Feast of our Lord and Giver of Life
Oh Great King of Kings, let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven for the sanctity of all human life. You have said that your Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Where there is unrighteousness let righteousness come to bear; where there is hostility, cause your peace to reign supreme and where there is sorrow, bring joy in the hearts of people. Lead us into your unshakable and everlasting kingdom in which you reign forever and ever, that truly the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdoms of our God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.?Amen.
Old Testament 10
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, And declare it in the isles afar off, and say, 'He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.' 11
For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. 12
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the LORD -- For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all. 13
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow. 14
I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.' 15
Thus says the LORD: 'A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.' 16
Thus says the LORD: 'Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy. 17
There is hope in your future, says the LORD, That your children shall come back to their own border. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble? 2
The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. 3
For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD. 4
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. 5
His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; As for all his enemies, he sneers at them. 6
He has said in his heart, 'I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.' 7
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity. 8
He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the secret places he murders the innocent; His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless. 9
He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; He lies in wait to catch the poor; He catches the poor when he draws him into his net. 10
So he crouches, he lies low, That the helpless may fall by his strength. 11
He has said in his heart, 'God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.' 12
Arise, O LORD! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble. 13
Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, 'You will not require an account.' 14
But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. 15
Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; Seek out his wickedness until You find none. 16
The LORD is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land. 17
LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, 18
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more. *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
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.
New Testament 19
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. 24
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25
For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26
The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Matthew's Gospel chapter 18, beginning at verse 1
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, 'Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' 2
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3
and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4
Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5
Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon can elevate the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayers of the PeoplePrayers of the People for:
Feast of our Lord and Giver of Life
Brothers and sisters, as a kingdom of priests to God most High, let us call out to Him in prayer for the needs of all.
That the Church will zealously respond to the command of Christ 'to make disciples of all nations'. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That Pro-Life organizations, especially CEC for Life, will be supported by our prayers, gifts and offerings. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That nations will no longer ignore the cries of the pro-life movement, and promote the sanctity of life. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those who are searching for the meaning of life will recognize that God has a purpose for them in Christ. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That we who are gathered around this Eucharistic table will be mindful that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those who suffer in mind or body will be delivered from their affliction.
Brothers and sisters, the saints that have gone on before us had confidence in God as their provider.
Now, let us approach God with the same confidence for our needs and the needs of the whole world. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those who have had a role in abortion will repent and find the forgiveness that is in Jesus. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God our Father, You sent Your Son to reveal Your presence among us.
Hear our prayer and give us the grace to recognize Christ's voice and follow Him with steadfast faith.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.AMEN