Catholic Mass for September 9th, 2018: The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

By | September 3, 2019

(slow piano music) ♪ My life flows on
in endless song ♪ ♪ Above earth’s lamentation ♪ ♪ I hear the clear
though far-off hymn ♪ ♪ That hails a new creation ♪ ♪ No storm can shake
my inmost calm ♪ ♪ While to the
rock I’m clinging ♪ ♪ Since Christ is Lord
of heaven and earth ♪ ♪ How can I keep from singing ♪ – In the Name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Good morning. – [Congregation]
Good morning, Father. – Today we celebrate the
23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. Let us begin our celebration
of this Eucharist by asking the God
of mercy and healing to forgive our sins
and restore us to hope. You heal the sick and infirm. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – You heal the broken
and bring back the lost. Christ, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – You lift up the poor
and the oppressed. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – May almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
bring us to everlasting life. – [Congregation] Amen. – Let us praise God. Glory to God in the highest. – [All] 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, by whom we are
redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your
beloved daughters and sons, that those who believe in
Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance. We pray 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. – [Congregation] Amen. – A reading from the book
of the prophet Isaiah. Thus says the LORD, “Say to those whose
hearts are frightened: “Be strong, fear not! “Here is your God, he
comes with vindication. “With divine recompense
he comes to save you.” Then will the eyes of
the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared. Then will the lame
leap like a stag, then the tongue of
the mute will sing. Streams will burst
forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands
will become pools, and the thirsty ground,
springs of water. The Word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Praise the Lord, my
soul, praise the Lord ♪ ♪ Praise the Lord, my
soul, praise the Lord ♪ ♪ It is the Lord who
preserves fidelity forever ♪ ♪ Who does justice to
those who are oppressed ♪ ♪ It is he who gives
bread to the hungry ♪ ♪ The Lord who sets
prisoners free ♪ ♪ Praise the Lord, my
soul, praise the Lord ♪ – A reading from the
letter of Saint James. My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as
you adhere to the faith in our glorious
Lord Jesus Christ. For if a man with gold
rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby
clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the
one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here, please,” while you say to the poor one, “Stand there,” or
“Sit at my feet,” have you not made
distinctions among yourselves and become judges
with evil designs? Listen, my beloved
brothers and sisters. Did not God choose those
who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and
heirs of the kingdom that he promised to
those who love him? The Word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Alleluia, alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia, alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – A proclamation
of the Holy Gospel, the good news according to Mark. – [Congregation]
Glory to you, O Lord. – Again Jesus left
the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon
to the Sea of Galilee, into the district
of the Decapolis. And people brought to
him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and begged Jesus to lay
his hand on the man. Jesus took him off by
himself away from the crowd. He put his finger
into the man’s ears and, spitting,
touched his tongue. Then he looked up to heaven
and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” That is, “Be opened!” And immediately the
man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was
removed, and he spoke plainly. Jesus ordered them
not to tell anyone. But the more he
ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly
astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. “He makes the deaf hear
and the mute speak.” The Gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation] Praise
to you, Lord Jesus Christ. – In the Gospel
today, we have another healing miracle of Jesus. And as we read any
of the four Gospels, we see they are filled
with many miracles, many signs of Jesus’ power. And Jesus always did this,
not to be a show person, not to stand in the center
and get all that attention, but always because of the person that was begging
him for healing. Jesus moves his heart
with compassion and pity for those who are not having a good life,
for those who are hurting, even for those who are dying. And so, this particular man
who cannot speak or hear is brought to Jesus. And Jesus kind of goes
through an elaborate rite, if you will, touching the man’s
tongue, touching his ears, speaking “Ephphatha,” translated
in English, “Be opened.” And of course, as we would
expect, the man was cured. We listen to this Gospel
and all the Gospels that proclaim Jesus’ miracles,
not just as a history lesson, wasn’t that wonderful? I wish I had been back
there to see Jesus perform these miracles. It must have been amazing. But these Gospels must
speak to us today. When we have the Rite
of Christian Initiation, on the morning that many
of those are brought into the church, there
is an Ephphatha rite, the same word that’s in the
Gospel today, Ephphatha, and the minister, the
priest or the deacon, puts his hands on the
person about to be baptized that night at the Easter
Vigil, and says, “Be opened.” Now, more than likely,
those who are being baptized are not deaf, but we follow
that with, “Be opened, “to hear the Word of
God and follow it.” And so that’s the real
challenge to all of us today. Not how good is our hearing, unless you’re talking about
the hearing of the heart. How good is your heart hearing? What do you need to listen
to Jesus saying to you? If Jesus were to take
you off by himself as he took this
man off by himself, led him away from the
crowd as we heard, what would Jesus say to you? And would you be
open to his message? Would you not only
listen, would you act upon the challenge that
Jesus might give you? I think so many times, we know
what Jesus might say to us, and yet we close our ears
and close our hearts. Today, I challenge
you, open your hearts, listen to the Lord, and follow. And let us make our
profession of faith. I believe in God. – [All] The Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived
of 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. – With hearts and spirits open
to God’s healing presence, let us pray. – For our Church and
parish community, that our work and worship
together may bring healing and hope to our world,
we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For the ministers
of our Church and the leaders of nations,
that they may proclaim the justice and peace of God
without fear or compromise, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For the poor, the homeless,
and all of those in need, that they might find
places of honor and welcome in our homes, parish, and
community, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For families in crisis, that
God may be present to them in their love for one
another, and the care and support of family and
friends, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – Open our eyes, ears, and
hearts to your Holy Spirit, O God, that everything we do
and every moment you give us may speak of your loving
presence in our world, and bring to joyful completion
these prayers we offer you. We ask this through
Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. (bright piano music) – Pray, my sisters and brothers,
that my sacrifice and yours be acceptable to God,
our almighty Father. – [Congregation] May the
Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, to the praise
and glory of his Name, for our good and the good
of all his holy Church. – O God, who give us the gift
of true prayer and of peace, graciously grant that
through this offering, we may do fitting homage
to your divine Majesty, and by partaking of
the sacred mystery, we may be faithfully
united in mind and heart. We make our prayer
through Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregation] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God. – [Congregation] 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 out of compassion for
the waywardness that is ours, he humbled himself and
was born of the Virgin. By the passion of the cross, he freed us from unending death, and by rising from the dead
he gave us life eternal. And so with angels
and archangels, with thrones and dominions,
with all the hosts and powers of heaven, we
sing the hymn of your glory as without end we acclaim. ♪ 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, 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. 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, Lord, we
humbly implore you by that same Holy 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, Jesus 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, Jesus 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. ♪ When we eat this bread
and drink this cup ♪ ♪ We proclaim your
death, O Lord ♪ ♪ Until you come again ♪ – Therefore, Lord, as we
now celebrate the memorial of the saving passion of your
Son, his wondrous resurrection and ascension into
heaven, as we look forward to his second coming, we
offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice. Look, we pray, upon the
offering of your Church, and recognizing the
sacrificial Victim by whose death you willed
to reconcile us 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 the most blessed
Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her spouse, with your blessed apostles
and glorious martyrs, and with all the saints, on
whose constant intercession in your presence, we
rely for unfailing help. May the sacrifice of our
reconciliation, we pray, O 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 Francis, our Pope, and
George Leo, our Bishop, the order of bishops
and all the clergy, and the entire people you
have gained for your own. Listen graciously to the
prayers of this family whom you have
summoned before you. In your compassion,
O merciful Father, gather to yourself
all your children scattered throughout the world. To our departed
sisters and brothers, and to all who were
pleasing to you at their passing from this life, give kind admittance
to your kingdom. There we hope to enjoy for ever
the fullness of your glory, through Christ, through
whom you bestow on the world all that is good. ♪ Through Christ and with
Christ and in Christ ♪ ♪ To you, O God,
almighty Father ♪ ♪ In the unity of
the Holy Spirit ♪ ♪ All glory and honor is yours ♪ ♪ For ever and ever ♪ ♪ Amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen ♪ – Now let us pray
together in the words that our Lord has given us. Our Father. – [All] 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. – Yes, Lord, deliver
us from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy, keep
us free from sin, protect us from danger,
doubts, and anxiety, as we wait in joyful
hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. – [Congregation]
For the kingdom, the
power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. – Lord Jesus Christ, you
said to your apostles, “I leave you peace, and
my peace I give you.” Do not look on our sins, look
on our faith, our goodness, grant us the peace and
unity of your kingdom, where you live and
reign for ever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The peace of Jesus
Christ be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us now share with
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 who takes away the sins of the world. How blessed are we who share
in 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. ♪ One bread, one Body ♪ ♪ One Lord of all ♪ ♪ One cup of blessing
which we bless ♪ ♪ And we, though many ♪ ♪ Throughout the earth ♪ ♪ We are one Body
in this one Lord ♪ ♪ One bread, one Body ♪ ♪ One Lord of all ♪ ♪ One cup of blessing
which we bless ♪ ♪ And we, though many ♪ ♪ Throughout the earth ♪ ♪ We are one Body
in this one Lord ♪ – For a moment
after our communion, let us take a time of silence, to give God thanks
for all the blessings, to ask for God’s
peace in our world. Let us pray. Grant that your faithful,
O Lord, whom you nourish and endow with life, through
the food of your Word and heavenly Sacrament,
may so benefit from your beloved
Son’s great gifts that we may merit an
eternal share in his life, who lives and reigns
for ever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May Almighty God bless us, the Father, and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – Our Mass is ended,
a wonderful Sunday and great week ahead. Let us go now in peace to
love God and one another. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Awake from your slumber ♪ ♪ Arise from your sleep ♪ ♪ A new day is dawning ♪ ♪ For all those who weep ♪ ♪ The people in darkness ♪ ♪ Have seen a great light ♪ ♪ The Lord of our longing ♪ ♪ Has come in the night ♪ ♪ Let us build the city of God ♪ ♪ May our tears be
turned into dancing ♪ ♪ For the Lord, our
light and our love ♪ ♪ Has turned the
night into day ♪ (bright music)

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