A PRAYER SERVICE AT HOME
WHEN ATTENDANCE AT MASS IS NOT POSSIBLE

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 9, 2021

In these times when not all feel free to gather together as a Christian Community to celebrate Mass, let us unite ourselves spiritually to the Mass as it is being celebrated in our churches.

One way you can do this by joining broadcast Masses on radio, television, or via the internet.

This resource is offered to provide a ritual by which families, "the domestic church," can keep the Lord's day holy by joining together to celebrate part of the Church's liturgy at home. Ideally, the head of the family will lead the service; other members of the family should take on roles as readers.

It would be appropriate to celebrate this service at the usual time the family would attend Mass. If possible, prepare a suitable prayer space with a crucifix, holy picture and/or a candle or two. If the family is blessed with musical talent, hymns would be appropriate.

INTRODUCTORY RITES

GREETING

PENITENTIAL ACT

  • Leader:
  • The risen Christ goes before us into God's glory.
    With joyful alleluias we celebrate giving praise and thanks.

After a pause for silent reflection, the leader continues.

  • Leader:
  • Lord Jesus, you lay down your life for us.
    Lord, have mercy.

  • All:
  • Lord, have mercy.
  • Leader
  • Christ Jesus, you free us from the slavery of sin.
    Christ, have mercy.

  • All:
  • Christ, have mercy.
  • Leader
  • Lord Jesus, you call us to love one another.
    Lord, have mercy.

  • All:
  • Lord, have mercy.

GLORY TO GOD

  • All:
  • Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to people of good will.

    We praise you, we bless you
    we adore you, we glorify you,
    we give you thanks for your great glory,
    Lord God, heavenly King,
    O 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 alone are the Lord,
    you alone are the Most High, (Jesus),
    Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
    in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

COLLECT

  • Leader:
  • Let us pray.

    Grant, almighty God,
    that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy,
    which we keep in honor of the risen Lord,
    and that what we relive in remembrance
    we may always hold to in what we do.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    God, for ever and ever. Amen.

  • All:
  • Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

FIRST READING

  • Reader:
  • A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

    When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet,
    paid him homage. Peter, however, raised him up, saying, "Get
    up. I myself A.M. also a human being."

    Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, "In truth, I see that
    God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears
    him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him."

    While Peter was still speaking these things, the Holy Spirit
    fell upon all who were listening to the word. The circumcised
    believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift
    of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles
    also, for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying
    God. Then Peter responded, "Can anyone withhold the water for
    baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even
    as we have?" He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus
    Christ.

    The Word of the Lord.

  • All:
  • Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

  • Reader:
  • The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

  • All:
  • The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
  • Reader:
  • Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    his right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
  • All:
  • The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
  • Reader:
  • The Lord has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
  • All:
  • The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
  • Reader:
  • All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
  • All:
  • The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

SECOND READING

  • Leader:
  • Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

  • Leader:
  • The Word of the Lord.
  • All:
  • Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

  • Cantor:
  • Alleluia! Alleluia!
  • All:
  • Alleluia! Alleluia!
  • Cantor:
  • Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
    and my Father will love him and we will come to him.

  • All:
  • Alleluia! Alleluia!


GOSPEL

  • Leader:
  • Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.

    "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another."

    The Gospel of the Lord.

  • All:
  • Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

REFLECTION

  • Reader:
  • Daily Meditation: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

    The Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening. (Acts 10:44)

    The story of Peter and Cornelius is one of the most remarkable in the Book of Acts — and worth reading in its entirety (10:1-49). Yet none of it would have happened if these two men had not been open to the possibility of God doing something new.

    Peter, a devout Jew, had never eaten anything "unclean." When God gave him a vision asking him to eat one of those forbidden animals, Peter's first reaction was to recoil in horror (Acts 10:14). But when three men arrived asking him to come to Cornelius' house, Peter realized what the vision meant. Despite the strict separation between Gentile and Jew that had been practiced for centuries, God wanted him to go (10:17-20).

    Cornelius was a "God-fearer," meaning he was a Gentile who worshipped the God of Israel (Acts 10:2). His openness to God had been nurtured through years of following the Lord. So when an angel appeared to him and told him to send for Peter, he obeyed (10:5). Then as Peter was proclaiming the gospel, Cornelius received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues (10:44, 46).

    How can we be open to the Lord and whatever "new things" he may want to do through us? First, like Peter and Cornelius, we need to stay close to God in prayer. Because of their faithfulness, God was able to speak to both men and show them how he wanted to bring salvation to the Gentiles. Second, we should be careful not to place limits on God. Peter had to trust God with a new and different way of living out his faith. Cornelius had to be open to receiving new life in the Spirit through Baptism.

    Are you open to anything God might ask of you? Today, pray for the grace to see where you might have drawn a line in the sand that you have asked God not to cross. God can, and will, use you — as long as you remain open to him.

    Lord, give me an open heart that places no limits on you.

PROFESSION OF FAITH

  • All:
  • 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:

    [All bow during these two lines:]
    and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
       and become 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 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 the life of the world to come. Amen.

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

    Jesus said, Whatever you ask the Father in my name will be granted."
    Therefore, let us place our needs before God.

  • Reader:
  • The response will be: Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For the Church: (pause)
    that we may continually draw life from Christ
    and bear a rich harvest of virtues and Gospel values for God's glory.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For peace: (pause)
    that God will give courage and wisdom
    to those working to end the spread of nuclear weapons
    and protect all the human family from extinction.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For a new awareness of our responsibility
    for the earth and its resources: (pause)
    that the Spirit will strengthen our resolve to care for God's creation
    and ensure resources for future generations.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For all mothers and those who have shown us a mother's love: (pause)
    that God will watch over them, bless them with every good gift,
    and fill their hearts with peace.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For all who long to be mothers: (pause)
    that the God of tender mercy will hear the yearnings of their hearts
    and give hope to those struggling with infertility, awaiting adoption,
    or grieving the death of an infant.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For the sick, especially those for whom
    we have been asked to pray, and, particularly,
    those who are placed in quarantine and isolation, (pause)
    that God's healing touch may bring them comfort and peace.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For all our sisters and brothers who have died, especially
    those who have died from the coronavirus pandemic,
    (pause)

    that they experience the joy of God's heavenly family for all eternity.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For the prayers we now make in the silence of our hearts, (pause)

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Leader:
  • Triune God, we feel your presence in our lives.
    Draw us closer to you through the power of the Spirit
    and grant our prayers in the name of Jesus our Lord.

  • All:
  • Amen.

LORD'S PRAYER

  • Leader:
  • Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Savior gave us.
  • 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.

    Amen.


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

  • All:
  • My Jesus, I believe that you are present
       in the most Blessed Sacrament.
    I love You above all things
       and I desire to receive You into my soul.

    Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
       come at least spiritually into my heart.

    I embrace You as if You were already there,
       and unite myself wholly to You.
    Never permit me to be separated from You.

    Amen.

PRAYER OF BLESSING

  • Leader:
  • St Michael, the Archangel, Protect and Pray for us.
  • All:
  • Amen.
  • Leader:
  • The Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us; the Lord turn his face toward us and give us his peace both now and forever.
  • All:
  • Amen.
  • Leader:
  • In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
  • All:
  • Amen.
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© 1998, 1997, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC

Prayers at Home When Gathering for Mass Is Not Possible
© 2020, the Diocese of Clonfert and the Diocese of Elphin, Ireland

The Roman Missal © 2011, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC

Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest: Leader's Edition
© 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC

The Word Among Us, © 2020 The Word Among Us.