Blessed Palm can be found at the entrance to church today
You may take enough for the whole family
and your Palm Sunday prayer at home.
[Before entering into the sample Sunday prayers, you may wish to familiarize yourself with the scripture commentary which is provided on this homepage in the Blog, just beneath this opening Tweet, on the right.
Today’s homily is a quasi homily because the ideal homily takes much of its meaning from its actual setting in a “live” liturgy in which the Holy Spirit is at work uniting the body of Christ. This communion together is part of the reality of a homily within the action of the liturgy itself. It is offered here to bind together your small group of prayer on this Lord’s Day. The scripture commentary is meant to give some background to what God is saying and doing at this particular time.]
SAMPLE OF HOME PRAYER FOR THE LORD’S DAY
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Peace be with you.
Let us seek the merciful love of God:
Have mercy on us, O Lord
For we have sinned against you.
Lord, show us your mercy
And grant us your salvation.
Let us pray:
Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN
Listen to the sacred scriptures:
[Go to the Today’s Readings section below on this webpage.]
Silent Reflection and/or share comments.
Homily Written for the Web —May it enhance your prayer and worship of God this day.
We Have Never Had This Before
Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think that there would an Easter without Mass or Holy Week. It is the highlight of the year for us. We have grown to love it and look forward to coming to church during these days. But we still have these sacred times and, I believe, God wants us to grow in his love by paying more attention to certain aspects of our faith life, not just to the Eucharistic Species.
So we ask ourselves this question: Have we, or our ancestors, ever had anything like this before? If so, what did they do about it in their prayer and worship of God?
As our knowledge of salvation history has grown we have come to know in former times of what is called the Babylonian Exile in the Old Testament — about 700 – 600 B.C. The Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and many were deported to the eastern kingdom of Babylon. Their normal worship ceased. What did they take with them? Scriptures and memories of their history and what God had done for them. Some of it was edited or written down new for future generations. They returned from the Exile and to rebuilding the Temple and never lost sight again of what God had spoken to them over the centuries. Through this gift of a Bible they renewed their relationship with God by renewing the Covenant. They returned to Temple rituals and his word became more important to them, realizing that the living God demands that they live according to his word. Their sacrifices would be empty without adherence in their daily lives to God’s word. All their prayer would have to be that way.
I firmly believe that God in his love for us is calling us to do the same. He wants his love to dwell within us so that it will show forth in our community gatherings in church. So do not forget Jesus said: Do this in memory of me. He will bring us back enriched by his holy word and his word will be more active and effective in our Eucharists.
So do not take the Sunday’s opening the word at home. Everything we do along this line, e.g. resolve to spend my time learning the scriptures, will make our return to Mass a more deep and joyful experience. Hopefully this will encourage our young brothers and sisters how worthwhile the Mass actually is.
So God is calling us to pay more attention to his word — not just printed or written words on paper but the power of his living word as spoken. It is a creative word. It does something within us at the very time it is spoken. And God said Let there be light…and it was done. So Jesus said: In all truth I tell you, whoever listens to my words, and believes in the one who sent me, has eternal life [and will never die]. To Martha he also said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John l5:24 and 11:25). Christ’s word leads to faith. God wants our faith to grow during this critical time. Christ’s word is the bread of life (see John 6).
As we say at the conclusion of our scripture: The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Period of Silence
Sample Prayer of the Faithful
Let us pray
for the Church entrusted with preserving and spreading the faith
for Pope Francis, Archbishop Schnurr, and the other bishops called to lead us in these days
for all our faithful departed, especially those taken from us in recent days
especially for Steven Clarke, also the brother of Jennifer Pearce
for those developing remedies for the virus
for first responders and all those caring for the sick in medical facilities and at home
for those who in one way or another take care of our essential needs
for those who do not know how to pray
In Jesus’ name we pray for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven…
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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