8 October, Mass of the Twenty–Seventh Sunday of the Year B

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Today's Collect is, to my mind, one of the most beautiful of the whole liturgical year. What are "those things of which our conscience is afraid"? They have to do I think, with the bitter relics left behind by our sins, even when these sins have been forgiven. Long after a sin has been washed away in the pure water of sacramental absolution, the ghost of that sin lingers to haunt us and to taunt us with shameful memories, with fits of anxiety and remorse. The Collect we pray today makes us ask God to put away "those things of which our conscience is afraid," the things that paralyze us in prayer, the things that prevent us from being bold and confident in prayer.

COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in the abundance of your fatherly love exceed all that we desire or deserve,
pour out your mercy upon us,
putting away those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and bestowing those which we are not worthy to ask.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

GR
All things are in your power, O Lord, and there is none that can resist your will: you have made all things: heaven and earth, and all things that are under the vault of heaven. You are the Lord of all (Est 13:9-11).
V. Blessed are those whose way is blameless;
who walk in the law of the Lord (Ps 118:1).

ACT OF PENITENCE

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

You were made lower than the angels (Heb 2:9).
Kyrie, eleison.

You were crowned with glory and honour (Heb 2:9).
Christe, eleison.

You were made perfect through suffering (Heb 2:10).
Kyrie, eleison.

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

COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in the abundance of your fatherly love exceed all that we desire or deserve,
pour out your mercy upon us,
putting away those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and bestowing those which we are not worthy to ask.
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

For the Church, the New Eve and the Bride of Christ;
that she may proclaim to men and women of every nation
the good news of the Father’s saving love,
revealed in Christ, the New Adam and the Bridegroom of our humanity,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

For the leaders of nations;
that governing with wisdom and mercy,
they may foster, sustain and protect the holy covenant of marriage
and the gift of family life,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

For an end to violence in the Middle East
and for the peace of Jerusalem;
that children may grow up free from fear
and, like olive plants, flourish around the family table,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

For the poor, the lonely, and the despondent;
that they may turn to Christ, the Prince of Salvation,
who was himself made perfect through suffering,
and experience the saving power of the Cross,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

For all who suffer in difficult and troubled marriages;
for the separated and the divorced;
that they may find in Christ
the unchanging and ever-faithful love of God
and the healing power of the Holy Spirit,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

For children;
that they may be helped by parents and educators
to live in the presence of Christ,
and to experience his embrace and the blessing of his hands,

For ourselves;
that each of us may hear the voice of Christ saying, “Receive me,”
and respond by saying, “Receive me”;
and that our communion with the crucified and risen Lord
may be fruitful today for the life of the world,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

COLLECT AT THE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

God of infinite majesty and faithful love,
whose only-begotten Son
rejoiced in the nearness of little children;
mercifully grant that we,
by the Spirit of adoption poured into our hearts,
may receive your kingdom as little children
and be found worthy, even now,
of the blessing of him who, for a little while,
was made lower than the angels,
Christ who is Lord forever and ever.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON

GR
There was a man in the land whose name was Job:
blameless and upright, and one who feared God;
and Satan asked to test him;
and the Lord gave him power over possessions and over his flesh;
and he destroyed all his substance and his sons,
and afflicted him with loathsome sores (Job 1: 2, 7).

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Accept, O Lord, we entreat you,
the sacrifice instituted by your command;
by our celebration of these holy mysteries
may we fulfill the debt of our bounden service
and be filled, by your grace,
with the holiness of your redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.


PREFACE
De Matrimonio ut signum divinae caritatis

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.

You willed that man and woman
whom you created by the gift of your lovingkindness,
should be exalted to so great a dignity
that in the companionship of husband and wife
you show us the true image of your love.

Those whom you created for the sake of your charity,
you do not cease to call to the law of charity,
so as to grant them a share in your eternal charity.

The mystery of holy marriage,
stands as a sign of the love with which you cherish us,
and renders human love sacred,
through Christ our Lord.

Through whom,
with the Angels and Saints,
we chant the hymn of your praise,
and ceaselessly sing:

COMMUNION ANTIPHON

GR
My soul aspires after your salvation, and in your word I have hoped. When will you judge those who persecute me? The wicked are persecuting me; come to my help, O Lord, my God (Ps 118: 81, 84, 86).

MAGNIFICAT I

The Pharisees coming to him asked Jesus:
“Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?”
But he answering said to them,
What God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mk 10: 2, 9).

BENEDICTUS

Let the little children come unto me,
and forbid them not;
for of such is the kingdom of God (Mk 10:14).

MAGNIFICAT II

Amen, I say to you,
whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child,
shall not enter into it (Mk 10:15).

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Almighty God,
grant that we, having partaken of this sacrament,
may be so inwardly warmed and nourished
as to be changed into what we have received.
Through Christ our Lord.

SOLEMN BLESSING

May the Father who, in the beginning, created man
not for isolation but for communion,
open your hearts to the mystery of Christ and of the Church,
his companion and bride.
R. Amen.

May Christ, the Author of our salvation, made perfect by suffering,
be present to you in every solitude
and draw you to himself in love.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit
form you inwardly to accept the kingdom of God as little children,
and to receive in humble joy the blessing of the hands of Christ.
R. Amen.

And may the blessing of Almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
descend upon you, and remain with you forever.
R. Amen.

2 Comments

It is indeed.
It is my prayer.

"Pour out your mercy upon us,
putting away those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and bestowing those which we are not worthy to ask."


Today's Mass readings can be particularly hard for one who feels abandoned, drawn away from one's vows by one's will to survive.

From a feeling of lowness and isolation I was drawn up by the miracle of a beautiful blessed rose, reminding me of the Gift of Joy that I have received from the Spirit of Love. I admit that I am rarely left for long without these reminders and this Joy.

Today the Gift came through you.


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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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