Mass of the Twenty–Fourth Sunday of the Year B

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Today's Mass echoes that of September 14th when we celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The prophet Isaiah calls us to contemplate the adorable Face of the suffering Christ. The Gospel invites every disciple of Christ to participation the mystery of His Cross; the Communion Antiphon echoes the invitation of the Gospel.


Give peace. O Lord, to them that patiently wait for you, that your prophets may be found faithful. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel (Sir 36:18).
V. I rejoiced when it was said unto me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord” (Ps 121:1).


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

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Kyrie, eleison.

You reigned from the tree of the Cross.
Christe, eleison.

You sit at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us.
Kyrie, eleison.

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


O God,
creator and ruler of all things,
turn your gaze upon us,
and, that we may experience the effect of your atonement,
grant that we may serve you with all our heart.
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 holy Church of God in East and West
may bear witness to the precious and life-giving Cross of Jesus Christ,
the sign of His atonement
and the instrument of our redemption,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That Pope Benedict XVI
may be preserved from all danger,
strengthened in every good work,
and protected from his enemies,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the leaders of Islamic nations
may resist incitements to violence,
and seek to promote peace, understanding, and tolerance,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the contemplation of the Holy Face of Christ,
exposed to shame and spitting in His Passion,
may move souls to the prayer of reparation
and to an active compassion for the victims of hatred and injustice,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That all who suffer
may find a sure and certain hope in the mystery of the Cross,
and peace of heart in surrender to the Father’s will,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That we may recognize
in the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass
the mystery of the Cross made present
for the salvation of the world,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.


Almighty and ever-living God,
who in the Blessed Passion of your Christ
made an instrument of death
to be for us the means of healing and the cause of joy,
grant that we, in following your Son,
may so glory in his Cross
as to reproduce its pattern and radiate its mystery
in word and in work, in life and in death.
Through the same Christ our Lord.


Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord,
offering upon it holocausts and sacrificing victims:
he made an evening sacrifice to the Lord God
for an odour of sweetness,
in the sight of the children of Israel (Ex 24:4–5).


Be appeased, O Lord, by our pleading,
and graciously receive these offerings of your servants,
so that the gift brought by each to the honour of your name
may further the salvation of all.
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.

You decreed the salvation of the human race
by the tree of the Cross,
that whence death had first come forth
there life might rise again;
and that he who conquered by a tree,
by a tree might also be overcome,
through Christ our Lord.

Through Whom the Angels praise your majesty
the Dominations adore,
and the Powers tremble.
The Heavens, and the Virtues of the heavens,
join together with the blessed Seraphim,
in one exultant hymn.

Let our voices, we entreat you, be joined to theirs,
as we sing to you our humble praise:


O God, how precious is your mercy! The children of men take refuge beneath the shadow of your wings (Ps 35:8).

Or, in the GR:

If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Mt 16:24).


Lord, we beseech you
that the working of this heavenly gift
may so take hold of our souls and bodies,
that we may be moved,
not by our own impressions, but always
by the effect of your gift within us.
Through Christ our Lord.


May the Cross of Christ be to you
the sign of the Father’s unfathomed love,
and the pledge of eternal life.

May the Cross of Christ be to you
the sign of his victory over death,
and the Tree of Life bearing fruit in every age and season.

May the Cross of Christ be to you
the place of the Holy Spirit’s overshadowing,
and the revelation of undying Love.

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

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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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