A Hospital for Sinners – A Training Ground for Saints

Readings and Prayers – 22 March

© The scriptural quotations are taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday & Co Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. The English translation of the Psalm Responses, the Alleluia and Gospel Verses, and the Lenten Gospel Acclamations, and the Titles, Summaries, and Conclusion of the Readings, from the Lectionary for Mass © 1997, 1981, 1968, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

First Reading

A reading from the first book of Samuel

The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen myself a king among his sons.’ When Samuel arrived, he caught sight of Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed one stands there before him,’ but the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Take no notice of his appearance or his height for I have rejected him; God does not see as man sees; man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.’ Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ He then asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ He answered, ‘There is still one left, the youngest; he is out looking after the sheep.’ Then Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he comes.’ Jesse had him sent for, a boy of fresh complexion, with fine eyes and pleasant bearing. The Lord said, ‘Come, anoint him, for this is the one.’ At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him where he stood with his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from that day on.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm

(R.)The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1. The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit. (R.)

2. He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort. (R.)

3. You have prepared a banquet for me
In the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing. (R.)

4. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever. (R.)

Second Reading

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians

You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast. The things which are done in secret are things that people are ashamed even to speak of; but anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into light. That is why it is said:

Wake up from your sleep,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation

Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!

Introduction

Good morning/evening everyone.

How do we come to faith? It can be a gradual process for all of us, and often involves testing. But all of us are called to renew our faith especially during Lent.

Please stand and join in the singing of our entrance hymn ………………………………….

General Intercessions

That we will stand with Pope Francis in prayer for all affected by the coronavirus. Lord, in your mercy…

That healing will be granted to those who carry the coronavirus, encouragement for their families and friends, not forgetting those who live with other general and chronic illnesses
and disabilities. Lord, in your mercy…

That those involved in the medical care of all the sick, and that those who are promoting the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus will be safe and wise. Lord, in your mercy…

That bishops, priests and deacons, religious and pastoral workers, imams, rabbis and monks, will be devoted to the pastoral and spiritual needs of people in this time of high anxiety. Lord, in your mercy…

That in this time of international crisis people will discover anew the importance of faith, and the consolation of knowing God’s love revealed in Jesus, the Healer and Compassionate One. Lord, in your mercy…

That all who have died of the coronavirus around the world will find peace in God. We also remember ……………………………………………………………. Archangela Di Bella who died this week, Tony Sturiale who died last week, Luigi Casagrande who died recently, Emidio Cantoni, Salvatore Coco, Ottorino Brescacin, Alf Russo, Enzo Mancuso whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all our deceased relatives and friends. Lord, in your mercy …

We place before the Lord our own personal needs and prayers. (Count to 10) Lord, in your mercy …

Together let us pray
Almighty and all-merciful God,
lover of the human race, healer of all our wounds,
in whom there is no shadow of death,
save us in this time of crisis;
grant wisdom and courage to our leaders;
watch over all medical people as they tend the sick and work for a cure;
stir in us a sense of solidarity beyond all isolation;
if our doors are closed, let our hearts be open.
By the power of your love destroy the virus of fear,
that hope may never die and the light of Easter, the triumph of life,
may shine upon us and the whole world.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy Mary, health of the sick, pray for us.
St Joseph, guardian of us all, pray for us.