5 November, Mass of the Thirty–First Sunday of the Year B

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Today's Introit is the same one sung on Ash Wednesday, making it very suitable for this November Sunday after All Souls Day. Its first mode melody is tender and full of confidence. The verse from Psalm 56 is the cry of every soul in purgatory.

The Collect intensifies the eschatological impetus of today's Mass by asking that we may run without stumbling toward the promises of God.

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

You have mercy upon all, O Lord,
and hate none of the things which you have made,
you overlook the sins of men for the sake of repentance,
and spare them because you are the Lord our God (Wis 11: 24-25, 27).
V. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy,
for in you my soul has taken refuge (Ps 55:1).

COLLECT

Almighty and merciful God,
by whose gift your faithful offer you
due and laudable service,
grant, we beseech you,
that we may run without stumbling
towards the good things you have promised.
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 to all peoples
the sacred commandments given by God for our happiness,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the leaders of nations
may persevere in pursuing the things that make for peace,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the sick, the lonely, and the weak
may lift their eyes to the face of Christ
who always lives to make intercession for them,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That it may be given us today
to draw near with confidence to God
through Christ our Mediator and Eternal High Priest,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

COLLECT AT THE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

Almighty and eternal God,
open our hearts, we beseech you,
to your life–giving Word,
that we may love you with all our heart,
and with all our mind,
and with all our strength,
and love our neighbour as ourselves,
and so come, at length, to the kingdom of heaven
where you are the joy and glory of your saints.
Through Christ our Lord.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON

GR
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits;
for your youth is renewed like an eagle’s (Ps 102:2, 5).

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

O Lord,
may this sacrifice be to you
a pure oblation (Mal 1:11),
and to us the holy and lavish gift of your mercy.
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

MR
You have made know to me the ways of life,
you shall fill me with joy at the sight of your face (cf. Ps 15:11).

Or:

As the living Father sent me, and I live by the Father,
so he that eats of me shall also live by me (Jn 6:58).

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let the working of your power, O Lord,
be increased within us:
so that restored by your heavenly sacraments,
we may, by your gift,
be prepared to lay hold of what they promise.
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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