Mass of the Twenty–Fifth Sunday of the Year B

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"And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them;
and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
'Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but him who sent me'" (Mark 9:36–37).

My nephew, Michael Colin Kirby, seems to be part of the icon of Christ with the little children on the wall behind him. In today's Mass, Our Lord draws us into the way of spiritual childhood and humble service. The Mass opens with Christ Himelf singing to His Church the strong and reassuring words, "Salus populi ego sum" (Ps 77:1). "I am the salvation, the wholeness, the happiness of the people." One who takes that message to heart willingly places his life in the hands of Christ and follows Him, trusting in His merciful goodness.


I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. From whatever tribulations they cry out to me, I will give heed to them, and I will be their Lord forever (Cf. Ps 36: 39-40). V. Attend, O my people to my law; incline your ear to the words of my mouth (Ps 77:1).


Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
that we may be ready to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

You came not to be served, but to serve (Mt 20:28).
Kyrie, eleison.

You gave your life as a ransom for many (Mt 20:28).
Christe, eleison.

You you are gentle, and lowly in heart (Mt 11:29).
Kyrie, eleison.

May Almighty God have mercy on us,
and lead us, with our sins forgiven,
into eternal life.


O God, who established the fulness of the sacred law
in love of you and love of our neighbour,
grant that we, by keeping your precepts,
may be found worthy of everlasting life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.


That the Church in all her members
may show forth the humility of Christ
who came not to be served, but to serve,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the powerful of the earth who silence their critics
with violent repression, insult, and torture,
may not prevail over the righteous,
nor extinguish the hope of the little and of the poor,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That those who are persecuted for the sake of the Kingdom
may experience the saving help of Christ;
that those who are caught up in the quest for power
may discover the humility of Christ;
and that those who suffer in any way
may experience the comfort of Christ,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That those who serve, educate, or care for children
may reverence their openness, and be open to their gifts,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That we who seek to walk humbly with Christ
may abide in his Word
and, in receiving him in this Eucharist,
experience the presence of the Father and of the Holy Spirit,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.


Almighty and ever-living God,
who put down the mighty from their thrones,
and lift up the lowly,
humble our arrogance, we beseech you, and uphold our weakness,
that we, with confidence in your abiding mercy,
may be fed by your hand
and filled with the good things of your house.
Through Christ our Lord.


If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation,
you will quicken me, O Lord;
and you will stretch forth your hand
against the wrath of my enemies;
and your right hand shall save me (Ps 137:7).


Lord, graciously receive the gifts of your people,
that, in these heavenly sacraments , they may grasp
the things they profess with the dutiful love of faith.
Through Christ our Lord.


It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

By the mystery of his death and resurrection
Christ has accomplished a wonderful work.

From the yoke of slavery to sin and death
he has called us to share his glory
and receive the name of chosen race and royal priesthood,
holy nation and people for your own possession.

He bids us everywhere proclaim your mighty works
for you, Father, have summoned us forth from darkness
into your own marvelous light.

Through Christ the choirs of angels
worship forever with joy before your majesty;
with them, we pray you, join our voices,
in this, their hymn of joyful supplication:


You have laid down your precepts to be faithfully kept. May my footsteps be firm in keeping your commands (Ps 118:4-5).

Or, from the gospel of the day as given in the Gospel Canticle Antiphons of the LH:

Whoever would be first must be last of all and servant of all (Magn. I, Mk 9:35).

Whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me (Ben, Mk 9:37).

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me (Magn. II, Mk 9:37).


Having refreshed us by these sacraments, O Lord,
graciously raise us up by your unfailing help,
that in these mysteries, and in all of life,
we may lay hold of the effect of your redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.


May God, the Father of mercy,
sustain you in your weakness,
and uphold you in every trial.
R. Amen.

May the gentle and humble Christ
who came not to be served but to serve,
open your hearts to the power of his Cross and Resurrection.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit,
fill you with childlike trust in God,
and with the wisdom from above.
R. Amen.

And may the blessing of Almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
descend upon you, and remain with you forever.
R. Amen.


Thanks Father Mark, O.Cist.. Something got clipped off at the end of your blessing, though.

Just fixed it, Father Jeff. Thank you for spotting that.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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