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Catholic TV Mass Online June 7, 2020: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Presider: Fr. Justin Lopina
Parish: Sacred Heart and Saint Matthew
Choir: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you o Lord.

God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned but whoever does not believe has already been condemned. Because he has not believed in the name of the only son of God.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Obviously, we just heard one of the most familiar quotes from the gospel of John. For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. It's a quote that's supposed to invoke a sense of awe and devotion within us. The love of God made as personal and real as it possibly could be. I’m reminded of a burial service I once had in lieu of a full funeral with a Mass. We had an extended prayer service at the cemetery chapel and then we immediately interred the deceased. So a few days before the service I asked the family, “What do you want to hear from sacred scripture? What does everyone need to hear from the bible as we say goodbye to grandpa?” And the daughter, I’m so proud of her, she said “Father Justin, read John 3:16 just in case some people need to hear it again.” A+ answer! Definitely! We do need to hear this from time to time to keep that wonder and awe fresh in our hearts. Now this Sunday I merely wish to help you understand that what we heard in the gospel is a small part of a larger whole that's true for most of the bible of course but this is an especially relevant example. We heard just three tiny little verses from the gospel today, but they should specifically remind us of John 1:1 “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” And furthermore, this lesson of John 3:16, that's the part that everybody knows, john 3:16 the actual lesson spans from verse 1 to verse 21. So if you crack open your bible and hear that whole thing, John explains that those who believe are the ones who do good works and live in the light of the Lord and those who do not believe are the ones who live in the cover of darkness which is ideally suited to hide evil deeds. The point here is that the bible needs to be read as an integrated whole not a mishmash of unrelated stories and instructions. John 3:16 is a very powerful verse of the bible, no question about that. But remember it builds on what came before and it's the foundation of what comes next. The great truth of scripture, like the mystery of the trinity, is like a well that never runs dry. Just when you think you know everything there is to know, the holy spirit will surprise you with a new epiphany or insight. And the Gospel of John is certainly no exception to that rule of faith.
Entrance: Our God Is Here
Text: Chris Muglia, b. 1971
Music: Christ Muglia; Keyboard acc. by Gus Pappelis, b. 1953
Text and music © 2001, 2004, Sound Mission Music. Published by a division of OCP. All rights reserved.

Gloria: Mass of Light
Text: ICEL © 1988, 2010
Music: Mass of Light, David Haas, © 1988, 2010, GIA Publications, Inc.

Psalm Daniel 3: Glory and Praise Forever
Text © 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Music: Owen Alstott, © 1977, 1990, OCP. All rights reserved.

Gospel Accl. Halle, Halle, Halle
Music: Traditional Caribbean, arr. by John L. Bell © 1990 Iona Community GIA Publications, Inc. agent; verses and acc. by Marty Haugen, © 1993, GIA Publications, Inc.

Preparation: Hallelujah Is Our Song
Text: Sarah Hart, b. 1968, Sarah Kroger, Josh Blakesley, b. 1976, and Trey Heffinger
Music: Sarah Hart, Sarah Kroger, Josh Blakesley, and Trey Heffinger; vocal harm. by Scott Soper. b. 1961
Text and music © 2012, 2015, Sarah Hart, Fiat Music, LLC, Josh Blakesley, River Oaks Music Company, Meaux Jeaux Music, and Tunes from The Basement. Published by Spirit & Song a division of OCP. All rights reserved.

Communion: Do This In Memory of Me
Text: Chris Muglia, based on John 6
acc. by Scott Soper © 207 Chris Muglia Published by Spirit & Song, a division of OCP. All rights reserved.

Sending Forth: Holy, Holy, Holy
Text: 11 12 12 10; Reginald Heber, 1783-1826, alt.
Music: NICEA; John B. Dykes, 1823-1876

Mass Setting: Mass of a Joyful Heart
Text: © 2010 ICEL All rights reserved. Used with permission
Music: Mass of a Joyful Heart; Steve Angrisano, b. 1965 and Tom Tomaszek, b. 1950; vocal harm. by Ken Canedo, b. 1953 © 1997, 2010, Steve Angrisano and Thomas N. Tomaszek. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

The Sunday Mass - 4th Sunday of Advent - December 22, 2019

The Sunday Mass
4th Sunday of Advent
December 22, 2019

Celebrant & Homilist: Rev. Lee Fangmeyer
Guest Choir: St. Veronica Parish Choir, Chantilly, VA

Mass Readings for Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 22, 2019:
First Reading: Isaiah 7: 10-14
Second Reading: Romans 1: 1-7
Gospel: Matthew 1: 18-24

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Catholic TV Mass Online March 22, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Lent

Presider: Fr. Mark Payne
Parish: Chaplain, Heart of the Nation
Choir: Heart of the Nation


The Lord be with you. And with your spirit

A reading from the holy gospel according to john. Glory to you o Lord.

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. He spat on the ground and made some clay with his saliva and smeared the clay on his eyes and said to him, "Go wash in the pool of Siloam." which means sent. So he went and washed, and came back able to see. His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, "Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?" Some said, "It is." But others said, "No, he just looks like him." he said, "I am." They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on the Sabbath. So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed and now I can see." So some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God because he does not keep the Sabbath." But others said, "How can a sinful man do such signs?" And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again, "What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." They answered and said to him, "You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?" Then they threw him out. When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out he found him and said, "Do you believe in the son of man?" He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "I do believe Lord," and he worshiped him.

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a very powerful gospel, here Jesus encounters this man born blind and he opens his eyes but he does more than just open his eyes physically. He opens his heart. I love that first reading in which the Lord speaks to Samuel and says, "God sees in the heart." And that's what this Lent is about. God knows that we have our moments in which we are blind. We can be blind by anger. We can be blind by prejudice. We can be blind by all kinds of ways that we treat people and how we interact with one another. And that blindness is what Jesus wants to heal just as he healed this man. You see, that blindness gets in the way of us seeing the heart of one another. Of actually seeing Jesus. You see, this Sunday we're given an opportunity to face our own blindness and to ask the Lord to heal us. To open our eyes so that we too can see the hearts of those around us. When we see hearts instead of color or race or religion or whatever that may be that sometimes creates a blindness in each of us, Jesus gives us the opportunity to open our eyes and to really see the hearts of those around us. Let us take the time to be as bold as the blind man who says “I want to believe, I want to see the Lord.” Every time we open our eyes to truth we see the Lord. Every time we open our eyes to love we see the Lord. Every time we see the hearts of those around us we see the Lord. This Sunday is our opportunity to really name the blindness in our own lives and ask the Lord to heal us.
Entrance: ‘The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Text: Psalm 23; Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877, alt.
Tune: ST. COLUMBIA 8 7 8 7; Gaelic; harm. by A. Gregory Murray, OSB, 1905-1992 © Downside Abbey

Kyrie-Mass of the Visitation
Copyright © 2006 Brian McLinden

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want
Text: Lectionary for Mass ©1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL All rights reserved.
Psalm Verses Copyright © 2010 Conception Abbey/The Grail, admin by GIA Publications, Inc.

Preparation: You Are the Healing
Scott Soper © 1992 OCP. All rights reserved.

Communion: Open My Eyes
Text: Based on Mark 8:22-25; Jesse Manibusan, b. 1958
Tune: Jesse Manibusan b. 1958; acc. by Ed Bolduc, b. 1969 choral arr. by Ken Canedo, b. 1953
© 1988, 1998, 1999, Jesse Manibusan. Published by OCP

Sending Forth: Christ Before Us
Text and music arrangement © 1990 Janet Sullivan Whitaker
Published by OCP All rights reserved

Mass Setting: Mass of Creation
Text: ICEL © 2010
Music: Mass of Creation Marty Haugen, © 1984, 1985, 2010 GIA Publications, Inc.

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