Saturday Vigil Mass Dec. 26 5PM

oh asleep the silence does go by yet in the dark streets shineeth the everlasting light the hopes and fears years tonight for christ is born just keep their watching love oh morning stars together proclaim the holy birth and praise on earth yes i do which to touch good evening and welcome to immaculate conception on this feast of the holy family as we are in the midst of celebrating the birth of christ we are reminded that we must remain strong in our faith as we enter a new year our celebrant and homilist is monsignor ron bill i james hunt and the proclaimer of the word may i remind you please to silence your cell phone i will now share with you the novena prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit o mary full of grace patroness of this nation and mother of the church in this time of illness and worldwide need we seek your intercession for the human family before your son’s throne of grace and mercy we ask for strength and adversity health and weakness and comfort and sorrow help us o blessed mother to be filled with confidence and trust in the tender compassion of our god let us not be afraid like our own saint marianne cope who entrusted her life and ministry among the outcasts of society into the care of our divine physician continue to watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them and give guidance to all who are assisting with the vaccine we ask this through christ our lord amen please stand as we begin our celebration of the eucharist once in royal david later is that mother of jesus christ

good evening everyone welcome to our celebration of we continue during the christmas time now tonight we celebrate the feast of the holy family and we come knowing that god is with us in a very special way and so we begin in the name of the father and of the son of the holy spirit amen the grace of our lord jesus the love of god and the communion of the holy spirit be with you all and with your spirit as we come together we ask god to hear us and to stay with us i confess to almighty god to you my brothers and sisters that i have sins my thoughts and my words and what i have done and what i have failed to do and i ask blessed mary every version of the angels and saints and you my brothers brothers and sisters to pray for me to the lord our god may almighty god have mercy on us forgive us our sins and bring us to life everlasting amen angels i call back shall see stay stay say what made me which inspire your heart oh let us pray oh god who were pleased to give us the shining example of the holy family graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity and so in the joy of your hosts delight one day and eternal rewards to our lord jesus christ your son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit one god forever and ever amen a reading from the book of genesis the word of the lord came to abram in a vision saying fear not abraham i am your shield i will make your reward very great but abram said o lord god what good will your benefits be if i keep on being childless and have as my heir the steward of my house eleazar abram continued see you have given me no offspring and so one of my servants will be my heir then the word of the lord came to him no that one shall not be your heir your own issue shall be your heir the lord took abram outside and said look up at the sky and count the stars if you can

just so he added shall your descendants be abram put his faith in the lord who credited it to him as an act of righteousness the lord took note of sarah as he had said he would he did for her as he had promised sarah became pregnant and bore abraham a son in his old age at the set time that god had stated abraham gave the name isaac to this son of his whom sarah bore him the word of the lord the lord remembers his covenant forever give thanks to the lord invoke his name make known among the nations his deeds sing to him sing his praise proclaim all his wondrous deeds the lord remembers his covenant forever glory is his holy name rejoice o hearts that seek the lord look to the lord in his strength constantly seek his face the lord remembers is reading from the letter to the hebrews brothers and sisters by faith abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance he went out not knowing where he was to go by faith he received power to generate even though he was past the normal age and sarah herself was sterile for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy so it was that there came forth from one man himself as good as dead descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore by faith abraham when put to the test offered up isaac and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son of whom it was said through isaac descendants shall bear your name he reasoned that god was able to raise even from the dead and he received isaac back as a symbol the word of the lord oh in the past god spoke to our ancestors through the prophets in these last he has spoken to us through the song

the lord be with you and with your spirit a reading from the holy gospel according according to saint luke glorious when the days were completed for their purification according to the law of moses the parents of jesus took him up to jerusalem to present him to the lord just as it is written in the law of the lord every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the lord and to offer a sacrifice of a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons in accordance with the dictate in the law of moses now there was a man in jerusalem whose name was simeon this man was righteous and devout awaiting the consolation of israel and the holy spirit was upon him it had been revealed to him by the holy spirit that he would should not see death before he had seen the christ of the lord he came in the spirit into the temple that day when the parents brought in the child jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him he took him into his arms and blessed god saying now master you may let your servant go in peace according to your word for my eyes have seen your salvation which you prepared in sight of all the peoples a light for revelation to the people gentiles and a glory for your people israel the child’s father mother were amazed at what was said about him simeon blessed them and said to mary behold this child is destined for the fallen rise of many in israel to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed there was also a prophetess anna the daughter of faniel of the tribe of asher and she was advanced in years having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage and as a widow until she was 84. she never left the temple but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer and coming forward at that time she gave thanks to god spoke about the child to all who are awaiting the redemption of jerusalem when they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law they returned to galilee to their own town of nazareth the child room became strong filled with them and the favor of god was upon him the gospel gospel of the lord looking around tonight i think i’m going to drop one page of my family this is holy family sunday everyone knows that family life is a combination of happiness and sadness with a lot of ordinary stuff in between but what about the holy family surely there was nothing but peace and happiness there not really life wasn’t always a better roses for them remember joseph’s initial plan to divorce mary to protect her from shame when her pregnancy was disclosed or mary having totally give birth it is stable what about mary and joseph losing track of their son on the way home from jerusalem they also had to deal with herod’s murderous rage a secret flight to egypt resettlement in nazareth and jose early death all of these occasions and more besides could have filled them with terrible terrible anxious moments and fearful thoughts in similar circumstances we certainly would have felt tempted to wish for an easier life but what whatever mary and joseph and jesus thought about their struggles one thing is clear they never gave up in their faithfulness and trust and evermore

in their commitment to love one another they show us how to weather the storms of life love that’s what makes a holy family not the sentimental love of songs and movies but the strong southern love of god the divine love that the spirit pours into our hearts the selfless love that bears all things hopes all things and forgives all things the pure love of a god who became one of us and died to save us no family has a perfect life every family faces hardships of one sort or another but every family also has a heavenly father who loves them and delights in teaching them how to love each other so on this feast of the holy family let us pray for our families in every family on earth may we all learn to put our love to spread it to other families so the family we celebrate today is the whole holy family of mankind bound together across the ages by the god who loves us unto life now and forever please join me now as we profess our faith i believe in one god the father almighty make of heaven and earth of all things visible and invisible i believe in one lord jesus christ the only begotten son of god born of the father before all ages god from god light from light true god from true god begotten not made consubstantial with the father through him all things were made for us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven by the holy spirit for our sake he was crucified under pontius pilate he suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures he ascended into heaven is seated at the right hand of the father he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end i believe in the holy spirit the lord the giver of life who proceeds from the father and the son who with the father and the son is adored and glorified who has spoken to the prophets i believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church i confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and i look forward to the resurrection of the dead the life of the world to come amen the family of nazareth calls us to the manger and now in faith we come to pray for the needs of all please respond lord hear our prayer for the church may it carry the calm and peace of the birth of christ into the new year we pray to the lord lord hear our prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life that god may call forth individuals who are willing to commit themselves to serving the lord we pray to the lord lord lord hear our prayer for those who are sick and suffering the poor and the unemployed that the light of christ and the care of others sustain them through hard times we pray to the lord lord lord hear our prayer for all on the front lines of the covet 19 pandemic especially health care workers and first responders that god protect them and give them health and grace to carry on we pray to the lord lord lord hear our prayer for our parish that god may give us the grace to show patience and kindness and caring for one another as we remain challenged by covet 19 we pray to the lord lord hear our prayer for all families especially those struggling in any way to experience love joy and patience through the intercession of the holy family we pray to the lord lord hear our prayer for those who have died that they now rest in the light of god’s heavenly kingdom especially larry

and margaret fitzpatrick whom we remember at this liturgy we pray to the lord lord hear our prayer gracious god touch our families with your love and compassion be close to us as we pray through christ our lord amen friend to every stranger come as hope for every fear as you lift to heal the broken greet the old cast free the bond as you taught us love until can teach us know where you are blessed are you lord god of all creation through your goodness we have this bread this wine to offer fruit of the divine work of human hands will become for us our spiritual drink blessed be god forever god we as we receive us be pleased with the sacrifice lord wash me for my sins pray my friends that our sacrifice may be acceptable to god the almighty father may the lord save sacrifice at your hands for the praises and glory of his name for our good and the good of all his holy church let us pray we offer you lord the sacrifice of conciliation humbly asking that through the intercession of the virgin mother of god and saint joseph you may establish our family firmly in your grace and your peace through christ our lord amen the lord be with you and with your spirit lift up your hearts we lift them up let us give thanks to the lord our god it is right and just it is truly right and just our duty and salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks lord holy father almighty and eternal god through christ our lord for on the feast of this these all filled mysteries through invisible in his own divine nature he has appeared visibly in ours and begotten before all ages he has begun to exist in time so that raising up in himself all that was cast down he might restore unity to all creation and call strain humanity back to the heavenly kingdom so with all the angels we praise you as a joyful celebration we acclaim holy holy holy holy lord god of heaven heaven and earth are full of your glory hosanna in the highest blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord hosanna in the highest you are holy indeed lord the fount of all holiness let your spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy that they may become for all of us the body and blood of our lord jesus christ at the time he was betrayed in didn’t do his cleaning he took bread and he broke it he gave it to his disciples and he said take this all of you and eat of it for this is my body which will be given up for you when supper was ended he took the chalice once more giving you thanks he gave the chalice to his disciples saying take this all of you and drink from it for this is the chalice of my blood

the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins do this in memory of me the mystery of faith when we eat this bread and drink this cup we proclaim your death o lord until you come again and therefore lord as we celebrate the memorial of the saving passion of your son there’s wondrous resurrection and ascension into heaven as we look forward to his second coming we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice look we pray upon the oblation of your church in recognizing the sacrificial victim by whose death you will to reconcile us to yourself granted we who are nourished by the body and blood of your son filled with his holy spirit may become one body one spirit in christ may he make of us an eternal offering to you so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect especially with the most blessed virgin mary mother of god with blessed joseph her spouse with all the saints and whose constant intercession in your presence we rely for unfailing help may this sacrifice of our reconciliation we pray advance the peace and salvation of all the world be pleased to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim church on earth with your servant francis our pope douglas lucia our bishop the order of bishops the clergy the religious and the entire people your son has gained for you listen graciously to the prayers of this family whom you have summoned before you in your compassion o merciful father gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world and to our departed brothers and sisters to all who are pleasing to you at their passing for this life give kind admittance to your kingdom and there we hope to enjoy forever the fullness of your glory christ our lord to whom you bestow on the world all that is good for through him with him and in him in the unity of the holy spirit all glory and honor is yours almighty father forever and ever amen let us pray let us pray as our lord taught us our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil deliver us lord we pray from every evil graciously grant peace in our days that by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior jesus christ for the kingdom the power of glory are you now and forever lord jesus who said to your apostles peace i leave you my peace i give you look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will who live and reign for ever and ever amen the peace of the lord be with all of you here tonight and with your spirit and let us offer some sign of peace to one another for those who perhaps will not be able to receive communion we pray tonight my jesus i believe that you are present in the most holy sacrament i love you above all things and i desire to receive you into my soul since i cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally come at least spiritually into my heart i embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself holy to you never permit me to be separated from you this is the land of god who takes away all of our sins for those called with supper lord i am not worthy that you should enter my roof but only say the word

my soul shall be healed the body and blood of our lord jesus christ bring us to light everlasting may this mean the body of jesus christ being still amen behold the lamb of god behold him who takes away the sins of the world happy those called to the banquet of the lord lord i am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the world my soul shall be healed the body and blood of our lord jesus christ bring us to life everlasting amen oh my gosh silence wonder our child is born the world rejoices shepherds and angels proclaim his birth this is jesus the lord we save your and brother bearing god’s peace angelic voices tidings of a wondrous love we bring you go no find him in a manger is it god’s home on the earth for our child is born the world rejoices us shepherds our need just proclaim his booth this is jesus the lord i will receive your and brother bearing god’s peace so for our child is one the world rejoices shall this is jesus the lord bearing god’s peace to the earth

jesus lord of our creation sleep now close beside your mother mary bring us light amid the darkness promise of life without and for a child is born the world rejoices shepherds and angels proclaimed this is jesus the lord our savior and brother bearing god’s peace to the earth bearing god’s peace i have a couple of announcements tonight you can stand you can sit whatever you like to do just so you know this friday is new year’s day it’s the solemnity of mary the mother of god while it is a holy day it is not a day of obligation this year due to the pandemic however we will have two masses one at nine and eleven in the morning there is no registration necessary but you must sign in if you’re going to come to the mass a reminder that the norm for attending a weekday mass is to make a reservation online at the parish website or by calling a parish office if you decide at the last minute to attend have not registered please be sure to sign in when you come into the church this is essential for our contact tracing there’s a lot of little rules but they’re for our good so we thank god for all of you thank you for coming to mass tonight celebrating with us the uh the visual of the the holy family must have been a wonderful wonderful time when joseph mary and joseph sat down to have their supper or what whatever they were doing together and so tonight we we celebrate that but we celebrate your family too because in many many ways we we are very much like the holy family some days good some days bad and so tonight as we come together we thank you for being here we ask god for his love let us pray bring those you will be fresh with this heavenly sacrament most merciful father to imitate constantly the example of the holy family so that after the trials of this world we may share their company forever through christ our lord amen and the lord be with you and with your spirit may almighty god bless you all the father the son and the holy spirit amen our mass has ended let us go in peace to love and serve the lord and one another thanks be to god have a great evening and have a a great you know uh new year’s day if you can and know that god is with us rise join the triumph of the skies proclaim christ is born in

glory to the new