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Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Homily Transcript

>>Hello, friends. As you know, these are difficult days. I want you to know that at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls the TV mass is filmed in advance. So at mass today and the weeks going forward you will see people shaking hands and sharing in the common cup. These masses were filmed long before the coronavirus, so I want you to know that. So be at peace about that. That we’re following all the norms of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We want everyone to be healthy. Most importantly, how important it is that we gather in prayer. Let us pray for one another and please pray for me and for the children at Mercy Home. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>(Announcer) The following presentation is made possible by the generosity of the viewers of Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago. >>Good morning. Welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. My name is Kristen Lynch and joining me is John Bergen and Patrick Holland. Our celebrant is Father Greg Sakowicz, Rector of Holy Name Cathedral and our congregation is from St. Mary of the Woods and St. Joseph’s of Libertyville. >>♪♪Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God’s likeness, we awaken, knowing everlasting peace.♪♪ >>Good morning. >>Good morning. >>We gather on the Feast of Christ the King and begin our prayers as we begin all things in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>Our God is loving, compassionate, and always forgiving. We are sinners so we take a moment of silence and ask forgiveness in the Lord’s mercy. Lord have mercy. >>Lord have mercy. >>Christ, have mercy. >>Christ, have mercy. >>Lord, have mercy. >>Lord, have mercy. >>May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. >>Amen. >>And as God’s forgiven family, we sing praise to our God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.♪♪ >>And together let us pray. Loving God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved son, the king of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Always through Christ our Lord. >>Amen. >>A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel. Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord God. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy, shepherding them rightly. As for you, my sheep, says the Lord God, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats. The word of the Lord. >>Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose. Beside restful waters he leads me, he refreshes my soul. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.♪♪ >>A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at His coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to His God and Father, when He has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all. The word of the Lord. >>Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our Father David, that is to come. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.♪♪ >>The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew. >>Glory to you, O Lord. >>Jesus said to His disciples: “When the son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit upon His glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the king will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then He will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for you with the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” The gospel of the Lord. >>Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. >>The teenage boy had just gotten his driver’s license and asked his father when he could possibly use the car. His father said, he’d make his son a deal. “Son, bring up your grades. Study your bible. And get your haircut. Then we’ll talk about the use of the car.” The boy thought about it for a moment and they agreed upon it. About six weeks later the father said to his son, “Son, you’ve brought up your grades tremendously. So very proud of you. And I’ve observed you are studying your bible four or five times a week. Very commendable. But, I’m very, very disappointed that you haven’t gotten your haircut yet.” The boy said, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about it. I’ve noticed in my studies in the bible that Sampson had long hair. John the baptist had long hair. Moses had long hair. Jesus had long hair.” To this the father replied, “Son, you are absolutely right! But did you ever notice they all walked everywhere they went?” [laughter] The point of the story is at times we are ready to pull out our hair. At times our lives feel confused, meaningless, hopeless. We feel everyone, including God may have abandoned us. Christ the King turns upside down our understanding of Jesus Christ. Let me come to a better understanding of this great feast from this angle. When we go shopping for clothes, home items, or Christmas gifts usually the first question we ask, once we begin looking at the different items is: how much does it cost? We usually look at the item and then immediately check out the price tag. We all know that nothing is free, everything costs something that’s why we ask: what does it cost? The same holds true in our personal life beyond the price tag in the store. There’s a price to be paid for our choices. There are consequences. This Feast of Christ the King brings us to the end of liturgical church year and a fitting celebration. We celebrate the one who rules over us, not with power but rather with compassion and love. At times we suffer, hurt, our life is turned upside down. But Christ our King, servant who served, who suffered. And suffering can make us better or bitter and the choice is ours. And together as God’s family our profession of faith: 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, 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. With confidence, faith, and trust we bring to the Lord our needs, our prayers, our very lives. >>Our response to each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.” For those who spread the gospel throughout the world- may they find success in their endeavors. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For our loved ones, whom the lord has called home- may they find peace in your eternal kingdom. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For the boys and girls of Mercy Home– may they continue to find healing through the Lord’s grace. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For the hearts of those who have turned away from their faith- may they once again know the comfort and peace of the Lord’s presence. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>Loving God, we ask you to hear our prayers, always made known through Christ our Lord. Amen. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>And stand and pray my sisters and brothers that our sacrifice might be made acceptable to God, the Father, the Almighty. >>May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all of His holy church. >>Amen. >>As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice by which the human race is reconciled to you, we humbly pray that your Son himself may bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace. Through Christ our Lord. 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, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For you anointed your only begotten son, our Lord Jesus Christ, with the oil of gladness as eternal priest and king of all creation, so that, by offering Himself on the altar of the cross as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace, He might present to the immensity of your majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim your glory, as we then together sing: ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪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 upon them like the dew fall that they may become for us the body and blood of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time He was betrayed and entered willingly into His passion, Jesus took bread and giving thanks broke it and gave to the disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you and eat of it. For this is my body, which will be given up for you.” When supper was ended He took the chalice and once more giving thanks gave it to the disciples saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the 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.” The mystery of faith. >>♪♪When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again. Until you come again.♪♪ >>Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of His life, death, and resurrection we offer you Lord the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you’ve 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 gather into one by the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember Lord, your church spread throughout the world and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis our pope, Blasé our bishop, with the bishops, clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and all who serve in your faith communities. Remember also our brothers and sisters, who 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, 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 coheirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Through Him, with Him, and in Him, O God, almighty Father. In the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Amen, amen, amen. Amen, amen, amen.♪♪ >>With confidence and joy, as God’s family we pray: 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. Deliver us Lord we pray from every evil, grant peace in our days, that by your help of your mercy we may be free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. And Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.” Look not upon our sins, but on the faith of your church and grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. May the peace of the Lord be with all of you. >>And with your spirit. >>Let us share the Lord’s peace and joy with those around us. If you are praying this liturgy alone from all of us here at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls to each and every one of you: God’s blessings, peace, and the Lord’s joy. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪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 called to the supper of the lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>For those of you at home please turn to page six in your Sunday Mass guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘Love Is His Word.’ ♪♪Love is His word…♪♪ [announcer reciting prayer] ♪♪… Splendor and wealth. Richer than gold is the love of my Lord, better than splendor and wealth.♪♪ >>Together the prayer for the children of Mercy Home: Our Lady of Mercy, we pray that you will guide, protect and bless all boys and girls who this day have a home called mercy. May they find the Father’s mercy as we offer them our hearts in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. May they see God’s mercy in action through our love, prayers and sacrifices. And together, let us pray. Having received the food of immortality, we ask, O Lord, that, glorying in obedience we may find eternal joy with you. Through Christ the Lord. >>Amen. >>The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>And may the blessing of almighty God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit descend upon all of us forever and ever. >>Amen. >>Our celebration has ended. We go in peace. Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>Folks, I’m so fortunate that all of us pray together each Sunday. Can you imagine what the power of prayer does for all those who are sick, elderly, and homebound? I want to thank you for all that you do for the TV mass here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Please continue to support our good efforts and may God bless you for all you do. >>(Announcer) The music for the broadcast of ‘Sunday Mass at Mercy Home’ is generously provided by GIA publications, Inc. and its World Library Publications Division. Flowers provided by Anton’s Greenhouse in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Homily Video

Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Homily Transcript

>>Hello, friends. As you know, these are difficult days. I want you to know that at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls the TV mass is filmed in advance. So at mass today and the weeks going forward you will see people shaking hands and sharing in the common cup. These masses were filmed long before the coronavirus, so I want you to know that. So be at peace about that. That we’re following all the norms of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We want everyone to be healthy. Most importantly, how important it is that we gather in prayer. Let us pray for one another and please pray for me and for the children at Mercy Home. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>(Announcer) The following presentation is made possible by the generosity of the viewers of Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago. >>Good morning. Welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. My name is Kristen Lynch and joining me is John Bergen and Patrick Holland. Our celebrant is Father Greg Sakowicz, Rector of Holy Name Cathedral and our congregation is from St. Mary of the Woods and St. Joseph’s of Libertyville. >>♪♪Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God’s likeness, we awaken, knowing everlasting peace.♪♪ >>Good morning. >>Good morning. >>We gather on the Feast of Christ the King and begin our prayers as we begin all things in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>Our God is loving, compassionate, and always forgiving. We are sinners so we take a moment of silence and ask forgiveness in the Lord’s mercy. Lord have mercy. >>Lord have mercy. >>Christ, have mercy. >>Christ, have mercy. >>Lord, have mercy. >>Lord, have mercy. >>May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. >>Amen. >>And as God’s forgiven family, we sing praise to our God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.♪♪ >>And together let us pray. Loving God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved son, the king of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Always through Christ our Lord. >>Amen. >>A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel. Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord God. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy, shepherding them rightly. As for you, my sheep, says the Lord God, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats. The word of the Lord. >>Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose. Beside restful waters he leads me, he refreshes my soul. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.♪♪ >>A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at His coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to His God and Father, when He has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all. The word of the Lord. >>Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our Father David, that is to come. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.♪♪ >>The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew. >>Glory to you, O Lord. >>Jesus said to His disciples: “When the son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit upon His glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the king will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then He will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for you with the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” The gospel of the Lord. >>Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. >>The teenage boy had just gotten his driver’s license and asked his father when he could possibly use the car. His father said, he’d make his son a deal. “Son, bring up your grades. Study your bible. And get your haircut. Then we’ll talk about the use of the car.” The boy thought about it for a moment and they agreed upon it. About six weeks later the father said to his son, “Son, you’ve brought up your grades tremendously. So very proud of you. And I’ve observed you are studying your bible four or five times a week. Very commendable. But, I’m very, very disappointed that you haven’t gotten your haircut yet.” The boy said, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about it. I’ve noticed in my studies in the bible that Sampson had long hair. John the baptist had long hair. Moses had long hair. Jesus had long hair.” To this the father replied, “Son, you are absolutely right! But did you ever notice they all walked everywhere they went?” [laughter] The point of the story is at times we are ready to pull out our hair. At times our lives feel confused, meaningless, hopeless. We feel everyone, including God may have abandoned us. Christ the King turns upside down our understanding of Jesus Christ. Let me come to a better understanding of this great feast from this angle. When we go shopping for clothes, home items, or Christmas gifts usually the first question we ask, once we begin looking at the different items is: how much does it cost? We usually look at the item and then immediately check out the price tag. We all know that nothing is free, everything costs something that’s why we ask: what does it cost? The same holds true in our personal life beyond the price tag in the store. There’s a price to be paid for our choices. There are consequences. This Feast of Christ the King brings us to the end of liturgical church year and a fitting celebration. We celebrate the one who rules over us, not with power but rather with compassion and love. At times we suffer, hurt, our life is turned upside down. But Christ our King, servant who served, who suffered. And suffering can make us better or bitter and the choice is ours. And together as God’s family our profession of faith: 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, 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. With confidence, faith, and trust we bring to the Lord our needs, our prayers, our very lives. >>Our response to each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.” For those who spread the gospel throughout the world- may they find success in their endeavors. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For our loved ones, whom the lord has called home- may they find peace in your eternal kingdom. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For the boys and girls of Mercy Home– may they continue to find healing through the Lord’s grace. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For the hearts of those who have turned away from their faith- may they once again know the comfort and peace of the Lord’s presence. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>Loving God, we ask you to hear our prayers, always made known through Christ our Lord. Amen. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>And stand and pray my sisters and brothers that our sacrifice might be made acceptable to God, the Father, the Almighty. >>May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all of His holy church. >>Amen. >>As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice by which the human race is reconciled to you, we humbly pray that your Son himself may bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace. Through Christ our Lord. 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, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For you anointed your only begotten son, our Lord Jesus Christ, with the oil of gladness as eternal priest and king of all creation, so that, by offering Himself on the altar of the cross as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace, He might present to the immensity of your majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim your glory, as we then together sing: ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪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 upon them like the dew fall that they may become for us the body and blood of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time He was betrayed and entered willingly into His passion, Jesus took bread and giving thanks broke it and gave to the disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you and eat of it. For this is my body, which will be given up for you.” When supper was ended He took the chalice and once more giving thanks gave it to the disciples saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the 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.” The mystery of faith. >>♪♪When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again. Until you come again.♪♪ >>Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of His life, death, and resurrection we offer you Lord the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you’ve 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 gather into one by the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember Lord, your church spread throughout the world and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis our pope, Blasé our bishop, with the bishops, clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and all who serve in your faith communities. Remember also our brothers and sisters, who 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, 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 coheirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Through Him, with Him, and in Him, O God, almighty Father. In the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Amen, amen, amen. Amen, amen, amen.♪♪ >>With confidence and joy, as God’s family we pray: 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. Deliver us Lord we pray from every evil, grant peace in our days, that by your help of your mercy we may be free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. And Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.” Look not upon our sins, but on the faith of your church and grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. May the peace of the Lord be with all of you. >>And with your spirit. >>Let us share the Lord’s peace and joy with those around us. If you are praying this liturgy alone from all of us here at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls to each and every one of you: God’s blessings, peace, and the Lord’s joy. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪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 called to the supper of the lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>For those of you at home please turn to page six in your Sunday Mass guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘Love Is His Word.’ ♪♪Love is His word…♪♪ [announcer reciting prayer] ♪♪… Splendor and wealth. Richer than gold is the love of my Lord, better than splendor and wealth.♪♪ >>Together the prayer for the children of Mercy Home: Our Lady of Mercy, we pray that you will guide, protect and bless all boys and girls who this day have a home called mercy. May they find the Father’s mercy as we offer them our hearts in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. May they see God’s mercy in action through our love, prayers and sacrifices. And together, let us pray. Having received the food of immortality, we ask, O Lord, that, glorying in obedience we may find eternal joy with you. Through Christ the Lord. >>Amen. >>The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>And may the blessing of almighty God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit descend upon all of us forever and ever. >>Amen. >>Our celebration has ended. We go in peace. Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>Folks, I’m so fortunate that all of us pray together each Sunday. Can you imagine what the power of prayer does for all those who are sick, elderly, and homebound? I want to thank you for all that you do for the TV mass here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Please continue to support our good efforts and may God bless you for all you do. >>(Announcer) The music for the broadcast of ‘Sunday Mass at Mercy Home’ is generously provided by GIA publications, Inc. and its World Library Publications Division. Flowers provided by Anton’s Greenhouse in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

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Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Homily Transcript

>>Hello, friends. As you know, these are difficult days. I want you to know that at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls the TV mass is filmed in advance. So at mass today and the weeks going forward you will see people shaking hands and sharing in the common cup. These masses were filmed long before the coronavirus, so I want you to know that. So be at peace about that. That we’re following all the norms of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We want everyone to be healthy. Most importantly, how important it is that we gather in prayer. Let us pray for one another and please pray for me and for the children at Mercy Home. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>(Announcer) The following presentation is made possible by the generosity of the viewers of Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago. >>Good morning. Welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. My name is Kristen Lynch and joining me is John Bergen and Patrick Holland. Our celebrant is Father Greg Sakowicz, Rector of Holy Name Cathedral and our congregation is from St. Mary of the Woods and St. Joseph’s of Libertyville. >>♪♪Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God’s likeness, we awaken, knowing everlasting peace.♪♪ >>Good morning. >>Good morning. >>We gather on the Feast of Christ the King and begin our prayers as we begin all things in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>Our God is loving, compassionate, and always forgiving. We are sinners so we take a moment of silence and ask forgiveness in the Lord’s mercy. Lord have mercy. >>Lord have mercy. >>Christ, have mercy. >>Christ, have mercy. >>Lord, have mercy. >>Lord, have mercy. >>May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. >>Amen. >>And as God’s forgiven family, we sing praise to our God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.♪♪ >>And together let us pray. Loving God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved son, the king of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Always through Christ our Lord. >>Amen. >>A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel. Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord God. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy, shepherding them rightly. As for you, my sheep, says the Lord God, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats. The word of the Lord. >>Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose. Beside restful waters he leads me, he refreshes my soul. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.♪♪ >>A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at His coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to His God and Father, when He has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all. The word of the Lord. >>Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our Father David, that is to come. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.♪♪ >>The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew. >>Glory to you, O Lord. >>Jesus said to His disciples: “When the son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit upon His glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the king will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then He will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for you with the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” The gospel of the Lord. >>Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. >>The teenage boy had just gotten his driver’s license and asked his father when he could possibly use the car. His father said, he’d make his son a deal. “Son, bring up your grades. Study your bible. And get your haircut. Then we’ll talk about the use of the car.” The boy thought about it for a moment and they agreed upon it. About six weeks later the father said to his son, “Son, you’ve brought up your grades tremendously. So very proud of you. And I’ve observed you are studying your bible four or five times a week. Very commendable. But, I’m very, very disappointed that you haven’t gotten your haircut yet.” The boy said, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about it. I’ve noticed in my studies in the bible that Sampson had long hair. John the baptist had long hair. Moses had long hair. Jesus had long hair.” To this the father replied, “Son, you are absolutely right! But did you ever notice they all walked everywhere they went?” [laughter] The point of the story is at times we are ready to pull out our hair. At times our lives feel confused, meaningless, hopeless. We feel everyone, including God may have abandoned us. Christ the King turns upside down our understanding of Jesus Christ. Let me come to a better understanding of this great feast from this angle. When we go shopping for clothes, home items, or Christmas gifts usually the first question we ask, once we begin looking at the different items is: how much does it cost? We usually look at the item and then immediately check out the price tag. We all know that nothing is free, everything costs something that’s why we ask: what does it cost? The same holds true in our personal life beyond the price tag in the store. There’s a price to be paid for our choices. There are consequences. This Feast of Christ the King brings us to the end of liturgical church year and a fitting celebration. We celebrate the one who rules over us, not with power but rather with compassion and love. At times we suffer, hurt, our life is turned upside down. But Christ our King, servant who served, who suffered. And suffering can make us better or bitter and the choice is ours. And together as God’s family our profession of faith: 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, 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. With confidence, faith, and trust we bring to the Lord our needs, our prayers, our very lives. >>Our response to each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.” For those who spread the gospel throughout the world- may they find success in their endeavors. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For our loved ones, whom the lord has called home- may they find peace in your eternal kingdom. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For the boys and girls of Mercy Home– may they continue to find healing through the Lord’s grace. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>For the hearts of those who have turned away from their faith- may they once again know the comfort and peace of the Lord’s presence. We pray to the Lord. >>Lord, hear our prayer. >>Loving God, we ask you to hear our prayers, always made known through Christ our Lord. Amen. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>And stand and pray my sisters and brothers that our sacrifice might be made acceptable to God, the Father, the Almighty. >>May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all of His holy church. >>Amen. >>As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice by which the human race is reconciled to you, we humbly pray that your Son himself may bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace. Through Christ our Lord. 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, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For you anointed your only begotten son, our Lord Jesus Christ, with the oil of gladness as eternal priest and king of all creation, so that, by offering Himself on the altar of the cross as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace, He might present to the immensity of your majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim your glory, as we then together sing: ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪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 upon them like the dew fall that they may become for us the body and blood of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time He was betrayed and entered willingly into His passion, Jesus took bread and giving thanks broke it and gave to the disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you and eat of it. For this is my body, which will be given up for you.” When supper was ended He took the chalice and once more giving thanks gave it to the disciples saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the 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.” The mystery of faith. >>♪♪When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again. Until you come again.♪♪ >>Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of His life, death, and resurrection we offer you Lord the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you’ve 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 gather into one by the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember Lord, your church spread throughout the world and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis our pope, Blasé our bishop, with the bishops, clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and all who serve in your faith communities. Remember also our brothers and sisters, who 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, 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 coheirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Through Him, with Him, and in Him, O God, almighty Father. In the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪Amen, amen, amen. Amen, amen, amen.♪♪ >>With confidence and joy, as God’s family we pray: 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. Deliver us Lord we pray from every evil, grant peace in our days, that by your help of your mercy we may be free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. And Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.” Look not upon our sins, but on the faith of your church and grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. May the peace of the Lord be with all of you. >>And with your spirit. >>Let us share the Lord’s peace and joy with those around us. If you are praying this liturgy alone from all of us here at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls to each and every one of you: God’s blessings, peace, and the Lord’s joy. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ ♪♪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 called to the supper of the lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>For those of you at home please turn to page six in your Sunday Mass guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘Love Is His Word.’ ♪♪Love is His word…♪♪ [announcer reciting prayer] ♪♪… Splendor and wealth. Richer than gold is the love of my Lord, better than splendor and wealth.♪♪ >>Together the prayer for the children of Mercy Home: Our Lady of Mercy, we pray that you will guide, protect and bless all boys and girls who this day have a home called mercy. May they find the Father’s mercy as we offer them our hearts in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. May they see God’s mercy in action through our love, prayers and sacrifices. And together, let us pray. Having received the food of immortality, we ask, O Lord, that, glorying in obedience we may find eternal joy with you. Through Christ the Lord. >>Amen. >>The Lord be with you. >>And with your spirit. >>And may the blessing of almighty God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit descend upon all of us forever and ever. >>Amen. >>Our celebration has ended. We go in peace. Thanks be to God. ♪♪[piano playing]♪♪ >>Folks, I’m so fortunate that all of us pray together each Sunday. Can you imagine what the power of prayer does for all those who are sick, elderly, and homebound? I want to thank you for all that you do for the TV mass here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Please continue to support our good efforts and may God bless you for all you do. >>(Announcer) The music for the broadcast of ‘Sunday Mass at Mercy Home’ is generously provided by GIA publications, Inc. and its World Library Publications Division. Flowers provided by Anton’s Greenhouse in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

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Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Homily Transcript

>>The teenage boy had just gotten his driver’s license and asked his father when he could possibly use the car. His father said, he’d make his son a deal. “Son, bring up your grades. Study your bible. And get your haircut. Then we’ll talk about the use of the car.” The boy thought about it for a moment and they agreed upon it. About six weeks later the father said to his son, “Son, you’ve brought up your grades tremendously. So very proud of you. And I’ve observed you are studying your bible four or five times a week. Very commendable. But, I’m very, very disappointed that you haven’t gotten your haircut yet.” The boy said, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about it. I’ve noticed in my studies in the bible that Sampson had long hair. John the baptist had long hair. Moses had long hair. Jesus had long hair.” To this the father replied, “Son, you are absolutely right! But did you ever notice they all walked everywhere they went?” [laughter] The point of the story is at times we are ready to pull out our hair. At times our lives feel confused, meaningless, hopeless. We feel everyone, including God may have abandoned us. Christ the King turns upside down our understanding of Jesus Christ. Let me come to a better understanding of this great feast from this angle. When we go shopping for clothes, home items, or Christmas gifts usually the first question we ask, once we begin looking at the different items is: how much does it cost? We usually look at the item and then immediately check out the price tag. We all know that nothing is free, everything costs something that’s why we ask: what does it cost? The same holds true in our personal life beyond the price tag in the store. There’s a price to be paid for our choices. There are consequences. This Feast of Christ the King brings us to the end of liturgical church year and a fitting celebration. We celebrate the one who rules over us, not with power but rather with compassion and love. At times we suffer, hurt, our life is turned upside down. But Christ our King, servant who served, who suffered. And suffering can make us better or bitter and the choice is ours.  

Readings

First Reading:

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17

Second Reading:

1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28

Gospel:

Matthew 25:31-46

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