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  • Saturday of the First Week of Lent

    Reading I Dt 26:16-19

    Moses spoke to the people, saying:
    “This day the LORD, your God,
    commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.
    Be careful, then,
    to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
    Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:
    he is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways
    and observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,
    and to hearken to his voice.
    And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:
    you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;
    and provided you keep all his commandments,
    he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory
    above all other nations he has made,
    and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God,
    as he promised.”

    Responsorial Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

    R.    (1b)  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
        who walk in the law of the LORD.
    Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
        who seek him with all their heart.
    R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    You have commanded that your precepts
        be diligently kept.
    Oh, that I might be firm in the ways
        of keeping your statutes!
    R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    I will give you thanks with an upright heart,
        when I have learned your just ordinances.
    I will keep your statutes;
        do not utterly forsake me.
    R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

    Verse before the Gospel 2 Cor 6:2b

    Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
    behold, now is the day of salvation.

    Gospel Mt 5:43-48

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “You have heard that it was said,
    You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
    But I say to you, love your enemies,
    and pray for those who persecute you,
    that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
    for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
    and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
    For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
    Do not the tax collectors do the same?
    And if you greet your brothers and sisters only,
    what is unusual about that?
    Do not the pagans do the same?
    So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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    Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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  • Sábado de la I semana de Cuaresma

    Primera Lectura Dt 26, 16-19

    En aquel tiempo, habló Moisés al pueblo y le dijo: “El Señor, tu Dios, te manda hoy que cumplas estas leyes y decretos; guárdalos, por lo tanto, y ponlos en práctica con todo tu corazón y con toda tu alma.

    Hoy has oído al Señor declarar que él será tu Dios, pero sólo si tú caminas por sus sendas, guardas sus leyes, mandatos y decretos, y escuchas su voz.

    Hoy el Señor te ha oído declarar que tú serás el pueblo de su propiedad, como él te lo ha prometido, pero sólo si guardas sus mandamientos. Por eso él te elevará en gloria, renombre y esplendor, por encima de todas las naciones que ha hecho y tú serás un pueblo consagrado al Señor, tu Dios, como él te lo ha prometido”.

    Salmo Responsorial Salmo 118, 1-2. 4-5. 7-8

    R. (1b) Dichoso el que cumple la voluntad del Señor.
    Dichoso el hombre de conducta intachable,
    que cumple la ley del Señor.
    Dichoso el que es fiel a sus enseñanzas
    y lo busca de todo corazón. 
    R. Dichoso el que cumple la voluntad del Señor.
    Tú, Señor, has dado tus preceptos
    para que se observen exactamente.
    Ojalá que mis pasos se encaminen
    al cumplimiento de tus mandamientos. 
    R. Dichoso el que cumple la voluntad del Señor.
    Te alabaré con sincero corazón,
    cuando haya aprendido tus justos mandamientos.
    Quiero cumplir tu ley exactamente.
    Tú, Señor, no me abandones. 
    R. Dichoso el que cumple la voluntad del Señor.

    Aclamación antes del Evangelio 2 Cor 6, 2

    R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.
    Este es el tiempo favorable,
    este es el día de la salvación.
    R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.

    Evangelio Mt 5, 43-48

    En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “Han oído que se dijo: Ama a tu prójimo y odia a tu enemigo. Yo, en cambio, les digo: Amen a sus enemigos, hagan el bien a los que los odian y rueguen por los que los persiguen y calumnian, para que sean hijos de su Padre celestial, que hace salir su sol sobre los buenos y los malos, y manda su lluvia sobre los justos y los injustos.

    Porque, si ustedes aman a los que los aman, ¿qué recompensa merecen? ¿No hacen eso mismo los publicanos? Y si saludan tan sólo a sus hermanos, ¿qué hacen de extraordinario? ¿No hacen eso mismo los paganos? Sean, pues, perfectos como su Padre celestial es perfecto”.

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    Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de septiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados. Debido a cuestiones de permisos de impresión, los Salmos Responsoriales que se incluyen aquí son los del Leccionario que se utiliza en México. Su parroquia podría usar un texto diferente.

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Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
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.


St. Alphonsus Liguori

Spiritual Communion Prayer

At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.

Servant of God Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val

Anima Christi Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from Christ’s side, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malicious enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee.
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints.
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. 

May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and growth in the power to do good. May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.

And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas

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1. How good, Lord, to be here!
Your glory fills the night;
Your face and garments, like the sun,
Shine with unborrowed light.

2. How good, Lord, to be here,
Your beauty to behold
Where Moses and Elijah stand,
Your messengers of old.

3. Fulfiller of the past
And hope of things to be,
We hail your body glorified
And our redemption see.

4. Before we taste of death,
We see your kingdom come;
We long to hold the vision bright
And make this hill our home.

Text: Luke 9:32-33; Joseph A. Robinson, 1858-1933, alt.


TREE OF LIFE (Marty Haugen)

Tree of Life and awesome myst’ry,
In your death we are reborn,
Though you die in all of hist’ry,
Still you rise with ev’ry morn,
Still you rise with ev’ry morn.

Seed that dies to rise in glory,
May we see ourselves in you,
If we learn to live your story
We may die to rise anew,
We may die to rise anew.

We remember truth once spoken,
Love passed on through act and word,
Ev’ry person lost and broken
Wears the body of our Lord,
Wears the body of our Lord.

Gentle Jesus, mighty Spirit,
Come inflame our hearts anew,
We may all your joy inherit
If we bear the cross with you,
If we bear the cross with you.

Christ, you lead and we shall follow,
Stumbling though our steps may be,
One with you in joy and sorrow,
We the river, you the sea,
We the river, you the sea.

Text: Marty Haugen, b.1950, © 1984, GIA Publications, Inc.



Transfigure us, O Lord,
transfigure us, O Lord.
Break the chains that bind us;
speak your healing word,
and where you lead we’ll follow.
Transfigure us, O Lord.

1. Down from heights of glory
into the depths below,
the love of God self-emptied,
the love of God to show.
You light the path before us,
the way that we must go.

2. Light for those in darkness,
the hungry have their fill,
glad tidings for the humble,
the healing of all ills;
in these we glimpse your glory,
God’s promises fulfilled.

3. Pardon for the sinner,
a shepherd for the sheep,
a drink of living water
for all who thirst and seek,
and feasting at your table,
the lowly and the least.

4. To the holy city,
Jerusalem, you go;
your face set toward the ending,
the cross to be your throne.
Shall we journey with you
and share your paschal road?

Text: Based on Matthew 17:1–9; Mark 9:2–10; Luke 9:28b–36. Text and music © 2002, Bob Hurd. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.



1. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in God’s justice
Which is more than liberty.
There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.

2. For the love of God is broader
Than the measures of the mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful,
We should rest upon God’s word;
And our lives would be thanksgiving
For the goodness of our Lord.

3. Troubled souls, why will you scatter
Like a crowd of frightened sheep?
Foolish hearts, why will you wander
From a love so true and deep?
There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior,
There is healing in his blood.

Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863, alt.
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Amor de Dios, convócanos.
Amor de Dios, haznos uno,
que compartamos lo que recibimos
para construir la comunidad,
para construir la comunidad.

1. En el agua de vida
nos convertimos en cuerpo del Señor.

2. Hay diversos dones,
pero un sólo Dios que nos inspira.

3. Haznos una familia
que se une por obras de tu amor.

Letra: Basada en 1 Corintios 12, 4–6. 12–13; Bob Hurd, Pia Moriarty, Ana Victoria Demezas y Jaime Cortez. Letra y música © 1994, 2000, Bob Hurd y Pia Moriarty. Obra publicada por OCP. Derechos reservados.


Entre Tus Manos (Ray Repp)

Entre tus manos está mi vida, Señor.
Entre tus manos pongo mi existir.
Hay que morir para vivir.
Entre tus manos confío mi ser.

1. Si el grano de trigo no muere,
si no muere, solo quedará;
pero si muere, en abundancia dará
un fruto eterno que no morirá.

2. Es mi anhelo, mi anhelo creciente,
en el surco, contigo morir;
y fecunda será la simiente, Señor,
revestida de eterno vivir.

Text: Verse 1 based on John 12:24; verse 3 based on Romans 14:8; refrain, Ray Repp; verses, anon. Music: Verse 3, traditional. Refrain music and text and verses 1, 2 and 4 music © 1967, Otter Creek Music. All rights reserved. Exclusive agent: OCP.


Es Mi Cuerpo

Es mi cuerpo, tomad y comed.
Es mi sangre, tomad y bebed
porque Yo soy vida, Yo soy amor.
Oh Señor, nos reuniremos en tu amor.

1. El Señor nos da su amor como nadie nos lo dio.
Él nos guía como estrella en la intensa oscuridad.
Al partir juntos el pan Él nos llena de su amor,
Pan de Dios, el Pan comamos de amistad.

2. El Señor nos da su amor como nadie nos lo dio.
Para la gente del pueblo es el hijo de José.
Con sus manos trabajó como hacían los demás,
conoció los sufrimientos y dolor.

3. El Señor nos da su amor como nadie nos lo dio.
Y su amor tan grande fue que lo condujo hasta la cruz,
pero más pudo el amor que la muerte y el dolor,
vencedor, tres días después resucitó.

4. El Señor nos da su amor como nadie nos lo dio.
En la cruz el Salvador su propia vida nos donó.
Y toda la humanidad es el cuerpo del Señor.
Nada puede separarnos de su amor.

Letra: Tradicional. Música: Charles A. Tindley, 1851–1933, adapt.


El Señor Es Mi Fuerza (Juan A. Espinosa)
El Señor es mi fuerza, mi roca y salvación. 

Tú me guías por sendas de justicia, me enseñas la verdad.
Tú me das el valor para la lucha, sin miedo avanzare. 

Letra: basada en Salmo 18 (17). Letra y música © 1969, Juan A. Espinosa. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.
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Kyrie Eleison

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy
Hear our cry and heal our land
Let kindness lead us to repentance
Bring us back again

For your name is great and your heart is grace
Kyrie eleison
Over all you reign, you alone can save
Kyrie eleison
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy on us now

(repeats 4x)
Who is this God who pardons all our sin?
So ready to forgive, you delight to show your mercy

Songwriters: Matt Maher, Matthew James Redman


R./ I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Jeremy Mayfield


Let My Words Be Few

You are God in heaven, and here am I on earth
So I’ll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

And I’ll stand in awe of You
Yes, I’ll stand in awe of You
And I’ll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

The simplest of all love songs I want to bring to You
So I’ll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

Matt Redman


Praises (Be Lifted Up)

I sing praises to Your name
Praises to Your name
The name that’s so much
higher than all names
All honor to Your name
All honor to Your name
The name that’s so much greater than all names

Be lifted up, be lifted higher
Be lifted up, be lifted higher
Be lifted up, be lifted higher
Be lifted up, be lifted higher

Your name is life
Your name is hope inside me; hope inside me
Your name is love
A love that always finds me, always finds me

Josh Baldwin


Lay It Down

Everything I am, everything I long to be—
I lay it down at your feet.
Everything I am, everything I long to be—
I lay it down at your feet.

I lay it down, I lay it down,
I lay it down at your feet.

I lay it down, I lay it down,
I lay it down at your feet.

Oh, pearl of greatest price, no act of sacrifice
can match the gift of life I find within your gaze.
Oh, what a sweet exchange: I die to rise again,
lifted up from the grave into your hands of grace.

© 2008, Thankyou Music (PRS)/Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP. All rights reserved. Administered at Used with permission.



My God is awesome, He can move mountains
Keep me in the valley, hide me from the rain
My God is awesome, heals me when I’m broken
Gives strength where I’ve been weakened, forever He will reign

My God is awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome
My God is awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome

He’s mighty, He’s mighty, He’s mighty, He’s mighty
He’s so awesome, awesome

He’s holy, He’s holy….
He’s so awesome, awesome

He’s great, He’s great…
He’s so awesome, awesome

Charles Jenkins and the Fellowship Chicago
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Music by The Call

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