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THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT: PASSIONTIDE -
SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2020 SUNDAY WORSHIP FOR
THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND HOLY MASS DUE
TO COVID 19

OPENING LENTEN HYMN: O My Jesus  

O, my Jesus, knelt in anguish on that night of pain and
grief.  Lo an angel soothes Thy sorrow Brings unto Thy
soul relief.  : Come, my Jesus, come, my Jesus, come, my
Jesus,  hear my prayer. Grant me Lord, Thy grief to
share:

O, my Jesus, filled with suff'ring crucified on the
shameful tree.   When Thou comest to Thy Kingdom,
There, O Lord, Remember me. : Come, my Jesus, come,
my Jesus, come, my Jesus,  hear my prayer. Grant me
Lord, Thy grief to share:   In the name of the  Father
and of the Son of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Blessed be the Holy and Undivided Trinity, now and
forever.  Amen.

Dear Father in heaven, thank You for bringing me safely
to the beginning of a new day.  Keep me safe throughout
the day from temptation, sin and evil.  O Lord, by Your
help and guidance may my thoughts, words and all that I
do be in accordance with Your holy will.  Amen.

ACT OF CONTRITION
O God, from the depth of my heart I am sorry for
sinning against You.  Through my sins I have turned
away from You, displeased You and offended You.  I
promise to confess my sins, to do penance and with Your
grace to amend my life by following You closely and
keeping Your commandments.

ENTRANCE HYMN
V.  Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth
shall awake; Some shall live forever, others shall be an
everlasting horror and disgrace.   R.  But the wise shall
shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and
those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars
forever.   V.  Lord, for us Your wounds were suffered.
R.  O Christ Jesus, have mercy on us.

THE KYRIE
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have
mercy.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, Your Son has made the
grave holy and a place of hope for Your people.  May we
who die in Him also rise in Him.    We ask this through
the same Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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FIRST READING: Ezekiel 37:12-14

Thus says the Lord God: O my people,  I will open your
graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back
to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the
Lord,  when I open your graves and have you rise from
them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you
may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you
shall know that I am the Lord. I have promised, and I
will do it, says the Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my
voice! Let your ears be attentive to my voice in
supplication. R. With the Lord there is mercy and
fullness of redemption.

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered.  R.
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of
redemption.  

I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in his word. More than
sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord.
R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of
redemption.

For with the Lord is kindness and with him is plenteous
redemption; And he will redeem Israel from all their
iniquities.  R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness
of redemption.

SECOND READING:  Romans 8:8-11

Brothers and sisters: Those who are in the flesh cannot
please God. But you are not in the flesh; on the
contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God
dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of
Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is
alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one
who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one
who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your
mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you.

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL: John 11:25-26

Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ, King of the endless
glory
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die.
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ, King of the endless
glory

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THE GOSPEL: John 11:1-45

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of
Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had
anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet
with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.   
So the sisters sent word to him saying, “Master, the one
you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This
illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God,
that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when
he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the
place where he was. Then after this he said to his
disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” The disciples said
to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you,
and you want to go back there?” Jesus answered, “Are
there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the
day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of
this world. But if one walks at night, he stumbles,
because the light is not in him.” He said this, and then
told them, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going
to awaken him.”  So the disciples said to him, “Master, if
he is asleep, he will be saved.” But Jesus was talking
about his death, while they thought that he meant
ordinary sleep. So then Jesus said to them clearly,
“Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not
there, that you may believe. Let us go to him.” So
Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples,
“Let us also go to die with him.”
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already
been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near
Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the
Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them
about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was
coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my
brother would not have died. But even now I know that
whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said
to her,  “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I
know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and
everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do
you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have
come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”
When she had said this, she went and called her sister
Mary secretly, saying, “The teacher is here and is
asking for you.” As soon as she heard this, she rose
quickly and went to him. For Jesus had not yet come into
the village, but was still where Martha had met him. So
when the Jews who were with her in the house
comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they
followed her,  presuming that she was going to the tomb
to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she
fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been
here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw
her weeping and the Jews who had come with her
weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and
said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Sir,
come and see.” And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See
how he loved him.”
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But some of them said, “Could not the one who opened
the eyes of the blind man have done something so that
this man would not have died?”
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a
cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, “Take away
the stone.”  Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead
for four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that
if you believe you will see the glory of God?” So they
took away the stone.  And Jesus raised his eyes and
said,  
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.  I know that you
always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have
said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” And
when he had said this, He cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand
and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a
cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen
what he had done began to believe in him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise be to You Lord
Jesus Christ.

REFLECTION – Adapted and revised from One Bread,
One Body

Today we hear how Jesus raised Lazarus from the
death.  How strong is your faith that the Holy Spirit will
raise your body from the dead on the last day?  Do you
believe your spirit will be raised at your death to meet
the Lord?  Do you believe Jesus’ Resurrection can
transform your life right now?  Especially as we see
sickness, the spread of virus and death from the Covid
19 outbreak. Jesus’ Resurrection is a promise of the
resurrection of the bodies and spirits of His disciples.  
Jesus’ Resurrection and our future resurrection, if we
believe and follow Him, should overshadow our present
circumstances.  Risen life begins when we believe in the
Resurrection – the past, present and future.  The
Resurrection is physical and spiritual.  The Resurrection
is historical, personal and eschatological (relating to the
last things). We are a Resurrection people, or more
precisely a resurrections-people.  In these next two
weeks of this Passiontide of the Lenten Season, prepare
to celebrate the Resurrection with a faith and joy that is
unexplainable except for those who have met the risen
Christ.   
(Take a few moments for silent reflection)


NICENE CREED

I believe in One God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker
of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.    I
believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light
from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made,
of one being with the Father. Through Him all things
were made.  For us and for our salvation He came down
from heaven; by     the power of the Holy Spirit He was
born of the Virgin Mary,    AND BECAME MAN. For
our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He
suffered death and was buried.   
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On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of 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 and giver of
life who proceeds from the Father.  With the Father and
the Son, He is worshipped and glorified.  He has spoken
through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and
apostolic church.  I acknowledge one baptism for the
forgiveness of sins.  I look for the resurrection of the
dead and the life of the world to come.   Amen.

OUR FATHER
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.

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
Most loving Jesus, I adore You in the Most Blessed
Sacrament, in Which You are truly present.  I love You
above all things and I long for You in my soul.  Since I
cannot receive You sacramentally, I ask You to come
spiritually into my heart and heal my soul.  I embrace
You and unite myself with You; may I never be
separated from You.  Inflame my heart with the fire of
Your love, my Lord and Savior.

COMMUNION VERSE
But Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake
and sing, you who lie in the dust.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION  
Let us pray.   Lord of life and death, You have
redeemed us with the precious blood of Your Son.
Through the Holy Eucharist keep us firm in the
confession of His name so that we may gain eternal life
as He promised.  We ask this through the same Jesus
Christ, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

PRAYER IN TIME OF NATIONAL ANXIETY
Let us pray. I come to You, Lord, in this time of
uncertainty and confusion that has gripped our nation.  I
pray that our leaders and representatives in government
are filled with Your peace, strength and courage.  May
your gifts of wisdom and understanding, fortitude and
counsel be sought and utilized by them for the well-being
of our country.  By their belief and trust in You may they
provide capable leadership, promote unity and peace,
and be attentive to the concerns of our people.  May
Your Church provide support and comfort; and help
strengthen our hope for peace through our Lord Jesus
Christ.  Amen.

THE ANGELUS – ASKING THE INTERCESSION OF
OUR BLESSED MOTHER  
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, R. And
she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
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Hail Mary … V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R.
Be it done unto me according to your word.  Hail
Mary… V. And the Word was made Flesh. R. And dwelt
among us.  Hail Mary …
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, R. That we may
be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O Lord, we ask You, pour forth Your grace
into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of
Christ, Your Son, was made known by the message of an
angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the
glory of His Resurrection.  We ask this through the
same Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen. In the name of the
 Father and of the Son of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

CLOSING HYMN FOR REFLECTION: Lord, Forgive!
On the cross, for the sins of man, our Lord was
crucified.  On the cross, 'mid great pain and suffering
He bled and died.   : Lord, forgive us when we fail Thee,  
Lord, forgive when we betray Thee, Lord forgive! :

From the cross, filled with mercy, our dear Lord looked
down on us.  From the cross, torn with sorrow, yet he
would forgive us. : Lord, forgive us when we fail Thee,  
Lord, forgive when we betray Thee, Lord forgive! :

FURTHER HYMN SELECTION:  Chris Tomlin – Resurrection Power
(For those with the ability – go to YouTube: watch and listen https:
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiatOIz8h0A)  
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