Catholic Mass for March 13, 2016: The Fifth Sunday of Lent

By | September 2, 2019

(soft piano music) ♪ Lord of all hopefulness ♪ Lord of all joy ♪ Whose trust ever childlike ♪ 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 and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. – [All] Amen. – The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the
Holy Spirit be with you. – [All] And with your spirit. – Mindful that our
God is a God of mercy, we pause and think about
the ways in our lifetime we have not relied
on that mercy. We have remained distant
from God because of our sins. Lord Jesus, you came
to gather the nations into the peace of God’s kingdom. Lord, have mercy. – [All] Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, you come
to us in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness. Christ, have mercy. – [All] Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus, you are
the word made flesh and splendor of the Father. Lord, have mercy. – [All] Lord, have mercy. – May almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
bring us to everlasting life. – [All] Amen. – Let us pray. By your help we beseech
you, Lord our God. May we walk eagerly
in that same charity in which out of
love for the world your Son handed
himself over to death. 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. – [All] Amen. – A reading from the Book
of the Prophet Isaiah. Thus says the Lord, who opens a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, who leads out chariots and
horsemen, a powerful army, till they lie prostrate
together, never to rise, snuffed out and
quenched like a wick. Remember not the
events of the past, the things of long
ago consider not. See, I am doing something new. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers. Wild beasts honor me,
jackals and ostriches, for I put water in the desert
and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink, the people whom I
formed for myself, that they might
announce my praise. The word of the Lord. – [All] Thanks be to God. (soft piano music) ♪ The Lord has done great things ♪ For us ♪ We are filled with joy ♪ The Lord has done great things ♪ For us ♪ We are filled with joy ♪ When the Lord brought
back the exiles of Zion ♪ We thought we were dreaming ♪ Then was our mouth
filled with laughter ♪ On our tongues songs of joy ♪ The Lord has done great things ♪ For us ♪ We are filled with joy ♪ – A reading from the
Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians. Brothers and sisters, I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted
the loss of all things, and I consider them
so much rubbish that I may gain Christ
and be found in him, not having any righteousness
of my own based on the law, but that which comes
from faith in Christ, the righteousness of God, depending on faith to know him and the power of
his resurrection and the sharing of his suffering by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the
resurrection from the dead. It is not that I have
already taken hold of it or have already attained
perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in
hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed taken
possession by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters,
I for my part do not consider myself
to have taken possession. Just one thing, forgetting
what lies behind but straining forward
to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit
toward that goal, the prize of God’s upward
calling in Christ Jesus. The word of the Lord. – [All] Thanks be to God. (soft piano music) ♪ Glory to you, O word of God ♪ Lord Jesus Christ ♪ Glory to you, O word of God ♪ Lord Jesus Christ ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [All] And with your spirit. – A reading from the holy
Gospel according to John. – [All] Glory to you, O Lord. – Jesus went to the
Mount of Olives. But early in the
morning he arrived again in the temple area. And all the people
started coming to him. And he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the
Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand
in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher,
this woman was caught “in the very act of
committing adultery. “Now, in the law,
Moses commanded us
to stone such women. “So what do you say?” They said this to test him
so that they could have some charge to
bring against him. Jesus bent down
and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they
continued asking him, he straightened up
and said to them, “Let the one among
you who is without sin “be the first to
throw a stone at her.” And again, he bent down
and wrote on the ground. And in response, they
went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with
the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened
up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? “Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither
do I condemn you. “Go and from now on,
do not sin any more.” Gospel of the Lord. – [All] Praise to you,
Lord Jesus Christ. – This is the last
Sunday before Holy Week, the 5th Sunday of Lent. It’s the time and
maybe some of us take stock to see what kind of a Lent
we have been living. And maybe one way to do
that is to just remember the rhythm of the Gospels
we’ve heard this year in the Lenten liturgies. Jesus still dripping with
water from his baptism is tempted by Satan
in the desert, but shows us that
there is more value in being faithful
to his identity than to taking the shortcut that he’s offered
by the tempter. And on the 2nd Sunday of
Lent we went up the mountain for the transfiguration. But remember that immediately
following that account in Luke Jesus is met by a frantic father who only wants his
son to be healed. And so that moment of
glory turns right away into a moment of ministry. And we had in the 3rd Sunday that first curious story
about the fig tree. Leave it alone
for one more year. Let me til the soil and
fertilize it and maybe, maybe one more year,
and it will bear fruit. And the 4th Sunday, that
famous Prodigal Son story, reminding us that we
can always go home because not only
does God welcome us, but God’s ready in
compassion to run out and meet us before we
even get all the way there if we just make that first step. Today we hear a story
that’s only found in the 8th chapter
of John’s Gospel. It’s another story about mercy. And maybe as we end
this 5th week of Lent, we might ask, where do we
find ourselves in the story? Are we among those ready
to condemn someone else? Are we among those
perhaps shamed for something we have
done in our lives? Wherever we find ourselves, the good news is we’re
there with Jesus. Let the one among
you who has no sin be the first to cast
a stone, he says. And they went away one by one. And don’t we always
all realize in the end none of us is in a position
to judge somebody else, especially when Jesus says, “Has no one condemned you?” And she says, “No one, sir.” “Then neither do I condemn you.” This last week of Lent
might be a good time in our lives to think about who we’ve got a grudge against because grudges can kill us just as much as our sins. Our inability to forgive can get in the way
of our understanding God’s desire to forgive us. And it can get us
stuck in our lives. This week as we prepare to enter
into the week we call Holy, this week, as we
journey with Jesus through his Passion,
Death, and Resurrection, after hearing of God’s
mercy for five weeks, where is it that
we need God’s grace to help us give mercy
to someone else? “Has no one condemned
you?” he said. “No one, sir.” “Then neither do I. “Go and sin no more.” Together let us
profess our faith. – [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 acknowledge 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. – God always calls
us to renewal, to repentance, and to new life. Let us pray for what
we need to be faithful. – That all members of the
Church stand before Jesus, turn from their sinfulness,
and embrace new life, we pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – That all people of the
world share in the salvation that our merciful and
compassionate God offers, we pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – That those in need of
mercy and forgiveness be met with compassion,
we pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – That those about to
receive the Easter sacraments stand before God
with repentant hearts eager to receive newness of
life, we pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – That each of us
share with others the mercy and compassion with
which God has blessed us, we pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – Merciful God,
hear our prayers, that we might more fully
share in the new life of your Son Jesus
Christ, our Lord. – [All] Amen. (soft piano music) – Pray, sisters and brothers, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to
God our almighty Father. – [All] 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 holy Church. – Hear us, almighty God, and having instilled
in your servants the teachings of
the Christian faith, graciously purify them by the
working of this sacrifice. Through Christ our Lord. – [All] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [All] And with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [All] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God. – [All] It is right and just. – It is truly right and just that we should always
give you thanks, Lord holy Father,
almighty and eternal God, for you do not
cease to spur us on to possess a more abundant life and being rich in mercy
you constantly offer pardon and call on sinners to trust
in your forgiveness alone. Never did you turn away from us. And though time and again we
have broken your covenant, you bound the human
family to yourself, through Jesus, your
Son, our redeemer, with a new bond of love so tight that it can never be undone. Even now, you set
before your people a time of grace
and reconciliation. And as they turn back
to you in spirit, you grant them hope
in Christ Jesus and a desire to be
of service to all while they entrust themselves
more fully to the Holy Spirit. So filled with wonder, we
extol the power of your love and proclaiming our joy at the
salvation that comes from you we join in the heavenly
hymn of countless hosts as without end we acclaim. (lively piano music) ♪ Holy, holy, holy ♪ Lord God of hosts ♪ Heaven and earth ♪ Are full of your glory ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ Blessed is he ♪ Who comes in the
name of the Lord ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ Hosanna in ♪ The highest ♪ – You are indeed holy, O Lord, and from the world’s beginning
are ceaselessly at work that the human race
may become holy, just as you yourself are holy. Look, we pray upon
your people’s offerings and pour out on them the
power of your spirit, that they may become
the body and blood of your beloved Son Jesus Christ in whom we too are your
daughters and sons. Indeed, though we were once
lost and could not approach you, you loved us with the
greatest love for your Son who alone has just handed
himself over to death and did not disdain to
be nailed for our sake to the wood of the cross. But before his arms
were outstretched between heaven and earth to become the lasting
sign of your covenant, he desired to celebrate the
Passover with his disciples. As he ate with
them, he took bread, and giving thanks he
said the blessing, broke the bread, and
gave it to them 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, knowing that he was about to
reconcile all things in himself through his blood to
be shed on the cross, he took the chalice filled
with the fruit of the vine, and once more giving you thanks handed 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 ♪ (soft piano music) ♪ We proclaim your death ♪ O Lord ♪ And profess ♪ Your resurrection ♪ Until you come again ♪ Until you come ♪ Again ♪ – Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of your
Son Jesus Christ who is our Passover
and our surest peace, we celebrate his death and
resurrection from the dead. And looking forward
to his blessed coming, we offer you, who are our
faithful and merciful God the sacrificial victim
who reconciles you
to the human race. Look kindly, most
compassionate Father, on those you unite to yourself
by the sacrifice of your Son and grant that by the
power of the Holy Spirit as they partake of this
one bread and one chalice, they may be gathered
into one body in Christ who heals every division. Be pleased to keep us always
in communion of mind and heart, together with Francis our
Pope, Joseph our Bishop. Help us to work together for
the coming of your kingdom until the hour when
we stand before you saints among the saints
in the halls of heaven, with the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Mother of God, the blessed apostles
and all the saints, with our deceased
brothers and sisters whom we humbly
commend to your mercy, then freed at last from
the wound of corruption and made fully into
a new creation, we shall sing to
you with gladness the thanksgiving of Christ
who lives for all eternity. ♪ 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 ♪ (lively piano music) ♪ Amen, Amen ♪ Amen ♪ – [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 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. – [All] For the kingdom,
the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. – Lord Jesus Christ who
said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you,
my peace I give you,” look not on our sin but on
the faith of your Church. Graciously grant
her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reign
for ever and ever. – [All] Amen. – Peace of the Lord
be with you always. – [All] And with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other a sign of peace. – [All] 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. (soft piano music) ♪ O Lord ♪ You are the center of my life ♪ I will always praise you ♪ I will always serve you ♪ I will always
keep you in my sight ♪ Keep me safe, O God ♪ I take refuge in you ♪ I say to the Lord ♪ You are my God ♪ My happiness ♪ Lies in you alone ♪ My happiness ♪ Lies in you alone ♪ O Lord ♪ You are the center of my life ♪ I will always praise you ♪ I will always serve you ♪ I will always keep you ♪ In my sight ♪ – Let us pray. We pray, almighty God,
that we may always be counted among the
members of Christ in whose body and blood
we have communion. Who lives and reigns
for ever and ever. – [All] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [All] And with your spirit. – May almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. – [All] Amen. – Go and announce the
Gospel of the Lord. – [All] Thanks be to God. (lively piano music) ♪ Lord, who throughout
these 40 days ♪ For us did fast and pray ♪ Teach us to overcome our sins ♪ And close by you to stay ♪ As you with Satan did contend ♪ And did the victory win ♪ O give us strength
in you to fight ♪ In you to conquer sin ♪ – We’d like to thank you
for joining us this morning at the 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 and 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.

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