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Leading a Prayer Service at Home

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sunday Prayer at Home

Since there is no public celebration of Mass, we invite you to gather your family at home on Sunday and lead them in prayer.  According to the Second Vatican Council, “The family, is so to speak, the domestic church.” (Lumen Gentium #11) This means that it is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek His will for us. During this time of the coronavirus, it is also the place where the church gathers for prayer. Adapt as needed

If appropriate, lite a candle next to a bible or crucifix.

In the Name of the + Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen

Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with each member of our family and every member of our parish.

Let us pray

Blessed are you, Father, Holy and Divine Creator.

All creation comes from your hand;

The entire universe bears the imprint of your goodness.

You call us not only to inhabit the earth,

But also to build it and thus become your co-workers.

You give us a Sabbath day of rest

When men and women everywhere raise their song to you and become the voice of all creation.

What you accomplishes in creation and wrought for your people in the Exodus

Has found its fullest expression in Christ’s death and resurrection.

And so even though we cannot gather for the Eucharist,

we remember on this first day of the week

The salvation, which you have given us in baptism

And which has made us a new creation in Christ.


In this season of Lent we acknowledge our sin, and pray, O God

For the gift of true repentance and genuine conversion

Renew the grace of our baptism within us

And inspire us to express our love for you in our service of others


We praise you, Almighty God and Father, for there is no greater power that saves

And no greater love and mercy Than that which comes from you

Through your Son, Jesus Christ In communion with the Holy Spirit

Both now and forever. Amen.



Reading 1 Ez 37:12-14

Thus says the Lord GOD:
O my people, I will open your graves
and have you rise from them,
and bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD,
when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live,
and I will settle you upon your land;
thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.

R. (7) With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the LORD.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

For with the LORD is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Reading 2 Rom 8:8-11

Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you.

Verse Before the GospelJn 11:25a, 26

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die.

Gospel Jn 11:1-45

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany,
the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil
and dried his feet with her hair;
it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.
So the sisters sent word to him saying,
“Master, the one you love is ill.”
When Jesus heard this he said,
“This illness is not to end in death,
but is for the glory of God,
that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill,
he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples,
“Let us go back to Judea.”
The disciples said to him,
“Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you,
and you want to go back there?”
Jesus answered,
“Are there not twelve hours in a day?
If one walks during the day, he does not stumble,
because he sees the light of this world.
But if one walks at night, he stumbles,
because the light is not in him.”
He said this, and then told them,
“Our friend Lazarus is asleep,
but I am going to awaken him.”
So the disciples said to him,
“Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”
But Jesus was talking about his death,
while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
So then Jesus said to them clearly,
“Lazarus has died.
And I am glad for you that I was not there,
that you may believe.
Let us go to him.”
So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples,
“Let us also go to die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
had already been in the tomb for four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to comfort them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
“Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him,
“I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”

When she had said this,
she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying,
“The teacher is here and is asking for you.”
As soon as she heard this,
she rose quickly and went to him.
For Jesus had not yet come into the village,
but was still where Martha had met him.
So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her
saw Mary get up quickly and go out,
they followed her,
presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him,
she fell at his feet and said to him,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,
he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
“Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her,
“Did I not tell you that if you believe
you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
He cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
“Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

Leader            Sisters and brothers, the raising of Lazarus from the dead reveals  Jesus to be the source of life. May the Lord strengthen us to be fully alive with faith at this time of crisis.



With hope in Jesus who is the Resurrection and the life

     we pray for the church,

     for each of our parishioners and

     for all who live and work in our area

     Lord, have mercy

     Lord, have mercy.


With deep concern in this time of the Coronavirus:

     We pray for the recovery of those infected,

     for the safety of those caring for them,

     and for those engaged in research.

     Lord, have mercy.

     Lord, have mercy.


With compassion

     for those vulnerable to the coronavirus

     for those who are highly anxious,

     and for those who are now isolated from family and loved ones.

     Lord, have mercy.

     Lord, have mercy.


With solidarity with those facing a financial crisis:

     for those whose employment has ceased,

     for small business which are now collapsing,

     for those seeking support.

     Lord, have mercy.

          Lord, have mercy.


With hope for those in crisis around the world:

     for refugees and the disabled,

     for those whose countries ravaged by war

     and for those who live in extreme poverty.

          Lord, have mercy.

          Lord, have mercy.


With unity in faith:

     for Christians persecuted for their faith in the Middle East,

for those deprived of the Eucharist,

and for those searching for a deeper meaning to life.

     Lord, have mercy

     Lord, have mercy.


With trust in the mercy of God:

     for those who have died of the coronavirus,

     for those who have died alone,

     for all who believe Jesus to be their Resurrection and their Life.

     Lord, have mercy.

     Lord, have mercy.



Celebrant:      Lord, you always hear the cry of your people,

                      stand close now to all humanity in these anxious times,

                      and awaken in the hearts of all the virtues

                      of kindness, concern and compassion.

                      Through Christ our Lord.



The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.



Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most holy Eucharist. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.



May the Lord Bless us,

Protect us from all evil

And bring us to everlasting live.