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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 16, n. 38)

20th Sunday on Ordinary Time, YEAR A

“JESUS SAVIOR: His Mercy Is For All”

 

 

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

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A suitable Eucharistic hymn or any other appropriate song may be sung.

 

WORDS OF SAINT THOMAS OF VILLANOVA

(Cf. Meditations on the Sunday Gospels, Year A, ed. John Rotelle, New York: New City Press, 1995, p. 114-115)

The Canaanite woman did not have the law, she did not know the prophets, she was unacquainted with the mysteries, and yet, good God, how many virtues and signs suddenly shine forth from her! What faith, what trust, what patience, what humility, what perseverance! (…) Her perseverance was beyond human ability, for as often as she was provoked and despised, she never ceased from crying out until she obtained her request. O the wonderful greenness of the bough! Of this remarkable woman, firmer in faith than one of the faithful, more filled with virtues than someone initiated in the mysteries!

 

SILENT ADORATION

OPENING PRAYER 

Leader: Loving Father,

the faith-filled Canaanite woman

is a beautiful figure of the children of the world

as recipients of the bread of salvation, Jesus Christ.

In the compassionate response of Jesus

to her patient pleading for the daughter she loves,

we see the future missionary expanse of the work of salvation

on behalf of all peoples, both Jews and non-Jews alike.

May the Church,

the community of believers that was born from the Easter event,

be renewed and strengthened

in its work of spreading the Gospel to all nations.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word 

 

FIRST READING: Is 56:1, 6-7

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: Rom 11:13-15, 29-32

GOSPEL READING: Mt 15:21-28

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

By his word and deed, Jesus Christ instilled in his disciples the universal character of the Father’s saving plan and radically fulfilled it by the paschal mystery of his passion, death and resurrection. The story of the Canaanite woman depicted in today’s Gospel (Mt 15:21-28), who is an object of Jesus’ favor and praise, gives us a glimpse of the ever-growing expanse of the community of faith – of those who turn to Jesus Christ with unwavering trust.  No one is excluded from the community of salvation that continually expands and enfolds all peoples, nations and cultures. The Church of Christ is universal and its liturgy is a beautiful expression of its all-embracing experience of salvation.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word 

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

How do the merciful presence of Jesus and the unwavering faith of the Canaanite woman in his saving power inspire you? Do you believe that the mercy of Jesus is universal and has no bounds? Do you replicate in your life the indomitable trust of the Canaanite woman in what Jesus could do on our behalf?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

Almighty God,

your merciful love is for all.

Your compassion touches peoples of all nations, cultures and colors

and your care embraces the whole creation.

Let our prayers in various tongues rise up to you

from vast continents and jewel-like islands of the earth.

Help us to welcome each other

and may our Church be a “house of prayer for all peoples”.

Do not let us exclude anyone nor marginalize anybody

through selfishness, indifference and conceit.

In the spirit of Saint Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles,

help us to trust in your universal plan of salvation

and to believe that your gifts and call for Israel are irrevocable.

Give us the zeal and wisdom

to promote inter-religious understanding among all peoples.

Grant us also the courage to deal with the pressing problems

in our society today,

drawing grace and mercy from the heart of Jesus,

whose rising to life set off the universal mission to the whole world.

O compassionate Father,

let the Spirit of the Risen Christ energize us

that we may bring efficaciously your merciful and saving love

to all creation.

May you be praised, honored and adored, now and forever.

Amen.  

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word  

 

PERSONAL PRAYER 

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Rosary’s Glorious Mysteries may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION 

Leader: Trusting in the Lord’s providential care for his faithful disciples, let us turn to him in prayer and say:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of August: The Maritime World … We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. We pray: (R.)

2. That the persevering faith of the Canaanite woman may inspire us in our ministry of prayer and that our Christian works of charity may go beyond socio-cultural-ethnic barriers. We pray: (R.)

3. That, by welcoming the poor and the marginalized, we may fulfill the universal saving plan, and by our life of worship, we may manifest that God’s house is indeed a “house of prayer for all people”.  We pray: (R.)

4. That the Church may truly be “catholic” in every way and that today’s efforts toward inter-religious dialogue, especially between the Christians and the Jews, may bear abundant fruits. We pray: (R.)

5. That the modern means of communication, especially the digital media, may be rightly used to lead all people to good and to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and that there may be a “springtime” vitality and growth of priestly and religious vocations in the Pauline Family and the entire Church. We pray: (R.)

(Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

 

ORATIO IMPETRATA TO SUBDUE THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC

Loving God,

you are the author of Life

and the Lord of creation.

We thank you for the wonders of our being

and the marvels of creation.

We trust in you

for your faithfulness

is our buckler and our shield.

With you the terror of the night

does not overwhelm us

nor the plague that prowls in the darkness.

We now turn to you

as the pandemic of the Corona Virus

casts it shadows of death upon us.

Deliver us from this calamity

and free us from this pestilence.

Spare us from the scourge of this disease.

Heal those who are afflicted

and welcome into your bosom the victims deceased.

Help us to work together in a concerted effort

to fight this torment.

Be near to us

and let the Spirit of life

breathe its healing comfort upon us.

Restored in your grace,

may we give you thanks and praise

in the assembly of the redeemed

as we proclaim the healing power of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

You live and reign, forever and ever.

Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn or another fitting song may be sung.   

 

 

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

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