Christ The King (Sunday Next Before Advent)

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The Greeting

The Priest says

 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

The Lord be with you.
And also with you

 

Entrance Antiphon  Rv 5: 12; 1: 6

How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity,

and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and power for 

ever and ever.

 

The Priest introduces the service 

 

The Penitential Rite

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, 

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate these sacred mysteries.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against you,

through our own fault,

in thought, and word, and deed,

and in what we have left undone.

For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

forgive us all that is past;

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

to the glory of your name. Amen.  

 

May almighty God have mercy on us, 
forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.

 

Kyrie, eleison 
Kyrie, eleison

Christe, eleison 
Christe, eleison

Kyrie, eleison 
Kyrie, eleison

 

Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: 
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

Amen

The Collect

Let us pray.

 

Almighty ever-living God,

whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,

grant, we pray,

that the whole creation, set free from slavery,

may render your majesty service

and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.

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.

 

At the end the people respond: 

 

Amen.

 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD                                                

 

First Reading      Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17

 

A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel.

        

The Lord will judge between sheep and sheep

The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.

As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.

 

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

Responsorial Psalm 23: 1-3a,5-6

 

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

The Lord is my shepherd;

 there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

 where he gives me repose.

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

Near restful waters he leads me,

 to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path;

 he is true to his name.

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

You have prepared a banquet for me

 in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

 my cup is overflowing.

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

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.

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

 

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28

 

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.

 

Christ will hand over the kingdom to God the Father; so that God may be all in all

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation Mk11:10

Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Alleluia!

 

The Gospel        Matthew 25:31-46

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

I was naked and you clothed me; sick, and you visited me

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.

‘Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

‘Next he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.” Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?” Then he will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”

‘And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.’

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Sermon

 

The Creed                                                                        

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is,

seen and unseen.

We 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,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

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.

We 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 worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

The Prayers of the Faithful

 

Let us with confidence present our prayers and supplications to the throne of grace.

We pray for all those in positions of power,  that they may govern with wisdom and integrity, serving the needs of their people.

May your reign come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for the Church, the sign of your reign, that it may extend your welcome to people of every race and background.

May your kingdom come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for Christians of every denomination, that together we may come to understand the royal priesthood you bestowed on us in baptism.

May your dominion come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for those whose commitment to truth brings them into conflict with earthly powers, that they may have the courage to endure.

May your rule come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for this community of faith, that attentive to your word

we may always worship in spirit and in truth.

May your reign come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Loving God,

you have taught us that the power of the heart

is greater than the power of wealth and might.

Hear us as we pray for the fulfilment of your reign.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our King;

to him be glory and power for ever.

Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

 

The Peace

 

We stand and the priest says:

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church,

and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.

Who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.

 

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

All may exchange the sign of peace.

 

The Preparation of the Altar

 

We stand for the Offertory hymn. The gifts of the people may be gathered and presented. The Priest, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, 

for through your goodness we have received 

the bread we offer you: 

fruit of the earth and work of human hands, 

it will become for us the bread of life. 

 

Then he places the paten with the bread on the corporal. 

Blessed be God for ever.  

 

The Deacon, or the Priest, pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly: 

By the mystery of this water and wine 

may we come to share in the divinity of Christ 

who humbled himself to share in our humanity.

 

The Priest then takes the chalice and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice: 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, 

for through your goodness we have received 

the wine we offer you: 

fruit of the vine and work of human hands, 

it will become our spiritual drink.

 

Then he places the chalice on the corporal. 

Blessed be God for ever.

 

After this, the Priest, bowing profoundly, says quietly: 

With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.

 

If appropriate, he also incenses the offerings, the cross, and the altar. A Deacon or other minister then incenses the Priest and the people. 

Then the Priest, standing at the side of the altar, washes his hands, saying quietly: 

Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

 

Standing at the middle of the altar, facing the people, extending and then joining his hands, he says: 

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), 

that my sacrifice and yours 

may be acceptable to God, 

the almighty Father. 

 

The people rise and reply: 

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands 

for the praise and glory of his name, 

for our good and the good of all his holy Church. 

 

Then the Priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer over the Offerings

As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice

by which the human race is reconciled to you,

we humbly pray,

that your Son himself may bestow on all nations

the gifts of unity and peace.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

 

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

 

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For with the oil of gladness

you have anointed Christ the Lord, your only Son,

to be our great high priest and king of all creation.

As priest, he offered himself once for all upon the altar of the cross

and redeemed the human race by this perfect sacrifice of peace.

As king he claims dominion over all your creatures,

that he may bring before your infinite majesty

a kingdom of truth and life,

a kingdom of holiness and grace,

a kingdom of justice, love and peace.

And so with angels and archangels

and all the heavenly host,

we proclaim your glory

and join their unending hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

The Priest, with hands extended, says:

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

He joins his hands, and holding them extended over the offerings, says:

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
He joins his hands and makes the Sign of the Cross over the bread and the chalice together, saying:

these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the Body and X Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

He joins his hands. The words of the Lord should be pronounced clearly and distinctly, as the nature of these words requires.

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, 

He takes the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:
took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly:
TAKE, EAT; THIS IS MY BODY WHICH IS GIVEN FOR YOU;
DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.

He shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and genuflects in adoration. After this, he continues:

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:

He bows slightly:
DRINK THIS, ALL OF YOU; THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT, WHICH IS SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. DO THIS, AS OFTEN AS YOU DRINK IT, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.

He shows the chalice to the people, places it on the corporal, and genuflects in adoration.

Then he says:

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Then the Priest, with hands extended says:

 

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, St Nicholas, St Andrew and all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever,
He joins his hands

through Jesus Christ our Lord;

He takes the chalice and paten and raising both, he says or sings:

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

At the Saviour’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

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.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever

and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

 

Then he takes the host, breaks it over the paten, and places a small piece in the 

chalice, saying quietly: 

May this mingling of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring

eternal life to us who receive it. 

 

The Agnus Dei is said

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, 
grant us peace.

 

Then the Priest, with hands joined, says quietly: 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, 

who, by the will of the Father 

and the work of the Holy Spirit, 

through your Death gave life to the world, free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood, from all my sins and from every evil; keep me always faithful to your commandments, and never let me be parted from you. 

Or: 

May the receiving of your Body and Blood, 

Lord Jesus Christ, 

not bring me to judgement and condemnation, 

but through your loving mercy 

be for me protection in mind and body 

and a healing remedy. 

 

The priest genuflects, takes the host and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or above the chalice, while facing the people, says aloud: 

Behold, Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

 

The priest, facing the altar, says in a loud voice:

May the Body of Christ keep me safe for eternal life. Amen.

And he reverently consumes the Body of Christ.

Then he takes the chalice and says quietly:

May the Blood of Christ keep me safe for eternal life. Amen.

And he reverently consumes the Blood of Christ. 

 

The priest then says the Communion Antiphon: Ps 28: 10-11

The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

 

As the priest receives the Body and Blood with all his parishioners on his heart, please make a Spiritual Communion. Even though you cannot receive the Sacrament physically, ask God to give you the grace of Holy Communion.

 

Say the following prayer out loud:

 

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. 

Blood of Christ, refresh me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. 

Within Thy Wounds, hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come to Thee. 

That with all Thy Saints I may praise Thee 

For ever and ever. Amen.

 

When the distribution of Communion is over, the priest purifies the paten over the chalice and also the chalice itself (and any other chalice used for Communion).

 

While he carries out the purification of the vessels, the priest prays the following prayer inaudibly:

What has passed our lips as food, O Lord, may we possess in purity of heart, that what has been given to us in time may be our healing for eternity.

 

Prayer after Communion

 

Let us pray.

 

Having received the food of immortality,

we ask, O Lord,

that, glorying in obedience

to the commands of Christ, the King of the universe,

we may live with him eternally in his heavenly kingdom.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Dismissal

 

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

 

God the Father, who has given to his Son the name above every name,

strengthen you to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord.

Amen.

God the Son, who is our great high priest passed into the heavens,

plead for you at the right hand of the Father.

Amen.

God the Holy Spirit, who pours out his abundant gifts upon the Church,

make you faithful servants of Christ our King.

Amen.

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.