23rd AUGUST 2020 21STSUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.
O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Spon, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
FIRST READING Isaiah 22:19-23
A reading from the prophet Isaiah
Thus says the Lord of hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace;
I dismiss you from your office,
I remove you from your post,
And the same day I call on my servant
Eliakim son of Hilkiah
I invest him with your robe
Gird him with your sash
Entrust him with your authority;
and he shall be a father
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
and to the House of Judah.
I place the keys of the House of David
On his shoulder;
Should he open, no one shall close,
Should he close, no one shall open.
I drive him like a peg
Into a firm place;
He will become a throne of glory
For his father’s house
The word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
RESPONSE: Your love, O Lord, is eternal, discard not the work of your hands.
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart
You have heard the words of my mouth
Before the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple
- I thank you for your faithfulness and love
which excel all we ever knew of you
on the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul
- The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly
and the haughty he knows from afar
Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
Discard not the work of your hands
SECOND READING Romans 11:33-36
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans
How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.
GOSPEL Matthew 16:13-20
When Jesus cam to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples. “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say he is John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But you,” he said, “who do you say I am?” The Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Christ,” he said “the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.” The he gave the disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
O Lord, who gained for yourself a people by adoption through the one sacrifice offered once for all, bestow on us, we pray, the gifts of unity and peace in your Church. Through Christ our Lord.
The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord, you bring forth bread from the earth and wine to cheer the heart.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Complete within us, O Lord, we pray,
The healing work of your mercy
And graciously perfect and sustain nus,
So that in all things we may please you.
Through Christ our Lord.