Worship At Home
The Third Sunday of Advent

 

 

 

Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Third Sunday of Advent

 

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.

 


Call To Worship

Welcome to Corpus Christi. Our liturgy begins with a Call to Worship to consider as we prepare ourselves while waiting for salvation.
This is the third week of Advent and a joyful reminder that our salvation is near. We see the brightness of three candles and our season of waiting takes on new hope.
As we come together today, we long for joy which is a sure sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit among us. Joy is more than happiness; it is the deep knowledge that we are loved by God.
Let us take a moment to embrace the silence and prayerfully consider:
How can we be a daily instrument of joy in the presence of apathy and stress?
Help us recommit to being the light and bearing the light to those we meet so that all may come to this table.
Help us remember your family, where ever they may be, as we wait together in prayer.

 

 


Opening Song

When You Come:

Wide (often best for monitors and tablets):

Tall (often best for handhelds):

 

 


Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen

We hear the call to “rejoice always.”
For the ways that our spirits have grown weary,
and for the sorrows that keep us from joy,
let us turn to the Lord for healing and mercy.

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God.
I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.
May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
And this is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests
and Levites to him
to ask him, “Who are you?”
He admitted and did not deny it,
but admitted, “I am not the Christ.”
So they asked him,
“What are you then? Are you Elijah?”
And he said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
So they said to him,
“Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself?”
He said:
“I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
‘make straight the way of the Lord,
’”
as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent.
They asked him,
“Why then do you baptize
if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John answered them,
“I baptize with water;
but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
where John was baptizing.
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

As we continue our Advent journey, we are celebrating the third Sunday in Advent or Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of Joy. Joy is not merely happiness, but the presence of the Holy Spirit who enlivens and inspires us in our deep knowledge that we are loved by God. That joy is contagious and is used to bring people into encounter with the Lord. Last week we heard the witness given by John the Baptist according to the Gospel of Saint Mark. This week we hear the same witness from a different view, in the Gospel of John. This Gospel focuses on John the Witness who speaks for the Light. “He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.” The Light can overcome the darkness and dispel the shade of death. John was not Elijah or Moses; he was a witness sent from God to prepare the way. The priests and Levites interrogating him neither knew themselves nor the one who stood among them. They were in the dark so they demand logical answers. A witness speaks of hope and brings people to the light, they know the light, and here John spoke the truth, but is not the truth. John’s job was to reflect the light of Jesus. “I am the voice of one crying out in the dessert.”
Just as John was known for his relationship to the one he called the Light, so too should our lives testify to a life and presence beyond our own. We are called to witness to our beliefs in the way we live our lives, engage with others and it is essential that both words and actions have integrity; that there is no clash between what we proclaim and the way we live. Where are we called to reflect the Light and be the voice crying out today? How can our voice bring comfort to those in need or isolated in the dessert? What would the world look like if Christians were known for their enthusiasm, joy and irrepressible hope? Hope is sometimes not easy, yet we must practice hope. Hope is not a feeling but an orientation and attitude of life. It is a way of seeing that allows us to recognize and know the Christ, already here and not yet here. If we rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstance, we will be able to hear and become the voice of hope. More than ever our world today needs a witness of joy and hope. Hope does not change the circumstances of our life; it changes us and that changes everything. Think about the tragedies and difficulties in our lives: the death of a loved one, an illness, an addiction, guilt, shame, anger, injustice, relationships broken and separated from God or other loved ones…answers and explanations will not sustain us. The emptiness we feel because of what is happening in the world today has an answer. The anger that imprisons us or the poverty of lost jobs, lost relationships, and lost plans is connected to the Messiah who is to come that will relieve oppression, free those in prison, and heal the broken hearted. Hope is needed to look at the circumstances of our life and see a greater reality. Hope reminds us that it won’t always be like this, there is light and life coming to us and already here among us. If our time in Advent makes us feel indifferent, it may be that we have forgotten that we are broken, imprisoned, and in need of being freed by Christ’s coming. Let us make sure we know the voice of God by pouring over the Scriptures and spending time in prayer. It is the hope and joy found in the word of God that will get us through it all. How are we being asked to be a witness of spreading that Joy to the world today?

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

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,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became 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.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

With joyful hearts,
we make our needs know as we continue our journey through Advent.

 

Our Advent sung response:

 

 

For the church:
May we embrace the pain of others, understanding their needs and reaching out as signs of unconditional love for our divided nation…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For the protection and fortitude of all those caring for others:
healthcare professionals, teachers, researchers, social workers, police officers, firefighters, active military, those deemed essential workers, and countless others…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For an end to the hate and violence that continues to take innocent lives and divide families:
May we expand the capacity of our hearts to show respect and compassion for all…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For an end to pandemic disease:
May it no longer destabilize nations, fuel poverty, and devastate families throughout the world…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For all those passing through a time of distress, illness, loneliness, or financial difficulties:
May they discover reasons for joy in unexpected ways as they wait…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

We remember our beloved dead…
(pause)
For all who will die this day…
For all who die alone with waiting hearts…
And for those who grieve their loss in isolation;
comfort them in their sorrow……
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

 

God of joy,
we thank you and rejoice for all you have already done for us.
We see your work in many ordinary ways and places,
but our yearning is not yet satisfied.
Enliven and inspire our hearts,
making us ready to welcome your Son among us.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together)

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we thank you for opportunities to be beacons of hope and joy in the present darkness.
Encourage the difficult conversations that need to take place and give us graceful tongues.
Enlighten the eyes of our heart that we might see you and notice how you are working through our lives.
Help us to replace seasons of weeping and hardship with the examples of joyful laughter.
Thank you for the simple things in life that we take for granted
while blessing us with a peaceful spirit and a desire to be reconciled with one another..
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

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 the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Amen.

 

 


Announcements

Read by a member of our community:

Note: this is actually a link to the video of our Mass for this weekend, but it should begin at the point in the Mass where the announcements are read.

 

 

 

 

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