Worship At Home
Christ the King



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 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


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

The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound:





Opening Prayer

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


Loving God,
we praise you and bless you for your goodness, mercy, and guiding strength.
Thank you for reminding us that your church cannot be confined by the walls of a building.
We long to be in community yet, we are living through a period of deep disruption, chaos and anxiety.
We trust you are with us and ask you to whisper your words of comfort, encouragement and hope to all who need to hear them.
Draw close to those who are isolated or sick and all those who risk illness by caring for them.
Lead us through the dark valleys and green pastures of this difficult time.
Guide us to a new hope and trust in your loving care.
We ask this through Christ our Lord




The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Prophet Ezekiel
Thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will look after and tend my sheep.
As a shepherd tends his flock
when he finds himself among his scattered sheep,
so will I tend my sheep.
I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered
when it was cloudy and dark.
I myself will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD.
The lost I will seek out,
the strayed I will bring back,
the injured I will bind up,
the sick I will heal,
but the sleek and the strong I will destroy,
shepherding them rightly.
As for you, my sheep, says the Lord GOD,
I will judge between one sheep and another,
between rams and goats.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God



The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the firstfruits;
then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end,
when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
When everything is subjected to him,
then the Son himself will also be subjected
to the one who subjected everything to him,
so that God may be all in all.
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
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.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ




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

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Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday marks the end of a difficult and agonizing liturgical year. We celebrate with the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This title is a paradox to the way Jesus lived and asks us to live. This feast was introduced by Pope Pius XI in 1925. This was a world that had suffered through the First World War and was unknowingly heading towards the Second World War. In this setting, the world was experiencing a dramatic growth of secularism and an even more dramatic growth in dictators who were rising to power. This is a reminder for us today as we are a divided country longing for unity. We are being asked to refocus as we honor and praise a king who is a shepherd and a servant. God and Jesus shatter the stereotype of a king high above all people by asking us to serve the poorest of the poor. Christianity is not simply a set of pious practices, dogmas and rituals, it is making real choices here and now with an eye on the most vulnerable around us. As the Gospel reminds us, we are being called to demonstrate God’s love through our care for the poor, the hungry, the outcast, and all those on the margins. It is by imitating the humility and compassion of our thorn-crowned king that we can help bring relief to those who suffer and share God’s healing mercy to those who long for forgiveness. What we do for others, we do for Christ, because Christ identifies with those in need. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. It is the poor, the sick, the outcast, the children and the widows who will hold the highest places in the kingdom of God. We see that the kingdom of God is inclusive and its embrace is as wide-ranging as is the embrace of God with the bonds of love and concern. Here we are being challenged to give allegiance to what truly matters, not ambition, greed, status or power, but to the quiet revolutionary work of making the world a more just and peaceful place for everyone to live. As we look back on the last liturgical year, what has been transformed in us? What did we learn about ourselves, others, and God’s grace during this time of isolation and suffering for so many? How did we encounter Christ? If not, how will you seek to find him as we move forward?
There are many times when we do not know the good work that we do; our positive interaction with another person can be the difference between hope and despair for that person. The challenge presented by Jesus is that whenever we see a person in need our response to them should be as if we are responding to Jesus himself. How are we following in Jesus’ footsteps? How do we reach out to the poor, the isolated, and the individuals on the margins of society? Who are they for us? The person who arrived on our shores and doesn’t speak the language? The person we cut ties with because of political differences? The man standing at the stop light asking for a hand out? The elderly isolated in care centers? The family struggling to help their children distance learn? The small business owner hoping to stay open for one more day? The family picking up donated groceries from church or shelter? The person struggling to find dignity through employment? What is our response? Where could we do better? How can we be healing and compassion to this world instead of divisive and complaining? Do we strive to be a servant to the people in our life? Do we create peace and harmony? What are we doing to care for creation? Do we allow Jesus’ voice to be drowned out by busyness, despair, pride, worry, or (pick your favorite excuse)? It takes courage to play your part. Take some time to sit down, reflect, and recenter yourself to God’s loving ways. Listen with your heart. The basic truth is that God is love and loves the world so much that he sent his own Son down to save it. From there you can share that unconditional love with others. God comes to us among the least of this world, but will God find us welcoming?




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.




Prayers of the Faithful

We pray with Christ, the servant King, for the suffering people of the world.


For the church:
May we be a sign of hope and an instrument of healing peace as we set aside our differences and work to unite all peoples…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who suffer to bring about God’s reign on earth:
For missionaries, prophets, social workers, shelters, foster parents, food banks, and advocates for peace and justice…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

May those who have the luxury of working from home remember with compassion those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those from different faith traditions:
May we have fruitful dialogues and share mutual respect as we try to find common ground…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who are ill or struggling in anyway:
May they receive the proper treatment and comfort from their caregivers…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all those isolated in their homes:
Give us creative ways to reach out and sustain them in hope, joy, and peace…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember our beloved dead…
Especially Don Johnson, father of Lori Tierney…
For all who will die this day…
For all who die alone…
And for those who grieve their loss in isolation; comfort them in their sorrow…
May all souls find rest…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.


God, our protector and healer,
we thank you for sending your Son to show us who you are and who we are called to be.
Give us strength and courage to care for the least among us.
Make us worthy to stand among those called to live in eternal life.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.




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.





Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we come into your presence acknowledging that our lives are in your hands, not ours.
You have shown us that our lives won’t work well unless our sisters and brother’s lives’ work well.
We are all intertwined deeply with creation.
You guide us through our future and take us to places beyond our imagination.
Open our eyes to see the pain and struggle around us.
Open our ears to cherish your word of hope.
Open our lips to speak words of peace and comfort.
Open our hearts to receive the grace only you can provide.
Teach us to know that we have not chosen this day,
but this day has chosen us and we are enriched by this gift of time.
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.





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