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While Public Mass is not being celebrated in our church, participation in televised Masses is certainly one way to continue worshipping. Below is a format for you to use in your own household perhaps at the usual time you would have come to Mass at St. Thomas:
 
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
April 5,  2020
 
Greeting
 
Leader: O Lord, open my lips.
All: And my mouth shall declare your praise.
 
Introductory Psalm - Psalm 95
 
Leader: Come, let us sing to the LORD
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the LORD.
All: Come, let us adore Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.
 
Leader: The LORD is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.
All: Come, let us adore Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.
 
Leader: Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the LORD, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.
All: Come, let us adore Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.
 
All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Come, let us adore Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.
 
Leader: Let us prepare our worship by calling to mind our sins and asking God’s forgiveness.
 
Have mercy on us, O Lord,
For we have sinned against you
 
Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
And grant us your salvation.
 
Leader:
Let us pray
By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God,
may we walk eagerly in that same charity
with which, out of love for the world,
your Son handed himself over to death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

 
Readings
 
Personal reflection on the readings
You may consider these or your own questions:
  • What most catches your attention in today's readings?  Is there a word or image that especially stands out?
  • How do these readings make you feel today?
  • Do you identify with anyone in today’s readings?  Why?
  • What does God seem to be telling us in today's readings?
Leader:
As Jesus called upon the Father in his hour of need, let us now place our needs before the Father.
Response: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
THAT POPE FRANCIS AND ALL PASTORS MAY BE EXAMPLES OF FAITHFUL DISCIPLESHIP WHEN IT IS DIFFICULT AND NOT ONLY WHEN IT IS EASY, WE PRAY
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
THAT CHRIST’S WILLINGNESS TO SHARE THE BURDEN OF PAIN AND SUFFERING MAY CONSOLE AND STRENGTHEN THOSE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING TRAGEDY AND LOSS, WE PRAY
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
THAT THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF COMBATING THE PANDEMIC – DOCTORS, NURSES, EMERGENCY WORKERS, AMBULANCE DRIVERS AND OTHERS – BE KEPT HEALTHY IN BODY AND SPIRIT, WE PRAY
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
THAT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST JOBS AND BUSINESSES DUE TO THIS CRISIS MAY RECEIVE THE FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT THEY NEED, WE PRAY
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
THAT THE NEEDS OF THE POOR AND THE VULNERABLE NOT BE FORGOTTEN IN THE MIDST OF CRISIS  WE PRAY
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
FOR THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND OF OUR PARISH, AND FOR ALL THOSE FOR WHOM PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED, WHETHER SICK OR IN HARM’S WAY SERVING IN POLICE OR OUR ARMED FORCES, WE PRAY
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
FOR ALL THOSE IN OUR PARISH FAMILY WHO HAVE DIED: especially …
THAT THEY MAY ENJOY NEW LIFE IN CHRIST,
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
FOR ALL THE INTENTIONS WE NOW MAKE IN THE SILENCE OF OUR HEARTS (BRIEF PAUSE) . . ., WE PRAY
All: Lord, draw us closer to you this Holy Week.
 
Leader:  Father in heaven, hear our prayers and give us hope in this time of crisis.  Through Christ our Lord. 
All: Amen.
 
 
Act of Spiritual Communion
 
My Jesus,
I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I long for You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though You have already come,
I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You;
never permit me to be separated from You.
 
Leader:
Let us pray
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers,
wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
Through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
 
Leader:
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All: Amen.

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