Catholic Mass for September 1st, 2019: The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

By | September 5, 2019

♪ Lift up your
hearts to the Lord ♪ ♪ Praise God’s gracious mercy ♪ ♪ Sing out your
joy to the Lord ♪ ♪ Whose love is enduring ♪ ♪ Lift up your
hearts to the Lord ♪ ♪ Praise God’s gracious mercy ♪ ♪ Sing out your
joy to the Lord ♪ ♪ Whose love is enduring ♪ – In the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. – [Congregants] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – In today’s Gospel,
Jesus uses a parable to convey the importance of
humility for his disciples. As we prepare for this liturgy, let us ask forgiveness
for the times we have not humbled ourselves. Lord Jesus, you are the
Divine host who nourishes us. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregants]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, you
invite us to share in the resurrection
of the righteous. Christ, have mercy. – [Congregants]
Christ, haver mercy. – Lord Jesus, you
call us to be guests at your eternal banquet. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregants]
Lord, have mercy. – May almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
bring us to life everlasting. – [Congregants] Amen. – [All] Glory to God in
the highest and on Earth, peace to people of goodwill. 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. 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. God of might, and giver
of every good gift, put into our hearts
the love of your name so that by deepening
our sense of reverence, you mean nurturing
us what is good, and by your watchful care, keep safe what
you have nurtured. Through our Lord,
Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one
God, forever and ever. – [All] Amen. – A reading from
the book of Sirach: My child, conduct your
affairs with humility and you will be loved more
than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more. The greater you are and you
will find favor with God. What is too sublime
for you, seek not, and to things beyond your
strength, search not. The mind of a sage
appreciates Proverbs and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise. Water quenches a flaming fire and alms atone for sins. The word of the Lord. – [All] Thanks be to God. ♪ God, in your goodness ♪ ♪ You have made a
home for the poor ♪ ♪ God, in your goodness ♪ ♪ You have made a
home for the poor ♪ ♪ The just rejoice
and exalt before God ♪ ♪ They are glad and rejoice ♪ ♪ Sing to God, chant
praise to his name ♪ ♪ Whose name is the Lord ♪ ♪ God, in your goodness ♪ ♪ You have made a
home for the poor ♪ – A reading from the
Letter to the Hebrews: Brothers and sisters, You have not approached
that which could be touched, and a blazing fire
and gloomy darkness, and storm, and a trumpet blast, and a voice speaking
words such that those who heard, begged
that no message be further addressed to them. No, you have
approached Mount Zion and the City of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem
and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the
firstborn enrolled in Heaven, and God, the judge of all, and the spirits of the
just, made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator
of the New Covenant, and the sprinkled blood
that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel. The word of the Lord. – [All] Thanks be to God. ♪ Alleluia, alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia, alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – A reading from the Holy
Gospel according to Luke. – [Congregants]
Glory to you, Lord. – On the Sabbath,
Jesus went to dine at the home of one of
the leading Pharisees and the people there were
observing him carefully. He told a parable to those
who had been invited, noticing how they were
choosing the places of honor at the table. “When you are invited by
someone to a wedding banquet, “do not recline at table
in the place of honor. “A more distinguished
guest than you “may have been invited by him “and the host who
invited both of you “may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’ “and then, you would
proceed with embarrassment “to take the lowest place. “Rather, when you are invited, “go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes “to you, he may say, “‘My friend, move up
to a higher position.’ “Then you will enjoy the esteem “of your companions
at the table, “for everyone who exalts
himself will be humbled, “but the one who humbles
himself will be exalted.” Then he said to the
host who invited him, “When you hold a
lunch or dinner, “do not invite your
friends, or your brothers, “or your relatives, or
your wealthy neighbors “in case they may invite you
back and you have repayment. “Rather, when you
hold a banquet, “invite the poor, the
crippled, the lame, the blind. “Blessed indeed will you be “because of their
inability to repay you. “For you will be repaid
at the resurrection “of the righteous.” The Gospel of the Lord. – [All] Praise to you,
Lord, Jesus Christ. – Humility is the virtue
that Christ is looking for in his disciples; those
who are willing to follow, not always wanting to
be in the first place. Many years ago,
when I was stationed as a Franciscan in
Rockford, Illinois, I went to a wake service
for a religious sister who had died, Sister Giuseppe. Now, Sister Giuseppe, she was
a tough cookie, all right, but person who was a
great leader as well. She knew how to get things done. But her good friend, and
a friend of mine, Carm, they had a time when
they could come up and speak about the deceased. So, Carm got up and she
talked about Sister Giuseppe and her leadership qualities. She goes, “Even as a child, “I remember when we
would play school. “Sister Giuseppe always
had to be the teacher “and we were always
the students.” So, Carm, one day, went
up to her and said, “You know what? “You’re always the teacher. “We’d like to be the
teacher one time, too.” And Sister Giuseppe,
as a child, said, “You know, you’re right. “You can be the teacher. “I’ll be the principal.” (congregation laughing) She always had to
have that one-up, huh? Now we know people in our
lives that always want to be the leader or think
that they know it all. And the minute somebody
thinks that they know it all, we really know that they don’t. And Jesus is looking
for humility, right? He’s looking for
the one who’s gonna not look for places of honor, but looking for the ones that
are gonna be there to serve. As Jesus said, “I did not come
to be served, but to serve.” And since we are
followers of Jesus, we strive to be humble people. We see that, you know,
Jesus, he liked food, he liked banquets, he
liked feasts and parties, but he also liked humble people, as referenced into the
parable that he tells today. And so, we come here, to Mass, and we come to this banquet
table that Jesus hosts for us. The Lord calls us to be here, and whether we’re here
in the physical capacity or watching through
means of the television, we come together as
a community of faith, and we humble ourselves here. At the beginning of Mass: “Lord, have mercy. “Christ, have mercy. “Lord, have mercy,” you know? And then, before we
receive him in Communion or in spiritual communion, “Lord, I am not worthy
to receive you.” See how we, in our
liturgy, we even have that humble, that
humble position that is for us as disciples. The challenge for us, then,
is when we leave this place. Do we take the humility with us? That’s our challenge. Pope John Paul II
said in his letter on the Holy Eucharist
in the year 2000, he said, “The authenticity of
our eucharistic celebrations “will be judged by Almighty
God by how we treat one another “and how we help
those less fortunate.” So if we want to
know how we’re doing when we come together in prayer, especially at the
Holy Eucharist, the authenticity of this
will be judged by God, not by human beings, but by God, by what we do after,
when we leave this place, how we treat one another and how we help
those less fortunate. When we treat each other
with respect, dignity, when we help those
less fortunate, then we know we are
striving to be humble, striving to be what
Jesus calls us to be. Amen. – [Congregants] Amen. – Together we profess our
faith using the Apostles Creed. – [All] I believe in
God, the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and
Earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our
Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius
Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day, he
rose again from the dead. He ascended into
heaven and is seated at the right hand of
God, the Father Almighty. From there he will come to
judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the
body, and life everlasting. Amen. – As children of
the Heavenly Father, we stand before the
throne of mercy, and with confidence
and humility, we bring our needs
before our loving God. – For church leaders, may they find favor
with God in humility as they lead and
guide their people. We pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – For all civil leaders, may the Lord direct their hearts in addressing the needs
of those whom they serve. We pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – For all who are persecuted
for their faith in Christ, may God’s Holy Spirit
uphold and strengthen them. We pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord hear our prayer. – For our beloved dead, may they receive the
reward of a life well spent and come to share in the
fullness of Christ’s glory. We pray to the Lord. – [All] Lord, hear our prayer. – Loving God, you invite us
into your eternal presence to experience your
love and care for us. Hear our prayers and answer them through Christ, Our Lord. – [All] Amen. (reverent piano music) – Pray, my sisters and brothers, that my sacrifice and
yours may be acceptable to God the Almighty Father. – [Congregants] 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. – 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. – [Congregants] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – [Priest] Lift up your hearts. – [Congregants] We lift
them up to the Lord. – [Priest] 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,
Lord, Holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God, through Christ, our Lord, for by his birth,
he brought renewal to humanity’s fallen state and by his suffering,
canceled out our sins. By his rising from the dead, he has opened the
way to eternal life, and by ascending
to you, O Father, he has unlocked the
gates of Heaven, and so with the company
of angels and saints, we sing the hymn of your praise, as without end, we acclaim: ♪ Holy, holy, holy Lord ♪ ♪ God of hosts ♪ ♪ Heaven and Earth are
full of your glory ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the hightest ♪ ♪ 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 fount 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 ♪ ♪ 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, George Leo, our Bishop, all the clergy and
all your people. 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 Joseph, her loving husband, with the blessed
apostles, the martyrs, and all the saints
who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be
coheirs 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 ♪ ♪ Forever and ever ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ – At the Savior’s command, and formed by Divine teaching, we dare to pray. – [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. – [Congregants] For the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory are
yours, now and forever. – Lord, Jesus Christ, who
said to your apostles, “Peace, I leave you;
my peace, I give you.” Look not on 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
forever 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. (murmured offerings) ♪ 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. ♪ Blessed are they,
the poor in spirit ♪ ♪ Theirs is the kingdom of God ♪ ♪ Blessed are they,
full of sorrow ♪ ♪ They shall be consoled ♪ ♪ Rejoice ♪ ♪ And be glad ♪ ♪ Blessed are you,
holy are you ♪ ♪ Rejoice ♪ ♪ And be glad ♪ ♪ Yours is the kingdom of God ♪ ♪ Blessed are they,
the lowly ones ♪ ♪ They shall inherit the Earth ♪ ♪ Blessed are they who
hunger and thirst ♪ ♪ They shall have their fill ♪ ♪ Rejoice ♪ ♪ And be glad ♪ ♪ Blessed are you ♪ ♪ Holy are you ♪ ♪ Rejoice ♪ ♪ And be glad ♪ ♪ Yours is the kingdom of God ♪ – 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 and our neighbor, through Christ, Our Lord. – [Congregants] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregants] And
with your spirit. – May our loving God bless you, the Father, and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregants] Amen. – Go in peace, glorifying
the Lord by your life. – [All] Thanks be to God. ♪ Sing a new church into being ♪ ♪ One in (mumbles) ♪ ♪ Gathered in the
name of Jesus ♪ ♪ Richer still in unity ♪ ♪ Let us bring the
gifts that differ ♪ ♪ And in splendid varied ways ♪ ♪ Sing a new church into being ♪ ♪ One in faith and
love and praise ♪ ♪ Rejoice ♪ ♪ And be glad ♪ ♪ Blessed are you ♪ ♪ Holy are you ♪ ♪ Rejoice ♪ ♪ And be glad ♪ ♪ Yours is the kingdom of God ♪

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