12 November, Thirty-Second Sunday of the Year B

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The painting by Bernardo Strozzi (1581–1644), a fugitive from the Capuchin Order, depicts the Prophet Elijah with the Widow of Sarepta and her son.


Let my prayer enter into your presence; incline your ear to my supplication, O Lord.
V. O Lord, God of my salvation,
day and night have I cried before you (Ps 87:3, 2).


Almighty and merciful God,
graciously keep us, we pray,
from all things that may hurt us,
that we, being unimpeded both in mind and body,
may accomplish with free minds
those things which belong to your purpose.
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,
like the widow of Zarephath, the widow of the gospel,
and Mary, the widow of Joseph, standing at the Cross of her Son,
may heed the Word of God
and trust in the “Lord who keeps faith forever,”
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the leaders of nations
and all public servants
may demonstrate effective concern
for the plight of the oppressed, the hungry, the homeless,
the elderly, the sick, and the unborn,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That those who have been left alone
by the death of a spouse, parent, child, or friend,
may take comfort in the presence of Christ
in His Word, in the mystery of the Eucharist,
and in the prayer of His Church,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That we who have assembled here
in response to the Word of God
may cast into the treasury of this Holy Mass
all that we are and all that we have,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.


Almighty and ever-living God,
who sent the prophet Elijah
to speak to the widow of Zarephath in her need,
and by his word,
called her out of fear and into faith;
today you call us to abandon that to which we would cling,
and to cling to you in the face of every uncertainty;
Deliver us, we beseech you, from fear
and fill us with the faith that dares to risk trust in you
over every human calculation.
Through Christ our Lord.


Steady my footsteps, O Lord,
according to your promise;
let no iniquity have dominion over me, O Lord (Ps 118: 133).


Graciously look, O Lord,
upon the sacrifice made ready in your sight,
that we who celebrate
the mystery of the Passion of your Son
may be joined thereto
by the attachment of our hearts.
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


The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. In green pastures he gives me rest, he leads me beside the waters of peace (Ps 22:1-2).


The disciples recognized the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread (Lk 24:35).

The Lord is my shepherd and I shall want nothing; he has set me in a land of abundant pastures; he has led me to life-renewing pastures (Ps 22:1-2).


Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched one poor widow cast in two mites, all that she had from the Lord ( cf. Mk 12:42).


Amen, I say to you, this poor widow has cast in more than all those who have cast into the treasury (Mk 12:43).


This widow out of her poverty cast in all that she had, even her whole living (Mk 12:44).


Enlivened by this sacred gift,
we give you thanks, O Lord, and beseech your clemency:
by the outpouring of your Spirit,
may those into whom your heavenly power has entered,
remain secure in your grace.
Through Christ our Lord.


God Bless You Father DOM

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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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