Family Home Liturgy: Fifth Sunday of Easter (10 May)
Mother/other person lights candle
Ldr: Christ, our Lord, is risen, alleluia!
All: He is truly risen, alleluia!
Ldr: WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER,
AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Ldr: We gather this Sunday, Mothers’ Day, as God’s family
to celebrate the greatness of God’s love and mercy.
Let us pause in a moment of silence and gratitude
for God’s presence in our lives.
Let us pray:
O God, in a world of much confusion and distractions,
you give us your Son Jesus to be our Way, our Truth and our Life.
With the help of the Holy Spirit
may we all be guided by the words of your Son Jesus
so that we may bring the Gospel message to all of creation.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A reading from the first letter of Peter. (1 Peter 2:4-5,9)
Come to Christ, a living stone,
though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight,
and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, God’s own people,
in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
The word of the Lord. (Thanks be to God!)
A reading from the Gospel of John (John 14:1–12)
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself,
so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him,
“Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, you will know my Father also.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus said to him,
“Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own;
but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Very truly, I tell you,
the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do
and, in fact, will do greater works than these,
because I am going to the Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord. (“Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.”)
[Reflection: What are the different sources of inspiration and guidance for
your life? Are some more important than the others?
How instrumental is your Catholic faith in the choices you make?
To whom do you need to offer guidance? ]
As we offer our prayers our response will be, “Hear us, O God.”
- That all members of the Church may see themselves as chosen, dignified and holy children of God called to build up the Church, the Body of Christ, with their gifts and talents… we pray:
- For all mothers (especially ___ ) ; may they experience daily the love of Christ to strengthen them in their vocation of love… we pray:
- For all who have no faith or have abandoned their faith in Christ;
may they discover him who is “the way, the truth and the life.”… we pray:
- Bless doctors, nurses and all medical/emergency workers; bless them with a spirit of endurance and may they always have support in their work… we pray:
- We commend to God’s mercy all those who have died; especially all our deceased mothers and grandmothers (and for ___ )… we pray:
- (other prayers?)
We bind our prayers together with the words Jesus taught us: OUR FATHER…
O Holy Spirit, grant us wisdom
to respond to the conflicts and tensions in our world
and the courage to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
Make us instruments of harmony,
and restore our peace of heart
in the midst of the tensions, difficulties and struggles of life.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
May the Lord bless us with peace
and protect us from all harm. Amen.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God…
All: That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.