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This Sunday's Readings

Church of the Sacred Heart


2 & 3 MARCH 2024


Let us pray.


O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness,

who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving

have shown us a remedy for sin,

look graciously on this confession of our lowliness,

that we, who are bowed down by our conscience,

may always be lifted up by your mercy.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.





First Reading


A reading from the book of Exodus.                      20:1-7


The Law was given through Moses.


God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

    ‘You shall have no gods except me.

    ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God and I punish the father’s fault in the sons, the grandsons, and the great-grandsons of those who hate me; but I show kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.


    ‘You shall not utter the name of the Lord your God to misuse it, for the Lord will not leave unpunished the man who utters his name to misuse it.


    ‘Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath for the Lord your God. You shall do no work that day, neither you nor your son nor your daughter nor your servants, men or women, nor your animals nor the stranger who lives with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that these hold, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why the Lord has blessed the sabbath day and made it sacred.


    ‘Honour your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God has given to you.

    ‘You shall not kill.

    ‘You shall not commit adultery.

    ‘You shall not steal.

    ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

    ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his servant, man or woman, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is his.’


The word of the Lord.


Response: Thanks be to God.




Responsorial Psalm                                                                                   


R.  You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.


The law of the Lord is perfect,

    it revives the soul.

The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,

    it gives wisdom to the simple.


R.  You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.


The precepts of the Lord are right,

    they gladden the heart.

The command of the Lord is clear,

    it gives light to the eyes.


R.  You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.


The fear of the Lord is holy,

    abiding for ever.

The decrees of the Lord are truth

    and all of them just.


R.  You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.


They are more to be desired than gold,

    than the purest of gold

and sweeter are they than honey,

    than honey from the comb.


R.  You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.




Second Reading


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.           1:22-25


Here we are preaching a crucified Christ, an obstacle to men, but to those who are called, the wisdom of God.


While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.


The word of the Lord.


Response: Thanks be to God.




Gospel Acclamation


Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;

whoever believes in me will never die.


Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!




A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.      2:13-25


Response: Glory to you, O Lord.


Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up.


Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money-changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.


    During his stay in Jerusalem for the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he gave, but Jesus knew them all and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about any man; he could tell what a man had in him.


The Gospel of the Lord.


Response: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.




Prayer Of The Faithful


Introduction: Our God is a God of love who teaches us His ways so that we can live our lives joyfully with love. As His obedient children, let us now turn to God with our prayers.


Response: Lord, hear us, we pray.


1. For world leaders, that God will show them the way of peace and justice in our world, and that they may have the courage to follow it. Let us pray to the Lord.


2. For Church leaders, that they may lead and guide God’s people to follow and to be faithful to God’s Commandments. Let us pray to the Lord.


3. For all those who suffer under oppression and injustice, that the Word of God and the witnessing of Christians may give them courage and hope. Let us pray to the Lord.


4. For our Parish community, that the Lenten journey we make will cleanse our hearts of sin and make us temples of God’s glory. Let us pray to the Lord.


5. We pray for the Elect as they prepare for their Baptism, may the Lord protect and guide them in their purification and enlightenment. Let us pray to the Lord.


6. We now pray in silence for other needs and intentions …

For these other needs and intentions, let us pray to the Lord.


Conclusion: God, You are a God who saves and gives life. We bring before You our needs, the needs of the Church and world. May we put our trust in You as we wait for Your blessings. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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