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THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Home Prayer for Sunday

O God, come + to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.Amen.

The PsalmPsalm 62 (63)

Thirsting for God

O God, you are my God, for you I long;

for you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you

like a dry, weary land without water.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary

to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life,

my lips will speak your praise.

So I will bless you all my life,

in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,

my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you.

On you I muse through the night

for you have been my help;

in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

My soul clings to you;

your right hand holds me fast.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Scripture Reading†† Leviticus 23:4-7

The Gospel of the day could be read here instead may be used here.

These are the Lordís solemn festivals, the sacred assemblies to which you are to summon the sons of Israel on the appointed day. The fourteenth day of the first month, between the two evenings, is the Passover of the Lord; and the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of Unleavened Bread for the Lord. For seven days you shall eat bread without leaven. On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you must do no heavy work.

A time of silence may follow to reflect on God,s word..

A homily may be preached,

Short Responsory

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us

You were wounded because of our sins.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us

The Gospel Canticle

Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; let us go wake him.

 

The Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord,+ the God of Israel!

He has visited his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour

in the house of David his servant,

as he promised by the lips of holy men,

those who were his prophets from of old.

A saviour who would free us from our foes,

from the hands of all who hate us.

So his love for our fathers is fulfilled

and his holy covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,

that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes, that we might serve him in holiness and justice

all the days of our life in his presence.

As for you, little child,

you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.

You shall go ahead of the Lord

to prepare his ways before him,

To make known to his people their salvation

through forgiveness of all their sins,

the loving-kindness of the heart of our God

It who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,

those who dwell in the shadow of death,.

and guide us into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; let us go wake him.

 

 

Prayers and Intercessions.

Other petitions may be added to those given.

 

Let us bless our Redeemer, who has brought us to this day of salvation.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Christ, our life, we were buried with you in baptism to rise from the dead;

lead us this day along the new path of life;

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

You went everywhere, Lord, doing good for everyone;

help us to care for the common good of all.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

.Help us to work with other people to build the earthly city; but never let us lose sight of your heavenly kingdom.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Healer of souls and bodies, mend our broken lives;

let us receive all the blessings of your holiness.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

A time of silent prayer may follow.

Please remember these people in your prayers

 

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 Prayer of the Sunday is then said.

Lord our God, your Son so loved the world

that he gave himself up to death for our sake.

Strengthen us by your grace,

and give us a heart willing to live by that same love.

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.

Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

 

 

MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.

Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always makea Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.

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

 

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