Liturgy of the Word

We are busy preparing the Liturgy of the Word for Palm Sunday [Passion Sunday].

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Here’s Deacon George Meyerson’s Homily, in case you’d like to listen to it again:

 

 

Church of the Incarnation is providing this resource to Her parishioners for their spiritual edification during this time of the coronavirus outbreak. This service is based on excerpts taken from the Roman Missal and the Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020. 

This service is presented to the head of household so that they may lead their family in prayer, united to the liturgy of the day that their pastor will be offering on their behalf.

During the pre-Christian era it was the father’s responsibility to lead his family in prayer and worship, with special times of the year and particular life events set aside for the instituted priesthood to mediate on their behalf. 

The Christian family has always held pride of place in the religious and spiritual formation of the faithful. The Church consistently for two thousand years has emphasized the need of parents to lead and set an example for their children. 

Christ chose to be born and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The Church is nothing other than “the family of God.” From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers “together with all [their] household.” When they were converted, they desired that “their whole household” should also be saved. These families who became believers were islands of Christian life in an unbelieving world.

In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the [domestic Church]. It is in the bosom of the family that parents are “by word and example . . . the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children. They should encourage them in the vocation which is proper to each child, fostering with special care any religious vocation.”(CCC 1655-1666)

It is terribly unfortunate that this pandemic is affecting so many throughout the world. It has resulted in so much suffering and death. It has resulted in the suspension of public Masses and other services. The pain and longing felt by so many faithful is in itself a sacrifice pleasing to God when we offer it back to him with trust and hope. Our desire to be one with Christ breaks our hearts when the Eucharist seems so distant—that is a mere foreshadowing of the love Christ has for each of us. 

How fitting it would be if we felt that pain and longing whenever we separated ourselves from Him by sin. Christ’s love and mercy surpasses all measure and has already won victory over sin and death. So, we pray with confidence that the current scourge, if it be God’s will, end swiftly. 

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 29, 2020)

Liturgy of the Word

 

Before beginning in with the sign of the cross, it would be fitting to sing some hymn of praise.

 

The leader says:

In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The people reply:

Amen.

The leader says:

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,

and so prepare ourselves for this celebration.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the Confiteor:

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:

through my fault, through my fault,

through my most grievous fault;

Then they continue:

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.

 

The leader says:

May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life.

The people reply:

Amen.

 

The leader says:

By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God,

may we walk eagerly in that same charity

with which, out of love for the world,

your Son handed himself over to death.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

All sit and the readings are read:

 

FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

 

Thus says the Lord GOD:

O my people, I will open your graves

   and have you rise from them,

   and bring you back to the land of Israel.

Then you shall know that I am the LORD,

   when I open your graves and have you rise from them,

   O my people!

I will put my spirit in you that you may live,

   and I will settle you upon your land;

   thus you shall know that I am the LORD.

I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

 

The word of the Lord.

 

All reply:

Thanks be to God

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

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

 

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

 

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

 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;

   LORD, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive

   to my voice in supplication.

 

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

 

If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,

   LORD, who can stand?

But with you is forgiveness,

   that you may be revered.

 

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

 

I trust in the LORD;

   my soul trusts in his word.

More than sentinels wait for the dawn,

   let Israel wait for the LORD.

 

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

 

For with the LORD is kindness

   and with him is plenteous redemption;

And he will redeem Israel

   from all their iniquities.

 

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

 

SECOND READING

Rom 8:8-11

 

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

 

Brothers and sisters:

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh;

   on the contrary, you are in the spirit,

   if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.

Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

But if Christ is in you,

   although the body is dead because of sin,

   the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,

   the one who raised Christ from the dead

   will give life to your mortal bodies also,

   through his Spirit dwelling in you.

 

The word of the Lord.

 

All reply:

Thanks be to God

 

GOSPEL

Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

 

While signing themselves with the “small sign of the cross” all reply:

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany,

   the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil

   and dried his feet with her hair;

   it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.

So the sisters sent word to him saying,

   “Master, the one you love is ill.”

When Jesus heard this he said,

   “This illness is not to end in death,

   but is for the glory of God,

   that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

So when he heard that he was ill,

   he remained for two days in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to his disciples,

   “Let us go back to Judea.”

The disciples said to him,

   “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you,

   and you want to go back there?”

Jesus answered,

   “Are there not twelve hours in a day?

If one walks during the day, he does not stumble,

   because he sees the light of this world.

But if one walks at night, he stumbles,

   because the light is not in him.”

He said this, and then told them,

   “Our friend Lazarus is asleep,

   but I am going to awaken him.”

So the disciples said to him,

   “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”

But Jesus was talking about his death,

   while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.

So then Jesus said to them clearly,

   “Lazarus has died.

And I am glad for you that I was not there,

   that you may believe.

Let us go to him.”

So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples,

   “Let us also go to die with him.”

 

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus

   had already been in the tomb for four days.

Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.

And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary

   to comfort them about their brother.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,

   she went to meet him;

   but Mary sat at home.

Martha said to Jesus,

   “Lord, if you had been here,

   my brother would not have died.

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,

   God will give you.”

Jesus said to her,

   “Your brother will rise.”

Martha said to him,

   “I know he will rise,

   in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus told her,

   “I am the resurrection and the life;

   whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,

   and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.

Do you believe this?”

She said to him, “Yes, Lord.

I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,

   the one who is coming into the world.”

 

When she had said this,

   she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying,

   “The teacher is here and is asking for you.”

As soon as she heard this,

   she rose quickly and went to him.

For Jesus had not yet come into the village,

   but was still where Martha had met him.

So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her

   saw Mary get up quickly and go out,

   they followed her,

   presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him,

   she fell at his feet and said to him,

   “Lord, if you had been here,

   my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,

   he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,

   “Where have you laid him?”

They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”

And Jesus wept.

So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”

But some of them said,

   “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man

   have done something so that this man would not have died?”

 

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.

It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,

   “Lord, by now there will be a stench;

   he has been dead for four days.”

Jesus said to her,

   “Did I not tell you that if you believe

   you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone.

And Jesus raised his eyes and said,

   “Father, I thank you for hearing me.

I know that you always hear me;

   but because of the crowd here I have said this,

   that they may believe that you sent me.”

And when he had said this,

   he cried out in a loud voice,

   “Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out,

   tied hand and foot with burial bands,

   and his face was wrapped in a cloth.

So Jesus said to them,

   “Untie him and let him go.”

 

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary

   and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Or: [Shorter Form]

The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying,

   “Master, the one you love is ill.”

When Jesus heard this he said,

   “This illness is not to end in death,

   but is for the glory of God,

   that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

So when he heard that he was ill,

   he remained for two days in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to his disciples,

   “Let us go back to Judea.”

 

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus

   had already been in the tomb for four days.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,

   she went to meet him;

   but Mary sat at home.

Martha said to Jesus,

   “Lord, if you had been here,

   my brother would not have died.

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,

   God will give you.”

Jesus said to her,

   “Your brother will rise.”

Martha said,

   “I know he will rise,

   in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus told her,

   “I am the resurrection and the life;

   whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,

   and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.

Do you believe this?”

She said to him, “Yes, Lord.

I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,

   the one who is coming into the world.”

 

He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,

   “Where have you laid him?”

They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”

And Jesus wept.

So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”

But some of them said,

   “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man

   have done something so that this man would not have died?”

 

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.

It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,

   “Lord, by now there will be a stench;

   he has been dead for four days.”

Jesus said to her,

   “Did I not tell you that if you believe

   you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone.

And Jesus raised his eyes and said,

   “Father, I thank you for hearing me.

I know that you always hear me;

   but because of the crowd here I have said this,

   that they may believe that you sent me.”

And when he had said this,

   he cried out in a loud voice,

   “Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out,

   tied hand and foot with burial bands,

   and his face was wrapped in a cloth.

So Jesus said to them,

   “Untie him and let him go.”

 

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary

   and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Gospel Reflection:

In the absence of a priest or deacon, no homily is given. This is an appropriate time for silence and reflection, or if the head of the household would like to instruct his/her children, that would also be fitting. Listening to a homily from an online source may also be of value at this time.

The Raising of Lazarus by Caravaggio (c.1609)

After an appropriate time, all stand to recite the Creed. The Apostles’ Creed may be substituted.

 

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,

 

At the words that follow up to and including and became man, all bow.

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.

 

Or: [Apostles’ Creed]

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried;

he descended into hell;

on the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand

of God the Father almighty;

from there he will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and life everlasting. Amen.

 

UNIVERSAL PRAYER

 

Option 1

The leader says:

We should pour forth prayers at all times,

dear brothers and sisters,

but, above all, in these days of Lent

we ought to watch more intently with Christ

and direct our petitions more fervently to God.

 

A reader or the leader continues:

For the whole Christian people,

that in this sacred time they may be more abundantly nourished

by every word that comes from the mouth of God,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

For the whole world,

that in lasting tranquility and peace

our days may truly become

the acceptable time of grace and salvation,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

For sinners and the neglectful,

that in this time of reconciliation

they may return to Christ,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

For ourselves,

that God may at last stir up in our hearts

aversion for our sins,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

The leader says:

Grant, we pray, O Lord,

that your people may turn to you with all their heart,

so that whatever they dare to ask in fitting prayer

they may receive by your mercy.

Through Christ our Lord.

 

The people reply:

Amen.

 

Option 2

The leader says:

As the Solemnity of Easter approaches, 

let our prayer to the Lord be all the more insistent,

that all of us, and the whole multitude of the baptized,

together with the entire world,

may come to share more abundantly in His Divine Life.

 

A reader or the leader continues:

That God may be pleased to increase faith and understanding

in the catechumens who are to be initiated by Holy Baptism

in the coming Paschal Solemnity,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

That peoples in need may find help

and that peace, health and security may be firmly established everywhere,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

That all who are afflicted or suffering temptation

may be strengthened by his grace,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

That all of us may learn to distribute the fruits of self-denial

for the good of those in need,

let us pray to the Lord.

 

R. Lord, hear our prayer

 

The leader says:

Have mercy, O Lord, on the prayers of your Church

and turn with compassion to the hearts that bow before you, 

that those you make sharers in Your Divine Life

may never be left without your assistance.

Through Christ our Lord.

 

The people reply:

Amen.

 

The leader says:

Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:

 

Everyone:

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.

 

The leader says:

Father of peace,

we are joyful in your Word,

your Son Jesus Christ,

who reconciles us to you.

Let us hasten toward Easter

with the eagerness of faith and love.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

 

The people reply:

Amen.

 

Signing himself or herself, and everyone signing themselves, the leader says:

May almighty God + bless us, 

protect us from all evil 

and bring us to everlasting life.

 

The people reply:

Amen

 

It would be fitting to make an Act of Spiritual Communion and to sing a hymn of praise at this time. 

According to the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum: Normae et Concessiones 15. “An act of spiritual communion, expressed in any devout formula whatsoever, is endowed with a partial indulgence.

 

Act of Spiritual Communion: 

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

 

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