Catholic Mass for March 8th, 2020: The Second Sunday in Lent

Catholic Mass for March 8th, 2020: The Second Sunday in Lent


♪ Lord, who throughout
these 40 days ♪ ♪ For us did fast and pray ♪ ♪ Teach us to overcome our sin ♪ ♪ And plus by you to stay ♪ ♪ As you with
Satan did contend ♪ ♪ And did the victory win ♪ ♪ Oh give us strength
in you to fight ♪ ♪ In you to conquer sin ♪ – In the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation]
And with you spirit. – In today’s gospel,
Peter, James and John hear a voice from
a could tell them, this is my beloved son,
with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him. Let us pause to ask for
God’s mercy for the times we have not been
attentive to Jesus’ voice. I confess to Almighty God and
to you my brothers and sisters that I have greatly sinned, in
my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in
what I have failed to do. Through my fault,
through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I ask Blessed
Mary, ever Virgin, all the angels and saints and
you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to
the Lord, our God. May Almighty God have mercy
on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to
everlasting life. – [Congregation] Amen. – Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Let us pray. Oh God, who hath commanded us
to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish
us inwardly by your word that with spiritual sight
made pure we may rejoice to behold your glory, 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. – [Congregation] Amen. – A reading from
the book of Genesis. The Lord said to Abram,
go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and
from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great
nation and I will bless you. I will make your name great so
that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth
shall find blessing in you. Abram went as the
Lord instructed him. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Lord, let your
mercy be on us ♪ ♪ As we place our trust in you ♪ ♪ Lord, let your
mercy be on us ♪ ♪ As we place our trust in you ♪ ♪ Upright is the
word of the Lord ♪ ♪ And all his works
are trustworthy ♪ ♪ He loves justice and right ♪ ♪ Of the kindness of the
Lord the earth is full ♪ ♪ Lord, let your
mercy be on us ♪ ♪ As we place our trust in you ♪ A reading from the second
letter of Saint Paul to Timothy. Beloved, bear your share
of hardship for the gospel with the strength that
comes from the Lord. He saved us and called
us to holy life, not according to our works but
according to his own design and the grace bestowed
on us in Christ Jesus before time began but now
made manifest through the appearance of our Savior, Christ
Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and
immortality to light through the Gospel. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Praise to you,
Lord Jesus Christ ♪ ♪ King of endless glory ♪ ♪ Praise to you,
Lord Jesus Christ ♪ ♪ King of endless glory ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – A reading from the Holy
Gospel according to Matthew. – [Congregation]
Glory to you, oh Lord. – Jesus took Peter, James
and John, his brother, and led them up a high
mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured
before them. His face shown like the sun and his clothes
became white as light. And behold, Moses and
Elijah appeared to them, conversing with them. Then Peter said to Jesus and
replied, Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will
make three tents here. One for you, one for
Moses and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking,
behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them. Then from the could
came a voice that said, this is my beloved Son,
with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him. When the disciples heard
this they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and
touched them saying, rise and do not be afraid. And when the disciples
raised their eyes they saw no one else
but Jesus alone. As they were coming
down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, do not
tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has
been raised from the dead. The Gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation] Praise
to you, Lord Jesus Christ. – The gospel this
morning is the account of a mountaintop experience. It’s Matthew’s account
of Jesus’ transfiguration and we always read one of
the gospel writers’ accounts of the transfiguration on
the second Sunday of Lent. It marks a significant
shift in Jesus’ ministry. He’s gone up the mountain
and he’s taken his senior administration with
him, Peter, James and John. They are, of course, the same
three that he will ask to stay awake with him in
the Garden of Gethsemane before his execution. He has been teaching
and feeding and healing. He has made quite a name for
himself and the disciples there are at his side. But on this day, Jesus, Peter,
James and John steal away by themselves up on a
mountaintop to retreat, perhaps take a breath, a break, from the frantic pace
of life down below. The crowds, the suffering,
the hungry, the poor, the arguments with
the local clergy and the keepers of the law. They’ve climbed up the mountain
to get away from it all. And what happens next is
completely unexpected. More shimmering mystery
than hard-edged theology. It’s like a scene
your might remember from depths of a sleepy dream. Jesus transfigured before
them, his face shining like the sun and his
clothes dazzling and Elijah, the great prophet
of the Hebrew people, with Moses, the one to
whom God gave the law on top of Mount
Sinai, both appeared. And for some reason, this
doesn’t seem odd to Peter. Two guys who had been
dead for hundreds of years showing up out of the blue. Jesus looking like
something out of a dream. Elijah, Moses, Jesus. Peter decides right then
his life is better lived in the mountains. He says, let’s stay here. And multi-talented
Peter switches from fisherman to tentmaker. He plans to set up
camp for a while. Peter’s talking as if
he’s out of his mind. He doesn’t get it now
any more than he will be in the garden a
few weeks from now. Before Jesus can respond
to Peter, a cloud appears, similar to the one that
appeared a few weeks back at Jesus’ baptism. And the voice booms
out as it did then, this is my beloved with
whom I am well pleased. It’s then that they have to
journey back down the mountain. Jesus leading them, of course. It’s a way in which God
comes into the world not solely in the
cloud of mystery but
not just from a voice from heaven but in the midst
of human flesh, God comes down the mountain, close, to get
down in the dirt with a touch of the hand and with the
words, do not be afraid. The disciples had to go back
down in the valley with him. Nothing more to sustain
them than a glimpse, that one voice, one touch
to give them courage and to relieve their fear. Of course, reading this
gospel in the midst of Lent, we’re reminded of another
mountain we’ll go up with Jesus, Calvary, in just a few weeks. This mountain prefigures
that one and it’s there that we see the depths
of God’s love for us. Jesus will be covered
not with dazzling clothes but with blood and sweat,
surrounded not by disciples but by Roman soldiers, not by
prophets but by two thieves. It’ll be quite different. God’s beloved Son will
have a broken body, ripped open by the tragedy
in the valleys of human life and called down the mountain,
he will take up his cross. We need to remember that
God doesn’t live far off in the clouds but dares to
walk this earth with us, in full humanity,
with full mortality. Called down the mountain
with fear dispelled, we are able to hear Jesus’
words of hope and peace. It doesn’t mean that the road
will not be filled with danger but bearing the costs
of Jesus in this life we walk this journey
with God in the flesh, trusting that fear and death
do not get the final word, trusting that there is
that vision on the top of the mountain
with Jesus in glory. So together we
profess our faith. I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus
Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the
Father before all ages, God from God, light from
light, true God from true God, begotten not made,
consubstantial with the Father. Through him all
things were made. For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven and by the Holy Spirit was
incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man. For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and
was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance
with the scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right
hand of God the Father. He will come again in glory to
judge the living and the dead and his kingdom
will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life who proceeds from the
Father and the Son, who with the Father and the
Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken
through the prophets. I believe in one Holy
Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for
the forgiveness of sins. And I look forward to the
resurrection of the dead, and life of the world to come. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord provides for
us streams of living water to quench our thirst
and to renew us and glimpses of him in glory
so we place our hope in him, as we open our hearts in prayer. – For members of the church
throughout the world, may our ears be attuned
to the voice of God calling is to the fullness
of life, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For leaders of nations that
as they work to build up their own countries they also commit
to helping those stricken by natural disasters and
poverty, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For the sick of our faith
community and for members of our families who
experience daily hardship, may they trust in the Lord’s
kindness, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For those who have died,
may they know the complete and eternal glory of Jesus
this day, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. Answer our prayers, dear
Lord, that as your Son was transfigured in glory,
our world may be transformed into the foretaste of
your kingdom, through
Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. (reflective piano music) – Pray, sisters and
brothers, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable
to God, our Almighty Father. – Forgive us our trespasses
and give us a chance to praise and glory of
his name for our good and good call, holy church. – May this sacrifice,
oh Lord we pray, cleanse us of our faults
and sanctify your faithful in body and mind for
the celebration of the Pascal Festivities
through Christ our Lord, amen. The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregation] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God. – [Congregation] It
is right and just. – 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. For after he had told the
disciples of his coming death on the holy mountain he
manifested to them his glory to show even by the testimony
of the law and the prophets that the passion leads to the
glory of the resurrection. So with the powers of heaven
we worship you constantly on earth and before your
majesty without end we acclaim. ♪ 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 ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ You are indeed holy, oh Lord,
the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore,
these gifts we pray by sending down your Spirit
upon them like the dewfall so 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, he took
bread and giving thanks, broke it and 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. In a similar way when supper
was ended, he took the chalice and once more giving thanks
he 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. ♪ The mystery of faith ♪ ♪ We proclaim your
death, oh Lord ♪ ♪ And profess your
resurrection ♪ ♪ Until you come again ♪ ♪ 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 the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your church
spread throughout the world. Bring her to the
fullness of charity. Together with Francis, our
Pope, George Leo, our bishop and all the clergy remember
also our brothers and sisters who’ve 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,
with blessed Joseph her spouse, with the blessed apostles
and all the saints who have pleased you
throughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs
to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through
your Son, Jesus Christ. ♪ Through him and
with him and in him, ♪ ♪ Oh God, Almighty Father ♪ ♪ In the unity of
the Holy Spirit ♪ ♪ All glory and honor is
yours forever and ever ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ At the Savior’s command and
formed by divine teaching we dare to say. Our Father, who art in
heaven, hallowed by 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
as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our
Savior, Jesus Christ. – [Congregation] For the kingdom
and the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. – Lord Jesus Christ, you
said to your apostles, peace I leave you,
my peace I give you. Look not upon our sins but
on the faith of your church and graciously grant her
peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live
and reign forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The peace of the Lord
be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other a sign of peace. ♪ 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 ♪ ♪ Have mercy on us ♪ ♪ Lamb of God you take away
the sins of the world ♪ ♪ Grant us peace ♪ Behold, the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called
to the supper of the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that
you should enter under my roof but only say the word and
my soul shall be healed. ♪ Only this I want
but to know the Lord ♪ ♪ And to bear his cross so
to wear the crown he wore ♪ ♪ All of this is loss ♪ ♪ Worthless refuse to me ♪ ♪ For to gain the light
is to gain all I need ♪ ♪ Only this I want ♪ ♪ But to know the Lord ♪ ♪ And to bear his cross ♪ ♪ So to wear the crown he wore ♪ ♪ Only this I want ♪ ♪ But to know the Lord ♪ ♪ And to bear his cross ♪ ♪ So to wear the crown he wore ♪ Let us pray. As we receive these
glorious mysteries we make thanksgiving
to you, oh Lord, for allowing us while still
on earth to be partakers even now of the things of
heaven, through Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – This broadcast of the Sunday
Mass has been made possible by contributions to the
Catholic Stewardship Appeal. If you’d like to assist
the people of the Diocese of Las Vegas in keeping
this ministry on the air, please watch for the information
on your screen at the end. The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May Almighty God bless you. The Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – Go in peace, glorifying
the Lord by your life. Thanks be to God. ♪ Oh God, beyond all praising
we worship you today ♪ ♪ And sing the love amazing
that sons cannot repay ♪ ♪ For we can only wonder
at every gift you send ♪ ♪ And blessings without number
and mercies without end ♪ ♪ We lift our hearts before
you and wait upon your word ♪ ♪ We honor and adore you,
our great and mighty Lord ♪ ♪ A flower of earthly splendor
in time would surely die ♪ ♪ It’s fragile blooms surrender
to you, the Lord Most High ♪ ♪ But in and from all nature
the eternal seed is sown ♪ ♪ Though small in mortal stature
to heaven’s garden grow ♪ ♪ For Christ, the
man from heaven ♪ ♪ From death has set us free ♪ ♪ And we, through him, are
given the final victory ♪ ♪ Then hear, oh gracious Savior,
accept the love we bring ♪ ♪ That we who know your favor
may serve you as our King ♪ ♪ And whether our tomorrows ♪ ♪ Be filled with good or ill ♪ ♪ We’ll triumph
through our sorrows ♪ ♪ And rise to bless you still ♪ ♪ To marvel at your beauty
and glory in your ways ♪ ♪ And make a joyful melody,
our sacrifice of praise ♪ (reflective piano music)

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