Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Catholic 699 : 2nd November, All Souls Day

2nd November,  All Souls Day


First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm: Ps 26

Second Reading: Romans 5:5-11

Gospel Acclamation: John 6:40

Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

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2nd November,  All Souls Day

Today, and every day, we remember that we are unimaginably close to our dearly departed, whenever we celebrate Eucharist….. because we remain IN COMMUNION with all people… all the faithful…. all those living…. and also those gone before us ….. This is an enormously powerful and reassuring reality…… our  loved ones are always with us… and never more than when we celebrate our unity, our communion in Christ and with each other…. a communion not broken with death……. we are assured of that… always…

we believe that the prayers we make for our loved ones and friends are heard…. and effective….. in this life…… and we also believe that the bond of love between us and God… and us and our loved ones….. endures eternally….and finds its final home on God’s heavenly kingdom.
we also believe that we can continue and should continue to pray for those who have completed this earthly life….. we can continue to pray for our departed loved ones, friends and colleagues…. and that these prayers are also heard and effective….. just as they would be if we were praying for a loved one who is still here amongst us….. 
Today’s feast day.. is ultimately about the resurrection… and God’s promises to us…… Today is about Hope and trust…..
We hope with firm confidence in Christ’s promise of faithfulness to us…. and we trust that Christ’s resurrection most definitively had the “final word” on all things… including our ultimate destiny……
We believe that because of Christ’s life, death and resurrection…. he has firmly tipped the scales in favour of our salvation…… the salvation of all…… we are right to trust in this promise……
Today, we pray for the holy souls.  ...  loved ones, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances .... and also we pray for people whose lives were invisible or undervalued by others ..... we pray for pray for those people who lived ‘forgotten lives”, (although no one is ever forgotten by God… all are loved) 
But there are people have endured very tragic lives ...  who never experienced their priceless value in the eyes of God or whose lives were overshadowed by so many factors…. so many tragedies… mistakes… or hurts…. that they may have been considered ‘lost’ to the world or society… or to their friends…. we keep in our prayers people who may have no one to pray for them….. who lived difficult, broken, tragic, lives…. and those whose deaths challenge and test our hope…… 

we believe that our prayers, our Christian hope, our faith in Christ, the Good shepherd…who is never satisfied with just the 99 found sheep…… will gather all together in Gods Kingdom of peace and joy.   we pray for all who have entered eternal life … that through God’s infinite… and unimaginable love and mercy….. by Christ’s all persuasive love and compassion….. all may be brought rejoicing and at peace into the love, the light,  and the rest of God’s heavenly kingdom….we are right to commend all those who have gone before us…to our God who understands, loves and knows us, better than we can even know ourselves……
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord…. may perpetual light shine upon them… may they rest in peace..
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Fr Paul W. Kelly
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May God bless and keep you.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace. Lord have mercy//  You are Son of God and the Son of Mary. Christ have mercy// You are Word made flesh, the splendour of the Father. Lord have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.


Preface I of Christian Death


Communion side.  pwk: 
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

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