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

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

In these extraordinary times when we cannot gather 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:
  • God's love is manifested in Jesus Christ, who delivers us from every evil.
    Let us prepare ourselves to celebrate these mysteries.

After a pause for silent reflection, the leader continues.

  • Leader:
  • Lord Jesus, you taught with authority.
    Lord, have mercy.

  • All:
  • Lord, have mercy.
  • Leader
  • Christ Jesus, you deliver us from all evil.
    Christ, have mercy.

  • All:
  • Christ, have mercy.
  • Leader
  • Lord Jesus, you show us the Father's love.
    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 us, Lord our God,
    that we may honor you with all our mind,
    and love everyone in truth of heart.
    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. Amen.

  • All:
  • Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

FIRST READING

  • Reader:
  • A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy

    Moses spoke to all the people, saying: "A prophet like me will
    the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin;
    to him you shall listen. This is exactly what you requested of
    the Lord, your God, at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when
    you said, `Let us not again hear the voice of the Lord, our God,
    nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.' And the Lord
    said to me, `This was well said. I will raise up for them a prophet
    like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his
    mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him. Whoever will
    not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will
    make him answer for it. But if a prophet presumes to speak in
    my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or
    speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.'"

    The Word of the Lord.

  • All:
  • Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

  • Reader:
  • If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

  • All:
  • If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
  • Reader:
  • Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;
    let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.
    Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
  • All:
  • If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
  • Reader:
  • Come, let us bow down in worship;
    let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
    For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds,
    the flock he guides.
  • All:
  • If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
  • Reader:
  • Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
    "Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
    as in the day of Massah in the desert,
    where your fathers tempted me;
    they tested me though they had seen my works."
  • All:
  • If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

SECOND READING

  • Reader:
  • A reading from St. Paul to the Corinthians.

    Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I A.M. telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.

    The Word of the Lord.

  • All:
  • Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

  • Cantor:
  • Alleluia, alleluia.
  • All:
  • Alleluia, alleluia.
  • Cantor:
  • The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light;
    on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death,
    light has arisen. Mt 4:16

  • All:
  • Alleluia, alleluia.


GOSPEL

  • Leader:
  • A reading from the Gospel according to Mark:

    Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you areŚthe Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

    The Gospel of the Lord.

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


REFLECTION

  • Reader:
  • Daily Meditation: Mark 1:21-28

    What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? (Mark 1:24)

    Talk about bursting onto the scene! Of course the demon possessing this man couldn't tolerate being around Jesus. But wouldn't it have been wiser to slink away rather than draw attention to himself?

    It happened a lot, in fact. Jesus would show up somewhere or reveal his glory in some way, and his presence would prompt resistance and sometimes even violent outbursts.

    This wasn't true just of demons. At the very beginning of his ministry, Jesus' announcement of the good news enraged enough people that they tried to push him off a cliff (Luke 4:24-30). Then, after only a few weeks of preaching and performing miracles, Jesus upset some Pharisees enough that they began plotting his murder (Mark 3:6). Not even his closest disciples were immune. Jesus' revelation of God's plan to save us through his cross upset Peter enough that he rebuked Jesus (Matthew 16:22).

    In one way or another, we have all reacted strongly against Jesus and his message of salvation. We all have pockets of darkness still lingering in our hearts. Maybe you refused to forgive someone. Maybe you knowingly chose sin in a tempting situation. Or maybe you denigrated a fellow believer who thinks differently than you do. Still, Jesus continues to love you and offer the grace you need to change. What was true in that synagogue in Capernaum is still true today: the darkness of sin can never overpower the light of Christ.

    Don't be surprised if you experience some form of opposition to Jesus in your heart todayŚmaybe in prayer or as you're trying to focus at Mass or as an opportunity to serve your family arises. Instead, take comfort from it. Trust that the light of Christ will not only expose your darkness; it can expel it as well.

    "Thank you, Jesus, for exposing my darkness — and for setting me free from it!"

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

  • Leader:
  • Our faithful God hears the cry of the poor.
    With confidence let us present our prayers.
  • Reader:
  • The response will be: Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For the Church, (pause)
    that the authoritative teachings of Jesus will guide and
    challenge us as we seek to be more authentic disciples.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For members of Congress and legislatures: (pause)
    that they will hear and comprehend the needs
    of the powerless and marginalized as
    legislation and priorities are developed.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For all who exercise authority: (pause)
    that they use their authority as Jesus did,
    to free people, to heal the sick, and to build up the community.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For the grace to be grounded in God: (pause)
    that each of us, whether celibate, single, married, or widowed,
    may seek God first in our lives and love others
    with the love with which God first loves us.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For all who are bound by evil: (pause)
    that the Spirit of Christ may release them from addictions,
    greed, anger, and vengeance so that they may live
    in the freedom of God's children.

    We pray to the Lord.

  • All:
  • Lord, hear our prayer.
  • Reader:
  • For students, faculty, and staff of Catholic schools: (pause)
    that the Spirit will guide them in growing in faith,
    offering outstanding education, and serving in love

    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:
  • Lord God, you deliver us from evil.
    Listen to our prayers and make us worthy followers of your Son.
    We ask this through Christ 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.