whose people are knit together in one holy Church,
the mystical Body of your Son,
grant us grace to follow your blessed saints
in lives of faith and commitment,
and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared
for those who love you;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one
could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and
languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed
in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a
loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is
seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels
stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living
creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and
worshipped God, singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God
forever and ever! Amen." Then one of the elders addressed me,
saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they
come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that
knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have
come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and
made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are
before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his
temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not
strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of
the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to
springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear
from their eyes."
REFRAIN Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who
trust in him.
will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my
will glory in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice. R
with me the greatness of the Lord; let us exalt his name together.
sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me out of all my
upon him and be radiant, and let not your faces be ashamed.
called in my affliction and the Lord heard me and saved me from
all my troubles. R
angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, and he will
and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him! R
the Lord, you that are his saints, for those who fear him lack
young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord
lack nothing that is good.
Lord ransoms the life of his servants, and none will be punished
who trust in him. R
PSALM 34:1-10, 22
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF JOHN
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called
children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world
does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are
God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.
What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him,
for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him
purify themselves, just as he is pure.
1 JOHN 3:1-3
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he
sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and
taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for
they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will
inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful,
for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for
they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be
called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for
righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed
are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all
kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be
glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you."
OVER THE GIFTS
Holy and mighty God,
we give you thanks for the triumph of Christ
in the lives of all his saints.
Receive all we offer you this day,
and help us, like them, to run our course with faith,
that we may come to your eternal kingdom.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord of hosts,
we praise your glory reflected in your saints.
May we who share at this table
be filled with the joy of your eternal kingdom,
where Jesus is Lord, now and for ever.