For Sunday, October 31, 2021; Readings: Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Psalm 119:1-8, Hebrews 9:11-14, Mark 12:28-34
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. [Deuteronomy 6:4-6]
When Christ came as a high priest…he entered once for all into the Holy Place…obtaining eternal redemption…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! [Hebrews 9:11a, 12a,c; 14]
One of the scribes…asked [Jesus], “Which commandment is first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” [Mark 12:28-31]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ O Lord, our Only God, direct our ways to walk in Yours, to love and serve You with all our hearts, our souls, our minds, and our strength. Lead us toward our purification through the selflessness of Christ, to share this great love with everyone, especially with those we deem difficult or unworthy. Guide us to live as You intended and learn to pray with more fervor for others than for ourselves.
~ O Lord, our Only God, search the faithfulness of us all, especially those who lead in Governments, globally and locally. Keep us from the shame of ego-, greed-, and power- needs that obstruct the tranquility of all the Earth, and guide us to follow Your Will through Your Commandments. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
We give ourselves to You
~ O Lord, our Only God, lay Your healing hand upon those weary of the pain, anguish, or fears of this life, and hold fast to those who offer caring help. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ O Lord, our Only God, lighten the darkness for those who grieve, as our loved ones enter into the Holy Place, to the splendor and glory of new life in Christ. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ O Lord, our Only God, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials… add your own petitions
~ O Lord, our Only God, bestow courage and confidence, in these trying times, upon those anointed to call us to Your Holy Table, for the renewal of our faith and the continuing commitment to Your service, for all the days of our life. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: Creator and Lord of All that Is, teach us to keep Your Words in our hearts and recite them each day to embody Your Presence within us. Grant us the grace to be as the instruments of Your great love for all we meet, walking together toward eternal redemption by our inheritance from Christ. We ask through Jesus, our great High Priest; and the Holy Spirit, the Breath of Your Wisdom; who together with You are One God, now and forever. Amen.