The Lord of history
God is king. Earthly rulers, political regimes, Cyrus or Caesar, are called by God to reveal something of his power and majesty and his plan for the human race. But they only hold their power for a day. Our concern is not with them, but with God whom we worship in this celebration.
Entrance Antiphon: I call upon you, God, for you will answer me; bend your ear and hear my prayer. Guard me as the pupil of your eyes; hide me in the shade of your wings.
Entrance hymn: Gather us in
1st Reading: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 – I have taken Cyrus by his right hand to subdue nations before him.
Responsorial Psalm: Give the Lord glory and power
2nd Reading: Thessalonians 1:1-5 – We constantly remember your faith, your love and your hope.
Gospel acclamation: Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21 – Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God
Preparation hymn: Your words are spirit and life
Communion Antiphon: See how the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those who hope in his love; that he may rescue them from death and feed them in time of famine.
Communion hymn: On eagle’s wings
Thanksgiving hymn: Shelter me, O God
Recessional hymn: O bless the Lord