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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Sunday Mass - Nov 21, 2021 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Fr. Carl Morello
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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Homily Transcript

>>(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 and welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. My name is Dan Riley. I am joined by Patrick Holland and our celebrant is Father Carl Morello.

[piano playing]

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon the throne;
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of him, who set us free,
And hail him as your heavenly King through all eternity.

>>We begin our celebration of Jesus Christ, our King. The king of the universe. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
>>AMEN.
>>May the grace and peace, the love of God be with each of you.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>As we remember God’s love for us made flesh in Jesus, with confidence we call to mind our sins. You are the alpha and omega, first and last – the almighty. Lord have mercy.
LORD HAVE MERCY.
You are the first born from the dead. Christ have mercy.
CHRIST HAVE MERCY.
And Lord Jesus, you love us and free us from our sins by your sacrifice on the cross for us. Lord have mercy.
LORD HAVE MERCY.
May Almighty God who loves us have mercy on us, forgive us any of our sins, and one day bring us to what our eucharistic table reminds us of – the banquet of everlasting life.
AMEN.

[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.

>>Let us pray.
Almighty ever-living 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.
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.
>>A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw
one like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
when he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.
The word of the Lord.
>>THANKS BE TO GOD.

[piano playing]

>>The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty.
The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty.
The Lord is king, in splendor robed; robed is the Lord and girt about his strength.
The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty.

>>A reading from the Book of Revelation.
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”
The word of the Lord.
>>THANKS BE TO GOD.

>>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.

>>My brothers and sisters in faith, the Lord be with you.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>This is a reading taken now from the Holy Gospel according to John.
GLORY TO YOU, O LORD.
Pilate said to Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
>>PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST.
>>You’re probably wondering, what is this all about? Well. A couple of years ago, I had a three Kings party on the feast of the Epiphany. I invited some priests friends over for a dinner to celebrate the epiphany. And they brought me this crown and made me wear it for the entire dinner, and I brought it today just to make this point. Pilot had no idea what Jesus was talking about when he talked about his kingship. He thought he was talking about a throne and military forces and power. That’s not at all what Jesus was talking about. And so, those who were against Jesus had Caesar threatened by this power, and now we know in retrospect what Jesus was truly referring to. The only crown that Jesus would wear would be a crown of thorns because his mission was one of service. And then the self-gift of his life for us on the cross. Today, we gather on this last day of the church year, where the solemnity of Christ the King and we’re asked to consider, what are we doing? How are we doing on our journey of faith following Christ as our king? One who inspires us? Are we letting Christ, our spiritual king, lead us or something else calling the shots? Do our egos lead us to believe we are the center of the universe? Does our pride lead us to never admit we are wrong and that we have weaknesses and faults? Could it be our hardened hearts keeping us from forgiving those who have wronged us? Or maybe our prejudices, those attitudes drive us to see others as somehow less than ourselves and unworthy of our care? You see friends. These things, we allow to be in charge. These kings, if you will, in our lives, they come in all shapes and sizes. Today, however, we are reminded we have a king, not like any other. Jesus is our spiritual king, and we can turn to him each day asking, what is it that you need of me? What is it that you want me to do today to make your kingdom the beautiful place it can be?

We remember Jesus inspires us, he guide us as our spiritual king. And so, we profess what we believe in 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.
This is our faith. And it is in faith that we dare to bring our needs and cares before Jesus, the king of the universe.
>>Now let us join in prayer and ask our heavenly father for his blessing. Our response for each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
For those who spread the Gospel throughout the world, may they continue to be a beacon of hope for all Christians. We pray to the Lord.
>>Lord, hear our prayer.
>>For our loved ones who have been called home to the Lord, may they find peace in the eternal kingdom. We pray to the Lord.
>>Lord, hear our prayer.
>>For the boys and girls of Mercy Home, may they feel the light of Christ in their lives as we approach the Advent Season. 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 in their lives. We pray to the Lord.
>>Lord, hear our prayer.
>>Lord Jesus, we follow you as you guide us. Hear the prayers that we speak out loud and all that we carry in our hearts, as we lift them up and trust where you will lead. We ask this in your name, Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

[piano playing]

>>Blessed are you Lord; God of all creation. For through your goodness, we have bread to offer which Earth has given, human hands have made. May it become for us the bread of life.
BLESSED BE GOD, FOREVER.
Through the mystery of water and wine, we come to share the divinity of Christ. Who humbled himself to share our humanity.
Blessed are you Lord; God of all creation. For through your goodness, we have wine to offer. Fruit of the vine, work of human hands. May it become our spiritual drink.
BLESSED BE GOD, FOREVER.
Lord; wash away my iniquities and cleanse me of all sin.
Let us pray together in faith, that these gifts of bread and wine offered be acceptable to our almighty, loving God.
MAY THE LORD ACCEPT THE SACRIFICE AT OUR HANDS FOR THE PRAISE AND GLORY OF GOD’S NAME, FOR OUR GOOD AND THE GOOD OF ALL GOD’S HOLY CHURCH.
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, our salvation,
always, everywhere to give you thanks, Lord holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
or 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 accomplish the mysteries of human redemption and,
making all created thing subject to his rule,
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 now, with all the Angels and Saints in heaven,
we offer this hymn to your glory:

[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 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. He gave it to the disciples saying, “Take this all of you. Eat of it. For this is my body, which will be given up for you.” In a similar way when the supper ended, he took the chalice and once more giving thanks, gave it to the disciples saying, “Take this all of you. Drink from it. For this is the chalice of my blood; the blood of the new, eternal covenant. It will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in memory of me.” The mystery of our faith.

[piano playing]

>>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 here 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. Bring her to the fullness of charity. Together with Francis our Pope, Blasé our Archbishop, and all who minister in your church everywhere. Remember also our brothers and sisters, those who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and those 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 – those who have pleased you throughout the ages. We may merit to be coheirs to eternal life and there one day there may 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 are yours, forever and ever.

>>Amen. Amen. Amen.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

>>And now with confidence we pray, as the first disciples:
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. Graciously grant peace this day. In your mercy keep us free from sin, protect us from anxiety and despair 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.
>>Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your friends, “I leave you peace, peace I give you.” Look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reigns, forever and ever.
AMEN.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>We acknowledge each other with some gesture of peace. From all of us here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, to all of you folks at home we extend the peace of Christ.

[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.

>>We behold now in faith, Jesus, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed and strengthened are we, invited to this 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.
May the body of Christ, may the blood of Christ keep us safe for everlasting life.
AMEN.

[piano playing]

>>For those of you at home, please turn to page six in your TV Mass Guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘TAKE AND EAT.’

Take and eat; take and eat; this is my body given up for you.
Take and drink; take and drink; this is my blood given up for you.
I am the Word that spoke and light was made;
I am the see that died to be reborn;
I am the bread that comes from heaven above;
I am the vine that fills your cup with joy.
Take and eat; take and eat; this is my body given up for you.
Take and drink; take and drink; this is my blood given up for you.

>>And strengthened to live in the compassion and care of Jesus, join me in 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 fathers 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.
Let us pray:
Today we remember in our readings, the Lord sits as king forever. The lord will bless his people with peace. May this faith strengthen us in our good deeds, as we go forward this day to be inspired and guided by Jesus. Our king, the king of the universe.
Let us pray:
Having received the food of immortality,
we ask, O Lord,
that, glorying in obedience
to the commands of Christ, the King of the universe,
we may live with him eternally one day in his heavenly Kingdom.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
AMEN.
Friends, the Lord be with you.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>We bow our heads and ask God’s blessing as we go forward.
Lord Jesus, we trust in faith and in hope you are our spiritual king. King of the universe, the king one day that we shall share all eternity with. Bless and strengthen us with courage to live out our faith, hope, and love in our care for one another with God’s blessing. In the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
>>AMEN.
>>We go now in peace to love and serve God, by our continued care for each another – especially the least among us.
THANKS BE TO GOD.

[piano playing]

>>Holy God, we praise thy name; Lord of all we bow before thee!
All on earth thy scepter claim, all in heaven above adore thee;
Infinite thy vast domain, everlasting is thy reign.
Infinite thy vast domain…

>>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 G-I-A Publications, Inc. and its World Library Publications division.

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Homily Transcript

>>(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 and welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. My name is Dan Riley. I am joined by Patrick Holland and our celebrant is Father Carl Morello.

[piano playing]

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon the throne;
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of him, who set us free,
And hail him as your heavenly King through all eternity.

>>We begin our celebration of Jesus Christ, our King. The king of the universe. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
>>AMEN.
>>May the grace and peace, the love of God be with each of you.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>As we remember God’s love for us made flesh in Jesus, with confidence we call to mind our sins. You are the alpha and omega, first and last – the almighty. Lord have mercy.
LORD HAVE MERCY.
You are the first born from the dead. Christ have mercy.
CHRIST HAVE MERCY.
And Lord Jesus, you love us and free us from our sins by your sacrifice on the cross for us. Lord have mercy.
LORD HAVE MERCY.
May Almighty God who loves us have mercy on us, forgive us any of our sins, and one day bring us to what our eucharistic table reminds us of – the banquet of everlasting life.
AMEN.

[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.

>>Let us pray.
Almighty ever-living 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.
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.
>>A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw
one like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
when he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.
The word of the Lord.
>>THANKS BE TO GOD.

[piano playing]

>>The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty.
The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty.
The Lord is king, in splendor robed; robed is the Lord and girt about his strength.
The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty.

>>A reading from the Book of Revelation.
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”
The word of the Lord.
>>THANKS BE TO GOD.

>>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.

>>My brothers and sisters in faith, the Lord be with you.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>This is a reading taken now from the Holy Gospel according to John.
GLORY TO YOU, O LORD.
Pilate said to Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
>>PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST.
>>You’re probably wondering, what is this all about? Well. A couple of years ago, I had a three Kings party on the feast of the Epiphany. I invited some priests friends over for a dinner to celebrate the epiphany. And they brought me this crown and made me wear it for the entire dinner, and I brought it today just to make this point. Pilot had no idea what Jesus was talking about when he talked about his kingship. He thought he was talking about a throne and military forces and power. That’s not at all what Jesus was talking about. And so, those who were against Jesus had Caesar threatened by this power, and now we know in retrospect what Jesus was truly referring to. The only crown that Jesus would wear would be a crown of thorns because his mission was one of service. And then the self-gift of his life for us on the cross. Today, we gather on this last day of the church year, where the solemnity of Christ the King and we’re asked to consider, what are we doing? How are we doing on our journey of faith following Christ as our king? One who inspires us? Are we letting Christ, our spiritual king, lead us or something else calling the shots? Do our egos lead us to believe we are the center of the universe? Does our pride lead us to never admit we are wrong and that we have weaknesses and faults? Could it be our hardened hearts keeping us from forgiving those who have wronged us? Or maybe our prejudices, those attitudes drive us to see others as somehow less than ourselves and unworthy of our care? You see friends. These things, we allow to be in charge. These kings, if you will, in our lives, they come in all shapes and sizes. Today, however, we are reminded we have a king, not like any other. Jesus is our spiritual king, and we can turn to him each day asking, what is it that you need of me? What is it that you want me to do today to make your kingdom the beautiful place it can be?

We remember Jesus inspires us, he guide us as our spiritual king. And so, we profess what we believe in 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.
This is our faith. And it is in faith that we dare to bring our needs and cares before Jesus, the king of the universe.
>>Now let us join in prayer and ask our heavenly father for his blessing. Our response for each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
For those who spread the Gospel throughout the world, may they continue to be a beacon of hope for all Christians. We pray to the Lord.
>>Lord, hear our prayer.
>>For our loved ones who have been called home to the Lord, may they find peace in the eternal kingdom. We pray to the Lord.
>>Lord, hear our prayer.
>>For the boys and girls of Mercy Home, may they feel the light of Christ in their lives as we approach the Advent Season. 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 in their lives. We pray to the Lord.
>>Lord, hear our prayer.
>>Lord Jesus, we follow you as you guide us. Hear the prayers that we speak out loud and all that we carry in our hearts, as we lift them up and trust where you will lead. We ask this in your name, Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

[piano playing]

>>Blessed are you Lord; God of all creation. For through your goodness, we have bread to offer which Earth has given, human hands have made. May it become for us the bread of life.
BLESSED BE GOD, FOREVER.
Through the mystery of water and wine, we come to share the divinity of Christ. Who humbled himself to share our humanity.
Blessed are you Lord; God of all creation. For through your goodness, we have wine to offer. Fruit of the vine, work of human hands. May it become our spiritual drink.
BLESSED BE GOD, FOREVER.
Lord; wash away my iniquities and cleanse me of all sin.
Let us pray together in faith, that these gifts of bread and wine offered be acceptable to our almighty, loving God.
MAY THE LORD ACCEPT THE SACRIFICE AT OUR HANDS FOR THE PRAISE AND GLORY OF GOD’S NAME, FOR OUR GOOD AND THE GOOD OF ALL GOD’S HOLY CHURCH.
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, our salvation,
always, everywhere to give you thanks, Lord holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
or 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 accomplish the mysteries of human redemption and,
making all created thing subject to his rule,
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 now, with all the Angels and Saints in heaven,
we offer this hymn to your glory:

[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 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. He gave it to the disciples saying, “Take this all of you. Eat of it. For this is my body, which will be given up for you.” In a similar way when the supper ended, he took the chalice and once more giving thanks, gave it to the disciples saying, “Take this all of you. Drink from it. For this is the chalice of my blood; the blood of the new, eternal covenant. It will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in memory of me.” The mystery of our faith.

[piano playing]

>>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 here 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. Bring her to the fullness of charity. Together with Francis our Pope, Blasé our Archbishop, and all who minister in your church everywhere. Remember also our brothers and sisters, those who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and those 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 – those who have pleased you throughout the ages. We may merit to be coheirs to eternal life and there one day there may 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 are yours, forever and ever.

>>Amen. Amen. Amen.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

>>And now with confidence we pray, as the first disciples:
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. Graciously grant peace this day. In your mercy keep us free from sin, protect us from anxiety and despair 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.
>>Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your friends, “I leave you peace, peace I give you.” Look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reigns, forever and ever.
AMEN.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>We acknowledge each other with some gesture of peace. From all of us here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, to all of you folks at home we extend the peace of Christ.

[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.

>>We behold now in faith, Jesus, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed and strengthened are we, invited to this 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.
May the body of Christ, may the blood of Christ keep us safe for everlasting life.
AMEN.

[piano playing]

>>For those of you at home, please turn to page six in your TV Mass Guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘TAKE AND EAT.’

Take and eat; take and eat; this is my body given up for you.
Take and drink; take and drink; this is my blood given up for you.
I am the Word that spoke and light was made;
I am the see that died to be reborn;
I am the bread that comes from heaven above;
I am the vine that fills your cup with joy.
Take and eat; take and eat; this is my body given up for you.
Take and drink; take and drink; this is my blood given up for you.

>>And strengthened to live in the compassion and care of Jesus, join me in 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 fathers 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.
Let us pray:
Today we remember in our readings, the Lord sits as king forever. The lord will bless his people with peace. May this faith strengthen us in our good deeds, as we go forward this day to be inspired and guided by Jesus. Our king, the king of the universe.
Let us pray:
Having received the food of immortality,
we ask, O Lord,
that, glorying in obedience
to the commands of Christ, the King of the universe,
we may live with him eternally one day in his heavenly Kingdom.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
AMEN.
Friends, the Lord be with you.
>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
>>We bow our heads and ask God’s blessing as we go forward.
Lord Jesus, we trust in faith and in hope you are our spiritual king. King of the universe, the king one day that we shall share all eternity with. Bless and strengthen us with courage to live out our faith, hope, and love in our care for one another with God’s blessing. In the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
>>AMEN.
>>We go now in peace to love and serve God, by our continued care for each another – especially the least among us.
THANKS BE TO GOD.

[piano playing]

>>Holy God, we praise thy name; Lord of all we bow before thee!
All on earth thy scepter claim, all in heaven above adore thee;
Infinite thy vast domain, everlasting is thy reign.
Infinite thy vast domain…

>>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 G-I-A Publications, Inc. and its World Library Publications division.

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Readings

First Reading:

Dn 7:13-14

Second Reading:

Rv 1:5-8

Gospel:

Jn 18:33b-37

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