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November 22, 2020 • Solemnity of Christ the King

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INTRODUCTORY RITES

Introduction

Leader: Today is a special day that we call the Solemnity of Christ the King.
Today we celebrate how Jesus is a powerful ruler, but he is different from other kings.
Jesus always looks out for those who need the most help,
those who are bullied, who are forgotten, or don't have enough.
And we are called to do the same, as members of God's Kingdom.
Remember this as we sing the opening song together...

Opening Song


What sort of king / would give his life so others might live?
We are the kingdom / the kingdom of God
What sort of king / cares for the poor and broken of heart?
We are the kingdom / the kingdom of God

And those without choices will have a choice
Those who were silenced will find their voice
And everyone will be welcomed in
To a kingdom where justice shall reign

What sort of king honors all persons / woman or man?
We are the kingdom, the kingdom of God
What sort of king honors all persons / straight or gay?*
We are the kingdom / the kingdom of God

And those without choices will have a choice
Those who were silenced will find their voice
And everyone will be welcomed in
To a kingdom where justice shall reign

What sort of king would be compassion
In the midst of our violence?
We are the kingdom / the kingdom of God

(And the blind shall see... and the deaf will hear...
And the lame will leap for joy... let the children come...
And we'll see with new eyes... and we'll hear with new ears...)

Words & music © 1992 Jesse Manibusan. Published by Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP. All rights reserved.

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to learn how to better love those around us.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Litany in Praise of God's Mercy

Leader: As we prepare to hear a story from our faith,
let us remember that God is love.
Lord Jesus, you know that we are not perfect like you and don't always act out of love:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you show us how to put the needs of others before our own:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you gift us so we can make the world a better place:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: God of Power and Mercy,
you look out for the least among us
and ask us to do the same.
Help us to focus less on what we want
and more on the needs of those around us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: In today’s reading, Jesus tells us a story about those who are most in need. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Matthew.

Reader 1: When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all of his angels, he will sit on his royal throne.
The people of all nations will be brought before him,
and he will separate them, as shepherds separate their sheep from their goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
“My father has blessed you!
Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created.
When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat,
and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink.
When I was a stranger, you welcomed me,
and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear.
When I was sick, you took care of me,
and when I was in jail, you visited me.”
Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask,
“When did we give you something to eat or drink?
When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear
or visit you while you were sick or in jail?”
The king will answer,
“Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.”
Then the king will say to those on his left,
“Get away from me! You are under God’s curse.
Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!
I was hungry, but you did not give me anything to eat,
and I was thirsty, but you did not give me anything to drink.
I was a stranger, but you did not welcome me,
and I was naked, but you did not give me any clothes to wear.
I was sick and in jail, but you did not take care of me.”
Then the people will ask,
“Lord, when did we fail to help you when you were hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or sick or in jail?”
The king will say to them,
“Whenever you failed to help any of my people,
no matter how unimportant they seemed,
you failed to do it for me.”
Then Jesus said,
“Those people will be punished forever.
But the ones who pleased God will have eternal life.”

Reader 1: Jesus said to his disciples:
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
'Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left,
'Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life."

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflections

Reflections on the Readings

  1. When and how have you helped people who are hungry, sick, too poor to buy new clothing, or welcomed someone who didn’t know anyone else? How did it feel when you were doing it?
  2. Most of us don’t have the chance to visit people in jail, but there are other people we can visit or spend time with who are imprisoned by loneliness or disability, or are stuck in their homes because of the coronavirus. Who do you know that could use a visitor, even if it’s a visit done outside across a fence, or by phone, text, zoom, or a card in the mail? (Hint: a lot of people who are of grandparenting age like to talk to young people more than they like to text them or email them.) Make a plan right now to visit them somehow in the next week.
  3. We might think that if we met Jesus we would treat him nicely all the time. In this parable, Jesus tells us we have the chance to treat him well anytime we treat other people well. Think about a time when you didn’t help someone who needed help. Take a few moments of silence to tell Jesus you’re sorry, and to ask for his help to do better next time.

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: We pray for all those who are hungry, thirsty, and without the clothing they need
that they may be given food, drink, and clothing,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for immigrants and others who are strangers in their community
that they will be welcomed,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all those who are sick,
that they will be given the care and medicine that they need,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all those who are in prison,
that they will be visited and treated with respect and dignity,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

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.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song


© 2019-2020, Sara Hart. Published by Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP. All rights reserved.

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