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lessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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CONTENTS

May 2012 ◆ Volume 2, Issue 5

Pentecost: A Deep Tide of Contentment  Fr. Michael Casey  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5 Teach Us to Pray: Journaling  Fr. James Martin  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7 The Memorare  Fr. Columba Stewart  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8 Prayers and Blessings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10 Prayer at Night  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14 Daily Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   16 Order of Mass  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   331 Liturgy of the Word (with Holy Communion)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   363 Hymns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   368 Guide to Lectio Divina  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   376


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 368–75)

Psalm 100 Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy. Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his flock. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with songs of praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name. Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture Sirach 24:16-22 spread out my branches like a terebinth, / my branches so glorious and so graceful. / I bud forth delights like a vine; / my blossoms are glorious and rich fruit. / Come to me, all who desire me, / and be filled with my fruits. / You will remember me as sweeter than honey, / better to have than the honeycomb. / Those who eat of me will hunger

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still, / those who drink of me will thirst for more. / Whoever obeys me will not be put to shame, / and those who serve me will never go astray.” Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 376)

Antiphon Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions You are the vine and we are the branches. We pray: r. Make us one in your love, Lord. Make your Church strong in acts of justice for the poor and oppressed. r. Remove any fear and prejudice that keeps us from welcoming our neighbor with love. r. Heal those who suffer from relationship wounds and personal loss. r. Our Father .  .  . May God fill our hearts with desire for wisdom and satisfy our longing. Amen.

Mass Fifth Sunday of Easter Entrance Antiphon Cf. Psalm 98 (97):1-2 O sing a new song to the Lord, / for he has worked wonders; / in the sight of the nations / he has shown his deliverance, alleluia. Gloria (p. 333) Collect Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. 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. A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31 Barnabas reported to the Apostles how Saul had seen the Lord on the way. hen Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles, and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem, and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord. He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists, but they tried to kill him. And when the brothers learned of this, they

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took him down to Caesarea and sent him on his way to Tarsus. The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and ­Samaria was at peace. It was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord, and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit it grew in numbers. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 r. (26a) I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people. or: r. Alleluia. I will fulfill my vows before those who fear the Lord. The lowly shall eat their fill; they who seek the Lord shall praise him: “May your hearts live forever!” r. All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; all the families of the nations shall bow down before him. r. To him alone shall bow down all who sleep in the earth; before him shall bend all who go down into the dust. r. And to him my soul shall live; my descendants shall serve him. Let the coming generation be told of the Lord that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice he has shown. r. A reading from the first Letter of Saint John 3:18-24 This is his commandment: that we may believe and love. hildren, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. Now this is how we shall know that we be-

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long to the truth and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn, for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And his commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us. Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us. The word of the Lord. Gospel Acclamation John 15:4a, 5b Remain in me as I remain in you, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit. A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 15:1-8 Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit. esus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done

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for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” The Gospel of the Lord. Creed (p. 334) Prayer over the Offerings O God, who by the wonderful exchange effected in this sacrifice have made us partakers of the one supreme Godhead, grant, we pray, that, as we have come to know your truth, we may make it ours by a worthy way of life. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Cf. John 15:1, 5 I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord. / Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia. Prayer after Communion Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord, and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries to pass from former ways to newness of life. Through Christ our Lord.

Reflection Invitation and Promise Remain in me, as I remain in you.

Use your imagination as you listen to the voice of Jesus speaking these words to you. Notice that the words are both an invitation and a promise. We are invited to abide in Christ; we hear also his promise to abide in us. The way we are to

stay connected to the sacred vine is to live in such a manner that the words of Jesus come true in us. How, then, are we to live so that Jesus remains the fundamental core of our lives? The answer to this question is both simple and difficult. It requires the work of a disciple. A disciple is a disciplined listener. We will become better listeners, and thus better disciples, if we learn to romance the Word of God. As you read the words of Scriptures, linger with them. Repeat the words. Memorize them. Write them on your heart. Sing them. Contemplate them. Abide in the Word of God. Remain in the Word. Prune away the obstacles that weaken your communion with God .  .  .  . The invitation of Jesus, “Remain in me, as I remain in you,” is, in reality, a lovely prayer that can be prayed in different ways: live on in me as I live on in you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Stay rooted in me as I stay rooted in you. Imagine Jesus praying that prayer to you. Hear the longing in his voice, longing for connection, for an enduring relationship. It is an echo of his own union with the Beloved. He desires that same union with you . . . . Our efforts to stay connected to Christ will help us to remain spiritually linked to one another. It is not possible to be united to Christ without being united to the larger Body of Christ. We are lying to ourselves if we believe that we are connected to the vine of Christ while living in hostility with any of the branches. Living out of harmony with one another prevents us from bearing fruit. The more we can learn from each other and support one another’s respective journeys, the greater will be our intimacy with the One to whom we all belong. Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, Abide Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, is well known for her creative spiritual writings and retreat ministry. She makes her home with the Sisters of St. Scholastica in Fort Smith, Arkansas.


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God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 368–75)

Psalm 118:1, 8-14 Give praise to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man; it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

The nations all encircled me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off. They encircled me all around; in the name of the Lord I cut them off. They encircled me about like bees; they blazed like a fire among thorns. In the name of the Lord I cut them off. I was thrust down, thrust down and falling, but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my song; he was my savior. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture Philippians 1:8-11 or God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 376)

Antiphon We believe in the name of Christ and love one another as he commanded us. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions Risen Savior, to you we pray: r. Christ Jesus, hear us. Let your Church always rejoice in your victory and share your love with joy. r. Give hope and aid to those who suffer economic hardship and loss of employment. r. Grant safety and peace to all who work through the night. r. Our Father .  .  . May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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Within the Word The Jerusalem Council: A Holy Conversation Let us be honest, there are times when our Church disappoints us. It can seem too divided, too petty, too harsh in its judgments, too hypocritical, too broken. We are tempted to think that things were different in the Church of the New Testament. We would be wrong. This week’s Lectionary readings, drawn in part from Acts 15, invite us to reconsider our assumptions about the early Christian community. Paul’s mission to the Gentiles had brought numerous converts to the faith. However, many ­Jewish Christians believed that these Gentile converts needed to be circumcised and held to the demands of the Law of Moses. When some of them voiced their opinion in predominantly Gentile Christian communities, bitter conflict ensued. The divisions led Paul and Barnabas to travel to Jerusalem to plead their case. There are three insights to be drawn from this account. First, we discover that there were divisions in the Church from the very beginning. Most Christians shared a belief in the Good News of Jesus Christ and were committed to a life of discipleship. But it turned out that the “Good News” meant different things to different people, and not all agreed about which practices were appropriate to the “life of discipleship.” Division and disagreement have always been with us and need not be feared. Timothy Radcliffe, the former Master General of the Dominican Order, once observed that in the 74

Catholic Church crisis is the spécialité de la maison—it is our “specialty of the house”! Conflict is never the enemy of the Church; the real danger lies in how we deal with it. Second, the conflict facing the early Church had to do with discerning what was essential for full life in Christ and what was not. Some felt circumcision was necessary, others did not. Every generation has had to struggle with issues of what is essential. Early Church leadership decided to impose no more than what was absolutely necessary for Christian life. The Second Vatican Council grappled with this same kind of question almost fifty years ago. In its first session, after much debate, the bishops decided to break with recent tradition and allow local churches to celebrate Mass in the language of the people. The council’s decision was in keeping with a dictum quoted by Pope John XXIII’s first encyclical, Ad Petri Cathedram, and quoted in the council itself: “unity in essentials, liberty in matters of doubt, and in all things charity.” The council understood that the unity of the Church was based on faith in Christ, not the language of worship. They agreed with the council in Jerusalem in imposing no more than what was essential. Finally, the early Church conflict was resolved by prayerful conversation and debate. They believed that the Spirit could lead the Church to consensus through what we might call “holy conversation.” The Spirit worked through what was likely some spirited debate after which they were able to pronounce, “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us .  .  .” (Acts 15:28). —Richard R. Gaillardetz Richard R. Gaillardetz is the McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College.


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 368–75)

Psalm 120 To the Lord in the hour of my distress I call—and he answers me. “O Lord, save my soul from lying lips, from the tongue of the deceitful.”

What should he give you, what repay you, O deceitful tongue? The warrior’s arrows sharpened, with red-hot coals from the broom tree! Alas, that I live in Meshech, dwell among the tents of Kedar! I have had enough of dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture 1 Chronicles 29:10b-13 lessed are you, Lord, / God of Israel our father, / from eternity to eternity. / Yours, Lord, are greatness and might, / majesty, victory, and splendor. / For all in heaven and on earth is yours; / yours, Lord, is kingship; / you are exalted as head over all. / Riches and glory are from you, / and you have dominion over all. / In your hand are power and might; / it is yours to give greatness and strength to all. / Therefore, our God, we give you thanks / and we praise the majesty of your name. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 376)

Antiphon Give praise to the one and only living God. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God of peace, with hearts fixed on you we pray: r. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Lead your people from fear to trust. r. Lead your people from despair to hope. r. Lead your people from war to peace. r. Our Father .  .  . May the God of peace fill our hearts with hope in believing and guide our steps securely in his love. Amen.


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Spiritual Master (1380–1471) Thomas à Kempis was born in the town of Kempen, near Düsseldorf. His early formation came in the Brethren of the Common Life, a society that gathered laypeople and clergy in a religious brotherhood committed to living in the spirit of the Gospel. In 1399 he entered an Augustinian monastery in Zwolle and was ordained a priest. Though his life as a monk was unremarkable, he is remembered for his book The Imitation of Christ—probably the most influential handbook of spiritual devotion ever written. Although addressed chiefly to his brother monks, it epitomized the spirituality of the Brethren, showing how a life of religious devotion could be lived in the world and not just in a monastery or convent. For Thomas, the imitation of Christ does not mean emulating his external deeds but adopting the inner pattern of his piety: humility, detachment from the world, prayer, and obedience to the will of God. The path to holiness is available to everyone, requiring no particular setting, occupation, or station in life. The spiritual life is concerned not with one’s outward activities but with the spirit that underlies them. The world judges according to appearances; God sees what is in the heart. Thus, “God regards the greatness of the love that prompts a man, rather than the greatness of his achievement.” Thomas died in 1471 at the age of ninety-one. “If you seek Jesus in all things you will surely find Jesus. And if you seek yourself you will surely find yourself, but only to your ruin.” —Thomas à Kempis

Entrance Antiphon The Good Shepherd has risen, / who laid down his life for his sheep / and willingly died for his flock, alleluia. Collect May your right hand, O Lord, we pray, encompass your family with perpetual help, so that, defended from all wickedness by the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son, we may make our way by means of your heavenly gifts. 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. A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 14:5-18 We proclaim to you Good News that you should turn from these idols to the living God. here was an attempt in Iconium by both the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their leaders, to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas. They realized it, and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding countryside, where they continued to proclaim the Good News. At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.” He jumped up and began to walk about. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in human form.” They called

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Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,” because he was the chief speaker. And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice. The Apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, “Men, why are you doing this? We are of the same nature as you, human beings. We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these idols to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways; yet, in bestowing his goodness, he did not leave himself without witness, for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.” Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16 r. (1ab) Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory. or: r. Alleluia. Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name give glory because of your mercy, because of your truth. Why should the pagans say, “Where is their God?” r. Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. r. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 14:21-26 The Advocate whom the Father will send will teach you everything. esus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” The Gospel of the Lord.

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Prayer over the Offerings May our prayers rise up to you, O Lord, together with the sacrificial offerings, so that, purified by your graciousness, we may be conformed to the mysteries of your mighty love. Through Christ our Lord.


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Communion Antiphon John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. / Not as the world gives do I give it to you, / says the Lord, alleluia. Prayer after Communion Almighty ever-living God, who restore us to eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ, increase in us, we pray, the fruits of this paschal Sacrament and pour into our hearts the strength of this saving food. Through Christ our Lord.

through the rhythm of the seasons, through food and drink and gladness in people’s hearts. Jesus reassured his disciples that this abundant evidence of God’s goodness would continue after his physical departure, with the Holy Spirit being sent as a living teacher and reminder of all that Jesus had taught. God continues to speak today through the Holy Spirit— sometimes a gentle breath, other times a fierce wind of teaching and reminding. God is still speaking through “heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.” And God is still speaking through the witness of human beings like Paul and Barnabas—and you. Amy Kuebelbeck

Reflection Abundant Evidence Alternately deifying and vilifying public figures is not solely a twenty-first-century temptation, as today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles reminds us. Even without profuse offerings of oxen and garlands, we might treat political or church leaders as gods in human form. When it inevitably becomes clear that they are merely human, those whose ­approval ratings plummet might experience a modern-day stoning via rocks hurled anonymously on the Internet. Barnabas and Paul fought against both. They fled from threats of violence in order to continue their mission of spreading the Good News, but they also resisted being treated as gods. “Why are you doing this? We are of the same nature as you,” they pleaded, trying to redirect the crowd’s attention from the messengers to their message. Turn from idols to the living God, they urged, who created heaven and earth and left abundant evidence of his goodness through the rain,

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Scripture 1 John 4:13-16 his is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

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Psalm 91:1-2, 10-16 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, and abides in the shade of the Almighty, says to the Lord, “My refuge, my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!” Upon you no evil shall fall, no plague approach your tent. For you has he commanded his angels to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you upon their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. On the lion and the viper you will tread, and trample the young lion and the serpent. Since he clings to me in love, I will free him, protect him, for he knows my name. When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will be with him in distress; I will deliver him, and give him glory.

Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 376)

Antiphon Whoever keeps my word is the one who loves me. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions When we call upon you, God, you answer. In hope we pray: r. Be with us, Lord. In times of doubt or uncertainty .  .  . r. In times of grief or loneliness .  .  . r. At the hour of our death .  .  . r.

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May God bless us with peaceful hearts and a restful sleep, that we may rise tomorrow in joyful praise. Amen.


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Scripture Jeremiah 12:1-2, 5 ou would be in the right, O Lord, / if I should dispute with you; / even so, I must lay out the case against you. / Why does the way of the wicked prosper, / why do all the treacherous live in contentment? / You planted them; they have taken root, / they flourish and bear fruit as well. / You are upon their lips, / but far from their thoughts. If running against men has wearied you, / how will you race against horses? / And if you are safe only on a level stretch, / what will you do in the jungle of the Jordan?

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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 368–75)

Psalm 71:17-22 O God, you have taught me from my youth, and I proclaim your wonders still. Even till I am old and gray-headed, do not forsake me, O God. Let me tell of your mighty arm to every coming generation; your strength and your justice, O God, reach to the highest heavens. It is you who have worked such wonders. O God, who is like you?

Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture

You have made me witness many troubles and evils, but you will give me back my life. You will raise me from the depths of the earth; you will exalt me and console me again.

Intercessions Christ Jesus, we call upon you in hope: r. Lord, deliver us, rescue us, hear us, and save us.

So I will give you thanks on the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God. To you will I sing with the harp, to you, the Holy One of Israel. Glory to the Father .  .  .

(Lectio Divina, p. 376)

Antiphon It is necessary to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover)

Free those held captive by human trafficking. r. Liberate those who suffer oppression and injustice. r. Console those who suffer disappointment and loss. r. Our Father .  .  . May God bless us in his mercy and animate our spirits with Easter joy. Amen.


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Blessed Among Us

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The Syrophoenician Woman

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Woman of Faith (First Century)

The Gospels record numerous occasions in which Jesus confronted his disciples with the liberating implications of his message. But there is at least one story in which the challenge was reversed. The story of an unnamed gentile woman, identified only by her Syrophoenician origins, recalls an instance in which it was Jesus himself was who was challenged to act upon the universal spirit of the Gospel. As recounted in Mark, this woman accosted Jesus in a private home, begging him to cast out a demon from her sick daughter. Surely she knew her action violated the codes of Jewish society. Jesus rebuffed her: “Let the children first be fed for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Undeterred, she returned his words with a logic he could not resist: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Apparently persuaded by her skillful retort, Jesus complied with her request: “For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” This unnamed woman deserves to be remembered as one of the foremothers of the gentile Church, who intuited, even while Jesus lived, that his Gospel was for everyone. She also represents the countless people who have overcome the pressure to be silent, challenging the Church to comprehend the universal and liberating logic of salvation. “But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet.” —Mark 7:25

Entrance Antiphon Revelation 19:5; 12:10 Sing praise to our God, / all you who fear God, both small and great, / for now salvation and strength have come, / and the power of his Christ, alleluia. Collect O God, who restore us to eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ, grant your people constancy in faith and hope, that we may never doubt the promises of which we have learned from you. 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. A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 14:19-28 They called the Church together and reported what God had done with them. n those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” They appointed

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presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21 . (see 12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious r splendor of your kingdom. or: r. Alleluia. Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord, and let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. r. Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. r. May my mouth speak the praise of the Lord, and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. r. Gospel Acclamation See Luke 24:46, 26 Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory.

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 14:27-31a My peace I give to you. esus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.” The Gospel of the Lord.

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Prayer over the Offerings Receive, O Lord, we pray, these offerings of your exultant Church, and, as you have given her cause for such great gladness, grant also that the gifts we bring may bear fruit in perpetual happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Romans 6:8 If we have died with Christ, / we believe that we shall also live with Christ, alleluia. Prayer after Communion Look with kindness upon your people, O Lord, and grant, we pray, that those you were pleased to renew by eternal mysteries may attain in their flesh the incorruptible glory of the resurrection. Through Christ our Lord.


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Reflection A New and Greater Presence Dying is a “going away.” Even if the body of the deceased remains behind, he himself has gone away into the unknown, and we cannot follow him (cf. Jn 13:36). Yet in Jesus’s case, there is something utterly new, which changes the world. In the case of our own death, the “going away” is definitive, there is no return. Jesus, on the other hand, says of his death: “I go away, and I will come to you.” It is by going away that he comes. His going ushers in a completely new and greater way of being present. By dying he enters into the love of the Father. His dying is an act of love. Love, however, is immortal.  .  .  . His going away is transformed into a coming, in the Risen Lord’s universal manner of presence, yesterday, today and for ever. He also comes today, and he embraces all times and all places. Now he can even surmount the wall of otherness that separates the “I” from the “you.” This happened with Paul, who describes the process of his conversion and his Baptism in these words: “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).  .  .  . So, dear friends, it is clear that, through Baptism, the mysterious words spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper become present for you once more. In Baptism, the Lord enters your life through the door of your heart. We no longer stand alongside or in opposition to one another. He passes through all these doors. This is the reality of Baptism: he, the Risen One, comes; he comes to you and joins his life with yours, drawing you into the open fire of his love. You become one, one with him, and thus one among yourselves. Pope Benedict XVI, Easter Homily Prior to being elected pope in 2005, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger had been the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 368–75)

Psalm 31:2-9 In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Let me never be put to shame. In your justice, set me free; incline your ear to me, and speedily rescue me. Be a rock of refuge for me, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name. Release me from the snare they have hidden, for you indeed are my refuge. Into your hands I commend my spirit. You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God. You detest those who serve empty idols. As for me, I trust in the Lord. Let me be glad and rejoice in your mercy, for you who have seen my affliction and taken heed of my soul’s distress, have not left me in the hands of the enemy, but set my feet at large. Glory to the Father .  .  .


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Scripture Romans 15:7-9 elcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, to confirm the promises to the patriarchs, but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: / “Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles / and sing praises to your name.”

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Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 376)

The Order of Mass ❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And with your spirit.

Antiphon The root of Jesse shall come; in him shall the Gentiles hope.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. And with your spirit.

Canticle of Mary (inside back cover)

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

Intercessions Faithful God, we place our confidence in you as we pray: r. Lord, lavish your love upon us. Give courage and strength to all who wait for your saving hand in the face of war. r. Enliven faith communities with the light of your word and the power of your spirit. r. Safeguard the homeless, the orphaned, and the forgotten. r. Our Father .  .  . May God, whose love encircles us like a protecting wall, keep us in his care and give us peace. Amen.

Penitential Act Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. (Pause) 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,   And, striking their breast, they say:

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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. B Have mercy on us, O Lord. For we have sinned against you.

Show us, O Lord, your mercy. And grant us your salvation. These or other invocations may be used.

C You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.

You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. You are seated at the right hand of the Father to   intercede for us: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚ May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. ❙❚ Amen. Kyrie

The Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy) invocations follow, unless they have just occurred in a formula of the Penitential Act.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

❙❚  Christ, have mercy. ❙❚  Christ, have mercy.

❙❚  Christe, eleison. ❙❚  Christe, eleison.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

Gloria Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Collect (Opening Prayer)

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Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Cleanse my heart and my lips, almighty God, that I may worthily proclaim your holy Gospel. ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚  A reading from the holy Gospel according to N. ❙❚  Glory to you, O Lord. At the end:

❙❚  The Gospel of the Lord. ❙❚  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away. Homily Profession of Faith

[The Apostles’ Creed can be found on p. 364]

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,

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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. Prayer of the Faithful (Bidding Prayers)

Liturgy of the Eucharist Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God for ever.


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By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink. Blessed be God for ever. With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.

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Preface III of Easter

Christ living and always interceding for us (The following Preface is said during Easter Time.)

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, at all times to acclaim you, O Lord, but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously, when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. He never ceases to offer himself for us but defends us and ever pleads our cause before you: he is the sacrificial Victim who dies no more, the Lamb, once slain, who lives for ever.

Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:

Invitation to Prayer

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  .

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

Preface II of the Ascension of the Lord

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the Offerings Eucharistic Prayer ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚  Lift up your hearts. ❙❚  We lift them up to the Lord. ❙❚  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. ❙❚  It is right and just.

The mystery of the Ascension (The following Preface is said on the day of the Ascension of the Lord. It may be said on the days between the Ascension and Pentecost in all Masses that have no proper Preface.)

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and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  . Preface of Pentecost The mystery of Pentecost

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For, bringing your Paschal Mystery to completion, you bestowed the Holy Spirit today on those you made your adopted children by uniting them to your Only Begotten Son. This same Spirit, as the Church came to birth, opened to all peoples the knowledge of God and brought together the many languages of the earth in profession of the one faith. Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  . Preface III of the Sundays in Ordinary Time

The salvation of man by a man (The following Preface is said on Sundays in Ordinary Time.)

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

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and even fashioned for us a remedy out of mortality itself, that the cause of our downfall might become the means of our salvation, through Christ our Lord. Through him the host of Angels adores your majesty and rejoices in your presence for ever. May our voices, we pray, join with theirs in one chorus of exultant praise, as we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  . Common Preface III

Praise to God for the creation and restoration of the human race (The following Preface is said in Masses that have no proper Preface, and for which a Preface related to a specific liturgical time is not indicated.)

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For just as through your beloved Son you created the human race, so also through him with great goodness you formed it anew. And so, it is right that all your creatures serve you, all the redeemed praise you, and all your Saints with one heart bless you. Therefore, we, too, extol you with all the Angels, as in joyful celebration we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  . Sanctus Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.


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Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

and paying their homage to you, the eternal God, living and true.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

In communion with those whose memory we venerate, especially the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, † and blessed Joseph, her Spouse, your blessed Apostles and Martyrs, Peter and Paul, Andrew,

Eucharistic Prayer I (Roman Canon) To you, therefore, most merciful Father, we make humble prayer and petition through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord: that you accept and bless  these gifts, these offerings, these holy and unblemished sacrifices, which we offer you firstly for your holy catholic Church. Be pleased to grant her peace, to guard, unite and govern her throughout the whole world, together with your servant N. our Pope and N. our Bishop, and all those who, holding to the truth, hand on the catholic and apostolic faith. Remember, Lord, your servants N. and N. and all gathered here, whose faith and devotion are known to you. For them, we offer you this sacrifice of praise or they offer it for themselves and all who are dear to them: for the redemption of their souls, in hope of health and well-being,

(James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian)

and all your Saints; we ask that through their merits and prayers, in all things we may be defended by your protecting help. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.) On the Ascension of the Lord

Celebrating the most sacred day on which your Only Begotten Son, our Lord, placed at the right hand of your glory our weak human nature, which he had united to himself, and in communion with those whose memory we venerate, especially the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, †


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On Pentecost Sunday

Celebrating the most sacred day of Pentecost, on which the Holy Spirit appeared to the Apostles in tongues of fire, and in communion with those whose memory we venerate, especially the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, † Therefore, Lord, we pray: graciously accept this oblation of our service, that of your whole family; order our days in your peace, and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation and counted among the flock of those you have chosen. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.) Be pleased, O God, we pray, to bless, acknowledge, and approve this offering in every respect; make it spiritual and acceptable, so that it may become for us the Body and Blood of your most beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. On the day before he was to suffer, he took bread in his holy and venerable hands, and with eyes raised to heaven to you, O God, his almighty Father, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you.

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In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took this precious chalice in his holy and venerable hands, and once more giving you thanks, he said the blessing and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. The mystery of faith. A We proclaim your Death, O Lord,

and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

B When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,

we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

C Save us, Savior of the world,

for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed Passion, the Resurrection from the dead, and the glorious Ascension into heaven of Christ, your Son, our Lord, we, your servants and your holy people, offer to your glorious majesty from the gifts that you have given us, this pure victim, this holy victim,


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this spotless victim, the holy Bread of eternal life and the Chalice of everlasting salvation. Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance, and to accept them, as once you were pleased to accept the gifts of your servant Abel the just, the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the offering of your high priest Melchizedek, a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim. In humble prayer we ask you, almighty God: command that these gifts be borne by the hands of your holy Angel to your altar on high in the sight of your divine majesty, so that all of us, who through this participation at the altar receive the most holy Body and Blood of your Son, may be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.) Remember also, Lord, your servants N. and N., who have gone before us with the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace. Grant them, O Lord, we pray, and all who sleep in Christ, a place of refreshment, light and peace. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.) To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners, hope in your abundant mercies, graciously grant some share and fellowship with your holy Apostles and Martyrs: with John the Baptist, Stephen,

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Matthias, Barnabas,

(Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia)

and all your Saints; admit us, we beseech you, into their company, not weighing our merits, but granting us your pardon, through Christ our Lord. Through whom you continue to make all these good things, O Lord; you sanctify them, fill them with life, bless them, and bestow them upon us. Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer, p. 359.

Eucharistic Prayer II Preface

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father most holy, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, your Word through whom you made all things, whom you sent as our Savior and Redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin.


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Fulfilling your will and gaining for you a holy people, he stretched out his hands as he endured his Passion, so as to break the bonds of death and manifest the resurrection. And so, with the Angels and all the Saints we declare your glory, as with one voice we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  . You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and W Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you.

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The mystery of faith. A We proclaim your Death, O Lord,

and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

B When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,

we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

C Save us, Savior of the world,

for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying:

Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with N. our Pope and N. our Bishop and all the clergy.

Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with the blessed Apostles,


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and with all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ. Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer, p. 359.

Eucharistic Prayer III You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit, you give life to all things and make them holy, and you never cease to gather a people to yourself, so that from the rising of the sun to its setting a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name. Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you: by the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have brought to you for consecration, that they may become the Body and W Blood of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate these mysteries. For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread, and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying:

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Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you. In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice, and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. The mystery of faith. A We proclaim your Death, O Lord,

and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

B When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,

we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

C Save us, Savior of the world,

for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the saving Passion of your Son, his wondrous Resurrection and Ascension into heaven, and as we look forward to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.


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Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ. May he make of us an eternal offering to you, so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect, especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs (with Saint N.: the Saint of the day or Patron Saint) and with all the Saints, on whose constant intercession in your presence we rely for unfailing help. May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation, we pray, O Lord, advance the peace and salvation of all the world. Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim Church on earth, with your servant N. our Pope and N. our Bishop, the Order of Bishops, all the clergy, and the entire people you have gained for your own. Listen graciously to the prayers of this family, whom you have summoned before you: in your compassion, O merciful Father, gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world. † To our departed brothers and sisters and to all who were pleasing to you at their passing from this life, give kind admittance to your kingdom.

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There we hope to enjoy for ever the fullness of your glory through Christ our Lord, through whom you bestow on the world all that is good. † Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer, p. 359.

Eucharistic Prayer IV Preface

It is truly right to give you thanks, truly just to give you glory, Father most holy, for you are the one God living and true, existing before all ages and abiding for all eternity, dwelling in unapproachable light; yet you, who alone are good, the source of life, have made all that is, so that you might fill your creatures with blessings and bring joy to many of them by the glory of your light. And so, in your presence are countless hosts of Angels, who serve you day and night and, gazing upon the glory of your face, glorify you without ceasing. With them we, too, confess your name in exultation, giving voice to every creature under heaven, as we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  .


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We give you praise, Father most holy, for you are great and you have fashioned all your works in wisdom and in love. You formed man in your own image and entrusted the whole world to his care, so that in serving you alone, the Creator, he might have dominion over all creatures. And when through disobedience he had lost your friendship, you did not abandon him to the domain of death. For you came in mercy to the aid of all, so that those who seek might find you. Time and again you offered them covenants and through the prophets taught them to look forward to salvation. And you so loved the world, Father most holy, that in the fullness of time you sent your Only Begotten Son to be our Savior. Made incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, he shared our human nature in all things but sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation, to prisoners, freedom, and to the sorrowful of heart, joy. To accomplish your plan, he gave himself up to death, and, rising from the dead, he destroyed death and restored life. And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him who died and rose again for us, he sent the Holy Spirit from you, Father, as the first fruits for those who believe,

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so that, bringing to perfection his work in the world, he might sanctify creation to the full. Therefore, O Lord, we pray: may this same Holy Spirit graciously sanctify these offerings, that they may become the Body and W Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for the celebration of this great mystery, which he himself left us as an eternal covenant. For when the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, Father most holy, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end: and while they were at supper, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you. In a similar way, taking the chalice filled with the fruit of the vine, he gave thanks, and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.


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The mystery of faith. A We proclaim your Death, O Lord,

and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

B When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,

we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

C Save us, Savior of the world,

for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Therefore, O Lord, as we now celebrate the memorial of our redemption, we remember Christ’s Death and his descent to the realm of the dead, we proclaim his Resurrection and his Ascension to your right hand, and, as we await his coming in glory, we offer you his Body and Blood, the sacrifice acceptable to you which brings salvation to the whole world. Look, O Lord, upon the Sacrifice which you yourself have provided for your Church, and grant in your loving kindness to all who partake of this one Bread and one Chalice that, gathered into one body by the Holy Spirit, they may truly become a living sacrifice in Christ to the praise of your glory. Therefore, Lord, remember now all for whom we make this sacrifice: especially your servant N. our Pope, N. our Bishop, and the whole Order of Bishops, all the clergy,

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those who take part in this offering, those gathered here before you, your entire people, and all who seek you with a sincere heart. Remember also those who have died in the peace of your Christ and all the dead, whose faith you alone have known. To all of us, your children, grant, O merciful Father, that we may enter into a heavenly inheritance with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and with your Apostles and Saints in your kingdom. There, with the whole of creation, freed from the corruption of sin and death, may we glorify you through Christ our Lord, through whom you bestow on the world all that is good. Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer, p. 359.

Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation I Preface

It is truly right and just that we should always give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For you do not cease to spur us on to possess a more abundant life


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and, being rich in mercy, you constantly offer pardon and call on sinners to trust in your forgiveness alone. Never did you turn away from us, and, though time and again we have broken your covenant, you have bound the human family to yourself through Jesus your Son, our Redeemer, with a new bond of love so tight that it can never be undone. Even now you set before your people a time of grace and reconciliation, and, as they turn back to you in spirit, you grant them hope in Christ Jesus and a desire to be of service to all, while they entrust themselves more fully to the Holy Spirit. And so, filled with wonder, we extol the power of your love, and, proclaiming our joy at the salvation that comes from you, we join in the heavenly hymn of countless hosts, as without end we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts .  .  . You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and from the world’s beginning are ceaselessly at work, so that the human race may become holy, just as you yourself are holy. Look, we pray, upon your people’s offerings and pour out on them the power of your Spirit, that they may become the Body and W Blood

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of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in whom we, too, are your sons and daughters. Indeed, though we once were lost and could not approach you, you loved us with the greatest love: for your Son, who alone is just, handed himself over to death, and did not disdain to be nailed for our sake to the wood of the Cross. But before his arms were outstretched between heaven and earth, to become the lasting sign of your covenant, he desired to celebrate the Passover with his disciples. As he ate with them, he took bread and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you. In a similar way, when supper was ended, knowing that he was about to reconcile all things in himself through his Blood to be shed on the Cross, he took the chalice, filled with the fruit of the vine, and once more giving you thanks, handed the chalice to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.


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The mystery of faith. A We proclaim your Death, O Lord,

and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

B When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,

we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

C Save us, Savior of the world,

for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of your Son Jesus Christ, who is our Passover and our surest peace, we celebrate his Death and Resurrection from the dead, and looking forward to his blessed Coming, we offer you, who are our faithful and merciful God, this sacrificial Victim who reconciles to you the human race. Look kindly, most compassionate Father, on those you unite to yourself by the Sacrifice of your Son, and grant that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, as they partake of this one Bread and one Chalice, they may be gathered into one Body in Christ, who heals every division. Be pleased to keep us always in communion of mind and heart, together with N. our Pope and N. our Bishop. Help us to work together for the coming of your Kingdom, until the hour when we stand before you, Saints among the Saints in the halls of heaven,

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with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the blessed Apostles and all the Saints, and with our deceased brothers and sisters, whom we humbly commend to your mercy. Then, freed at last from the wound of corruption and made fully into a new creation, we shall sing to you with gladness the thanksgiving of Christ, who lives for all eternity. Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever. Amen.

Communion Rite Lord’s Prayer At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say: 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.


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Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. Sign of Peace Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

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Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona nobis pacem. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, by the will of the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit, through your Death gave life to the world, free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood, from all my sins and from every evil; keep me always faithful to your commandments, and never let me be parted from you. Or:

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

May the receiving of your Body and Blood, Lord Jesus Christ, not bring me to judgment and condemnation, but through your loving mercy be for me protection in mind and body and a healing remedy.

Breaking of the Bread May this mingling of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.

Invitation to Communion Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

The peace of the Lord be with you always. And with your spirit.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.


362  The Order of Mass If there is no singing, the communion antiphon is recited.

Prayer after Communion

Concluding Rites Final Blessing ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚ May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, W and the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Dismissal A Go forth, the Mass is ended. B Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. C Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life. D Go in peace.

Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word [With Holy Communion] Introductory Rites Introduction Deacon or lay leader:

We gather here to celebrate the Lord’s Day. Sunday has been called the Lord’s Day because it was on this day that Jesus conquered sin and death and rose to new life. Unfortunately, we are not able to celebrate the Mass today because we do not have a priest. Let us be united in the spirit of Christ with the Church around the world and celebrate our redemption in Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.

Thanks be to God.

Sign of the Cross

Pentecost Dismissal A Go forth, the Mass is ended, alleluia, alleluia.

❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen.

B Go in peace, alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.

Deacon or lay leader:

Greeting Deacon or lay leader:

❙❚ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God for ever. ❙❚  Blessed be God for ever. Collect

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368 Hymns

This Day Our Risen Savior Reigns

Easter—am

Sing of Christ, Proclaim His Glory

Easter—am/pm Familiar Tune: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

1. Sing of Christ, proclaim his glory, / sing the resurrection song! / Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, / to the former days belong. / All around the clouds are breaking, / soon the storms of time shall cease; / in God’s likeness, people, waking, / know the everlasting peace. The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

Easter—am/pm Familiar Tune: The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

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2. O what glory, far exceeding / all that eye has yet perceived! / Holiest hearts for ages pleading, / never that full joy conceived. / God has promised, Christ prepares it, / there on high our welcome waits; / ev’ry humble spirit shares it, / Christ has passed the eternal gates. 3. Life eternal! O what wonders / crown on faith, what joy unknown, / when, amid earth’s closing thunders, / saints shall stand before the throne! / O to enter that bright portal, / see that glowing firmament, / know, with you, O God immortal, / Jesus Christ whom you have sent! Text: William Josiah Irons, 1812–1883, alt. Music: HYMN TO JOY, 87 87 D; Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770–1827; adapt. by Edward Hodges, 1796–1867.


Guide to Lectio Divina

How to Use Give Us This Day

Choose a word or phrase of the Scriptures you wish to pray. It makes no difference which text is chosen, as long as you have no set goal of “covering” a certain amount of text. The amount of text covered is in God’s hands, not yours. Read. Turn to the text and read it slowly, gently. Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow says, “I am for you today.” Do not expect lightning or ecstasies. In lectio divina, God is teaching us to listen, to seek him in silence. God does not reach out and grab us but gently invites us ever more deeply into his presence. Ponder. Take the word or phrase into yourself. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories, and ideas. Do not be afraid of distractions. Memories or thoughts are simply parts of yourself that, when they rise up during lectio divina, are asking to be given to God along with the rest of your inner self. Allow this inner pondering, this rumination, to invite you into dialogue with God. Pray. Whether you use words, ideas, or images—or all three—is not important. Interact with God as you would with one who you know loves and accepts you. Give to God what you have discovered during your experience of meditation. Give to God what you have found within your heart. It is not necessary to assess the quality of your lectio divina, as if you were “performing” or seeking some goal. Lectio divina has no goal other than that of being in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures.

Why a guide for using a daily prayer resource? Because daily prayer can seem daunting. Though I grew up saying prayers daily, daily prayer was a practice I came to well into my adult life. It was challenging at the start. Even if we’ve settled into the rhythm and practice of daily prayer, there is much to gain from the simplicity and substance of a resource such as Give Us This Day:

—Fr. Luke Dysinger Luke Dysinger, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, California. 376

  • Prayers for morning and evening include Scripture, intercessions, and other helpful prompts.   • “Blessed Among Us” features models of holy living who have gone before us and pray for us.   • Mass texts and reflections convey the depth and breadth of Scripture—and of God’s love for us in Christ. You don’t need to attend daily Mass to pray with those texts. Nor do you need to pray with the daily content “in order.” You may wish to pray with all the content and not miss a word. You may be drawn to just a few words or particular features that give you pause. All or any of this is fine. Let the Holy Spirit be your daily guide—and be sure to explore the inspiring weekly and monthly pieces in each issue as well (see the user-friendly calendar and contents on pp. 2–4). Whenever you pray—even if you don’t feel instant “results”— entrust your prayer to the Holy Spirit, who surely and certainly will lead you into communion with God and others. May Give Us This Day help each of us to comfortably ­approach God in prayer, confident that God approaches us first and this day awaits our response. Editor 377


Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)

Luke 1:46-55

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y soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


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