The Sunday Mass – Divine Mercy – 2nd Sunday of Easter (April 8, 2018)

The Sunday Mass – Divine Mercy – 2nd Sunday of Easter (April 8, 2018)


♪ We walk by faith,
and not by sight ♪ ♪ No gracious words we hear ♪ ♪ Of Him who spoke
as none e’er spoke ♪ ♪ But we believe Him near ♪ ♪ We may not touch
His hands and side ♪ ♪ Nor follow where He trod ♪ ♪ Yet in His promise
we rejoice ♪ ♪ And cry,
“My Lord and God!” ♪ ♪ Help then, O Lord,
our unbelief ♪ ♪ And may
our faith abound ♪ ♪ To call on You
when You are near ♪ ♪ And seek
where You are found ♪ ♪ That when our life
of faith is done ♪ ♪ In realms
of clearer light ♪ ♪ We may we behold You
as You are ♪ ♪ With full
and endless sight ♪>>Brothers and sisters,
welcome to our celebration. Today, we continue our Easter
celebrations with the gift of divine mercy.
As we hear the famous gospel story of the Apostle Thomas, and
the day he was not at the right place at the right time, and
the lesson he learned about faith.
Let’s begin our celebration this day as always with a sign of our
salvation. In the Father and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.>>All: Amen.
>>And of the brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy
Spirit be with you all.>>All: And with your spirit.
>>Coming together with God’s family this day we acknowledge
our sins and so ask the Lord for his peace and
forgiveness, recognizing God as a Father full of gentleness
and compassion. (No dialogue) You were sent to heal the
contrite of heart, Lord have mercy.
>>All: Lord have mercy.>>You came to call sinners,
Christ have mercy.>>All: Christ have mercy.
>>You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede
for us, Lord have mercy.>>All: Lord have mercy.
>>And may Almighty God have mercy on us.
Forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
>>All: Amen.>>Let us praise God, Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit, as we pray.
>>All: 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, oh 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 are the Lord, oh Lord, you
are the most high, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father, amen.
>>So, let us pray. God of everlasting mercy, when
the very recurrence of the Pascal feast, kindle the faith
of the people you have made Your own.
Increase, we pray, the grace You have bestowed on us, that all
may grasp and rightly understand in what fount they have been
washed, by whose Spirit they had been reborn, by whose
blood they have been redeemed. 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.
>>All: Amen.>>My friends, let us listen to
the word of God, as it is proclaimed to us.
>>A reading from the acts of the apostles.
“The whole group of those who believed were of one heart and
soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions but
everything they owned was held in common.
With great power, the apostles gave their testimony to the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them
all. There was not a needy person
among them for as many as owned lands, or houses, sold them and
brought the proceeds of what was sold.
They laid it at the apostles feet and it was distributed to
each as any had need. The word of the Lord.”
>>All: Thanks be to God. ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪ ♪ Give thanks
to the Lord ♪ ♪ For he is good ♪ ♪ For his love
endures forever ♪ ♪ Let the family
of Israel say ♪ ♪ His love
endures forever ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪ The Lord’s right hand
has triumphed ♪ ♪ His right hand
raised me ♪ ♪ I shall not die,
I shall live ♪ ♪ And recount his deeds ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let us rejoice
and be glad ♪ ♪>>A reading from the First
Letter of Saint John. Beloved, everyone who believes
that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone
who loves the parent loves the child.
By this, we know that we love the children of God when we love
God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this–
that we obey his commandments, and his commandments are not
burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world.
And this is the victory that conquers the world: our faith.
Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes
that Jesus is the son of God? This is the one who came, by
water and blood, Jesus Christ. Not with the water only, but
with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that
testifies, and the Spirit is the truth.
The word of the Lord.>>Both: Thanks be to God. ♪ ♪ Alleluia, alleluia ♪ ♪ Allelu-alleluia, alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia, alleluia ♪ ♪ Allelu-alleluia, alleluia ♪>>My brothers and sisters, the
Lord be with you.>>Both: And with your spirit.
>>A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
>>Glory to you, o Lord.>>It was evening on the day
Jesus rose from the dead, the first day of the week.
And the doors of the house where the disciples had met were
locked for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them
and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed
them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when
they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace
be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I
send you.” When he had said this, he
breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.
If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
But Thomas, who was called the twin, one of the Twelve, was not
with them when Jesus came. So, the other disciples told
him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I
see the mark of the nails on his hands and put my finger in the
mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
After eight days, his disciples were again in the house and
Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut,
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my
hands. Reach out your hand and put it
in my side. Do not doubt, but believe.”
Thomas answered him. “My Lord and my God.”
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have
seen me? Blessed are those who have not
seen and yet have come to believe.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
which are not written in this book.
But these are written so that you may come to believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that through believing
you may have life in his name. The Gospel of the Lord.
>>Praise to you.>>Thanks be to God. (Soft rustling)>>Life, they say, is full of
mysteries, with unexplainable things that we hear– things
that we hear every day, things that we see every day, and touch
every day. Yet as commonplace as they are,
they remain to us a big mystery. Look at our scriptures today.
We have many people that come to me and have read certain
passages from the Bible, and they need some type of
explanation. Try as I might, I wind up
scratching my head saying I don’t know.
The Bible is full of mysteries. Mysteries that may never be
told, because people who lived in those stories who wrote those
stories are long gone. And we remain behind to try and
figure out the who, what, where, and why the mysteries of the
scriptures. I think today’s Gospel passage
about doubting Thomas is the perfect example of this.
The story is– itself is rather clear.
The details are abundant and to the naked eye there seems
nothing out of the ordinary. The resurrected Christ appears.
The disciples who are present see and believe that he is
risen. Thomas, who is not present,
doubts the story of Jesus’s resurrection, and only when he
actually meets Jesus in the flesh and touches his wound does
he believe in Jesus’s resurrection.
A very short and sweet story, no?
But the big mysterious question that lies beneath this story, a
question that’s probably plagued biblical scholars and Christians
at large for centuries. And that question is why.
Why did St. John include this story in his Gospel?
Why is he the only evangelist to record this particular story
about Thomas? No other gospel writer does
that. Why did St. John include this
rather peculiar story about a disciple, one of the original
Twelves openly doubts Jesus’s resurrection in spite of the
sworn testimony of the rest of the apostles?
What was St. John’s purpose for including this story in his
Gospel? These have been the questions
biblical scholars and Christians have been wrestling with for
centuries, and today we should ask the very same questions–
why? But as mysterious and as
difficult as this question may be, the answer we may give may
be a surprise to you. Surprise not because it’s too
complex to understand or too difficult to comprehend, the
answer may surprise you because it is very, very simple.
The answer is that St. John in his Gospel story, he wrote it
for us. He wrote his gospel with us in
mind. Not us in mind in particular,
but us in general. The generations to come who
would read his gospel stories. You see, the whole purpose John
wrote his gospel was because he was the last of the original
twelve apostles. At the time of his writings,
Jesus knew that for the most part all of the other disciples
were dead. And he alone was left to tell
the story of Jesus firsthand. He was one of the– one lone
surviving witness, eyewitness, to the life and death and
resurrection of Jesus. And he wanted to make sure that
that faith he had come to have in Jesus and his life would pass
us through us in our lives. The generations and generations
to come. Those who would read his gospel
stories and believe in him, just as they did 2,000 years ago
standing right there in front of him.
Like Thomas, we were absent when Jesus appeared in the flesh
after the resurrection. That was 2,000 years ago.
Like Thomas, we heard fantastic stories from others, the things
the apostles saw with their own eyes and heard with their own
ears. We can easily read about them in
the scriptures, and very much like Thomas, we might have our
moments of doubt about who Jesus was and what he means to us, the
generations that come after; and what we mean to him.
We, in short, are very much like Thomas in John’s Gospel.
But unlike Thomas, who received a very special visit from our
Lord to prove his resurrection, we hold on to our faith in Jesus
Christ in spite of not seeing him or touching him or hearing
his voice like they did 2,000 years ago.
But what did Jesus say to us at the end of our Gospel passage
today? “Blessed are you who have not
seen and yet come to believe.” Those are Jesus’s words and his
promise– “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet still
believe.” My brothers and sisters, in
spite of all the things that can be said about today’s Gospel
about St. Thomas, in spite of all the questions that may lie
underneath this passage, there is one thing that Jesus wants to
assure us today, and I’m most certain of that.
And that is we are blessed, we’re favoured and loved by God.
Because we have not seen and yet we believe.
Not because we have seen and not because we’ve heard, not because
we’ve touched, but rather we’re blessed because we have not done
all of those things. We’ve not seen, we have not
heard, we have not touched, and yet we still believe.
We are here and we received the message of Christ 2,000 years
later. His message of love.
That’s God’s message to each and every one of us today on the
second Sunday of Easter. It’s short, very sweet, and
simple. To be right to the point:
blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to
believe in him. May these words have meaning in
your life and mine, and may God give you his peace. (Papers rustling) (Soft footsteps) Together as one family of
believers we profess our faith in God, Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit as we pray:>>All: 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, and 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.
>>My brothers and sisters, we rejoice in the holy Easter
season. We call upon the Lord to hear
and answer the prayers of your people, for the church and for
the world.>>For our holy father the Pope,
all bishops, priests, and deacons; and for all with a
special ministry in the church, we pray to the Lord.
>>All: Lord, hear our prayer.>>For the newly baptized at
Easter, that God in his mercy will continue to give them life
in our Lord Jesus Christ our Lord.
We pray to the Lord.>>All: Lord, hear our prayer.
>>For peace and reconciliation in the world, we pray to
the Lord.>>All: Lord, hear our prayer.
>>For the sick and the infirm separated from their parish
communities who join us today, that this mass celebrated for
them will bring them comfort and joy, we pray to the Lord.
>>All: Lord, hear our prayer.>>Let us take a few moments and
offer our own petitions. (Silence) We pray to the Lord.
>>All: Lord, hear our prayer.>>Almighty and eternal God,
your spirit guides the church. Listen to our prayers of
petition. We ask this in the name of the
Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever.
>>All: Amen.>>My brothers and sisters,
having listened to God’s word, we now celebrate his supper in
joy and thanksgiving. (Silence) (Soft footsteps) (Soft rustling) Blessed are you Lord, God of all
creation, for through your goodness we have received the
bread we offer you. Fruit of the earth and work of
human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
>>Lectors: Blessed be God forever. (Soft thud) (Soft splashing) (Soft rustling) (Soft splash) (Soft rustling)>>And blessed are you, Lord God
of all creation, for through your goodness we have received
the wine we offer you, fruit of the vine and work of human
hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
>>All: Blessed be God forever. (Silence) (Indistinct soft whispering) (Soft splashing) (Soft rustling)>>Thank you.
So pray, my brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and
yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.
>>Lectors: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for
the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good
of all his holy church.>>Accept, o Lord we pray, the
sacrifice of your people. And for those you have brought
to new birth. That renewed by confession in
your name and by baptism, they may attain unending happiness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
>>Lectors: Amen. (Soft rustling)>>So, my brothers and sisters,
the Lord be with you.>>Lectors: And with
your spirit.>>Lift up your hearts.
>>Lectors: We lift them up to the Lord.
>>Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
>>Lectors: It is right and just.
>>It is truly right and just. Our duty and our salvation at
all times to acclaim you, o Lord, but in this time above
all to laud you yet more gloriously, when Christ our
Passover has been sacrificed. For he is the true Lamb, who has
taken away the sins of the world.
By dying he’s destroyed our death, and by rising restored
our life. Therefore, overcome with Paschal
joy, every land, every people exalts in your praise.
And even the heavenly powers with angelic hosts sing together
the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:
>>All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts.
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the
name of the Lord, 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 dewfall, 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, Jesus took bread and giving you thanks, Father, broke
it, 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.” (Indistinct whispering) (Soft rustling) In a similar way, when supper
was ended, Jesus took the chalice and once more giving you
thanks, Father, 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.” (Soft indistinct whispering) (Silence) (Soft rustling) The mystery of faith.
>>All: 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 his Holy Spirit.
Remember, Lord, your church spread throughout the world and
bring us to the fullness of charity and love.
Together with Francis, our Pope; Thomas, our Bishop; and all your
people. 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; Saint Joseph; the apostles and all the
saints who have pleased you throughout the ages we may merit
to be co-heirs to eternal life and praise and glorify you
through your son, Jesus Christ. For through him and with him and
in him, o God, Almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, forever and ever.
>>All: Amen. (Soft thud)>>At our saviour’s command,
informed by his divine teachings, as brothers and
sisters we dare to pray:>>All: 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 and worry as we await the blessed
hope and the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ.
>>All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever.>>Lord Jesus Christ who 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 us peace and unity in accordance with
your will, who lives and reigns forever and ever.
>>All: Amen.>>My brothers and sisters,
the peace of the Lord be with you always.
>>Lectors: And with your spirit.
>>Lets us offer in peace in our hearts and our minds to those
who may need God’s peace this day.
In the silence of our hearts, let us offer them our
forgiveness and our peace in his name. (Silence) (Soft rustling) Lamb of God…
>>All: 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.
(Rustling) (Silence) (Rustling) (Rustling)>>My brothers and sisters,
behold the Lamb of God. Behold Him who takes away the
sins of the world. Blessed are those who are called
to the supper of the lamb.>>Both: Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and
my soul shall be healed.>>The body and the blood of
Christ keep us safe for eternal life. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (Light guitar music) ♪ (Silence)>>Let us pray. (Silence) Grant, we pray, almighty God
that our reception of this pascal sacrament may have a
continuing effect in our minds and in our hearts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.
My brothers and sisters, the Lord be with you.
>>Both: And with your spirit.>>May Almighty God bless and
protect you now and always, the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit.>>Lectors: Amen.
>>Our mass celebration has ended.
Go in peace, alleluia, alleluia.>>Lectors: Thanks be to God,
alleluia, alleluia. ♪ The love of Christ is ♪ ♪ Serving all our sisters
and our brothers ♪ ♪ Father forgive us ♪ ♪ Through Jesus hear us ♪ ♪ As we forgive one another ♪ ♪>>Good morning, and thank you
for being with us on this Sunday morning.
A special word of thanks to Father Michael Corcione.
Fr. Michael is the pastor of St. Peter’s Parish in
Woodbridge, Ontario. This beautiful Easter season, spring is in the air after a
long winter. I want to thank you for your
many cards over the Easter season.
Your letters of support and your financial support that makes the
mass possible. We offer the mass every Sunday
for your personal intentions. Until next week at this time,
rest assured of our prayers and please keep us in yours.
Until next Sunday morning, God bless. ♪ To seek the sinners ♪ ♪ Jesus came to live
among the friendless ♪ ♪ To show them love ♪ ♪ That they might share
the kingdom of (Unclear) ♪ ♪ Father forgive us
through Jesus hear us ♪ ♪ As we forgive one another ♪ ♪ Forgive us, Lord,
as we forgive ♪ ♪ And seek
to help each other ♪ ♪ Forgive us, Lord,
and we shall we live to pray ♪ ♪ And work together ♪ ♪ Father, forgive us,
through Jesus hear us ♪ ♪ As we forgive one another ♪ ♪

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