Catholic Mass for November 3rd, 2019: The Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catholic Mass for November 3rd, 2019: The Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time


♪ O God beyond all praising ♪ ♪ We worship you today ♪ ♪ And sing the love amazing ♪ ♪ That songs cannot repay ♪ ♪ For we can only wonder ♪ ♪ At every gift you send ♪ ♪ And blessings without number ♪ ♪ And mercies without end ♪ ♪ We lift our
hearts before you ♪ ♪ And wait upon your word ♪ ♪ We honor and adore you ♪ ♪ Our great and mighty Lord ♪ – In the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – The grace and peace
of God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus
Christ be with you all. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – My brothers and sisters, God’s love for all souls
moves him to forgive sins, so all can repent
and know his love. Jesus Christ is the
embodiment of this love and comes to invite us
and empower each of us, especially the lost
who turn back to God, and to know the
joy of his mercy. Lord Jesus, you came
to save the lost. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, you are
gracious and merciful. Christ, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus, you are God’s
gift of salvation to us. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – May Almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
brings 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, O 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 in the
glory of God the Father, amen. – Let us pray. Almighty and merciful God, by whose gift your
faithful offer you right in praiseworthy service. Grant, we pray, that we may
hasten without stumbling to receive the things
you have promised. 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 Wisdom. Before the Lord the whole universe is as
a grain from a balance, or a drop of morning dew
come down upon the earth. But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things. And you overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For, you love all
things that are, and loathe nothing
that you have made. For, what you hated you
would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain unless you willed it, or be preserved had it not
been called forth by you? But you spare all things
because they are yours, O Lord, and lover of souls. For, your imperishable
Spirit is in all things. Therefore, you rebuke
offenders little by little, warn them, and remind them of
the sins they are committing. That they may abandon
their wickedness and believe in you, O Lord. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ I will praise
your name forever ♪ ♪ My king and my God ♪ ♪ I will praise
your name forever ♪ ♪ My king and my God ♪ ♪ I will extol you,
O my God and king ♪ ♪ And I will bless your
name forever and ever ♪ ♪ Every day will I bless you ♪ ♪ And I will praise your
name forever and ever ♪ ♪ I will praise
your name forever ♪ ♪ My king and my God ♪ – A reading from the
second letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians. Brothers and sisters, we always pray for you that our God may make you
worthy of his calling, and powerfully bring to
fulfillment every good purpose, and every effort of faith. That the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, in accord with the grace of
our God and Lord Jesus Christ. We ask you, brothers
and sisters, with regard to the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out
of your mind suddenly or to be alarmed either by a
spirit or by an oral statement, or by a letter
allegedly from us, to the effect that the day
of the Lord is at hand. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Hallelujah ♪ ♪ Hallelujah ♪ ♪ Hallelujah ♪ ♪ Hallelujah, hallelujah ♪ ♪ hallelujah ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – A reading from the holy
Gospel according to Luke. – [Congregation]
Glory to you, O Lord. – At that time Jesus
came to Jericho and intended to pass
through the town. Now, a man there named Zaccheus, who was a chief tax collector
and also a wealthy man, was seeking to
see who Jesus was. But he could not see him
because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So, he ran ahead and
climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus who
was about to pass that way. When he reached the place Jesus looked up and
said, “Zaccheus, “come down quickly, for today
I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly
and received him with joy. When they all saw this
they began to grumble, saying, he has gone to stay
at the house of a sinner. But Zaccheus stood there
and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my
possessions, Lord, “I shall give to the poor. “And if I have extorted
anything from anyone, “I shall repay it
four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has
come to this house, “because this man, too, is
a descendant of Abraham. “For, the Son of
Man has come to seek “and to save what was lost.” The Gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation] Praise
to you, Lord Jesus Christ. – My friends, my name
is Father Ron Zanoni. I’m the director of vocations
for the Diocese of Las Vegas. And I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to celebrate
this Mass with you today, because today
marks the beginning of the annual National
Vocations Awareness Week. Now, as I mentioned last year when I celebrated
Mass on this Sunday, I’m not exactly here to
recruit for priests and nuns. But I do want to enlist
your continued help in praying for and
fostering vocations because, especially,
vocations to priesthood and religious life in
our Diocese of Las Vegas. And I want to
thank those of you, who watching especially
by television, who have been praying
for vocations, because I’m happy to
report that this fall we added four new
seminarians for our diocese to give us a total
of 10 seminarians, which is more seminarians
than we’ve ever had in the Diocese of Las Vegas. So, thank you, thank
you for your prayers. I’m also convinced there
are many, many more being called to a
vocation to priesthood. And so is our bishop,
Bishop Thomas, has set a goal for us
to have 30 seminarians within the next several years. Now, that may sound unreasonable but, brothers and
sisters, the need is great and, remember, because
a vocation is a gift, and we know that God is
generous and faithful, and always giving
us what we need, we do have these vocations. And we really don’t need
to pray for more vocations, but rather we need
to pray for those who are already being called, that they would be able to
recognize and then respond to God’s calling in their lives. And so we make Saint
Paul’s prayer to Timothy in our reading today our prayer for
those being called, that God may make them worthy and prepared for their calling, and powerfully
bring to fulfillment every good purpose
in their lives. Brothers and sisters,
God calls each of us in many different
ways during our lives to be part of what
he’s doing in or world, to bring about his
kingdom more fully. He calls us, oftentimes,
through the circumstances we find ourselves and through the persons that
we encounter in our lives. He comes to us as, he reminds us in Mathew 8:25, in the hungry and the thirsty, the naked and the stranger. Jesus comes to us in the lonely, in those who, perhaps,
are feeling disconnected from others in their lives. In our Gospel today, Jesus called Zaccheus, a tax collector and an
outcast to the Jews, saying, Zaccheus,
come down from there. Come near, Zaccheus, for today
I must stay in your house. And notice Zaccheus
is so overjoyed he not only accepts
Jesus’ invitation but he wants nothing
more than to be generous with his possessions and
with his very life in return. And so it is with
us, my friends, Jesus is calling us and
inviting us to himself, and very often through those
he has placed in our lives. So, again, I want to ask
especially those of you who are watching by
television who are homebound and have taken up this call of intercessory
prayer for others. And when it comes to vocations I want to ask again
to commit to praying, not only for our
existing seminarians but others who are being called to this vocation to
priesthood, again. And if you have
a son or grandson that you think might have
such a vocation, tell him so. Tell him you see
something special in him that you’ll be praying for him, that he might discover
whatever vocation God has in store for him. It might be just the
encouragement in these to begin that journey,
like Zaccheus, of saying, yes, to God’s call. And may all of us, through whatever way
God is calling us today, may we respond generously
with God’s grace working in us and through us, to bring his love and
goodness to our world and to glorify the Lord
with our very lives. And now we profess our 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. 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. – Our loving and
merciful God wants us all to return to him, so let us turn to him
today to offer our prayers. – That God may continue to bless and sanctify Pope Francis
in his holy ministry. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That government
officials may be guided by God’s grace in working
for and promoting justice. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That all who feel
lost and estranged from family members, may be healed and reconciled through the power
of the Holy Spirit. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That those who
have died may know the loving welcome
of God in heaven. Let us pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – Heavenly Father, you
call us each in our own way to bring your
goodness to our world. Hear our prayers today. And out of your love grant
them through Christ, our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. (contemplative piano music) (priest praying quietly) – Pray, my brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to
God the Almighty Father. – [Congregation] May the
Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and
the glory of his name, for our good and the good
of all his holy Church. – May these sacrificial
offerings, O Lord, become for you a pure oblation, and for us a holy
outpouring of your mercy, 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, Father most holy. Through your beloved
Son Jesus Christ, whom you sent as our
savior and redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin. Fulfilling your will and
gaining for you a holy people, he stretched out his hands
as he endured his passion, so as to break
the bonds of death and manifest the resurrection. And so with the angels
and all the saints, we declare your glory as with one voice we acclaim. ♪ 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, 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, 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 ♪ ♪ 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 ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ – At the savior’s command and
informed by divine teaching, we dare to say. – [Congregation] 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 help 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. – [Congregation] For the
kingdom and the power and the glory are
yours now and forever. – Lord Jesus Christ, you
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 live and reign
forever and ever. Amen.
– The peace of the Lord be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other the sign of peace. – [Congregation] 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. (priest praying quietly) – 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. ♪ O Lord, you are the
center of my life ♪ ♪ I will always praise you ♪ ♪ I will always serve you ♪ ♪ I will always keep
you in my sight ♪ ♪ Keep me safe, O God ♪ ♪ I take refuge in you ♪ ♪ I say to the Lord,
you are my God ♪ ♪ My happiness
lies in you alone ♪ ♪ My happiness
lies in you alone ♪ ♪ O Lord, you are the
center of my life ♪ ♪ I will always praise you ♪ ♪ I will always serve you ♪ ♪ I will always keep
you in my sight ♪ ♪ I will bless the Lord
who gives me counsel ♪ ♪ Who even at night
directs my heart ♪ ♪ I keep the Lord
ever in my sight ♪ ♪ Since he is at my right
hand I shall stand firm ♪ ♪ O Lord, you are the
center of my life ♪ ♪ I will always praise you ♪ ♪ I will always serve you ♪ ♪ I will always keep
you in my sight ♪ – Let us pray. May the working of
your power, O Lord, increase in us, we pray, so that renewed by these
heavenly sacraments we may be prepared by your gift for receiving what they promise, through Christ, our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
– Let us go in peace to glorify the Lord
with our lives. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Blessed are they who
are pure in spirit ♪ ♪ Theirs is the kingdom of God ♪ ♪ Blessed us, O Lord,
make us pure in spirit ♪ ♪ Bless us, O Lord, our God ♪ ♪ We are the light
of the world ♪ ♪ May our light
shine before all ♪ ♪ That they may see
the good that we do ♪ ♪ And give glory to God ♪ ♪ Blessed are they who
are meek and humble ♪ ♪ They will inherit the earth ♪ ♪ Bless us, O Lord, make
us meek and humble ♪ ♪ Bless us, O Lord, our God ♪ ♪ We are the light
of the world ♪ ♪ May our light
shine before all ♪ ♪ That they may see
the good that we do ♪ ♪ And give glory to God ♪ (soft piano music)

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