Sunday, March 29, 2020

Mass Readings & Prayers

the fifth sunday of lent
When we are not able to attend the Mass, the Church encourages us to reflect on the Word of God and to unite our prayers to the prayer of the Church, either alone, as a family, or as the occasion permits, in a group of families (Cf. Code of Canon Law 1248 § 2).

In a home setting, the readings and prayers of the Mass of the Day should immediately follow Morning Prayer if it is also said.

After a moment of silence, all stand.

Entrance Antiphon

Cf. Ps 43 (42): 1-2

All

Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.

Penitential act

All

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.

Kyrie

Leader

Lord, have mercy.

All

Lord, have mercy.

Leader

Christ, have mercy.

All

Christ, have mercy.

Leader

Lord, have mercy.

All

Lord, have mercy.

Collect

Leader

Let us pray.

By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with 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.

All can be seated.

first reading

Ezekiel 37: 12-14

Reader

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD. I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

The word of the Lord.

All

Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

Ps 130: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.

Reader

r With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Reader

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; *
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive *
to my voice in supplication.

All

r With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Reader

If you, O LORD, mark iniquities, *
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness, *
that you may be revered.

All

r With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Reader

I trust in the LORD; *
my soul trusts in his word.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn, *
let Israel wait for the LORD.

All

r With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Reader

For with the LORD is kindness *
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel *
from all their iniquities.

All

r With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

second reading

Romans 8: 8-11

Reader

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters: Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you.

The word of the Lord.

All

Thanks be to God.

Verse before the gospel

Jn 11: 25a, 26

All

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; *
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.

All stand for the reading of the Gospel.

The text [in brackets] indicates the part of the reading that may be excluded if the Short Form is read.

Gospel

John 11: 1-45

Reader

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

All

Glory to you, O Lord.

Reader

"[Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill. So] the sisters (of Lazarus) sent word to him saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was. Then after this he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” [The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” He said this, and then told them, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him.” So the disciples said to him, “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.” But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep. So then Jesus said to them clearly, “Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him.” So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go to die with him.”]

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. [Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.] When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

[When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, “The teacher is here and is asking for you.” As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him. For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him. So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,] he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Sir, come and see.” And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.” But some of them said, “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” And when he had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him."

The Gospel of the Lord.

All

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

After the reading of the Gospel, all can be seated for a period of silence, reflecting on the Word of God.

Then all stand to recite the Creed.

creed

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.

All

Prayer of the faithful

Leader

We should pour forth prayers at all times, dear brothers and sisters, but, above all, in these days of Lent we ought to watch more intently with Christ and direct our petitions more fervently to God.

Leader

For the whole Christian people, that in this sacred time they may be more abundantly nourished by every word that comes from the mouth of God, let us pray to the Lord.

All

Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader

For the whole world, that in lasting tranquility and peace our days may truly become the acceptable time of grace and salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

All

Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader

For sinners and the neglectful, that in this time of reconciliation they may return to Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

All

Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader

For ourselves, that God may at last stir up in our hearts aversion for our sins, let us pray to the Lord.

All

Lord, hear our prayer.

Additional intentions may be added here, especially for those affected by COVID-19.
Leader

Grant, we pray, O Lord, that your people may turn to you with all their heart, so that whatever they dare to ask in fitting prayer they may receive by your mercy. Through Christ our Lord.

All

Amen

The lord's prayer

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.

Communion antiphon

Cf. Jn 11: 26

All

Everyone who lives and believes in me will not die for ever, says the Lord.

When we are not able to receive the Eucharist, the Church encourages us to make an Act of Spiritual Communion.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Pause for a moment of silence. 

Then, all can stand for the concluding prayers and dismissal.

prayer after communion

Leader

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.

prayer over the people

Leader

Bless, O Lord, your people, who long for the gift of your mercy, and grant that what, at your prompting, they desire they may receive by your generous gift. Through Christ our Lord.

All

Amen.

dismissal

Leader

May the Lord + bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

All

Amen.

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Excerpts from the English translation of Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation, (ICEL); excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL. All rights reserved.

Old Testament Canticle and reading from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc. Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm Texts except Psalm 95 from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England), GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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