Mass of the Twenty–Third Sunday of the Year B

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Illumina faciem tuam super sanctuarium tuum:
et propitius intende populum istum,
super quem invocatum est nomen tuum, Deus.

Let your Face shine upon your sanctuary,
and graciously look down upon this people
over whom your name is invoked, O God.
(Dan 9:4, 17–19, Today's Offertory Antiphon)

The Fourth Mode melody that clothes the prophet Daniel's prayer in today's Offertory Antiphon reaches its musical and theological summit over the words, Illumina faciem tuam super sanctuarium tuum, "Let your Face shine upon your sanctuary" (Dan 9:17). The light of the Eucharistic Face of Christ, the "Lord of Glory" (Jas 2:1) illumines the sanctuary during the Holy Mysteries. "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (2 Cor 3:18).

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

MR
Lord, you are just, and you judge rightly;
show your mercy to your servant (Ps 118:137, 124).

GR
You are just, O Lord, and your judgement is right; deal with your servant according to your mercy. V. Blessed are those whose way is blameless; who walk in the law of the Lord (Ps 118:137, 124, 1).

ACT OF PENITENCE

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
that we may be ready to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

Lord Jesus, you open the eyes of the blind.
Kyrie, eleison.

Christ Jesus, you unstop the ears of the deaf.
Christe, eleison.

Lord Jesus, you make the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
Kyrie, eleison.

May Almighty God have mercy on us,
and lead us, with our sins forgiven,
into eternal life.

COLLECT

O God,
from whom redemption comes to us
and, with it, our adoption,
look graciously upon your beloved children,
that those who believe in Christ
may be granted true freedom and an eternal inheritance.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

That the Church throughout the world
may proclaim the saving power of God,
and say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, fear not,”
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the apostolic journey of Pope Benedict XVI to his homeland
may be for the people of Germany
a moment of encounter with Jesus Christ,
the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That those who control the natural resources of the earth
may use them wisely in this present time,
and preserve them for generations to come,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit,
may experience in the sacraments
the presence of the Divine Physician
who comes to heal every disease and every infirmity,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That this assembly may show forth the hospitality of God
and, with tongues released by the power of Christ,
proclaim that “he has done all things well,”
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

COLLECT AT THE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

Almighty and ever-living God,
who by the saving flesh of your Son, the Lord of Glory,
unstopped the ears of the deaf
and made the tongue of the dumb sing for joy,
mercifully grant,
that we who have listened to your Word of Glory in the Scriptures
may worthily partake
of the Mysteries of Glory prepared for us at this altar,
and in the splendour of your heavenly Kingdom.
Through Christ our Lord.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON

GR
I, Daniel, prayed to my God, saying:
Hear, O Lord, the prayers of your servant;
let your Face shine upon your sanctuary,
and graciously look down upon this people
over whom your name is invoked, O God (Dan 9:4, 17–19).

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

O God, author of sincere devotion and of peace,
grant, we pray,
that we may fittingly worship your majesty with these gifts
and, by partaking of this sacred mystery,
inwardly experience a unity that will not fail.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE

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,
through Christ our Lord.

By the mystery of his death and resurrection
Christ has accomplished a wonderful work.

From the yoke of slavery to sin and death
he has called us to share his glory
and receive the name of chosen race and royal priesthood,
holy nation and people for your own possession.

He bids us everywhere proclaim your mighty works
for you, Father, have summoned us forth from darkness
into your own marvelous light.

Through Christ the choirs of angels
worship forever with joy before your majesty;
with them, we pray you, join our voices,
in this, their hymn of joyful supplication:

COMMUNION ANTIPHON

GR
Make vows unto the Lord your God, and fulfill them,
all you who gather around him to offer gifts;
to him, the awe-inspiring One who takes away the breath of princes,
to him who brings dread upon all the kings of the earth (Ps 75:12-13).

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Give to your faithful, O Lord,
whom you nourish and quicken with the food of your Word
and of your heavenly Sacrament,
so to profit from these great gifts of your beloved Son,
as to be found worthy of an unending share in his life.
Through Christ our Lord.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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