Worship At Home
The Solemnity of All Saints

 

 

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

 


 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Solemnity of All Saints

 

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.

 


Opening Song

Gathered As One:

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Opening Prayer

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

Amen

Loving God,
we remember all the Saints and loved ones we have lost who are present to pray with us now.
We thank you for the many people who have shown us your path.
Too many times we have failed to stand together in solidarity.
Too many times we have judged one another condemning those things we did not understand.
As we place our trust in you, open our hearts to your presence in our praying, our singing, and our silence.
Help us be clear in our task and careful in our speech.
Fill us with the joy of your hope as we sow loving seeds that are full of life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Revelation
I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,
holding the seal of the living God.
He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels
who were given power to damage the land and the sea,
“Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees
until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,
one hundred and forty-four thousand marked
from every tribe of the children of Israel.
After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb.”
All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:
“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John
Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.
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 Matthew
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”
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

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. This solemnity primarily honors the Saints who have gone before us and are recognized by the Catholic Church, but it also honors those who have been faithful disciples of Jesus and may only be known by us. These lives are an inspiration to us about living ordinary lives while being faithful to God’s extraordinary calling. They preached the Gospel in words and actions, they cared for families, they served the least among us, they forgave enemies, they sought justice and peace, they showed mercy, and they suffered persecution all for the sake of Jesus. As Jesus proclaims the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, we hear eight statements beginning with the word “blessed,” affirming a state of blessing that already exists. These eight images are not commandments but rather an invitation to adopt certain attitudes to help us live out certain values to be maternal, to be comforters, to be whole-hearted, to be advocates, to be merciful, to be humble, and to be active in overcoming those divisions which are unjust and destroy people, whether individuals or societies. Jesus is offering a change of perspective where the hungry would be fed, mourners would find comfort, and those lacking basic needs would be met. It is a vision of what the world would look like if God’s reign were fully functioning.  As a community we are called to do everything possible to lift the poor out of poverty, comfort those who mourn, make sure to equally share the earth’s resources, satisfy the crave for justice, prevent persecution and strengthen anyone who feels less than. Every time we pray the “Our Father” we pledge ourselves to help construct this new society where the Beatitudes can come true: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The beatific life, however, is not meant only for the disciples, but for everyone. The heart of discipleship is to live in such a way that all know themselves to be blessed, to be holy, to be saints.
Right now, we are all looking for ways to deal with the challenges, the uncertainties, and the difficulties of life. In the trauma and setbacks of life we discover that we cannot do it by ourselves. As we admit our need of God, we find purity of heart. The arrogance of self-sufficiency gives way to meekness. We think less about ourselves and become merciful to others. We need to look outside of ourselves at how we can be a blessing to others. These Beatitudes are descriptive of God’s mind and Jesus’ heart. They are about letting go, surrendering, and living with a vulnerable and open heart. They shape and form our lives and longings to be like God’s life and longings. We tend to look at what we are not, and yet God focuses on what we can become and who we are called to be. We are being invited to trust God more than the external circumstances of our lives. We are being challenged to choose a different way, to think differently, to do differently, and to be different. As painful as this year has been, God wastes nothing and we are given a great opportunity to reflect on who we have become as a people and what we are doing to ourselves, each other, and the world. Maybe this is the chance to do things differently. How can we look at the Beatitudes with a modern lens? The “poor in spirit” can be those suffering grinding poverty which crushes their dignity. Those lacking the necessities of life so that their whole personality, body mind and spirit are impoverished. It can mean the agnostics, the atheists, the doubters, those who have been hurt and walked away from the Church, and those who feel they have nothing to offer. Those “who mourn” can be those who have family members who are missing or were taken. Those who have lost their jobs and their homes. Those who must keep it together for the sake of others around them. Those who grieve the death of someone they love, someone ravaged by illness or traumatically killed in an accident or conflict. Those who “are meek” can be the invisible people that no one sees. Those whom the world has forgotten. The janitors, the shift workers, those marked essential but cannot meet their basic needs. The youth who sit alone in class or at lunch. The unemployed and those denied a fair share of the earth’s resources which are taken by the strong and belligerent. Those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness” can be the whistle-blowers, the wrongly accused, and the rightly accused. Those who struggle yet have no advocates. Those who are foster children or have special needs that never seem to get ahead. The abused, the victimized, the marginalized and the oppressed. Those who stand up for others, who stand up for what is right and who speak the truth though they may suffer for it. Those who “are merciful” can be the teachers, social workers, coaches and pastors. Those who put people before profit. Those who make time to be present and give constructive criticism with kindness because they are in relationship. Those who “are pure of heart” can be those who refuse to bully, slander or gossip. Those who stand up and defend the defenseless. Those like Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, and Malala. Those who are “peacemakers” can be the Peace Corp, the Red Cross, The U. N. and Doctors Without Borders. The family member who tries to mediate peace among its members. Peaceful demonstrators, councilors, psychologists, and psychiatrist.  As we reflect on this list, who are the names God brought to your mind? Now ask for God’s help to reach out and affirm or act on these examples, especially where it will be costly to your time, energy, resources or pride. Be a blessing to those around you. We are being challenged to choose a different way, to think differently, to do differently, and to be different.

 

 

 


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

We stand in the company of all the saints, praying for ourselves and for the needs of all humanity.

 

For the church:
May we become God’s Kingdom here on earth by serving those around us and the common good…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who mourn,
those who have lost their loved ones, their jobs, their homes or their possessions…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the merciful,
who show love and compassion toward those who have offended them in any way…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the poor in spirit,
who live in humility and profound respect for others…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
especially those who suffer the indignities of poverty or injustice…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died,
especially Ginny James…
(pause)
May they rejoice with all the saints in glory…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Loving God,
you have given us the communion of saints to inspire and guide us on our journey.
Grant us, we pray, the desire and courage to live out the Beatitudes,
so that we, too, may be numbered among that great company.
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,
you are the brightness of the faithful souls.
You remind us to love more and demand less while longing for us to be in unity.
You have given us many examples to challenge our daily choices.
Help us to live together as people who have been forgiven a great debt.
Remind us to be gentle with one another as we navigate these difficult times.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the inspiration to devote our lives to bringing peace and living fully what you have planned for us.
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.

 

 


Closing Song

Lead Me Lord:

 

 

 

 

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