips, they toss their heads.  ‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him; let him release him if this is his friend.’ R.

 

2.         Many dogs have surrounded me, a band of the wicked beset me. They tear holes in my hands and my feet I can count every one of my bones.  R.

 

3.         They divide my clothing among them.  They cast lots for my robe.  O Lord, do not leave me alone, my strength, make haste to help me!  R.

 

4.         I will tell of your name to my brethren and praise you where they are assembled.  ‘You who fear the Lord give him praise; all sons of Jacob, give him glory.  Revere him, Israel’s sons.  R.

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians 2:6-11.

Theme: He emptied himself: but God raised him high.

His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.  But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

ACCLAMATION

Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a Cross.  But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all names.

 

GOSPEL

The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 26:14-27, 66

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Lord, may the suffering and death of Jesus, your only Son, make us pleasing to you. Alone we can do nothing, but may this perfect sacrifice win us your mercy and love.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord, you have satisfied our hunger with this Eucharistic food. The death of your Son gives us hope and strengthens our faith. May his resurrection give us perseverance and lead us to salvation.

 

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SUNDAY READINGS

THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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OPENING PRAYER
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of Sirach 27:30-28:7
Theme: “Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be forgiven when you pray.”
He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, and he will firmly establish his sins.
Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. Does a man harbour anger against another, and yet seek for healing from the Lord? Does he have no mercy towards a man like himself, and yet pray for his own sins?
If he himself, being flesh, maintains wrath, will he then seek forgiveness from God? Who will make expiation for his sins? Remember the end of your life, and cease from enmity, remember destruction and death, and be true to the commandments. Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbour; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook ignorance.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 103:1 -2.3-4.9-10.11-12 (R. 8)

R\. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

1. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all within me, his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits. R\.

2. It is the Lord who forgives all your sins, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with mercy and compassion. R\.

3. He will not always find fault; nor persist in his anger forever. He does not treat us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our faults. R\.

4. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so strong his mercy for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far from us does he remove our transgressions. R\.

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 14:7-9
Theme: “Whether we live or die, we are the Lords.”
Brethren: None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
The word of the Lord.
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GOSPEL ACCLAMATION John 13:34
Alleluia, alleluia!
A new commandment I give to you, says the Lord, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:21-35
Theme: “I do not say to you that you forgive seven times but seventy times seven.”
At that time: Peter came up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
“But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Look with favour on our supplications, O Lord, and in your kindness accept these, your servants’ offerings, that what each has offered to the honour of your name may serve the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
May the working of this heavenly gift, O Lord, we pray, take possession of our minds and bodies so that its effects, and not our own desires, may always prevail in us. Through Christ our Lord.

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TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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OPENING PRAYER
God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 20:7-9
Theme: “The word of the Lord has become a reproach for me.”
O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; every one mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 63:2.3-4.5-6.8-9 (R. cf. 2ab)

R\. For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord, my God.

1. O God, you are my God; at dawn I seek you; for you my soul is thirsting. For you my flesh is pining, like a dry, weary land without water. (R.)

2. I have come before you in the sanctuary, to behold your strength and your glory. Your loving mercy is better than life; my lips will speak your praise. (R.)

3. I will bless you all my life; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be filled as with a banquet; with joyful lips, my mouth shall praise you. (R.)

4. For you have been my strength; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me. (R.)

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 12:1-2
Theme: Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.
I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
This is the Word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Eph1: 17,18
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we might know what is the hope to which he has called us Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 16:21-27
Theme: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself”
At that time: Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
May this sacred offering, O Lord, confer on us always the blessing of salvation, that what it celebrates in mystery it may accomplish in power. Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Renewed by this bread from the heavenly table, we beseech you, Lord, that, being the food of charity, it may confirm our hearts, and stir us to serve you in our neighbour. Through Christ our Lord.

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR (A)

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 84:10-11
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

COLLECT
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of Isaiah 56:l.6-7
“And the foreigners I will bring to my holy mountain.”
Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the Sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 67:2-3.5.6 and 8 (R. 4)
R. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your salvation. R

Let the nations be glad and shout for joy, with uprightness you rule the peoples; you guide the nations on earth. R.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. May God still give us his blessing that all the ends of the earth may revere him. R.

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 11:13-15.29-32
“The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”
Brethren: I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify,’ my ministry in order to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.
The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA Cf. Matthew 4:23
V. Alleluia. R. Alleluia.
V. Jesus was preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every infirmity among the people.
R. Alleluia.

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew l5:2l-28
“O woman, great is your faith!”
At that time: Jesus went away and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on mc, 0 Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word.
And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “0 woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Receive our oblation, O Lord, by which is brought about a glorious exchange, that by offering what you have given, we may merit to receive your very self.
Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Made partakers of Christ through these Sacraments, we humbly implore your mercy, Lord, that, conformed to his image on earth, we may merit also to be his co-heirs in heaven. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

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