April 26, 2020 - 3rd Sunday of Easter

Welcome to the Virtual Parish weekly worship!  We encourage you to participate with your family in the following Liturgy of the Word.  You will find audio recordings of the readings and videos of Father Au reading the Gospel and providing his Homily.

If you follow us on Facebook, we encourage you to have a discussion regarding these readings and homily.   Have a Blessed weekend and stay well.

The Readings

Audio of the readings, read by Shrine Parishioner Tita Siozon

 

First Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11   "Lord, you will show us the path of life."

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21

 

Gospel

Luke 24:13-35

 

Homily

Life is more powerful than death.

Jesus helps his disciples understand why the Messiah had to die, why things had to go the way they did.  The reason lies in the nature of the struggle between Good and Evil itself: the Darkness must attack the Light.  Jesus could not be who He was without being the lightning rod for all the Darkness and Evil to strike at, but in His resurrection He would be God's instrument to destroy the power of Darkness and Death at its core.

He is the Promise that when Darkness and Evil have done their worse,God will reveal that: life is more powerful than death, love more powerful than hate, mercy more powerful than vengeance, and spirit more powerful than physical violence.

 

Intercessions

  • For those infected with coronavirus, that they may receive prompt, effective and compassionate medical care.
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For all medical professionals who are courageously treating those infected.  May they be shielded, strengthened and guided as they administer healing treatments and care. 
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For all who are suffering from the coronavirus, as well as for doctors, nurses, caregivers, and all those who are working to combat the disease.
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For those most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those disabled or weakened by other health conditions.
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For those under quarantine, that they might be comforted by your presence and protected from disease, anxiety and fear.
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For our public healthcare leaders and government agencies that they might be informed and well prepared as they deal with this pandemic.  Grant them the resources and assistance they need to use their wisdom in the best interest of public health.
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For medical researchers who are tracking the course of the coronavirus.  May they uncover patterns that will help us understand how to  remain healthy. 
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For those searching for treatments, cures and vaccines.  May you guide them, reveal new ideas and accelerate their discoveries to fight this disease. 
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For the communities, areas and countries hardest hit by coronavirus.  Restore their sense of wellbeing and community.  Sustain them, comfort them and give them hope. 
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For all whose lives are disrupted by the coronavirus; for families who have been separated by quarantine or whose livelihoods have been jeopardized.
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.
     
  • For a quick end to the progression of COVID-19, that lives might be spared.
    Let us pray to the Lord ...Lord hear our prayer.

 

Closing Prayer

For all who have contracted coronavirus, We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable, We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety, We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance, We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world, We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision makers, We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
     Grant peace.
     Grant comfort.
     Grant healing.
     Be with us, Lord.

Amen.