Catholic Mass for February 23rd, 2020: The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


– [Priest] Please rise. (gentle piano music) ♪ All creatures of
our God and King ♪ ♪ Lift up your voice
and with us sing ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ The burning sun
with golden beam ♪ ♪ The silver moon
with softer gleam ♪ ♪ Sing your praises ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – In the name of the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – And with your Spirit. – My sisters and brothers,
Christ instructs us to love our enemies and pray
for those who persecute us. Acknowledging our sinfulness, let us ask for God’s
compassion and mercy. Lord Jesus, You came to
clothe us in holiness. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, You
redeem the sinner. Christ, have mercy. – Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus, You show us
the way of peace and grace. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – May Almighty God have mercy
on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to
everlasting life. – [Congregation] Amen. Glory to God in the
Highest, and on earth, peace to people of goodwill. We praise You. We bless You. We adore You. We glorify You. We give You thanks for
Your great glory, Lord God, Heavenly King, oh God, Almighty
Father, Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son, Lord God,
Lamb of God, Son of the Father. You take away the
sins of the world. Have mercy on us. You take away the
sins of the world. Receive our prayer. You are seated at the
right hand of the Father. Have mercy on us. For You alone are the Holy One. You alone are the Lord. You alone are the Most
High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit and
the glory of God the Father. Amen. – Let us pray. Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that always pondering
spiritual things, we may carry out in
both word and deed that which is pleasing to You through our Lord Jesus
Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – A reading from the
book of Leviticus. The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the whole Israelite
community and tell them. “Be holy “for I the Lord
your God am holy.” You shall not bear hatred for your brother or
sister in your heart. Though you may have to
reprove your fellow citizen, do not incur sin because of him. Take no revenge and
cherish no grudge against any of your people. You shall love your
neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. The Word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (gentle piano music) ♪ The Lord is kind
and merciful ♪ ♪ The Lord is kind
and merciful ♪ ♪ Bless the Lord, oh my soul ♪ ♪ And all my being,
bless His holy name ♪ ♪ Bless the Lord, oh my soul ♪ ♪ And forget not
all His benefits ♪ ♪ The Lord is kind
and merciful ♪ – A reading from
the first letter of Saint Paul to
the Corinthians. Brothers and sisters, do you not know that you
are the temple of God? And that the Spirit
of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person, for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you considers
himself wise in this age, let him become a fool
so as to become wise for the wisdom of this
world is foolishness in the eyes of God. For it is written, “God catches
the wise in their own ruses” and again, “The Lord knows
the thoughts of the wise “that they are vain.” So let no one boast
about human beings, for everyone belongs to you. Paul or Apollos or Cephas, all the world, or
life, or death, or the present, or the future, all belongs to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God. The Word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (gentle piano music) ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – A reading from the holy
Gospel according to Matthew. – [Congregation]
Glory to the Lord. – Jesus said to His disciples, “You have heard that it
was said an eye for an eye “and a tooth for a
tooth, but I say to you, “offer no resistance
to one who is evil. “When someone strikes
you on your right cheek, “turn the other one as well. “If anyone wants to go to
law with you over your tunic, “hand over your cloak as well. “Should anyone press you
into service for one mile, “go for two miles. “Give to the one
who asks of you, “and do not turn your back on
the one who wants to borrow. “You have heard that it was said “you shall love your
neighbor and hate your enemy, “but I say to you,
love your enemies “and pray for those
who persecute you “that you may be children
of your Heavenly Father, “for He makes His sun to
rise on the bad and the good “and causes the rain to fall
on the just and the unjust. “For if you love
those who love you, “what recompense will you have? “Do not the tax
collectors do the same? “And if you agree to
only your brothers, “what is unusual about that? “Do not the pagans do the same? “So be perfect just as your
Heavenly Father is perfect.” The Gospel of the Lord. – Praise be to the
Lord Jesus Christ. – In a world that is often
focused on vendettas, avenging wrongs, trampled
rights, and payback, our Lord reminds us today of
what has been the trademark of Christianity
throughout the centuries, turning the other cheek. Meekness is often
considered a weakness, but it actually involves
a very virtuous effort not to strike or even dislike the one who strikes you, to give your time
and your possessions when someone doesn’t
have the right to them, or going out of your way beyond what any reasonable
person would expect. My friends, our Lord
has set the standard. How many times did He receive
a blow on His way to Calvary? Being God, He didn’t
have to sacrifice Himself for our salvation. When Adam and Eve sinned,
God could have left us to the mess that they
made for our lives just as He could every time
we sin and continue to sin. With all that baggage, anything we ask or
sometimes demand of our Lord is something that He
is under no obligation whatsoever to fulfill, and yet He does and
continues to do so. We often focus on the receiving end of slights and the offenses that He
describes in today’s Gospel, but what He also
teaches, for example, is how we should not be on
the giving end of them either. When evil stares us in the face, we must combat it for
the sake of others, but we must not lose our
concern for the people who are on that path to misery and failure by their misdeeds. My friends, this is the sign
of genuine perfect love, of Christlike love, of the
love of our Heavenly Father. It’s not a love
that is conditioned by the love we expect to
return or have received. Otherwise, we only care
for those who care for us. My friends, love can
triumph if we let it. Society, a difficult family
situation, an evil done to us, can only be conquered
by love if we let it. Another way to think
about this, my friends, is all you need is love, and
Jesus has been saying this a lot longer than the Beetles. Our profession of faith. – [Congregation] I believe
in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and
earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day, He
rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand
of God, the Father Almighty. From there, He will come to
judge the living and the dead, and His Kingdom
will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting, amen. – The Lord calls us to
imitate His love and holiness. With trust in God’s goodness, let us offer our
prayers this day. – For church leaders, may the Holy Spirit fortify
them in their Gospel mission. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For leaders of all nations, may they work to promote
the dignity and worth of all human lives,
especially those most in need of mercy and forgiveness. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For our faith community,
may Jesus strengthen us as we seek to build God’s
Kingdom here on earth. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For those who
have died in faith, may they rejoice forever, seeing
God face-to-face in Heaven. Let us pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – God of mercy and
grace, hear our prayers that with Your never-failing
help, we might grow in holiness so as to protect Your
merciful love into the world through Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. (gentle piano music) – Pray, my sisters and brothers, that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God, to the Father Almighty. – [Congregation] 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 His holy church. – As we celebrate Your
mysteries, oh Lord, with the observance
that is Your due, we humbly ask that
what You offer, what we offer to the
honor of Your majesty may profit us for salvation
through Christ, our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregation] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God. – [Congregation] 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 we know it belongs
to Your boundless glory that You came to the aid of
mortal beings with Your divinity and even fashioned for us a
remedy out of mortality itself that the cause of our downfall
might become the means of our salvation
through Christ our Lord. Through Him, the host of
angels adores Your majesty and rejoices in Your
presence forever. May our voices, we
pray, join with theirs in one chorus of exultant
praise as we acclaim. (gentle piano music) ♪ Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of hosts ♪ ♪ Heaven and earth are
full of Your glory ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Blessed is he ♪ ♪ Blessed is he ♪ ♪ Who comes in the
name of the Lord ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ – You are indeed holy, oh Lord,
the fount of all holiness. Make holy therefore
these gifts, we pray, by sending down Your Spirit
upon them like the dew fall so that they may become
for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time He was betrayed and entered willingly into
His passion, He took bread, and giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to His
disciples, saying, “Take this, all of
you, and eat of it, “for this is my body which
will be given up for you.” In a similar way when supper
was ended, He took the chalice, and once more giving thanks, He gave it to His
disciples, saying, “Take this, all of
you, and drink from it “for this is the
chalice of my blood, “the blood of 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. (gentle piano music) ♪ When we eat this bread
and drink this cup ♪ ♪ We proclaim Your
death, O Lord ♪ ♪ Until You come again ♪ – Therefore as we
celebrate the memorial of His death and resurrection,
we offer You, Lord, the bread of life and
the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that You
have held us worthy to be in Your presence
and minister to You. Humbly we pray that partaking of the
body and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into
one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, Your church,
spread throughout the world, and bring her to the
fullness of charity together with Francis, our pope,
and George Leo, our bishop, and all the clergy. 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, that with the blessed
Virgin Mary, mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her spouse,
with the blessed apostles and all the saints who have
pleased You throughout the ages, we may merit to be
coheirs to eternal life and 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 is
Yours forever and ever. (triumphant piano music) ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ – At the Savior’s command,
informed by divine teaching, we dare to say– – 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 in our days that by the health
of Your mercy, we may be always 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. – Lord Jesus Christ, who
said to Your apostles, “Peace I leave you. “My peace I give you,” look not on our sins but
on the faith of Your church and graciously grant
her peace and unity in accordance with Your will, Who lives and reigns
forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The peace of the Lord
be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other the sign of peace. (gentle piano music) ♪ 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 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. – [Congregation]
Lord, I am not worthy that You should
enter under my roof, but only say the word, and
my soul shall be healed. (gentle piano music) ♪ God is love ♪ ♪ And all who live in
love, live in God ♪ ♪ God is love ♪ ♪ And all who live in
love, live in God ♪ ♪ God is light ♪ ♪ In God there is no darkness ♪ ♪ Come live in the
love of the Lord ♪ ♪ God is love ♪ ♪ And all who live in
love, live in God ♪ ♪ God is love ♪ ♪ And all who live in
love, live in God ♪ ♪ Come to the Lord ♪ ♪ Receive the light ♪ ♪ And live in the
love of the Lord ♪ ♪ God is love ♪ ♪ And who live in
love, live in God ♪ ♪ God is love ♪ ♪ And all who live in
love, live in God ♪ ♪ God is love ♪ ♪ And all who live in
love, live in God ♪ – Let us pray. Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we may experience
the effects of salvation which is pledged to
us by these mysteries through Christ, our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May Almighty God bless
you, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – Go forth. The mass is ended. – Thanks be to God. (gentle piano music) ♪ Awake from your slumber ♪ ♪ Arise from your sleep ♪ ♪ A new day is dawning
for all those who weep ♪ ♪ The people in darkness
have seen a great light ♪ ♪ The Lord of our longing
has conquered the night ♪ ♪ Let us build the city of God ♪ ♪ May our tears be
turned into dancing ♪ ♪ For the Lord, our
light and our love ♪ ♪ Has turned the
night into day ♪ ♪ Let us build the city of God ♪ ♪ May our tears be
turned into dancing ♪ ♪ For the Lord, our
light and our love ♪ ♪ Has turned the
night into day ♪ (inspirational piano music)

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