Catholic Mass for July 28th, 2019: The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By | September 19, 2019


(“Lord of all Hopefulness”) ♪ Lord of all hopefulness ♪ ♪ Lord of all joy ♪ ♪ Whose trust, ever child-like,
no cares could destroy ♪ ♪ Be there at our waking,
and give us, we pray ♪ ♪ Your bliss in our hearts,
Lord, at the break of the day ♪ – In the name of the
Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. – [Congregants] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – My sisters and brothers,
in today’s Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus
to teach them to pray. Let us ask for forgiveness
of our sins, open our hearts, and pray to a God who gives us all the good things
that we need. Lord Jesus, you are the good
gift of the Father to us. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregants]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, you reveal the
love and compassion of God. Christ, have mercy. – Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus, you
teach us how to pray. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregants]
Lord, have mercy. – May Almighty God have mercy
on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to
everlasting life. – [Congregants] Amen. – [All] Glory to
God in the highest, and on earth, peace to
people of good will. We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you. We give you thanks
for your great glory. Lord God, Heavenly King,
O God, Almighty Father, Lord Jesus Christ,
only-begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father, you take away the
sins of the world. Have mercy on us. You take away the
sins of the world. Receive our prayer. You are seated at the
right hand of the Father. Have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy
One, you alone are the Lord. You alone are the Most
High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in
the glory of God the Father. Amen. – Let us pray. O God, protector of
those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm
foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance
your mercy upon us and grant that with you
as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things
that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now
to those that ever endure, through our Lord Jesus
Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. – [Congregants] Amen. – A reading from
the book of Genesis. “In those days, the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom
and Gomorrah is so great “and their sins so grave,
that I must go down “and see whether or not their
actions fully correspond “to the cry against
them that comes to me. “I mean to find out. “While Abraham’s visitors
walked on farther towards Sodom, “the Lord remained
standing before Abraham. “Then Abraham drew
nearer and said, “Will you sweep away the
innocent with the guilty? “Suppose there were 50
innocent people in this city, “would you wipe out the
place, rather than spare it “for the sake of the 50
innocent people within it? “Far be it from you
to do such a thing, “to make the innocent
die with the guilty “so that the innocent and the
guilty would be treated alike. “Should not the judge of all
the world act with justice? “The Lord replied, “If I find 50 innocent
people in the city of Sodom, “I will spare the whole
place for their sake. “Abraham spoke up again. “See how I am presuming
to speak to my Lord, “though I am but dust and ashes. “What if there are five less
than 50 innocent people? “Would you destroy the whole
city because of those five? “He answered, “I will not destroy
it if I find 45 there. “But Abraham persisted, saying, “What if only 40
are found there? “He replied, “I will forebear doing it
for the sake of the 40. “Then Abraham said, “Let not my Lord grow
impatient if I go on. “What if only 30
are found there? “He replied, “I will forebear doing it
if I find but 30 there. “Still, Abraham went on. “Since I have thus dared
to speak to my Lord, “what if there are
no more than 20? “The Lord answered, “I will not destroy it
for the sake of the 20. “But he persisted. “Please, let not
my Lord grow angry “if I speak up this last time. “What if there are
at least 10 there? “He replied, “For the sake of those 10,
I will not destroy it.” The Word of the Lord. – [Congregants]
Thanks be to God. (“gentle piano music”) ♪ Lord, on the day
I called for help ♪ ♪ You answered me ♪ ♪ You answered me ♪ ♪ Lord, on the day
I called for help ♪ ♪ You answered me ♪ ♪ You answered me ♪ ♪ I will give thanks to you,
O Lord, with all my heart ♪ ♪ For you have heard
the words of my mouth ♪ ♪ In the presence of the angels,
I will sing your praise ♪ ♪ I will worship at
your holy temple ♪ ♪ And give thanks to your name ♪ ♪ Lord, on the day
I called for help ♪ ♪ You answered me ♪ ♪ You answered me ♪ – A reading from the letter of
Saint Paul to the Colossians. “Brothers and sisters, you were
buried with Him in baptism, “in which you were
also raised with Him “through faith in
the power of God, “who raised Him from the dead, “and even when you were
dead in transgressions “and the uncircumcision
of your flesh, “He brought you to
life along with Him, “having forgiven us
all our transgressions, “obliterating the bond against
us with its legal claims, “which was opposed to us. “He also removed
it from our midst, “nailing it to the Cross.” The Word of the Lord. – [Congregants]
Thanks be to God. (cheerful piano music) ♪ Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah ♪ ♪ Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah ♪ – The Lord be with you. – And with your spirit. – A reading from the Holy
Gospel according to Luke. – Glory to you, O Lord. – “Jesus was praying
in a certain place, “and when He had finished, one
of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just
as John taught His disciples. “He said to them, “When you pray, say, Father,
hallowed be your name. “Your Kingdom come. “Give us each day our daily
bread and forgive us our sins, “for we ourselves forgive
everyone in debt to us. “And do not subject
us to the final test. “And He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend “to whom he goes at
midnight and says, “Friend, lend me
three loaves of bread, “for a friend of mine
has arrived at my house “from a journey, and I
have nothing to offer him. “And he says in
reply from within, “Do not bother me. “The door has
already been locked, “and my children and
I are already in bed. “I cannot get up to
give you anything. “I tell you, if
he does not get up “to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship, “he will get up to give
him whatever he needs “because of his persistence. “And I tell you, ask
and you will receive, “seek and you will find, “knock, and the door
will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, “and the one who seeks, finds, “and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened. “What father among you
would hand his son a snake “when he asks for a fish? “Or hand him a scorpion
when he asks for an egg? “If you, then, who are wicked, “know how to give good
gifts to your children, “how much more will
the Father in Heaven “give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask Him?” The Gospel of the Lord. – Praise to you,
Lord Jesus Christ. – I am sure most of you have, somewhere in your
circle of friends, an individual that
likes to talk. They demand to be listened
to, but they don’t, at the same time, have
any interest in listening. However, you
usually can’t listen if you aren’t used to silence. Saint Theresa of
Calcutta once wrote that prayer is the
fruit of silence, and Jesus, He wants
us to understand that prayer is more about
listening than about taking. When you are with
someone who knows so much about a given topic
that interests you, you listen. You limit yourself
to asking questions. And so Jesus is the
revealer of God the Father. That means our main
interest in prayer should be asking Jesus,
our Lord, about His Father, and then dedicating
ourselves to listening. Jesus tells us that God the
Father knows what we need before we ask Him, and
still, we should ask, because in asking, we become
aware that we have needs that only God, our
Father, can grant us. We learn to ask God what we
most need for our salvation, and that is why Jesus taught us this beautiful prayer,
the Our Father. And by praying Our Father,
those words remind us that God is the
Father of us all, and therefore, each and
every single one of us, every human person, is
our sister and brother. In praying the Our
Father, we essentially, we ask for three things: that God have the first
place in our lives, that He gives us our material
and spiritual sustenance, and that He grants
us His forgiveness. And then Jesus, He continues
with this Gospel about the need of persistence and
the importance of forgiveness. John in the first letter
reminds us, you know, he says we are all sinners, and one of the essential
characteristics of a Christian is a life seeking to encounter
Christ’s love and mercy, and we can only experience that when we ourselves put
that into practice. We only grasp the
true meaning of mercy when we forgive others. Now, of course,
our mercy cannot be on the same level as Christ,
because He never sinned, and therefore, He forgives us, even though we don’t
truly deserve it. And so if Christ
has the ability, the capacity to forgive us, how could we dare not
to forgive others? And I think that, my friends, is one of the cores
of the Our Father, and that is one of
the lessons I think we should all try to put into
practice this coming week. – [All] I believe in one
God, the Father Almighty, maker 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, begotten, 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, who, with the Father and the
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. – With trust and
joyful expectation, let us present our
needs to our Father. – That the people of
God throughout the world may persevere in
prayer to their Father, the giver of all good
things, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregants] Lord,
hear our prayer. – That we may never tire
of petitioning the Lord as well as elected officials
to provide equal rights and legal protection to all
the people of the world, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregants] Lord,
hear our prayer. – That those who are far
away from the church, especially within
our own families, may respond to the call of
repentance and reconciliation, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregants] Lord,
hear our prayer. – That those who are ill may
be strengthened and comforted, and that those who have
died may be received into eternal life,
we pray to the Lord. – [Congregants] Lord,
hear our prayer. – Father, you have taught us
to bring all our needs to you. As you answer our prayers,
fill us with the joy of being disciples of
your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever. – [Congregants] Amen. (gentle piano music) – Pray, my sisters and brothers,
that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to
God, the Almighty Father. – May the Lord accept the
sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and
glory of His name, for our good and the
good of all His church. – Accept, O Lord, we pray. The offerings which we bring from the abundance
of your gifts, that through the powerful
working of your grace, these most sacred
mysteries may sanctify our present way of life and
lead us to eternal gladness, through Christ our Lord. – [Congregants] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregants] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord, our God. – [Congregants] It
is right and just. – It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere, to give
you thanks, Father most holy, for your beloved
Son, Jesus Christ, your Word through whom
you made all things, whom you sent as our
Savior and Redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit,
and born of the Virgin, fulfilling your will and
gaining for you a holy people. He stretched our His hands
as He endured His passion, so as to break
the bonds of death and manifest the resurrection, and so with the angels
and all the saints, we declare your glory, as
with one voice, we acclaim. (gentle piano music) ♪ Holy, holy, holy
Lord, God of Hosts ♪ ♪ Heaven and earth are
full of your glory ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Blessed is He, blessed is He ♪ ♪ Who comes in the
name of the Lord ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ – You are indeed holy, O Lord,
the font of all holiness. Make holy, therefore,
these gifts, we pray, by sending down your spirit
upon them like the dewfall so that they may become for us the body and blood of
our Lord, Jesus Christ. At the time He was betrayed and entered willingly
into His passion, He took bread, and
giving thanks, broke it, 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, once more giving thanks,
He gave it 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. (cheerful piano music) ♪ When we eat this bread
and drink this cup ♪ ♪ We proclaim your death, O
Lord, until you come again ♪ – Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of His
death and resurrection, we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you
have held us worthy to be in your presence
and minister to you. Humbly we pray that, partaking of the body
and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into
one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your church,
spread throughout the world, and bring her to the
fullness of charity, together with Francis our Pope,
and George Leo our bishop, and all the clergy. Remember also our
brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in
the hope of the resurrection, and all who have
died in your mercy. Welcome them into the
light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the blessed
Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her spouse,
with the blessed apostles and all the saints who have
pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be
co-heirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ. Through Him and
with Him and in Him, O God, Almighty Father, in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is
yours, for ever and ever. (triumphant piano music) ♪ Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen ♪ ♪ Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen ♪ At the Savior’s command,
informed by divine teaching, we dare to say, – [All] Our Father, who art in
Heaven, hallowed be 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 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. – For the Kingdom and the
power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. – Lord Jesus Christ, you
said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you,
my peace I give you.” Look not at our sins, but
on the faith of your church, and graciously grant
her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reign
for ever and ever. – [Congregants] Amen. – The peace of the Lord
be with you always. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other the 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. – [All] Lord, I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof, but only say the word, and
my soul shall be healed. (gentle piano music) ♪ I fall on my knees to
the Father of Jesus ♪ ♪ The Lord who has shown
us the glory of God ♪ ♪ May Christ in His love give
us strength for the living ♪ ♪ The strength of the Spirit ♪ ♪ The glory of God ♪ ♪ May Christ find
a dwelling-place of
faith in our hearts ♪ ♪ May our lives be
rooted in love ♪ ♪ Rooted in love ♪ ♪ May Christ find
a dwelling-place of
faith in our hearts ♪ ♪ May our lives be
rooted in love ♪ ♪ Rooted in love ♪ – Let us pray. We have consumed, O Lord,
this divine sacrament, the perpetual memorial of
the passion of your Son. Grant, we pray, that this
gift, which He Himself gave us with love beyond all telling, may profit us for salvation
through Christ our Lord. – [Congregants] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – May Almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregants] Amen. – Go forth. The Mass is ended. – [Congregants]
Thanks be to God.

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