A Walk-Through Sunday Mass at Home – June 7, 2020.

A Walk-Through Sunday Mass at Home – June 7, 2020.

Please see our worship aid, “A Walk-Through Sunday Mass @ Home,” for this Sunday, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. Our basic catechism teaches us that Holy Trinity is one God, yet three Persons. God is one, but God is not alone. God is love and, in the Trinity, we have an ideal example of a relationship of pure and infinite love. Every time we make the sign of the cross may we be reminded of the love that bonds the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May the love of the Holy Trinity be a model for us in our relationships with each other. Let us begin our celebration of the Eucharist by opening our minds and hearts to the Trinitarian God, Father, Son, and the Holy Trinity.

The worship aid contains the readings, reflection, prayer of the faithful, prayer for spiritual communion and a prayer to combat the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Fr. Devdas

A Walk-Through Sunday Mass – June 07, 2020

Sign of the Cross:

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
The response is: Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family to celebrate the Lord’s Day.
One with our sisters and brothers
and with the entire Church, let us now listen to God’s Word
and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Litany in Praise of God’s Mercy

(Together, we acknowledge how grateful we are for the mercy of God.)

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God’s love for us,
let us remember that the Lord always offers forgiveness,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you take away our fear in times of trouble:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds after we hurt each other:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you are the life that renews the world:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Glory to God in the Highest:

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.

Opening Prayer: Let us pray

God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. 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.

 First Reading: EX 34:4B-6, 8-9

Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai
as the LORD had commanded him,
taking along the two stone tablets.

Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there
and proclaimed his name, “LORD.”
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,
“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O Lord,
do come along in our company.
This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins,
and receive us as your own.”

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm DN 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56

R. (52b) Glory and praise forever!
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.
R. Glory and praise forever!
Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.
R. Glory and praise forever!
Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise forever!
Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise forever!

 

Second Reading: 2 COR 13:11-13

Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Alleluia: CF. RV 1:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: JN 3:16-18

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Reader: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Homily:

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Holy Trinity, a doctrine enunciated by the ecumenical councils of Nicaea and Constantinople, is one of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. It is also the greatest mystery of our Faith, namely, that there are Three Divine Persons, sharing the same Divine nature in one God. Three Persons, but one God and each Person is God, yet there is still only one God (CCC #234, #253-256). Through three persons, the role or the function of the Holy Trinity is very distinct: the Father Creates, the Son Redeems and the Holy Spirit sanctifies and protects God’s creation which is redeemed by the Precious Blood of His Son. 

The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. But the doctrine of the Trinity underlies all major Christian feasts, including Christmas, the Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter, the Ascension and Pentecost. All the official prayers of the Church, including the Holy Mass and the Sacraments, begin with an address to the Holy Trinity: “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are baptized, absolved of our sins and anointed in the name of the Blessed Trinity. We bless ourselves with the Sign of the Cross, invoking the Holy Trinity, saying, “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.”

The readings for Holy Trinity this weekend convey the fundamental mystery that the Triune God, Who reaches out to people with love, seeks the deepest communion with them. The first reading, taken from the book of Exodus, describes how God revealed His name to Moses as “Lord” or “Yahweh,” which means, “I am Who am.”  The passage also is as close as the Bible comes to giving a definition of God. According to that text, the Lord is “a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”  Every part of that statement stresses God in relationship to humankind, and it especially emphasizes God’s great love for us.

In the second reading Paul reminds the people of Corinth of the Father’s love, the grace that comes through Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the unifying power of the Holy Spirit. The word “grace” refers to Divine favor. In Christ, God has shown favor toward us human beings, a special love for us and a desire that through Jesus’ life, death, and Resurrection we might find and enjoy a right relationship with God. We often use the phrase “the love of God” to describe our response to God and our duty to love God. 

The Gospel describes Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus about the Father who sent Him and the purpose of sending Him into the world, which is to redeem the world, not to condemn it. The plan in sending His Son is that the whole world may believe in Him, living in a loving and faithful relationship with Him. Jesus says that the Father has given Him—the Son—all that He has, and that Jesus, in turn, has given to the Holy Spirit all that He has received from the Father. In this we see the unity of purpose among the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. 

The Feast of the Holy Trinity reminds us that we are created in love to be a community of loving people, just as the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are united in Love. From the day of our Baptism, we belong to God, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. How privileged we are to grow up in such a beautiful family of relationship and unity. Hence, let us turn to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in prayer every day, invoking their guidance and blessings. We belong to the Family of the Triune God. The love, unity, and joy in the relationship among the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit should be the supreme model of our relationships within our Christian families. Our families and communities become truly Christian when we live in a relationship of love with God and one another.  

Prayer of the Faithful

Leader: Out of love for the world, God sent Jesus to save it and the Holy Spirit to sanctify it. We call to mind our needs, trusting in God’s infinite Trinitarian love.

Response: R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For the Church, that we may strive to be a visible sign of God’s love and mercy in the world today, caring for those most in need of both: We pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • That all nations may come to appreciate the value of harmonious relationships with their neighbors, leading to a world filled with peace and understanding: We pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • That all families may look to the mutual love of the Holy Trinity as a model, treat each other with kindness and mercy, and so realize the joy of forgiveness and reconciliation: We pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For parents, teachers, catechists, and all those who help us understand and appreciate God’s love for us: We pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For those who are graduating from our school, as they reflect on all they have learned and look ahead to new challenges: We pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For those who are beginning summer vacations, that they may find rest and refreshment and return to work or school with increased energy and enthusiasm: We pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • We pray for all those suffering from the Corona Virus and all those who have died: We pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Triune God, you have created us in your own image, have redeemed us when we turned away from you, and have sanctified us throughout our lives. Increase our worthiness of your love and fidelity and grant the prayers we offer today through your Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Our Father:

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Antiphon:

Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of his Son,

the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father.

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Closing Prayer:

May receiving this Sacrament, O Lord our God, bring us health of body and soul, as we confess your eternal holy Trinity and undivided Unity.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Leader: May the Lord bless us
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life. 
All: Amen.

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.

We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

(mention your particular concerns and prayers now)

Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

Amen.

Short Litany to Our Blessed Mother

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us. Amen!