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N.B. Enclosed below are the Adoration Guides for the 3rd Sunday and 4th Sunday of Lent, Year B.

 

 

 

 

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 20, n. 14)

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B

March 3, 2024

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Is the True Temple”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

WORDS OF SAINT AUGUSTINE 

God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple: all you who believe in Christ and whose belief makes you love him. Real belief in Christ means love of Christ … All who believe in this way are like the living stones which go to build God’s temple … It is in this temple, that is, in ourselves, that prayer is addressed to God and heard by him. But to pray in God’s temple we must pray in the peace of the Church, in the unity of the body of Christ, which is made up of many believers throughout the world. When we pray in this temple our prayers are heard because whoever prays in the peace of the Church prays in spirit and truth.

  

SILENT ADORATION

OPENING PRAYER 

Leader: Father,

you called your people to be your Church.

As we gather together in your name,

may we love, honor, and follow you to eternal life

in the kingdom you promise.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God forever and ever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

 

FIRST READING: Ex 20:1-17

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: I Cor 1:22-25

GOSPEL READING: Jn 2:13-25

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

The cleansing of the temple is a prophetic action that serves as a sign of the coming of the messianic times. In the Bible, the temple is a sign of God’s saving presence among his people. Therefore, when the evangelist John depicts Jesus as vigorously driving out the merchants from the temple area, spilling the coins of the money changers and overturning their tables, and denouncing the dove vendors for making his Father’s house a marketplace, he is communicating the reality that the era of the “new temple” has come. The sign of Christ-temple demands an unmitigated response of trust, faith, and commitment from every Christian who is a part of the Church-temple. In this Lenten season, let us appreciate more deeply that we are “living stones”. Let us allow the grace of God to incorporate us more intimately into Christ and the Church-temple.

SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung. 

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

Leader: We open our hearts to listen to the promptings of the living Word. Let us ask ourselves with limpid honesty: Are we receptive to the “signs” that Jesus continually works for God’s temple, the Church? Do we believe that Christ abides with us and continues to live on in the Church? How do we show respect and reverence to the “living stones” that comprise the new temple of God?

  

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

Lord Jesus,

you are the true temple.

We are living stones

and by your power, we are built upon you, the cornerstone.

You abide with us and we dwell in you.

Give us the grace to reverence all the “living stones”

that comprise the new temple of God.

Help us to care especially for the fragile and vulnerable.

Let true worship be offered you by the Church-people of God.

We love and serve you, now and forever.

Amen.

 

SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

  

PERSONAL PRAYER

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: Let us earnestly pray to our loving and merciful God and say:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Pope’s Intention for this month of March: For the new martyrs. We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm. We pray: (R.)

2. That the Divine Master may teach us to love God in our neighbor and to serve him present in the poor and suffering. We pray: (R.)

3. That Jesus, the living Sacrament of the Eternal Covenant, may help us to be faithful to our covenant relationship with our heavenly Father and give us the grace to strengthen the weak, console the sorrowful, and give hope to the desperate. We pray: (R.)

4. That Jesus, the true Temple of God, may assist us to promote the dignity and integrity of “the Church of living stones” and to regard one another with mercy and compassion. We pray: (R.)

5. That our Lenten journey may bear spiritual fruits of conversion and charity, that the sick be restored to health, that the specter of violence and fear be dispelled, that the bereaved be consoled, and that the faithful departed rest in peace. We pray: (R.)

 (Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Father,

help us to be like Christ your Son,

who loved the world and died for our salvation.

Inspire us by his love,

guide us by his example,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God forever and ever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung.   

 

 

 

 

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 20, n. 15)

4th Sunday of Lent, Year B

March 10, 2024

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Is the Sacrament of God’s Sacrificial Love”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

WORDS OF ST. JOHN CHYSOSTOM

Although we praise our common Lord for all kinds of reasons, we praise and glorify him above all for the cross. It fills us with awe to see him dying like one accursed … The Lord himself spoke of his passion as his glory. Father, he prayed, the hour has come: glorify your Son. The disciple who wrote those words also told us that the Holy Spirit had not yet come to them because Jesus was not yet glorified, calling the cross glory. And when he wanted to show God’s love did he do so by referring to signs, wonders, or miracles of any sort? By no means: he pointed to the cross, saying: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that all who believe in him might not perish but have eternal life.

 

SILENT ADORATION 

OPENING PRAYER

(By Henri Nouwen)

Leader: Dear Lord,

help me keep my eyes on you.

You are the incarnation of Divine Love;

you are the expression of God’s infinite compassion;

you are the visible manifestation of the Father’s holiness.

You are beauty, goodness, gentleness, forgiveness, and mercy.

In you all can be found. Outside of you nothing can be found.

Why should I look elsewhere or go elsewhere?

You have the words of eternal life;

you are food and drink;

you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

You are the light that shines in the darkness,

the lamp on the lampstand, the house on the hilltop.

You are the perfect icon of God.

In and through you I can see the Heavenly Father,

and with you I can find my way to him.

O Holy One, be my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer,

my Guide, my Counselor, my Comforter,

my Hope, my Joy and my Peace.

To you I want to give all that I am.

Let me be generous.

Let me give you all – all I have, think, do and feel.

Please accept it and make it your own.

You live and reign, forever and ever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

 

FIRST READING: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

GOSPEL READING: Jn 3:14-21

POINTS FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION

We continue our spiritual journey to Easter glory. Nourished by the bread of the Word, we delve more deeply into the depths of God’s love. Today’s Gospel reading (Jn 3:14-21) contains a heartwarming message: “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”. God the Father radically revealed his love by offering his Son Jesus to us. Through the life-giving death of his Son on the cross, the abundant riches of his grace have been poured upon us. We now relish the promise of eternal life. Indeed, the liberation of all peoples from sin and death, through the Son’s sacrifice on the cross, demonstrates the power of divine love. Lent is a privileged time to praise the Father who sacrificed his beloved Son for us. In this season of conversion, we are called to honor God who gave his only Son to redeem us.

 

SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung. 

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

Leader: We open our hearts to listen to the promptings of the living Word. Let us ask ourselves with limpid honesty: In the face of today’s world crisis, do we truly believe in the immensity of God’s love? Do we respond to his grandiose sacrifice by being channels of his self-giving love in today’s world?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

Oh, compassionate God!

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

not to condemn the world,

but that we may have eternal life.

Thank you for the abundant riches of your love.

By your grace we have been saved and healed.

Help us to be intimately united with Jesus

and walk with him on the path to new life

Totally configured to Christ,

may we embrace a life of good deeds

and care for the poor and vulnerable.

They are the object of your providential love.

Help us all to live as your children.

May we reach our eternal destiny with you,

and with Jesus your Servant-Son and the Holy Spirit,

now and forever. Amen.

 

SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

  

PERSONAL PRAYER

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: Let us earnestly pray to our loving and merciful God and say:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Pope’s Intention for this month of March: For the new martyrs. We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm. We pray: (R.)

2. That we may be able to hold firm and reach for God’s healing hand when our faith is weakened and our hope dimmed. We pray: (R.)

3. That we may be filled with God’s compassion and alleviate the pain of the world’s destitution. We pray: (R.)

4. That we may be able to surrender to the Easter mystery of life through death when the darkness of death haunts our dreams. We pray: (R.)

5. That today’s persecuted Christians and martyrs, who have sacrificed their life for their faith, may experience the eternal beatitude in heaven; that peoples of various religious confessions and cultures may engage in fruitful dialogue and learn to live in peace; that our ongoing Lenten journey may intensify our quest for conversion and the healing of broken relationships; that the bereaved may be consoled and our beloved dead rest in the bosom of our loving God. We pray: (R.)

 (Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: God of mercy,

may the Easter mystery we celebrate

be effective throughout our lives.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung.   

 

 

 

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang, PDDM

 

 

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