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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 15, n. 25)

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

May 19, 2019

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Commands Us to Love One Another”       

 

 

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

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: An Easter song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

WORDS OF SAINT CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA

I give you a new commandment, said Jesus: love one another. (…) He showed the novelty of his command and how far the love he enjoined surpassed the old conception of mutual love by going on immediately to add: Love one another as I have loved you. (…) Christ commands us to love as he did, putting neither reputation, nor wealth, nor anything whatever before love of our brothers and sisters. If need be we must even be prepared to face death for our neighbor’s salvation as did our Savior’s blessed disciples and those who followed in their footsteps … The Savior urges us to practice this love that transcends the law as the foundation of true devotion to God. He knew that only in this way could we become pleasing in God’s eyes, and that it was by seeking the beauty of the love implanted in us by himself that we should attain to the highest blessings.

 

SILENT ADORATION 

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Ever-living God,

help us to celebrate our joy in the resurrection of the Lord

and to express in our lives the love we celebrate.

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: Acts 14: 21-27

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: Rv 21:1-5a

GOSPEL READING: Jn 13:31-33a,34-35 

POINTS FOR REFLECTION 

Today’s Gospel passage contains “a new commandment” given by Jesus on the eve of his Passover. He knows that the hour has come for him to pass from this world to the Father and he wants to show his disciples his perfect love for them. Indeed, what makes the commandment “new” is the awesome standard of love proposed for the Christian disciples – the sacrificial love of the Lord Jesus that knows no bounds. In accordance with the “new” testament of Jesus, as he was about to offer his life-giving sacrifice on the cross, Christians must live out the call to fraternal charity. Mutual love must be the true mark of discipleship.

The authors of the Days of the Lord, vol. 3, remark: “This is the sign of the Christian in the world, the irrefutable, immediately verifiable proof of Christian identity. For this love appears as a way of life, not only a series of actions, however admirable or even heroic it may be. To walk faithfully in this way is constantly to be a certain way, blossoming from day to day in the peace and joy that nothing can harm; it is to bear fruit for time and eternity. Happy the disciples of Christ, whose charitable life, as Jesus’, gladdens the heart of God and humanity!” 

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, an Easter song, or another appropriate song may be sung.

  

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

What are the emotions evoked in us by Christ’s Farewell Discourse and his testament of love? Do we fulfill in our daily lives Christ’s new command: “Love one another as I have loved you”? Do we strive to attain mutual charity, the true mark of discipleship? How?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD 

Loving Father,

you glorified your Son Jesus,

who suffered and died for us,

by raising him to new life.

Jesus loved us with a perfect love.

Fill us with the Holy Spirit, the Easter gift,

that we may perceive the depths

of Christ’s renewing love.

Let us be ready to reach out

with healing and helping hand

to the wounded, the grieving, and the needy.

May the love of Christ

be the mark of our faith and discipleship.

May the world come to believe in your life-giving Son

and acknowledge that we love him,

in accordance with the Divine Master’s words:

“This is how all will know that you are my disciples,

if you have love for one another.”

            We love you, dear Father, and honor you,

now and forever.

Amen.  

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, or an Easter song, or another appropriate 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 may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: With trust and confidence, let us present our petitions to our loving God who raised his Son Jesus to life, and through whom all things are renewed. Let us say to him:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Pope’s Intention for this month of May: that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent. We pray: (R.)

2. That we may have the power to overcome the structuralized evil in the society today and the grace to bring healing to the sick and comfort to the brokenhearted. We pray: (R.)

3. That those who suffer for doing good may be vindicated and that peace and justice may descend upon the victims of violence and terrorism. We pray: (R.)

4. That the Holy Spirit, the Easter gift, may enable us to love as Jesus loves and that we may carry out Christ’s holy command of fraternal love in our daily life. We pray: (R.)

(Other prayers may be added.) 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Father,

look with love upon your people,

the love which our Lord Jesus Christ showed us

when he delivered himself to evil men

and suffered the agony of the cross,

for he is Lord forever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, or an Easter song, or another appropriate song may be sung.   

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 15, n. 25)

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

May 19, 2019

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Commands Us to Love One Another”       

 

 

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

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: An Easter song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

WORDS OF SAINT CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA

I give you a new commandment, said Jesus: love one another. (…) He showed the novelty of his command and how far the love he enjoined surpassed the old conception of mutual love by going on immediately to add: Love one another as I have loved you. (…) Christ commands us to love as he did, putting neither reputation, nor wealth, nor anything whatever before love of our brothers and sisters. If need be we must even be prepared to face death for our neighbor’s salvation as did our Savior’s blessed disciples and those who followed in their footsteps … The Savior urges us to practice this love that transcends the law as the foundation of true devotion to God. He knew that only in this way could we become pleasing in God’s eyes, and that it was by seeking the beauty of the love implanted in us by himself that we should attain to the highest blessings.

 

SILENT ADORATION 

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Ever-living God,

help us to celebrate our joy in the resurrection of the Lord

and to express in our lives the love we celebrate.

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: Acts 14: 21-27

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: Rv 21:1-5a

GOSPEL READING: Jn 13:31-33a,34-35 

POINTS FOR REFLECTION 

Today’s Gospel passage contains “a new commandment” given by Jesus on the eve of his Passover. He knows that the hour has come for him to pass from this world to the Father and he wants to show his disciples his perfect love for them. Indeed, what makes the commandment “new” is the awesome standard of love proposed for the Christian disciples – the sacrificial love of the Lord Jesus that knows no bounds. In accordance with the “new” testament of Jesus, as he was about to offer his life-giving sacrifice on the cross, Christians must live out the call to fraternal charity. Mutual love must be the true mark of discipleship.

The authors of the Days of the Lord, vol. 3, remark: “This is the sign of the Christian in the world, the irrefutable, immediately verifiable proof of Christian identity. For this love appears as a way of life, not only a series of actions, however admirable or even heroic it may be. To walk faithfully in this way is constantly to be a certain way, blossoming from day to day in the peace and joy that nothing can harm; it is to bear fruit for time and eternity. Happy the disciples of Christ, whose charitable life, as Jesus’, gladdens the heart of God and humanity!” 

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, an Easter song, or another appropriate song may be sung.

  

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

What are the emotions evoked in us by Christ’s Farewell Discourse and his testament of love? Do we fulfill in our daily lives Christ’s new command: “Love one another as I have loved you”? Do we strive to attain mutual charity, the true mark of discipleship? How?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD 

Loving Father,

you glorified your Son Jesus,

who suffered and died for us,

by raising him to new life.

Jesus loved us with a perfect love.

Fill us with the Holy Spirit, the Easter gift,

that we may perceive the depths

of Christ’s renewing love.

Let us be ready to reach out

with healing and helping hand

to the wounded, the grieving, and the needy.

May the love of Christ

be the mark of our faith and discipleship.

May the world come to believe in your life-giving Son

and acknowledge that we love him,

in accordance with the Divine Master’s words:

“This is how all will know that you are my disciples,

if you have love for one another.”

            We love you, dear Father, and honor you,

now and forever.

Amen.  

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, or an Easter song, or another appropriate 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 may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: With trust and confidence, let us present our petitions to our loving God who raised his Son Jesus to life, and through whom all things are renewed. Let us say to him:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Pope’s Intention for this month of May: that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent. We pray: (R.)

2. That we may have the power to overcome the structuralized evil in the society today and the grace to bring healing to the sick and comfort to the brokenhearted. We pray: (R.)

3. That those who suffer for doing good may be vindicated and that peace and justice may descend upon the victims of violence and terrorism. We pray: (R.)

4. That the Holy Spirit, the Easter gift, may enable us to love as Jesus loves and that we may carry out Christ’s holy command of fraternal love in our daily life. We pray: (R.)

(Other prayers may be added.) 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Father,

look with love upon your people,

the love which our Lord Jesus Christ showed us

when he delivered himself to evil men

and suffered the agony of the cross,

for he is Lord forever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, or an Easter song, or another appropriate song may be sung.   

 

  

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