ROGATIONS DAYS AND HARVEST THANKSGIVING
Creator of the fruitful earth,
you made us stewards of all things.
Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness,
and steadfast wills to use your bounty well,
that the whole human family,
today and in generations to come,
may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOEL
Do not fear, O soil; be
glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Do not fear,
you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are
green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their
full yield. O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord
your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he
has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later
rain, as before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the
vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will repay you for the
years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the
destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against
you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name
of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my
people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am
in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and
there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to
REFRAIN The Lord has
done great things for us.
the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those
was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of
they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things
Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed. R
our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negev. R
who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy,
shouldering their sheaves. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY
First of all, then, I
urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions,
so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all Godliness
and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God
our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one
mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all - this was attested at the right
time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am
telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in
faith and truth.
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-7
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you
will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will
wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather
into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a
single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about
clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his
glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the
grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown
into the oven, will he not much more clothe you - you of little
faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or
'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For it is the
Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly
Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for
the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things
will be given to you as well."
OVER THE GIFTS
Source of all life,
the heaven and earth are yours,
yet you have given us dominion over all things.
Receive the symbols of our labour and love
which we offer you this day,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of our hope,
in this eucharist we find the source of all your blessings.
Nourished in these holy mysteries
may we, with our lives,
give you continual thanks and praise.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.