+ Wednesday 17th June – Midweek Mass online – and Year 1 children in the church

Dear friends –

Today in the church I’ve got the Year 1 parish school children and their wonderful teachers. The children are learning about baptism. So, below in the blog post, you’ll see the normal day’s readings for those leading the liturgy in their own homes. And in the meantime, I’ll have a simple liturgy of the Word and chat with the children focussing on baptism. We’ll then have the children around the  sanctuary for the liturgy of the Eucharist, which will be included below in a live Youtube video. You’ll notice two voice recordings below as well; one to introduce to liturgy with greeting, penitential rite and opening prayer … and one further below with a homily to support your reflections. Hope you find the liturgy enriching.


WELCOME TO MASS ON WEDNESDAY OF

THE ELEVENTH WEEK IN ‘ORDINARY TIME’ 


INTRO TO MASS

and penitential rite 

>>>Click on the triangle play button to activate the voice recording<<<


OPENING PRAYER (included in the recording above)


THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

FIRST READING

A Reading from the Second Book of the Kings   (2:1,6-14)

This is what happened when the Lord took Elijah up to heaven in the whirlwind: Elijah and Elisha set out from Gilgal, Elijah said, ‘Elisha, please stay here, the Lord is only sending me to the Jordan.’ But he replied, ‘As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you!’ And they went on together.
  Fifty of the brotherhood of prophets followed them, halting some distance away as the two of them stood beside the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water; and the water divided to left and right, and the two of them crossed over dry-shod. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Make your request. What can I do for you before I am taken from you?’ Elisha answered, ‘Let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ ‘Your request is a difficult one’ Elijah said. ‘If you see me while I am being taken from you, it shall be as you ask; if not, it will not be so.’ Now as they walked on, talking as they went, a chariot of fire appeared and horses of fire, coming between the two of them; and Elijah went up to heaven in the whirlwind. Elisha saw it, and shouted, ‘My father! My father! Chariot of Israel and its chargers!’ Then he lost sight of him, and taking hold of his clothes he tore them in half. He picked up the cloak of Elijah which had fallen, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
  He took the cloak of Elijah and struck the water. ‘Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?’ he cried. He struck the water, and it divided to right and left, and Elisha crossed over.

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.


RESPONSORIAL PSALM 

Psalm 30(31):20,21,24

Response>Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord


(image credit: Unsplash collection)

How great is the goodness, Lord,
  that you keep for those who fear you,
that you show to those who trust you
  in the sight of men.
Response>Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
  from the plotting of men;
you keep them safe within your tent
  from disputing tongues.
Response>Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord
Love the Lord, all you saints.
  He guards his faithful
but the Lord will repay to the full
  those who act with pride.
Response>Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION              

(John 14:23)

Alleluia, alleluia!
All who love me will keep my words,
and my Father will love them and we will come to them.
Alleluia!

(image credit: Unsplash collection)


GOSPEL 

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew  (6:1-6,16-18)

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men’s admiration. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
  ‘And when you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them; I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
  ‘When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ


HOMILY SHARED BY FR PAUL TODAY


>>Click on the triangle play button to activate the voice recording<<<

 


PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

You are invited to take some moments now to compose and pray some Prayers of the Faithful. The following themes might assist your own reflections:

  • a prayer for wisdom among world leaders
  • a prayer for all who experience exclusion 
  • a prayer for our growth in mission and purpose in each phase of our lives
  • a prayer for places in the world where COVID-19 is still so threatening  
  • ?
  • ?

And so we now bring the bread and wine to the altar – as we now stream the second part of today’s  Mass from Our Lady of the Way church


THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST 

>>>Click on the triangle play button in the middle of the picture<<<

 


Prayer after Communion
Let us pray.
As this reception of your Holy Communion, O Lord,
foreshadows the union of the faithful in you,
so may it bring about unity in your Church.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

See you in the next Parish Blog post and

With friendship in God’s mission

fr Paul

 

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