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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Color: Green

Themes: love of God, love of neighbor

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

Forsake me not, O Lord, my God;
be not far from me!
Make haste and come to my help,
O Lord, my strong salvation! Psalm 38:22-23 [Roman Missal]

Ne derelinquas me, Domine Deus meus, ne discedas a me: intende in audiutorium meum, Domine virtus salutis meæ.
Ps. Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me: neque in ira tua corripias me. Psalm 38:22-23 [Graduale Romanum, p.360]

Ne derelinquas me, Domine Deus meus, ne discedas a me: intende in audiutorium meum, Domine virtus salutis meæ.
Ps. Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me: neque in ira tua corripias me. Psalm 38:22-23 [Gregorian Missal, p.581]

Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]

Collect:

Al-mighty and merciful God,
by whose gift your faithful offer you
right and praiseworthy ser-vice,

grant, we pray,
that we may hasten without stumbling
to receive the things you have promised.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Deuteronomy 6:2-6 ["Hear, O Israel! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart." /v.4-5]
  • Psalm 18:2-3 / 3-4 / 47,51 [R. I love you, Lord, my strength. /v.2]
  • Hebrews 7:23-28 [He abides forever and holds His priesthood permanently. /v.24]
  • Gospel Verse: John 14:23 [Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord; and my Father will love him and we will come to him.]
  • Mark 12:28b-34 [You shall love the Lord your God; you shall love your neighbor. /v.30-31]

Offertory Antiphon:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; your youth is renewed like an eagle. Psalm 103:2,5b
Verses of Psalm 113 -or- Psalm 125 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Benedic anima mea Domino, et noli oblivisci omnes retributiones eius: et renovabitur, sicut aquilæ, iuventus tua. [Graduale Romanum, p.362]

Benedic anima mea Domino, et noli oblivisci omnes retributiones eius: et renovabitur, sicut aquilæ, iuventus tua. [Gregorian Missal, p.584]

Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]

Prayer over the Offerings:

May these sacrificial offerings, O Lord,

be- come for you a pure oblation,
and for us a holy outpouring of your mercy.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface VII of Sundays in Ordinary Time: [Salvation through the obedience of Christ]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For you so loved the world
that in your mercy you sent us the Redeemer,
to live like us in all things but sin,
so that you might love in us what you loved in your Son,
by whose obedience we have been restored to those gifts of yours
that, by sinning, we had lost in disobedience.

And so, Lord, with all the Angels and Saints
we, too, give you thanks, as in exultation we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord. Psalm 16:11 [Roman Missal]

— or —

Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so whoever feeds on me
shall have life because of me, says the Lord. John 6:58 [Roman Missal]

Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ: adimplebis me lætitia cum vultu tuo, Domine. [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
Psalm 16:1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ: adimplebis me lætitia cum vultu tuo, Domine. [Gregorian Missal, p.585]

Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]

Prayer after Communion:

May the working of your power, O Lord,
increase in us, we pray,

so that, renewed by these heavenly Sacraments,
we may be prepared by your gift
for receiving what they promise.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Solemn Blessing: [9. Ordinary Time I]

May the Lord
bless you and keep you.
Amen.

May he let his face shine upon you
and show you his mercy.
Amen.

May he turn his countenace towards you
and give you his peace.
Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
Amen.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

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