Catholic Mass for February 21, 2016: The Second Sunday of Lent

By | September 5, 2019

(light music) ♪ Take up your cross ♪ The savior said ♪ If you are my disciples me ♪ Take up your cross ♪ With willing heart ♪ And humbly follow after me ♪ Take up your cross ♪ Let not its weight ♪ Fill your weak spirit ♪ With alarm ♪ His strength shall bear your ♪ Spirit up ♪ And brace your heart and ♪ (mumbles) ♪ – In the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit. – [Voiceover] Amen. – The grace of our
lord Jesus Christ the love of God, and the communion
of the holy spirit be with you. – Be with your spirit. – This second Sunday of Lent, in the year of mercy. We hear in the
gospel about Jesus’s transfigured glory. We pause to reflect on the times when we’ve closed
our eyes to this glory because of sin, and ask for God’s pardon, and mercy. I confess to almighty God, and to you my
brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned. In my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do. Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault, therefore I ask blessed
Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to
the lord our God. May almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to
everlasting life. – [Voiceover] Amen. – Lord have mercy. – [Voiceover] Lord have mercy. – Christ have mercy. – [Voiceover] Christ have mercy. – Lord have mercy. – [Voiceover] Lord have mercy. – Let us pray. Oh God, who have commanded
us to listen to your beloved son, be pleased we pray to
nourish us inwardly by your word, that with spiritual
sight made pure, we may rejoice to
behold your glory through our lord
Jesus Christ your son, who lives and reigns with you and the unity of
the holy spirit, one God forever and ever. – [Voiceover] Amen. – A reading from
the book of Genesis. The lord God took Abram outside and said, look up at the sky and count the stars if you can. Just so he added, shall your descendants be. Abram put his faith in the lord, who credited to him as
an act of righteousness. He then said to him, I am the lord who
brought you from Err of the Caldians to give you this land as a possession. Oh lord God he asked. How am I to know, that I shall possess it? He answered him, bring me a three
year old heffer, and three year old she goat, a three year old ram, a turtle dove, and a young pigeon. Abram brought him all these, split them in two, and placed each half
opposite the other. But the birds he did not cut up. Birds of prey
swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram
stayed with them. As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram, and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him. When the sun had
set and it was dark, there appeared a
smoking fire pot and a flaming torch, which passed between
those pieces. It was on that
occasion that the lord made a covenant with Abram, saying to your descendants
I give this land, from the Waddy of Egypt, to the great river
the Euphrates. The word of the lord. – [Voiceover] Thanks be to God. (light music) ♪ The lord is my light ♪ And my salvation ♪ My light and my salvation ♪ The lord is my light ♪ And my salvation ♪ My light ♪ And my salvation ♪ The lord is my light ♪ And my salvation ♪ Whom shall I fear ♪ The lord is the stronghold ♪ Of my life ♪ Whom should I dread ♪ The lord is my light ♪ And my salvation ♪ My light ♪ And my salvation ♪ – A reading from the
letter of St. Paul to the Philippians. Brothers and sisters, our citizenship is in Heaven, and from it we also
await a savior. The lord Jesus Christ. he will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all
things into subjection to himself. Therefore my
brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the lord, beloved. The word of the lord. – Thanks be to God. (light music) ♪ Glory to you ♪ Lord of God ♪ Lord Jesus Christ ♪ Glory to you ♪ Lord of God ♪ Lord Jesus Christ ♪ – The lord be with you. – [Voiceover] And
with your spirit. – A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke. – [Voiceover] Glory
to you oh lord. – Jesus took Peter, John, and James, and went up the
mountain to pray. While he was praying, his face changed in appearance, and his clothing
became dazzling white. And behold, two men were
conversing with him. Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory
and spoke of his exodus. That he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake they saw his glory and the two
men standing with him. After they were about
to part from him, Peter said to Jesus master, it is good that we are here, let us make three tents. One for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. But he did not know
what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast
a shadow over them. And they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then, from the cloud
came a voice that said this is my chosen son. Listen to him. After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone, they fell silent, and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. The gospel of the lord. – [Voiceover] Praise to
you lord Jesus Christ. – Mountains are particular and they’re poignant. The mountains rise
up from the plains of our lives and invite us to majesty and awe. To wonder and fear. To call to mind the
heights of the Heavens and yet the reality
of the valleys below. Mountains also I think have
a way of disarming you. There are those who choose
to conquer certain mountains like Everest, whether an item
on the bucket list or simply a quest that meets a certain life need or a want or desire. But the truth is, mountains can kill you. And perhaps there is a
certain truth to that when it comes to
the transfiguration, which we heard about today. Mountains have a way
of disrupting you. They change your frame work, your way of seeing the world. And mountains don’t lie. Mountains have a way
of transforming you. Yet at the same time, there’s a difference between the story as it appears
in Luke’s gospel which we’ve heard today, and as it appears in Matthew and Mark. What follows immediately at the end of the story, as Jesus and the
disciples descend down the mountain, Jesus is met immediately in Luke by a father whose son is sick. They go from transfigured glory, and face need right away, where as Matthew and Mark
conclude a dialogue about Elijah in Luke, Jesus has
to address healing, not theology. Mountain tops provide moments for seeing reality. They create spaces
for perspective, instead of justifying our
perceived perceptions. Mountain tops really
I think change your way of interpreting and
making sense of the world. As permanent as
mountains appear to be, mountain top experiences
are fleeting. Mountain tops are
for most of us, temporary. Mountain tops are momentary. Yet we so long for
them to be lasting like Peter. Lord it is good we are here, lets stay forever. I have the construction
plans all ready. Why is that? I think because we
long for understanding. We long for a view point that others do not have. We long for a perspective that results in the
very true possibility that we can make
sense of this world. Not only for ourselves, but for those who are
with us on the journey. Those we meet in offices, those who accompany us
on the moments of life that are more complicated
than we could have imagined. We long for mountain tops, we need mountain tops, but what’s different in
Luke’s transfiguration account is the radical revelation of
the mountain top experience that’s then interrupted
with the urgency of reality. There’s a lot of terrain
between hills and valleys, mountain top experiences and
the trenches of real life, the highs and the lows
of human existence. The transfiguration of Jesus has to be a moment of revelation that extends and exists beyond
the mountain top experience. Otherwise it would
only justify glory. And power and privilege. But God has chosen to
reveal God’s own self in ways that are breathtaking and miraculous and wondrous. Why? Because we have a
tendency to tame God. To think that God will adjust to our way of doing things or see things as we do, to think that. God will conform to the
way we want God to be. So the retreat to worship, the time to listen to the word, to be immersed in the cross and gathered at the table, leads us inevitably always to the return to the everyday world of human need. Where Jesus heals the sick, and opposes the forces of evil. When we come, to celebrate the glory, the majesty that
is the Eucharist, we come here in
order to come back to the world in love. In mercy, and in grace. For indeed, is that not what we receive? Let us profess our faith. I believe in one God, the father almighty, make of Heaven and Earth, of all things visible
and invisible. I believe in one
lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, born of the father
before all ages, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, be got and not made. Consubstantial with the father. Through him all
things were made. For us men and
for our salvation, he came down from Heaven, and by the holy spirit was
incarnate of the virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death
and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with
the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the
right hand of the father. He will come again in
glory to judge the living and the dead, and his
kingdom will have no end. I believe in the holy spirit, the lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the
father and the son. With the father and son
is adored and glorified, who has spoken
through the prophets. I believe in one holy Catholic and apostolic church. I confess one baptism for
the forgiveness of sins, and I look forward to the
resurrection of the dead. And the life of the
world to come, Amen. We pray that the God of glory may give us the
strength to die to self for the good of others. – That all members of the
church embrace dying to self as necessary on our
journey to eternal glory, we pray to the lord. – [Voiceover] Lord,
hear our prayer. – That all people
of the world be open to the glory of salvation, that God offers, we pray to the lord. – [Voiceover] Lord,
hear our prayer. – That those who
cannot see through their suffering to the
glory awaiting them, be comforted by the
nearness of God. We pray to the lord. – [Voiceover] Lord,
hear our prayer. – That those preparing for the Easter sacraments listen to the words Jesus speaks, and go where he bids them to go, we pray to the lord. – [Voiceover] Lord,
hear our prayer. – That we awaken to
the glory of Christ, and be strengthened in
our Lenten practices we pray to the lord. – [Voiceover] Lord,
hear our prayer. – Glorious God, you make
known your salvation through the presence of
your transfigured son, hear our prayers of petition that one day we might share
in your eternal glory, we ask this in the
name of Jesus the lord. – [Voiceover] Amen. (light music) – Pray now sisters and brothers that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, our almighty father. – (mumbles) accept the
sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and
glory of his name. For our good, and good
of all the church. – May this sacrifice,
oh lord we pray, cleanse us of our faults, and sanctify your
faithful in body and mind. For the celebration of
the pascal festivities through Christ our lord. – [Voiceover] Amen. – The lord be with you. – [Voiceover] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Voiceover] We lift
them up to the lord. – Let us give thanks
to the lord our God. – [Voiceover] It
is right and just. – It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation always and everywhere
to give you thanks, lord holy father almighty and eternal God through Christ, for after he had
told the disciples of his coming death, on the holy mountain
he manifested to them his glory to show even by the
testimony of the law and the prophets that the
passion leads to the glory of the resurrection. So with the powers of Heaven, we worship you
constantly on Earth, and before your majesty
without end we acclaim. (light music) ♪ Holy holy holy ♪ Lord God our host ♪ Heaven and Earth
are full of your glory ♪ Hosanah in the highest ♪ Blessed is he ♪ Who comes in the
name of the lord ♪ Hosanah in the highest ♪ Hosanah in the highest ♪ – You are indeed holy oh lord, and all you have created
rightly gives you praise, for through your son
our lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working
of the holy spirit. You give life to all things and make them holy. And you never cease to
gather a people to yourself. So that from the rising
of the sun to its setting, a pure sacrifice may be
offered to your name. Therefore oh lord we
humbly implore you. By the same spirit,
graciously make holy these gifts we have brought
to you for consecration, that they may become the body and blood of your son
our lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we
celebrate these mysteries. For on the night he was
betrayed, he himself took bread, and giving you thanks,
he said the blessing broke the bread and
gave it to his disciples saying take this all
of you and eat of it, for this is my body. Which will be given up for you. In a similar way when
supper was ended, he took the chalice, and giving you thanks, he said the blessing, and gave the chalice to
his disciples saying, take this all of you
and drink from it, for this is the
chalice of my blood, the blood of the new
and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. The mystery of faith. (light music) ♪ We proclaim your death oh lord ♪ And profess your resurrection ♪ Until you come again ♪ Until you come again ♪ – Therefore as we
celebrate the memorial of the saving
passion of your son, his wondrous resurrection and ascention into Heaven, and as we look forward
to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice. Look we pray upon the
oblation of your church, and recognizing the
sacrificial victim by whose death you will to
reconcile is to yourself, grant that we who are
nourished by the body and blood of your son and filled with his
holy spirit may become one body, one spirit in Christ. May he make of us an
eternal offering to you. So that we may
obtain an inheritance with your elect, especially
with the most blessed virgin Mary mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her spouse. With your blessed apostles
and glorious martyrs, and all the saints on
whose constant intercession in your presence, we
rely for unfailing help. May this sacrifice
of our reconciliation we pray oh lord, advance the peace and
salvation of all the world. Be pleased to confirm
in faith and charity your pilgrim church on Earth. With your servant
Frances our Pope, Joseph our Bishop, the order of Bishops, all the clergy and
the entire people, you have gained for your own. Listen graciously to the prayers of this family whom you have gathered before you. In your compassion
oh merciful father, gather to yourself
all your children scattered throughout the world. To our departed
brothers and sisters and to all who were
pleasing to you, let their passing from this life give kind admittance
to your kingdom. There we hope to enjoy forever the fullness of your glory through Christ our lord through whom you
bestow on the world all that is good. Through him and with and in him, oh God almighty
father in the unity of the holy spirit. All glory and honor is yours forever and ever. ♪ Amen ♪ Amen ♪ Amen ♪ – At the savior’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say our father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. Deliver us lord, we pray from every evil, graciously grant
peace in our days that by the help of your
mercy we may be always free from sin, and
safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope, and the coming of our
savior Jesus Christ. – The kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours, now and forever. – Lord Jesus Christ
you sent your apostles peace I leave you,
my peace I give you. Look not on our sins but on
the faith of your church, and gracious grant
her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign
forever and ever. – [Voiceover] Amen. – The peace of the lord
be with you always. – [Voiceover] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other a sign of peace. – Lamb of God, you take
away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the
sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the
sins of the world, grant us peace. – Behold the lamb of God, behold him who
takes away the sins of the world, blessed are those
called to the supper of the lamb, lord I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof, but only say the word and
my soul shall be healed. (light music) ♪ Take and eat ♪ Take and eat ♪ This is my body ♪ Given up for you ♪ Take and drink ♪ Take and drink ♪ This is my blood ♪ Given up for you ♪ I am the word that spoke ♪ And light was made ♪ I am the seed ♪ That died to be reborn ♪ I am the bread that
comes from Heaven above ♪ I am the vine that
fills your cup with joy ♪ Take and eat ♪ Take and eat ♪ This is my body ♪ Given up for you ♪ Take and drink ♪ Take and drink ♪ This is my blood ♪ Given up for you ♪ – As we receive these
glorious mysteries, we make thanksgiving
to you oh lord for allowing us
while still on Earth to be partakers even
now of the things of Heaven. Through Christ our lord. The lord be with you. – [Voiceover] And
with your spirit. – May the blessing of almighty God, father, son and holy spirit come upon you, and remain with you forever. – [Voiceover] Amen. – Go and announce the Gospel of the lord. – [Voiceover] Thanks be to God. (light music) ♪ Change your hearts this time ♪ Your word says it can be ♪ Change your minds this time ♪ Your life could make us free ♪ We are the people ♪ Your call set apart ♪ Lord this time ♪ Change our hearts ♪ Wrought by your hand ♪ To the edge of our dreams ♪ One foot in paradise ♪ One in the waste ♪ Drawn by your promises ♪ – We’d like to thank you for joining us this morning, at that Sunday mass. It’s an opportunity
for those shut in and those in hospitals
and nursing homes to have an opportunity to share in the
celebration of Sunday. The Sunday mass. Due to your generosity in the CSA and also
your individual gifts that you
constantly send us, this mass is possible, and we ask that you continue to be generous, because through your goodness, we are able to reach out to many and give them the presence and
the peace of Christ, and the glory of his praise and thanksgiving to his father. We thank you very much, God bless you all, and have a good day. (light music)

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