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Second Reading: B-12 - 1 John 3:1-2 (The Love of the Father)

 B-12   A reading from the first Letter of Saint John         3:1-2

 Beloved:

 See what love the Father has bestowed on us

     that we may be called the children of God.

 Yet so we are.

 The reason the world does not know us

      is that it did not know him.

 Beloved, we are God’s children now;

      what we shall be has not yet been revealed.

 We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,

      for we shall see him as he is.

 The word of the Lord.

Second Reading B-13: Revelation 21: 1-5a, 6b-7 (Alpha and Omega...)

B-13 A reading from the book of Revelation

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them (as their God). He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, (for) the old order has passed away." The one who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water. The victor will inherit these gifts, and I shall be his God, and he will be my son."

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Selection: C-1 Matthew 5:1-12a (The Beatitudes)

C-1: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew  5:1-12a 

 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,

      and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.

 He began to teach them, saying: 

      “Blessed are the poor in spirit,

           for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

      Blessed are they who mourn,

           for they will be comforted.

      Blessed are the meek,

           for they will inherit the land.

      Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

           for they will be satisfied.

      Blessed are the merciful,

           for they will be shown mercy.

      Blessed are the clean of heart,

           for they will see God.

      Blessed are the peacemakers,

           for they will be called children of God.

      Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,

           for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

      Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you

           and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.

      Rejoice and be glad,

           for your reward will be great in heaven.” 

  The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Gospel Selection: C-2 - Matthew 11:25-30 (My Yoke is Easy...My Burden Light)

C-2: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew   11:25-30 

 At that time Jesus answered:

 “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

      for although you have hidden these things

      from the wise and the learned

      you have revealed them to the childlike. 

 Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

 All things have been handed over to me by my Father.

 No one knows the Son except the Father,

      and no one knows the Father except the Son

      and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” 

 “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

      and I will give you rest.

 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

      for I am meek and humble of heart;

      and you will find rest for yourselves.

 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” 

 The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Gospel Selection: C-3 - Matthew 25:31-46 (Come, You Who are Blessed...)

C-3:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew      25:31-46

 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 these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

 The Gospel of the Lord.

   

Gospel Selection: C-4 / Luke 7:11-17 (Raising of the Widow’s Son)

C-4: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke        7:11-17 

 Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,

      and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.

 As he drew near to the gate of the city,

     a man who had died was being carried out,

      the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.

 A large crowd from the city was with her.

 When the Lord saw her,

      he was moved with pity for her and said to her,

      “Do not weep.”

 He stepped forward and touched the coffin;

      at this the bearers halted,

      and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” 

 The dead man sat up and began to speak,

      and Jesus gave him to his mother.

 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,

     “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”

     and “God has visited his people.”

 This report about him spread through the whole of Judea

      and in all the surrounding region. 

 The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Selection: C-5 - Luke 24:13-16, 28-35 (The Road to Emmaus)

C-5: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke   24:13-16, 28-35 

 That very day, the first day of the week,

     two of the disciples of Jesus were going

     to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem,

      and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.

 And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,

      Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,

      but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. 

 As they approached the village to which they were going,

      he gave the impression that he was going on farther.

 But they urged him, “Stay with us,

      for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”

 So he went in to stay with them. 

 And it happened that, while he was with them at table,

      he took bread, said the blessing,

      broke it, and gave it to them.

 With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,

      but he vanished from their sight. 

 Then they said to each other,

      “Were not our hearts burning within us

      while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

 So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem

      where they found gathered together

      the Eleven and those with them, who were saying,

      “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” 

 Then the two recounted

      what had taken place on the way

      and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. 

 The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Gospel Selection: C-6 - John 6:37-40 (I Shall Raise Him on the Last Day)

 C-6: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John     6:37-40 

 Jesus said to the crowds:

 “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,

      and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,

      because I came down from heaven not to do my own will

      but the will of the one who sent me.

 And this is the will of the one who sent me,

      that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,

      but that I should raise it on the last day.

 For this is the will of my Father,

      that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him

      may have eternal life,

      and I shall raise him on the last day.” 

 The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Selection: C-7: John 6:51-59 (The Bread of Life)

C-7: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John        6:51-59 

 Jesus said to the crowds:

 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven;

      whoever eats this bread will live forever;

      and the bread that I will give is my Flesh

      for the life of the world.” 

 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,

      “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”

 Jesus said to them,

      “Amen, amen, I say to you,

      unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,

      you do not have life within you.

 Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood

      has eternal life,

      and I will raise him on the last day.

 For my Flesh is true food,

      and my Blood is true drink.

 Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood

      remains in me and I in him.

 Just as the living Father sent me

      and I have life because of the Father,

      so also the one who feeds on me

      will have life because of me.

 This is the bread that came down from heaven.

 Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,

     whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 

 The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Selection C-8: John 11:21-27 (I Am the Resurrection and the Life)

C-8: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John   11:21-27 

 Martha said to Jesus,

      “Lord, if you had been here,

      my brother would not have died.

 But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,

      God will give you.”

 Jesus said to her,

      “Your brother will rise.”

 Martha said to him,

      “I know he will rise,

      in the resurrection on the last day.”

   Jesus told her,

      “I am the resurrection and the life;

      whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,

      and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.

 Do you believe this?”

 She said to him, “Yes, Lord.

 I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,

      the one who is coming into the world.” 

 The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Selection C-9: John 12:23-26 (Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls)

 C-9: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John      12:23-26 

 Jesus said to his disciples:

 “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

 Amen, amen, I say to you,

      unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,

      it remains just a grain of wheat;

      but if it dies, it produces much fruit.

 Whoever loves his life will lose it,

      and whoever hates his life in this world

      will preserve it for eternal life.

 Whoever serves me must follow me,

      and where I am, there also will my servant be.

 The Father will honor whoever serves me.” 

 The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Selection: C-10 - John 14:1-6 (I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life)

C-10:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to John   14:1-6 

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.

You have faith in God; have faith also in me.

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.

If there were not,

     would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

     I will come back again and take you to myself,

     so that where I am you also may be.

Where I am going you know the way.”

Thomas said to him,

     “Master, we do not know where you are going;

     how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

The Gospel of the Lord.

GOSPEL SELECTION: C-11 - LUKE 24:13-35 (THE ROAD TO EMMAUS)

C11: A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

That very day, the first day of the week, 
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them, 
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him, 
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning 
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted 
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

The Gospel of the Lord.

OPTION A: THE PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

Prayers of the Faithful                                                                      Option A (English)


Opening Prayer
Brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father, where he intercedes for his Church. Confident that God hears the voices of those who trust in the Lord Jesus, we join our prayers to his:

We are assembled here in faith and confidence to pray for our (brother/sister),                                  . Strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of your Son’s coming. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for                                         ‘s family, that the Lord will fill the present emptiness in their hearts with the love and prayerful support of many friends. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all those people who ministered to                                               during (his/her) illness, that they may be blessed in abundance with God’s love for them. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For each of us with whom                                           so generously shared (his/her) many gifts, may we, too, grow in the ability to share our gifts and lighten the burdens of others. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.


For all those who loved and were loved by                                        , that we may find comfort in our belief in the Lord’s promise to us of eternal life. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For each of us here present that God will bless us richly with the gifts He knows we need to fully celebrate life and recognize the new beginning which he offers us each day. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For a moment, let us call to mind our own memories of                              . We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.


Closing Prayer
Lord God, giver of peace and healer of souls, hear the prayers of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and the voices of your people, whose lives were purchased by the blood of the Lamb. Forgive the sins of all who sleep in Christ and grant them a place in the kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

OPTION B: THE PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 Prayers of the Faithful                                                                                                   Option B (English)

Opening Prayer
Brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father, where he intercedes for his Church. Confident that God hears the voices of those who trust in the Lord Jesus, we join our prayers to his:

We are assembled here in faith and confidence to pray for our (brother/sister). Strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of your Son’s coming. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for _______              _______ family, that the Lord will fill the present emptiness in their hearts with love and prayerful support of many friends. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For each of us with whom _____                   _______ so generously shared (his/her) many gifts, may we, too, grow in the ability to share our gifts and lighten the burdens of others. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all those who loved and were loved by ______               __________, that we may find comfort in our belief in the Lord’s promise to us of eternal life. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For each of us here present that God will bless us richly with the gifts he knows we need to fully celebrate life and recognize the new beginning which He offers us each day. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For a moment, let us be with our own memories of ___                  ________. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Closing Prayer
Lord God, giver of peace and healer of souls, hear the prayers of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and the voices of your people, whose lives were purchased by the blood of the Lamb. Forgive the sins of all who sleep in Christ and grant them a place in the kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.