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- In the name of the Father and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit.

- [Congregants] Amen.

- Peace be with you.

- [Congregants] And with your spirit.

- Today, as we celebrate Divine Mercy,

we come to the Lord graciously

to help us during these difficult times.

With this coronavirus

and all the needs and challenges we have at this time,

we know that He will mercifully help us,

protect us, and encourage us along the way.

Today as we celebrate Divine Mercy,

we are reminded that there's a deeper level

of God's forgiveness,

forgiveness of our sins constantly,

and His loving presence in our heart, through His mercy.

That's what we celebrate today.

Let us now ask forgiveness for our sins.

- Lord Jesus, by your death, you destroyed our death.

Lord, have mercy.

- Lord, have mercy.

- Christ Jesus, by your Spirit,

you pour peace into our hearts.

Christ, have mercy.

- Christ, have mercy.

- Lord Jesus, by your Resurrection,

you promise us eternal life.

Lord, have mercy.

- [Congregants] Lord, have mercy.

- May Almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

- [Congregants] Amen.

- Let us pray.

God of everlasting mercy,

who in the very recurrence of the Paschal feast,

kindle the faith of the people you have made your own.

Increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,

that all may grasp and rightly understand

in what font they have been washed,

and by whose Spirit they have been reborn,

and by whose blood they have been redeemed.

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.

- [Congregants] Amen.

- A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

"They devoted themselves to the teaching of the Apostles

"and to the communal life,

"to the breaking of bread,

"and to the prayers.

"Awe came upon everyone,

"and many wonders and signs were done through the Apostles.

"All who believed were together,

"and had all things in common.

"They would sell their property and possessions

"and divide them among all, according to each one's need.

"Every day, they devoted themselves to meeting together

"in the temple area,

"and to breaking bread in their homes.

"They ate their meals with exultation

"and sincerity of heart,

"praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.

"And every day, the Lord added to their number

"those who were being saved."

The Word of the Lord.

- [Congregants] Thanks be to God.

(gentle piano music)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love is everlasting

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love is everlasting

Let the house of Israel say

His mercy endures forever

Let the house of Aaron say

His mercy endures forever

Let those who fear the Lord say

His mercy endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love is everlasting

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good

His love is everlasting

- A reading from the first letter of Saint Peter.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

"who, in His great mercy, gave us a new birth

"to a living hope

"through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

"to an inheritance that is imperishable,

"undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

"who, by the power of God, are safeguarded through faith

"to a salvation that is ready to be revealed

"in the final time.

"In this you rejoice, although now, for a little while,

"you may have to suffer through various trials

"so that the genuineness of your faith,

"more precious than gold,

"that is perishable even though tested by fire

"may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor

"at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

"Although you have not seen Him, you love Him.

"Even though you do not see Him now, yet believe in Him.

"You rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,

"as you attain the goal of your faith,

"the salvation of your souls."

The Word of the Lord.

- [Congregants] Thanks be to God.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

- The Lord be with you.

- And with your spirit.

- A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

- Glory to you, O Lord.

- "On the evening of that first day of the week,

"when the doors were locked where the disciples were,

"for fear of the Jews,

"Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them,

"Peace be with you.

"When He had said this,

"He showed them His hands and His side.

"The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

"Jesus said to them again,

"Peace be with you.

"As the Father has sent me, so I send you.

"And when He had said this, He breathed on them,

"and said to them,

"Receive the Holy Spirit.

"Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,

"and whose sins you retain are retained.

"Thomas called Didymus, one of the 12,

"was not with them when Jesus came,

"so the other disciples said to him,

"We have seen the Lord.

"But he said to them,

"Unless I see the mark of the nails in His hands

"and put my finger into the nail marks

"and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.

"Now a week later, His disciples were again inside

"and Thomas was with them.

"Jesus came although the doors were locked,

"and stood in their midst and said,

"Peace be with you.

"Then He said to Thomas,

"Put your finger here and see my hands,

"and bring your hand and put it into my side,

"and do not be unbelieving, but believe.

"Thomas answered and said to Him,

"My Lord and my God.

"Jesus said to him,

"Have you come to believe because you have seen me?

"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.

"Now Jesus did many other signs

"in the presence of His disciples

"that are not written in this book,

"but these are written that you may come to believe

"that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,

"and that through this belief,

"you may have life in His name."

The Gospel of the Lord.

- [Congregants] Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

- This Divine Mercy Sunday,

we offer our prayers for everyone

and our constant pleading for the Lord

to help us during this time

with courage, with vision, and with faith and trust.

One of the things I think and I hope,

that during these past few weeks,

almost probably close to a month,

we have learned the value of family.

How important it is that we, as a house,

and around the table of our dining room or kitchen,

we appreciate the security, the support and love

of our family members.

Certainly, that should be the greatest gift

that we get at this time,

for it's one that the Scripture writers

in the early church recognize.

A sign of the risen Christ present among us

was the people and family at table.

Their sense of faith and their sense of belief in each other

and their encouragement of each other

was astounding to the people around them,

and it was done as a family.

For them, it was a household community.

They did not have churches then,

so Masses were celebrated in the homes.

And so, one of the important things

is that the relevance of the meal

to welcome the Lord in the Eucharist.

Today, we celebrate that reality in our own life,

and we recognize that, as family

and as members of the Church, the Body of Christ,

that we have a faith and a trust in Him at this time,

and that our hope allows us to understand

the unfading and unbelievable, imperishable life

that we have with Christ now and in the future,

and a hope of a glory that we will have in the future,

a glory touched by us in communion at the Eucharist,

a glory that will be a communion with the Father

in the fullness of reality.

That's what we bring to our family community,

to the people we live with.

Today, we're reminded of the fears and stresses

of the disciples, as they hid in the upper room.

They were scared.

The Jews had killed their leader,

and now they expected to be killed and executed themselves,

so they locked the doors of the upper room.

They hid away,

and all of a sudden,

Christ appears alive,

a body glorified, that could come through a locked door.

Every cartoon, everything we've ever seen in life,

Christ has done it.

He came to those men, frightened and stressed,

and what He did, He did for them,

to give them comfort and peace in the ministry ahead.

Jesus is the living Word, and so when He resurrected,

He continued to give us a living life,

so the miracle of the upper room is a miracle for us today,

for Christ comes to us.

He comes to us and He gives us His peace.

We are told that Jesus came and said to them,

"Peace upon you.

"As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

And then He breathed on them.

That breathing on them

was the power of the Spirit upon them.

And what did He breathe?

The Spirit first of all of that,

of encouragement, of consolation,

that they would sense in themselves

the presence and love of Christ and the power of Christ.

That they would have a spirit of communion,

that as the Spirit was breathed through Christ,

that intimacy of oneness with Him and His Father,

which is a sign of peace, would be given to them.

And so that's why He addresses them in peace,

because He is one now with His Father,

and He offers that oneness and that beauty of heart to us.

And finally, the Spirit gives us healing this day,

in the sense that

the deeper level of forgiveness of our sins

is so important that we recognize

that the Spirit forgives us first of all,

forgives what inner failings or sins or weaknesses we have,

and then expects us

to extend that spirit of forgiveness to others.

And why do we do that?

Because the Spirit is a gift of freedom

to free us so that we can understand how treasured we are,

how important we are, and how other people are important.

Today, this Spirit is given

in peace and consolation and healing.

Let us receive it into our hearts,

as we travel through this most difficult time

in our nation and in our world.

Jesus said, "I send you as the Father has sent me."

We are sent.

We are sent to bring that power and peace

and glory of Christ to others,

and as we leave this church, you here present

and as people depart after the Mass,

may you feel the power

of the embraced, risen Christ in your hearts,

so that you may meet every difficulty

with courage, confidence, and with trust.

With peace and mercy, the Lord appears to us

as we implore His aid for our doubting world.

- For God's Holy Church,

may it be a beacon of Christ's merciful love

and a place of welcome for all,

we pray to the Lord.

- [Congregants] Lord, hear our prayer.

- For political leaders,

that they may replicate the Lord's mercy,

as they seek to govern in righteousness,

we pray to the Lord.

- [Congregants] Lord, hear our prayer.

- For all who have died, for all who suffer in the world,

especially to the consequences of the coronavirus,

for members of the military and their loved ones,

for those concerned with our safety, healthy, and wellbeing,

for vocations to church ministry,

and for the personal mass intentions

we bring before the Lord, in the quiet of our hearts,

we pray to the Lord.

- Lord, hear our prayer.

- Loving Father, your mercy extends to all the earth,

and summons us into a community and family of faith.

Hear our prayers that we might bring your peace and mercy

to all we meet, through Christ our Lord.

- Amen.

(gentle piano music)

- Pray, my sisters and brothers, that my sacrifice and yours

may be acceptable to God the Almighty Father.

- [Congregants] May the Lord

accept the sacrifice at your hands,

but for the praise and glory of His name,

for our good and the good of all His Holy Church.

- Accept, O Lord, we pray, the oblation of your people,

of those you have brought into new birth,

that received by confession of your name and by baptism,

they may attain unfailing happiness through Christ our Lord.

- [Congregants] Amen.

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

It is truly right and just, our duty, and our salvation

At all times to acclaim you, O Lord

But at this time, above all who laud you

Yet more gloriously

When Christ our Passover has been sacrificed

For He is the true Lamb

Who takes away the sins of the world

By dying, He has destroyed our death

And by rising, restored our life

Therefore overcome with Paschal joy

Every land, every people exalt in your praise

And even the heavenly power with the angelic hosts

Sing together the unending hymn of your glory

As they acclaim

(joyful piano music)

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna

Hosanna in the highest

Hosanna

Hosanna in the highest

- You are indeed holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness.

Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray,

by sending down your Spirit like the dewfall,

so that they may become for us

the body and 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."

In a similar way, when supper was ended,

He took the chalice,

and once more, giving thanks, gave it to His disciples,

saying, "Take this, all of you, and drink from it.

"For this is the chalice of my blood,

"the blood of a 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."

O mystery of faith

We proclaim your death, O Lord

And profess your Resurrection

Until you come again

Until you come again

- 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.

Remember, Lord, your Church spread throughout the world

and bring her to the fullness of charity

together with Francis, our Pope,

George Leo, the bishop of this church,

and me, your unworthy servant, and all the clergy.

Remember our brother and sisters

that 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 blessed Joseph, her spouse,

with the blessed Apostles and all the saints

who have pleased you throughout the ages,

we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life

and 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

(triumphant piano music)

Amen, amen, amen

Amen, amen, amen

- Christ is risen,

and at His command, and informed by His divine teaching,

we now dare to say, our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed by 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.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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 coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

- [Congregants] For the kingdom and the power

and the glory are yours, now and forever.

- 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 peace and unity,

in accordance with your will,

who live and reign for ever and ever.

- [Congregants] Amen.

- The peace of the Lord be with you always.

- [Congregants] And with your spirit.

- We share with one another the peace of the risen Lord.

- 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.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.

Grant us peace.

- Behold the Lamb of God.

Behold Him who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb.

- [Congregants] Lord, I am not worthy

that you should enter under my roof,

but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

(gentle piano music)

Without seeing you, we love you

Without touching you, we embrace

Without knowing you, we follow

Without seeing you

We believe

We return to you deep within

Leave the past to the dust

Turn to you with tears and fasting

You are ready to forgive

Let us pray

Grant, we pray, Almighty God

That our reception of this Paschal sacrament

May have a continuing effect

In our minds and hearts

Through Christ our Lord

Amen

- The Lord be with you.

- [Congregants] And with your spirit.

- Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and for ever.

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

- [Congregants] Who made heaven and earth.

- And may the blessing of Almighty God,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

come upon you and remain with you forever, amen.

- Amen.

- Go in peace.

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

- Thanks be to God.

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

(cheer piano music)

Lift high the Cross

The Description of Catholic Mass for April 19th, 2020: The Second Sunday of Easter