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N.B. Enclosed below are the Adoration Guides for Christ the King and the First Sunday of Advent,

Year A.

 

 

 

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 18, n. 52)

November 20, 2022

CHRIST THE KING

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Leads Us into the Kingdom”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn or any other appropriate song may be sung.

 

INTRODUCTION 

On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, we are invited as Church to contemplate the benevolent King par excellence – Jesus Christ, the Lord of all creation and the Good Shepherd who came to save and unify all nations. The kingship of Jesus Christ is unique. He reigns from the throne of the cross. And in his reign and triumph on the cross, he opens the doors of paradise to those who recognize him as the crucified King of all. Indeed, Christ’s kingship is intensely eschatological. It is deeply accomplished in his triumph over evil and death and his glorification at the right hand of the Father, and we look forward to the definitive coming of his kingdom at the end time. The crucified Lord is also the “king of eschatological glory”.

 

SILENT ADORATION

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Father all-powerful, God of love,

you have raised our Lord Jesus Christ from death to life,

resplendent in glory as King of creation.

Open our hearts,

free all the world to rejoice in his peace,

to glory in his justice,

to live in his love.

Bring all mankind together in Jesus Christ your Son,

whose kingdom is with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

 

FIRST READING: 2 Sm 5:1-3

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

GOSPEL READING: Lk 23:35-43

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

Today’s solemn feast of Christ the King helps us to focus on the all-inclusive, eternal kingdom that the compassionate Christ brings to us by his paschal mystery. In a papal document promulgated on December 11, 1925, Pope Pius XI promulgated the feast of Christ the King in order to take the kingship of Jesus from the privacy of our hearts and to proudly proclaim his public sway as well.

The true meaning of Christ’s kingship needs to be seen against the biblical figure of the Shepherd-King. In the biblical ideal, the king is the anointed one who shepherds and gathers God’s people. The kingship of Jesus Christ is primarily a spiritual-eschatological reality. The Shepherd-King carries out his kingdom ministry upon the cross of affliction and glory. The divine kingdom will be gloriously revealed at the end-time, the parousia. This Sunday’s Gospel reading shows how the crucified Christ exercises his power as Shepherd-King by forgiving a repentant criminal. He thus brings salvation history closer to its goal: redemption and restoration in the name of Jesus.

At the end of the liturgical year, it is most fitting that we address this prayer of the repentant thief to the Redeemer King: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”. And let us listen trustingly to Christ’s assurance of salvation: “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise”. As we conclude a grace-filled Church year, a holy season of breaking the bread of the Word and of translating it into a life of service and love, we discover more and more that the Kingdom of Christ is approaching in its fullness: the Kingdom of truth and life, the Kingdom of holiness and grace, the Kingdom of justice, love and peace.

 

SONG: Any Eucharistic hymn or song of praise may be sung.

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

1. Why is Jesus Christ the fulfillment of the messianic prophecies and expectations for the end-time king? How did he disillusion the expectations of many of his countrymen? Why is the kingship of Christ unique? Why did he fulfill his kingship on the throne of the cross?

2. Are we willing to subject ourselves to Christ the King? Do we embrace his kingship of love and sacrifice, not of political power and domination? Do we relish the “already … but not yet” character of his kingdom? Do we look forward to the coming of his kingdom in glory at the end-time?

  

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

(Adapted from the Preface of Christ the King and a Prayer by St. Bernard of Clairvaux)

Leader: Father,

all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

You anointed Jesus Christ, your only Son,

with the oil of gladness,

as the eternal priest and universal king.

As priest he offered his life on the altar of the cross

and redeemed the human race by this one perfect sacrifice of peace.

As king he claims dominion over all creation,

that he may present to you, his almighty Father,

an eternal and universal kingdom:

a kingdom of truth and life,

a kingdom of holiness and grace,

a kingdom of justice, love and peace.

Assembly: Blessed are they in whom Jesus will reign for ever,

for they shall reign with him,

and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Oh, that Jesus, out of the love he has for his people,

may remember me, a sinner, when he comes into his kingdom!

Oh, that he may deign to come and save me

on the day when he delivers up his kingdom to his God and Father,

so that I may see the joy of his chosen ones

and rejoice in the gladness of his people.

Then I too shall be able to praise him together with his inheritance.

Jesus is my Lord.

I keep myself for him since I acknowledge his rights over me.

To me he is God, to me he is the Lord,

and I declare: I will have no king but the Lord Jesus!

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

 

PERSONAL PRAYER

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: With trust and confidence, let us present our petitions to our loving God who gave us the gift of his Son, the Eucharistic Master. Let us say to him: 

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of November: for children who suffer. We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans and victims of war. May they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection. We pray: (R.)

2. For the new liturgical year that is about to come: that it may be filled with divine grace and be truly a “sacred” time for each of us. We pray: (R.)  

3. For kings and rulers of this world, and for civil authorities: that they may have the heart of Jesus, the King-Shepherd. We pray: (R.)

4. For those who yearn for and those who promote God’s kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. We pray: (R.)

5. For the entire creation: that they may all be integrated and healed in Jesus Christ, the King of universe. We pray: (R.) 

(Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Lord,

you give us Christ, the King of all creation,

as font of everlasting life and as the fullness of salvation.

Help us to live by his gospel

and bring us to the joy of his kingdom,

where he lives and reigns forever and ever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: Any Eucharistic hymn or song of praise may be sung.

 

 

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 19, n. 1)

November 27, 2022

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Is the Long Expected Savior”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: An Advent song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung 

 

INTRODUCTION

(Cf. Johannes Pinsk, Meditation on the Sunday Gospels, year A, ed. John Rotelle, New York: New City Press, 1995, p. 16)

 

Advent means coming, the coming of the Lord. If we want to celebrate Advent with the Church, we must first seek to understand what this means: “God is coming.” This coming of God is not merely an interior, spiritual affair; it happens rather in palpable, concrete forms. So the coming of God has the same meaning as the revelation of God … God has come in Jesus Christ; through him he is with us in his grace by faith and the sacraments. Each individual Christian personally, and the Church of Christ as a community, is a sign of the fact that God has come and is with us forever.

 

 SILENT ADORATION

 

OPENING PRAYER

 Leader: Father in heaven,

our hearts desire the warmth of your love

and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.

Increase our longing for Christ our Savior,

and give us the strength to grow in love,

that the dawn of his coming

may find us rejoicing in his presence

and welcoming the light of his truth.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

  

FIRST READING: Is 2:1-5

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

GOSPEL READING: Mt 24:37-44

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

In the Gospel reading (Mt 24:37-44), Jesus illustrates his eschatological message with three brief stories: the story of Noah and the flood, the parable of two workers in the field and two women grinding at the mill, and the parable of the thief in the night. These parables are meant to underline the need to live righteously in vigilant expectation of the Lord’s judgment. They also indicate the unpredictable and mysterious character of the Lord’s coming as judge. Indeed, Jesus’ message tells us that, rather than knowing the exact time, it is more important that we be always vigilant and prepared. 

Our preparation for the Lord’s “advent” challenges us to live our lives in the here and now with purpose, meaning and dignity. It means being a creative and energetic part of the glorious kingdom that Jesus inaugurated and actualized by his paschal mystery. The Christian disciples in today’s world are therefore marked by renewed vigilance in response to the Advent challenge offered by Jesus, the Divine Master: “Stay awake … Be prepared!” Like the provident householder wisely equipped to fight off the onslaught of the thief in the night, the followers of Christ are watchful and ready to receive the Lord’s daily visitation and welcome him at his glorious return in the end time. Creative and forceful vigilance is a vital characteristic of Christian discipleship.

 

SONG: An Advent song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

 POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

1. Why is the new liturgical year a “fresh beginning like gentle dew from above”? What is our attitude toward this special “sacrament” of the presence of Christ in time? Do we regard the liturgical year and the season of Advent as a gift for which we need to thank God for?

2. How does the messianic vision of prophet Isaiah about the gathering of nations on Mount Zion and the various images of peace and harmony impact you? Are you willing to join the peace-loving people who “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks”? How do you respond to the invitation, “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord”?

3. How do we heed Christ’s wake-up call and exhortation to vigilance for his end-time and ultimate coming? Are we responsive to the Lord’s continuous advent or coming in our personal life, in our family, our community, our world, and in creation?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

(An excerpt from Pope John Paul II’s “Prayer with Young People” – April 9, 1985) 

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ,

give us your peace,

the peace that springs from your pierced heart,

peace in truth, in justice and in love.

Give us your peace,

but not for us to keep for ourselves …

Make us defenders of Abel wherever he lives:

Abel the poor and outcast,

Abel the elderly and without a proper job,

Abel the persecuted for his faith,

Abel the defenseless in his mother’s womb.

Forgive the Cains of our time

for they know not what they do.

Convert the oppressors and the violent to your peace.

Give enlightenment and courage

to the rulers and leaders of nations

to restrain the spiral of that crazy logic

that leads to resources being removed from life

and used instead for the purpose of death

and the destruction of the planet.

Assembly: May you, Jesus, be our peace.

May your Holy Spirit pacify our soul

with the sacrament of your Church

and so we ourselves may be peace for all our brothers …

Your eternal and universal Kingdom is approaching,

the Kingdom of truth and of life,

the Kingdom of sanctity and grace,

the Kingdom of justice, love and peace.

 

SONG: An Advent song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

 

PERSONAL PRAYER

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: With trust and confidence, let us present our petitions to our loving God who gave us the gift of his Son Jesus, the Lord who is to come. Let us say to him:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of November: for children who suffer. We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans and victims of war. May they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection. We pray: (R.)

2. For peace-loving people who “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” and those who endeavor to draw out beauty and abundance from the earth, we pray: (R.)

3. For the conversion of those whose conscience is warped by the crazy logic that leads to resources being removed from life and used instead for the purpose of death and destruction, we pray: (R.)

4. For those who desire to spend the Advent season meaningfully and seek to respond to Christ’s wake-up call and exhortation to vigilance in preparation for his coming, we pray:

(Other prayers may be added.)

 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Lord, bless your people and fill them with zeal. May they promote the definite coming of your kingdom of justice and peace. Strengthen them by your love and enable them to experience the beauty and fullness of the end time. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: Any Eucharistic hymn or song of praise may be sung.

 

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang, PDDM

 

 

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

  

PIAE DISCIPULAE DIVINI MAGISTRI

SISTER DISCIPLES OF THE DIVINE MASTER

3700 North Cornelia Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722 (USA)

Tel. (559) 275-1656

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