Easter Vigil – March 31, 2018

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Giotto’s Entombment, Scrovengi Chapel, Padua

VIDEOS: We thank our choir for the beautiful musical gifts to our Easter Vigil Mass.  We also thank our lectors for their ministry. Fr. Luis said that the Triduum is like a wedding anniversary, a celebration and a renewal of our vows. It is a joyous opportunity to raise our spirits, bringing us closer to God and strengthening our faith. The choir and lectors contribute greatly to that process! Thank you!

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PROCESSION

Sunday Bulletin 2018-04-01Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord -At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of EasterLectionary: 41

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Thank you to St. Elizabeth’s Guild for the beautiful Easter Flowers

 

 

EASTER PROCLAMATION

HANDEL’S HALLELUJAH

THIRD READING Exodus14:15-15:1

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Exodus 15

RESPONSORIAL PSAM Isaiah 12

PRAYER AFTER THE READING

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CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART (Hymn)

GLORIA

EPISTLE Romans 6:3-11

GOSPEL Mark 16:1-7

INSTALLATION OF EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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LITANY OF SAINTS

RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL VOWS

 

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Blessing of the Water

 

EASTER BELLS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARGARET MCATEE

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RECESSIONAL HYMN Jesus Christ is Risen Today

 


Reading 1 GN 1:1—2:2

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,
while a mighty wind swept over the waters.Then God said,
“Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day.Then God said,
“Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,
to separate one body of water from the other.”
And so it happened:
God made the dome,
and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.
God called the dome “the sky.”
Evening came, and morning followed—the second day.

Then God said,
“Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin,
so that the dry land may appear.”
And so it happened:
the water under the sky was gathered into its basin,
and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land “the earth, ”
and the basin of the water he called “the sea.”
God saw how good it was.
Then God said,
“Let the earth bring forth vegetation:
every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth
that bears fruit with its seed in it.”
And so it happened:
the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth
that bears fruit with its seed in it.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed—the third day.

Then God said:
“Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
to separate day from night.
Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,
and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth.”
And so it happened:
God made the two great lights,
the greater one to govern the day,
and the lesser one to govern the night;
and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth,
to govern the day and the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day.

Then God said,
“Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures,
and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”
And so it happened:
God created the great sea monsters
and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems,
and all kinds of winged birds.
God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying,
“Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas;
and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
Evening came, and morning followed—the fifth day.

Then God said,
“Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures:
cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.”
And so it happened:
God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle,
and all kinds of creeping things of the earth.
God saw how good it was.
Then God said:
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
the birds of the air, and the cattle,
and over all the wild animals
and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”
God created man in his image;
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God also said:
“See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth
and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;
and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air,
and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground,
I give all the green plants for food.”
And so it happened.
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed.
Since on the seventh day God was finished
with the work he had been doing,
he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken.

OrGN 1:1, 26-31A

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
the birds of the air, and the cattle,
and over all the wild animals
and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”
God created man in his image;
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God also said:
“See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth
and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;
and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air,
and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground,
I give all the green plants for food.”
And so it happened.
God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.

Responsorial Psalm PS 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35

R. (30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
not to be moved forever;
with the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
above the mountains the waters stood.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
You send forth springs into the watercourses
that wind among the mountains.
Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
from among the branches they send forth their song.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
You water the mountains from your palace;
the earth is replete with the fruit of your works.
You raise grass for the cattle,
and vegetation for man’s use,
Producing bread from the earth.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—the earth is full of your creatures.
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Or PS 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 AND 22

R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as in a flask;
in cellars he confines the deep.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
From heaven the LORD looks down;
he sees all mankind.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2GN 22:1-18

God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am, ” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”
Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey,
took with him his son Isaac and two of his servants as well,
and with the wood that he had cut for the holocaust,
set out for the place of which God had told him.On the third day Abraham got sight of the place from afar.
Then he said to his servants:
“Both of you stay here with the donkey,
while the boy and I go on over yonder.
We will worship and then come back to you.”
Thereupon Abraham took the wood for the holocaust
and laid it on his son Isaac’s shoulders,
while he himself carried the fire and the knife.
As the two walked on together, Isaac spoke to his father Abraham:
“Father!” Isaac said.
“Yes, son, ” he replied.
Isaac continued, “Here are the fire and the wood,
but where is the sheep for the holocaust?”
“Son,” Abraham answered,
“God himself will provide the sheep for the holocaust.”
Then the two continued going forward.When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Next he tied up his son Isaac,
and put him on top of the wood on the altar.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.
Abraham named the site Yahweh-yireh;
hence people now say, “On the mountain the LORD will see.”

Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”

OrGN22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18

God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am, ” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”

When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am, ” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy, ” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.

Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11

R. (1) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Reading 3EX 14:15—15:1

The LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?
Tell the Israelites to go forward.
And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea,
split the sea in two,
that the Israelites may pass through it on dry land.
But I will make the Egyptians so obstinate
that they will go in after them.
Then I will receive glory through Pharaoh and all his army,
his chariots and charioteers.
The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD,
when I receive glory through Pharaoh
and his chariots and charioteers.”

The angel of God, who had been leading Israel’s camp,
now moved and went around behind them.
The column of cloud also, leaving the front,
took up its place behind them,
so that it came between the camp of the Egyptians
and that of Israel.
But the cloud now became dark, and thus the night passed
without the rival camps coming any closer together
all night long.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea,
and the LORD swept the sea
with a strong east wind throughout the night
and so turned it into dry land.
When the water was thus divided,
the Israelites marched into the midst of the sea on dry land,
with the water like a wall to their right and to their left.

The Egyptians followed in pursuit;
all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and charioteers went after them
right into the midst of the sea.
In the night watch just before dawn
the LORD cast through the column of the fiery cloud
upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic;
and he so clogged their chariot wheels
that they could hardly drive.
With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel,
because the LORD was fighting for them against the Egyptians.

Then the LORD told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea,
that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians,
upon their chariots and their charioteers.”
So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea,
and at dawn the sea flowed back to its normal depth.
The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea,
when the LORD hurled them into its midst.
As the water flowed back,
it covered the chariots and the charioteers of Pharaoh’s whole army
which had followed the Israelites into the sea.
Not a single one of them escaped.
But the Israelites had marched on dry land
through the midst of the sea,
with the water like a wall to their right and to their left.
Thus the LORD saved Israel on that day
from the power of the Egyptians.
When Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore
and beheld the great power that the LORD
had shown against the Egyptians,
they feared the LORD and believed in him and in his servant Moses.

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD:
I will sing to the LORD, for he is gloriously triumphant;
horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

Responsorial PsalmEX 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18

R. (1b) Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
I will sing to the LORD, for he is gloriously triumphant;
horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
He is my God, I praise him;
the God of my father, I extol him.
R. Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
The LORD is a warrior,
LORD is his name!
Pharaoh’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea;
the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.
R. Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
The flood waters covered them,
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O LORD, magnificent in power,
your right hand, O LORD, has shattered the enemy.
R. Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
You brought in the people you redeemed
and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance—
the place where you made your seat, O LORD,
the sanctuary, LORD, which your hands established.
The LORD shall reign forever and ever.
R. Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.

Reading 4IS 54:5-14

The One who has become your husband is your Maker;
his name is the LORD of hosts;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
called God of all the earth.
The LORD calls you back,
like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
a wife married in youth and then cast off,
says your God.
For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great tenderness I will take you back.
In an outburst of wrath, for a moment
I hid my face from you;
but with enduring love I take pity on you,
says the LORD, your redeemer.
This is for me like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah
should never again deluge the earth;
so I have sworn not to be angry with you,
or to rebuke you.
Though the mountains leave their place
and the hills be shaken,
my love shall never leave you
nor my covenant of peace be shaken,
says the LORD, who has mercy on you.
O afflicted one, storm-battered and unconsoled,
I lay your pavements in carnelians,
and your foundations in sapphires;
I will make your battlements of rubies,
your gates of carbuncles,
and all your walls of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the LORD,
and great shall be the peace of your children.
In justice shall you be established,
far from the fear of oppression,
where destruction cannot come near you.

Responsorial PsalmPS 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the netherworld;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

Reading 5IS 55:1-11

Thus says the LORD:
All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
come, without paying and without cost,
drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread,
your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well,
you shall delight in rich fare.
Come to me heedfully,
listen, that you may have life.
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to David.
As I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of nations,
so shall you summon a nation you knew not,
and nations that knew you not shall run to you,
because of the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked man his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

For just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
my word shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.

Responsorial Psalm IS 12:2-3, 4, 5-6

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Reading 6BAR 3:9-15, 32C4:4

Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life:
listen, and know prudence!
How is it, Israel,
that you are in the land of your foes,
grown old in a foreign land,
defiled with the dead,
accounted with those destined for the netherworld?
You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom!
Had you walked in the way of God,
you would have dwelt in enduring peace.
Learn where prudence is,
where strength, where understanding;
that you may know also
where are length of days, and life,
where light of the eyes, and peace.
Who has found the place of wisdom,
who has entered into her treasuries?

The One who knows all things knows her;
he has probed her by his knowledge—
The One who established the earth for all time,
and filled it with four-footed beasts;
he who dismisses the light, and it departs,
calls it, and it obeys him trembling;
before whom the stars at their posts
shine and rejoice;
when he calls them, they answer, “Here we are!”
shining with joy for their Maker.
Such is our God;
no other is to be compared to him:
He has traced out the whole way of understanding,
and has given her to Jacob, his servant,
to Israel, his beloved son.

Since then she has appeared on earth,
and moved among people.
She is the book of the precepts of God,
the law that endures forever;
all who cling to her will live,
but those will die who forsake her.
Turn, O Jacob, and receive her:
walk by her light toward splendor.
Give not your glory to another,
your privileges to an alien race.
Blessed are we, O Israel;
for what pleases God is known to us!

Responsorial Psalm PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R. (John 6:68c) Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
the decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

Reading 7EZ 36:16-17A, 18-28

The word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their land,
they defiled it by their conduct and deeds.
Therefore I poured out my fury upon them
because of the blood that they poured out on the ground,
and because they defiled it with idols.
I scattered them among the nations,
dispersing them over foreign lands;
according to their conduct and deeds I judged them.
But when they came among the nations wherever they came,
they served to profane my holy name,
because it was said of them: “These are the people of the LORD,
yet they had to leave their land.”
So I have relented because of my holy name
which the house of Israel profaned
among the nations where they came.
Therefore say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord GOD:
Not for your sakes do I act, house of Israel,
but for the sake of my holy name,
which you profaned among the nations to which you came.
I will prove the holiness of my great name, profaned among the nations,
in whose midst you have profaned it.
Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,
when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.
For I will take you away from among the nations,
gather you from all the foreign lands,
and bring you back to your own land.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you
to cleanse you from all your impurities,
and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you,
taking from your bodies your stony hearts
and giving you natural hearts.
I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes,
careful to observe my decrees.
You shall live in the land I gave your fathers;
you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Responsorial Psalm – When Baptism Is Celebrated.PS 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4

R. (42:2) Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God.
Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?
R. Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God.
I went with the throng
and led them in procession to the house of God,
Amid loud cries of joy and thanksgiving,
with the multitude keeping festival.
R. Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God.
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling-place.
R. Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God.
Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
O God, my God!
R. Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God.

When Baptism Is Not Celebrated.IS 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

When Baptism Is Not CelebratedPS 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

R. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners shall return to you.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a holocaust, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

EpistleROM 6:3-11

Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his,
we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with him,
so that our sinful body might be done away with,
that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.
If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.
As to his death, he died to sin once and for all;
as to his life, he lives for God.
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin
and living for God in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm PS 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.
R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome
bought spices so that they might go and anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to one another,
“Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, “Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Behold the place where they laid him.
But go and tell his disciples and Peter,
‘He is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him, as he told you.'”

Good Friday Part 2: Liturgy, Veneration of the Cross and Communion – March 30, 2018

Giotto-Crucifixion

 Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion Lectionary: 40Reading 1IS 52:13—53:12

See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at him so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man so shall he startle many nations, because of him kings shall stand speechless; for those who have not been told shall see, those who have not heard shall ponder it.Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him.He was spurned and avoided by people,a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom people hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken,as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.

 

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Agnus Dei painting by Francisco Zurbarán, Source:https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/the-easter-triduum-what-is-it/

 

 

We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth; like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth.Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away, and who would have thought any more of his destiny?When he was cut off from the land of the living, and smitten for the sin of his people,a grave was assigned him among the wicked and a burial place with evildoers, though he had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood.But the LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity.If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.Because of his affliction, he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear.Therefore I will give him his portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty, because he surrendered himself to death and was counted among the wicked, and he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses.

Responsorial Psalm PS 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25

R. (Lk 23:46) Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.In your justice rescue me.Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

For all my foes I am an object of reproach,a laughingstock to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends; they who see me abroad flee from me.I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;I am like a dish that is broken.

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

But my trust is in you, O LORD;I say, “You are my God.In your hands is my destiny; rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.”

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your kindness.Take courage and be stouthearted, all you who hope in the LORD.

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

 

Reading 2HEB 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Brothers and sisters: Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.In the days when Christ was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Verse Before The GospelPHIL 2:8-9

Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.

GospelJN 18:1—19:42

Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered.Judas his betrayer also knew the place,because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him,went out and said to them, “Whom are you looking for?”They answered him, “Jesus the Nazorean.”He said to them, “I AM.”Judas his betrayer was also with them.When he said to them, “I AM, “they turned away and fell to the ground.So he again asked them,“Whom are you looking for?”They said, “Jesus the Nazorean.”Jesus answered,“I told you that I AM.So if you are looking for me, let these men go.”This was to fulfill what he had said,“I have not lost any of those you gave me.”

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear.The slave’s name was Malchus.Jesus said to Peter,“Put your sword into its scabbard.Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?”So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus, bound him, and brought him to Annas first.He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,who was high priest that year.It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.Now the other disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus.But Peter stood at the gate outside.So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest,went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in.Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter,“You are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”He said, “I am not.”Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire that they had made, because it was cold, and were warming themselves.Peter was also standing there keeping warm.

The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine.Jesus answered him,“I have spoken publicly to the world.I have always taught in a synagogue or in the temple area where all the Jews gather, and in secret, I have said nothing. Why ask me?Ask those who heard me what I said to them.They know what I said.”When he had said this, one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said,“Is this the way you answer the high priest?”Jesus answered him,“If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing there keeping warm.And they said to him,“You are not one of his disciples, are you?”He denied it and said,“I am not.”One of the slaves of the high priest,a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said,“Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”Again Peter denied it.And immediately the cock crowed.

Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium.It was morning.And they themselves did not enter the praetorium,in order not to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover.So Pilate came out to them and said,“What charge do you bring against this man?”They answered and said to him,“If he were not a criminal,we would not have handed him over to you.”At this, Pilate said to them,“Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”The Jews answered him,“We do not have the right to execute anyone, “in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled that he said indicating the kind of death he would die.So Pilate went back into the praetorium and summoned Jesus and said to him,“Are you the King of the Jews?”Jesus answered,“Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?”Pilate answered,“I am not a Jew, am I?Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.What have you done?”Jesus answered,“My kingdom does not belong to this world.If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”So Pilate said to him,“Then you are a king?”Jesus answered,“You say I am a king.For this I was born and for this I came into the world,to testify to the truth.Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

When he had said this,he again went out to the Jews and said to them,“I find no guilt in him.But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover.Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”They cried out again,“Not this one but Barabbas!”Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head,and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,“Hail, King of the Jews!”And they struck him repeatedly.Once more Pilate went out and said to them,“Look, I am bringing him out to you,so that you may know that I find no guilt in him.”

So Jesus came out,wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak.And he said to them, “Behold, the man!”When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out,“Crucify him, crucify him!”Pilate said to them,“Take him yourselves and crucify him.I find no guilt in him.”The Jews answered,“We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die,because he made himself the Son of God.”Now when Pilate heard this statement,he became even more afraid,and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus,“Where are you from?”Jesus did not answer him.So Pilate said to him,“Do you not speak to me?Do you not know that I have power to release youand I have power to crucify you?”Jesus answered him,“You would have no power over meif it had not been given to you from above.For this reason the one who handed me over to youhas the greater sin.”

Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out,“If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar.Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus outand seated him on the judge’s benchin the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha.It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon.And he said to the Jews,“Behold, your king!”They cried out,“Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!”Pilate said to them,“Shall I crucify your king?”The chief priests answered,“We have no king but Caesar.”Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself,he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull,in Hebrew, Golgotha.There they crucified him, and with him two others,one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross.It read,“Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.”

Now many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate,“Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews’.”Pilate answered,“What I have written, I have written.”When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares,a share for each soldier.They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down.

So they said to one another,“Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be, “in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots.This is what the soldiers did.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,and Mary of Magdala.When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”Then he said to the disciple,“Behold, your mother.”And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.After this, aware that everything was now finished,in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,

Jesus said, “I thirst.”There was a vessel filled with common wine.So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,“It is finished.”And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. Here all kneel and pause for a short time.

Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and that they be taken down.So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs,but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe.

For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled: Not a bone of it will be broken.And again another passage says: They will look upon him whom they have pierced.After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.And Pilate permitted it.So he came and took his body.Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds.They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom.Now in the place where he had been crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried.So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.

The Solemn Intercessions

The Veneration of the Holy Cross

Communion
Note: Good Friday is the only day of the year that Catholics do not celebrate mass. On the evening before, following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the eucharist is removed to “an altar of repose” or place other than the main altar, which signifies Christ’s death. The liturgy of the Triduum is one continuous liturgy from Holy Thursday through Easter, celebrating the last supper on Holy Thursday, the Crucifixion on Good Friday, the Entombment of Jesus on the Easter Vigil, and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. For a laymen’s explanation of the Easter Triduum visit https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/the-easter-triduum-what-is-it/

Easter Sunday – April 1, 2018

IMG_2112PROCESSIONAL: Alleluja, Alleluja

PSALM 118
SEQUENCE: Christ the Lord is Risen Today
RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL VOWS
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS: The Easter Song
COMMUNION : I am the Bread of Life
HANDEL MESSIAH
RECESSIONAL; Jesus Christ is Risen Today
 Fr. Luis compares the Easter Triduum to a wedding anniversary. We renew our baptismal vows, and dig deeper to refresh our commitment. He also cautioned us not to merely enjoy the music and treats but to dig deeper into the meaning of Easter, and make a sincere effort to bring God more closely into our lives. The Lenten season and the Easter Triduum offer us the opportunity to do that, by forming better habits, meditating on our faith and our lives. Fr. Luis exhorted us “My friends, dig deeper into the meaning of Easter!” Thank you Fr. Luis!
Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord – The Mass of Easter DayLectionary: 42

Reading 1ACTS 10:34A, 37-43

Peter proceeded to speak and said:
“You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23.

R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2COL 3:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.Or

I COR 5:6B-8

Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast,
so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.
For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems;
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.

 

EasterHelpers
Special thanks to our Easter Helpers who made chocolate eggs and stuffed them into treat bags with peeps, M&Ms and jelly beans. They were a big hit – as you can see the baskets are empty! 

 

AlleluiaCF. 1 COR 5:7B-8A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed;
let us then feast with joy in the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.Or
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GospelMK 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome
bought spices so that they might go and anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to one another,
“Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, “Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Behold the place where they laid him.
But go and tell his disciples and Peter,
‘He is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him, as he told you.'”

Or

GospelLK 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

Holy Thursday – March 29, 2018

Giotto Washing of the Feet
Giotto, Washing of the Feet, Scravengi Chapel, Padua

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Tonight we celebrated the beautiful solemn liturgy of Holy Thursday and the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – the beginning of the Easter Triduum. For an explanation of Holy Week and the Triduum, please visit https://www.spiritualdirection.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/the-liturgy-of-holy-week.pdf  Included in the mass is the washing of the feet, emulating the example set by Our Lord at the Last Supper. Fr. Luis washed the feet of parishioners and he invited parishioners to wash each other’s feet. He emphasized this is not an empty ritual or formality but an exercise to be taken into our lives on a daily basis. It requires overcoming a sense of awkwardness and adopting the humble attitude of a servant.

Thank you to our choir whose music makes this gorgeous liturgy even more profound and moving. We know the many hours of rehearsal that go into creating the music for the Triduum as well as the time and personal sacrifice in performing it.  During the washing of the feet, the choir sang “Ubi caritas, et amor, ubi caritas, Deus ibi est” (where charity and love prevail, God is there.)

Video: Fr. Luis washing feet. Jesus taught the apostles that he was setting a model for service, that they should be servants to each other and the world.

Ave Verum Corpus

Wait with me…there is no dismissal at the Mass of the Lords’ Supper and there is no greeting at the Good Friday liturgy as the liturgies of the Triddumare continuous rather than separate events. The sacred species is removed from the altar, and adoration of the eucharist in the monstrance continued until 8:00 PM.

Thank you Fr. Luis and the choir and volunteers who lead us in this beautiful season.

We welcome you to attend Good Friday liturgy beginning at 1:00 PM with stations of the cross, then veneration of the cross at 2:00.

 

 

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Lectionary: 37 and 38

Sunday Bulletin 2018-03-25 Thank you to Matt Poirier who edits our bulletin.

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The Entry into Jerusalem by Giotto, Scravengi Chapel

Those who arrived a few minutes early were lucky to hear the choir rehearse Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus which will be sung on at Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper.

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At The Procession With Palms – GospelMK 11:1-10When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,he sent two of his disciples and said to them,”Go into the village opposite you,and immediately on entering it,you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.If anyone should say to you,’Why are you doing this?’ reply,’The Master has need of itand will send it back here at once.'”So they went offand found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,and they untied it.Some of the bystanders said to them,”What are you doing, untying the colt?”They answered them just as Jesus had told them to,and they permitted them to do it.So they brought the colt to Jesusand put their cloaks over it.And he sat on it.Many people spread their cloaks on the road,and others spread leafy branchesthat they had cut from the fields.Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:”Hosanna!Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!Hosanna in the highest!”Or JN 12:12-16When the great crowd that had come to the feast heardthat Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out:”Hosanna!”Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,the king of Israel.”Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written:Fear no more, O daughter Zion;see, your king comes, seated upon an ass’s colt.His disciples did not understand this at first,but when Jesus had been glorifiedthey remembered that these things were written about himand that they had done this for him.At The Mass – Reading 1 IS 50:4-7The Lord GOD has given mea well-trained tongue,that I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;and I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;my face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting.The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.Responsorial Psalm PS 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.
R. (2a) My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?All who see me scoff at me;they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:”He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,let him rescue him, if he loves him.”R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?Indeed, many dogs surround me,a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;They have pierced my hands and my feet;I can count all my bones.R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?They divide my garments among them,and for my vesture they cast lots.But you, O LORD, be not far from me;O my help, hasten to aid me.R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?I will proclaim your name to my brethren;in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:”You who fear the LORD, praise him;all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?Reading 2 PHIL 2:6-11Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,did not regard equality with Godsomething to be grasped.Rather, he emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,coming in human likeness;and found human in appearance,he humbled himself,becoming obedient to the point of death,even death on a cross.Because of this, God greatly exalted himand bestowed on him the namewhich is above every name,that at the name of Jesusevery knee should bend,of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue confess thatJesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.Verse Before The GospelPHIL 2:8-9Christ became obedient to the point of death,even death on a cross.Because of this, God greatly exalted himand bestowed on him the name which is above every name.Gospel MK 14:1—15:47The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Breadwere to take place in two days’ time.So the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a wayto arrest him by treachery and put him to death.They said, “Not during the festival,for fear that there may be a riot among the people.”When he was in Bethany reclining at tablein the house of Simon the leper,a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil,costly genuine spikenard.She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head.There were some who were indignant.”Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil?It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wagesand the money given to the poor.”They were infuriated with her.Jesus said, “Let her alone.Why do you make trouble for her?She has done a good thing for me.The poor you will always have with you,and whenever you wish you can do good to them,but you will not always have me.She has done what she could.She has anticipated anointing my body for burial.Amen, I say to you,wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world,what she has done will be told in memory of her.”Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve,went off to the chief priests to hand him over to them.When they heard him they were pleased and promised to pay him money.Then he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,his disciples said to him,”Where do you want us to goand prepare for you to eat the Passover?”He sent two of his disciples and said to them,”Go into the city and a man will meet you,carrying a jar of water.Follow him.Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,’The Teacher says, “Where is my guest roomwhere I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.Make the preparations for us there.”The disciples then went off, entered the city,and found it just as he had told them;and they prepared the Passover.When it was evening, he came with the Twelve.And as they reclined at table and were eating, Jesus said,”Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me,one who is eating with me.”They began to be distressed and to say to him, one by one,”Surely it is not I?”He said to them,”One of the Twelve, the one who dips with me into the dish.For the Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”While they were eating,he took bread, said the blessing,broke it, and gave it to them, and said,”Take it; this is my body.”Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,and they all drank from it.He said to them,”This is my blood of the covenant,which will be shed for many.Amen, I say to you,I shall not drink again the fruit of the vineuntil the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”Then, after singing a hymn,they went out to the Mount of Olives.Then Jesus said to them,”All of you will have your faith shaken, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd,and the sheep will be dispersed.But after I have been raised up,I shall go before you to Galilee.”Peter said to him,”Even though all should have their faith shaken,mine will not be.”Then Jesus said to him,”Amen, I say to you,this very night before the cock crows twiceyou will deny me three times.”But he vehemently replied,”Even though I should have to die with you,I will not deny you.”And they all spoke similarly.Then they came to a place named Gethsemane,and he said to his disciples,”Sit here while I pray.”He took with him Peter, James, and John,and began to be troubled and distressed.Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death.Remain here and keep watch.”He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayedthat if it were possible the hour might pass by him;he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.Take this cup away from me,but not what I will but what you will.”When he returned he found them asleep.He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep?Could you not keep watch for one hour?Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing.Then he returned once more and found them asleep,for they could not keep their eyes openand did not know what to answer him.He returned a third time and said to them,”Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?It is enough. The hour has come.Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners.Get up, let us go.See, my betrayer is at hand.”Then, while he was still speaking,Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived,accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubswho had come from the chief priests,the scribes, and the elders.His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying,”The man I shall kiss is the one;arrest him and lead him away securely.”He came and immediately went over to him and said,”Rabbi.” And he kissed him.At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.One of the bystanders drew his sword,struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his ear.Jesus said to them in reply,”Have you come out as against a robber,with swords and clubs, to seize me?Day after day I was with you teaching in the temple area,yet you did not arrest me;but that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.”And they all left him and fled.Now a young man followed himwearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body.They seized him,but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked.They led Jesus away to the high priest,and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.Peter followed him at a distance into the high priest’s courtyardand was seated with the guards, warming himself at the fire.The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrinkept trying to obtain testimony against Jesusin order to put him to death, but they found none.Many gave false witness against him,but their testimony did not agree.Some took the stand and testified falsely against him,alleging, “We heard him say,’I will destroy this temple made with handsand within three days I will build anothernot made with hands.'”Even so their testimony did not agree.The high priest rose before the assembly and questioned Jesus,saying, “Have you no answer?What are these men testifying against you?”But he was silent and answered nothing.Again the high priest asked him and said to him,”Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?”Then Jesus answered, “I am;and ‘you will see the Son of Manseated at the right hand of the Powerand coming with the clouds of heaven.'”At that the high priest tore his garments and said,”What further need have we of witnesses?You have heard the blasphemy.What do you think?”They all condemned him as deserving to die.Some began to spit on him.They blindfolded him and struck him and said to him, “Prophesy!”And the guards greeted him with blows.While Peter was below in the courtyard,one of the high priest’s maids came along.Seeing Peter warming himself,she looked intently at him and said,”You too were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”But he denied it saying,”I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.”So he went out into the outer court.Then the cock crowed.The maid saw him and began again to say to the bystanders,”This man is one of them.”Once again he denied it.A little later the bystanders said to Peter once more,”Surely you are one of them; for you too are a Galilean.”He began to curse and to swear,”I do not know this man about whom you are talking.”And immediately a cock crowed a second time.Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him,”Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.”He broke down and wept.As soon as morning came,the chief priests with the elders and the scribes,that is, the whole Sanhedrin held a council.They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.Pilate questioned him,”Are you the king of the Jews?”He said to him in reply, “You say so.”The chief priests accused him of many things.Again Pilate questioned him,”Have you no answer?See how many things they accuse you of.”Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to themone prisoner whom they requested.A man called Barabbas was then in prisonalong with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.The crowd came forward and began to ask himto do for them as he was accustomed.Pilate answered,”Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”For he knew that it was out of envythat the chief priests had handed him over.But the chief priests stirred up the crowdto have him release Barabbas for them instead.Pilate again said to them in reply,”Then what do you want me to dowith the man you call the king of the Jews?”They shouted again, “Crucify him.”Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?”They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.”So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged,handed him over to be crucified.The soldiers led him away inside the palace,that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.They clothed him in purple and,weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.They began to salute him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!”and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.They knelt before him in homage.And when they had mocked him,they stripped him of the purple cloak,dressed him in his own clothes,and led him out to crucify him.They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon,a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country,the father of Alexander and Rufus,to carry his cross.They brought him to the place of Golgotha— which is translated Place of the Skull —They gave him wine drugged with myrrh,but he did not take it.Then they crucified him and divided his garmentsby casting lots for them to see what each should take.It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.The inscription of the charge against him read,”The King of the Jews.”With him they crucified two revolutionaries,one on his right and one on his left.Those passing by reviled him,shaking their heads and saying,”Aha! You who would destroy the templeand rebuild it in three days,save yourself by coming down from the cross.”Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes,mocked him among themselves and said,”He saved others; he cannot save himself.Let the Christ, the King of Israel,come down now from the crossthat we may see and believe.”Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.At noon darkness came over the whole landuntil three in the afternoon.And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”which is translated,”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”Some of the bystanders who heard it said,”Look, he is calling Elijah.”One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reedand gave it to him to drink saying,”Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.”Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.Here all kneel and pause for a short time.The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.When the centurion who stood facing himsaw how he breathed his last he said,”Truly this man was the Son of God!”There were also women looking on from a distance.Among them were Mary Magdalene,Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome.These women had followed him when he was in Galileeand ministered to him.There were also many other womenwho had come up with him to Jerusalem.When it was already evening,since it was the day of preparation,the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea,a distinguished member of the council,who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God,came and courageously went to Pilateand asked for the body of Jesus.Pilate was amazed that he was already dead.He summoned the centurionand asked him if Jesus had already died.And when he learned of it from the centurion,he gave the body to Joseph.Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down,wrapped him in the linen cloth,and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock.Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseswatched where he was laid.Or MK 15:1-39As soon as morning came,the chief priests with the elders and the scribes,that is, the whole Sanhedrin held a council.They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.Pilate questioned him,”Are you the king of the Jews?”He said to him in reply, “You say so.”The chief priests accused him of many things.Again Pilate questioned him,”Have you no answer?See how many things they accuse you of.”Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to themone prisoner whom they requested.A man called Barabbas was then in prisonalong with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.The crowd came forward and began to ask himto do for them as he was accustomed.Pilate answered,”Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”For he knew that it was out of envythat the chief priests had handed him over.But the chief priests stirred up the crowdto have him release Barabbas for them instead.Pilate again said to them in reply,”Then what do you want me to dowith the man you call the king of the Jews?”They shouted again, “Crucify him.”Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?”They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.”So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged,handed him over to be crucified.The soldiers led him away inside the palace,that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.They clothed him in purple and,weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.They began to salute him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!”and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.They knelt before him in homage.And when they had mocked him,they stripped him of the purple cloak,dressed him in his own clothes,and led him out to crucify him.They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon,a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country,the father of Alexander and Rufus,to carry his cross.They brought him to the place of Golgotha—which is translated Place of the Skull —They gave him wine drugged with myrrh,but he did not take it.Then they crucified him and divided his garmentsby casting lots for them to see what each should take.It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.The inscription of the charge against him read,”The King of the Jews.”With him they crucified two revolutionaries,one on his right and one on his left.Those passing by reviled him,shaking their heads and saying,”Aha! You who would destroy the templeand rebuild it in three days,save yourself by coming down from the cross.”Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes,mocked him among themselves and said,”He saved others; he cannot save himself.Let the Christ, the King of Israel,come down now from the crossthat we may see and believe.”Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.At noon darkness came over the whole landuntil three in the afternoon.And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”which is translated,”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”Some of the bystanders who heard it said,”Look, he is calling Elijah.”One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reedand gave it to him to drink saying,”Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.”Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.Here all kneel and pause for a short time.The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.When the centurion who stood facing himsaw how he breathed his last he said,”Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 18, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-03-18

Fifth Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 35

Reading 1 JER 31:31-34

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers
the day I took them by the hand
to lead them forth from the land of Egypt;
for they broke my covenant,
and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.
But this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.
I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
No longer will they have need to teach their friends and relatives
how to know the LORD.
All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD,
for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.

Responsorial PsalmPS 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15.

R. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners shall return to you.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Reading 2HEB 5:7-9

In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Verse Before The GospelJN 12:26

Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord;
and where I am, there also will my servant be.

GospelJN 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”
Philip went and told Andrew;
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them,
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour’?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven,
“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder;
but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Jesus answered and said,
“This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world;
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw everyone to myself.”
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 10, 2018

Reading 1 2 CHR 36:14-16, 19-23

In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people
added infidelity to infidelity,
practicing all the abominations of the nations
and polluting the LORD’s temple
which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

Early and often did the LORD, the God of their fathers,
send his messengers to them,
for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place.
But they mocked the messengers of God,
despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets,
until the anger of the LORD against his people was so inflamed
that there was no remedy.
Their enemies burnt the house of God,
tore down the walls of Jerusalem,
set all its palaces afire,
and destroyed all its precious objects.
Those who escaped the sword were carried captive to Babylon,
where they became servants of the king of the Chaldeans and his sons
until the kingdom of the Persians came to power.
All this was to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah:
“Until the land has retrieved its lost sabbaths,
during all the time it lies waste it shall have rest
while seventy years are fulfilled.”

In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house
in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!”

Responsorial Psalm  PS 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6.

R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
By the streams of Babylon
we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the aspens of that land
we hung up our harps.
R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
For there our captors asked of us
the lyrics of our songs,
And our despoilers urged us to be joyous:
“Sing for us the songs of Zion!”
R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
How could we sing a song of the LORD
in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand be forgotten!
R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
May my tongue cleave to my palate
if I remember you not,
If I place not Jerusalem
ahead of my joy.
R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

Reading 2 EPH 2:4-10

Brothers and sisters:
God, who is rich in mercy,
because of the great love he had for us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
brought us to life with Christ — by grace you have been saved —,
raised us up with him,
and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come
He might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;
it is not from works, so no one may boast.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works
that God has prepared in advance,
that we should live in them.

Verse Before The Gospel JN 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

GospelJN 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Third Sunday in Lent – March 4, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-03-04 (2)
Third Sunday of Lent

Lectionary: 29

Reading 1EX 20:1-17

In those days, God delivered all these commandments:
“I, the LORD, am your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.
You shall not have other gods besides me.
You shall not carve idols for yourselves
in the shape of anything in the sky above
or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;
you shall not bow down before them or worship them.
For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God,
inflicting punishment for their fathers’ wickedness
on the children of those who hate me,
down to the third and fourth generation;
but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation
on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.”You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
For the LORD will not leave unpunished
the one who takes his name in vain.

“Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Six days you may labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD, your God.
No work may be done then either by you, or your son or daughter,
or your male or female slave, or your beast,
or by the alien who lives with you.
In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
the sea and all that is in them;
but on the seventh day he rested.
That is why the LORD has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother,
that you may have a long life in the land
which the LORD, your God, is giving you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,
nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass,
nor anything else that belongs to him.”

OrEX 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17

In those days, God delivered all these commandments:
“I, the LORD am your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.
You shall not have other gods besides me.

“You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
For the LORD will not leave unpunished
the one who takes his name in vain.

“Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Honor your father and your mother,
that you may have a long life in the land
which the Lord, your God, is giving you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,
nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass,
nor anything else that belongs to him.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 19:8, 9, 10, 11.

R. (John 6:68c) Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

Reading 2 1 COR 1:22-25

Brothers and sisters:
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Verse Before The GospelJN 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

GospelJN 2:13-25

Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
many began to believe in his name
when they saw the signs he was doing.
But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all,
and did not need anyone to testify about human nature.
He himself understood it well.

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