Liturgy Planning

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [148]

First Reading

If you are harsh with the widow and orphan, my anger will flare against you | Exodus 22:20-26

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the sons of Israel this:
‘“You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.
‘“If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him.
‘“If you take another’s cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.”’

I love you, Lord, my strength | Psalm 17(18):2-4,47,51

I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise,
when I call I am saved from my foes.
I love you, Lord, my strength.
Long life to the Lord, my rock!
Praised be the God who saves me,
He has given great victories to his king
and shown his love for his anointed.
I love you, Lord, my strength.
Second Reading

You broke with idolatry and became servants of God; you are now waiting for his Son | 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

You observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread – and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.

Gospel Acclamation
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.

The commandments of love | Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’


'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 103: El Señor Es Compasivo
Composer: Kolar, Peter M.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 103: The Lord Is Compassion and Love
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 18: I Love You Lord, My Strength
Composer: Guimont, Michel
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 63: In the Shadow of Your Wings
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 63: Your Love Is Finer Than Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 91: Within the Wings of God’s Embrace
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP

Hymns & Songs

Be Still and Know That I Am God
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Psalm 46
Publisher: WLP
Confitemini Domino / Come and Fill
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
For the Fruits of All Creation
Composer: Traditional Welsh melody
Text: Green, Fred Pratt
For the Healing of the Nations
Text: Kaan, Fred
Publisher: WLP
Here I Am, Lord
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
How Can I Keep from Singing?
Composer: arr. Warner, Steven C.; with refrain Lowry, Robert
Text: Anonymous Music
Publisher: WLP
I Have Loved You
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: New Dawn Music
Jesu, Jesu
Composer: Ghana Folk Song
Text: Ghana Folk Song
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Text: Wesley, Charles
Praise My Soul the King of Heaven
Publisher: PD
Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Publisher: WLP
The Servant Song
Composer: Gillard, Richard
Text: Gillard, Richard
Ubi Caritas (Berthier)
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Ubi Caritas (chant)
Text: Holy Thursday mandatum