Liturgy Planning

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 12, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [154]

First Reading

Wisdom is found by those who look for her | Wisdom 6:12-16

Wisdom is bright, and does not grow dim.
By those who love her she is readily seen,
and found by those who look for her.
Quick to anticipate those who desire her, she makes herself known to them.
Watch for her early and you will have no trouble;
you will find her sitting at your gates.
Even to think about her is understanding fully grown;
be on the alert for her and anxiety will quickly leave you.
She herself walks about looking for those who are worthy of her
and graciously shows herself to them as they go,
in every thought of theirs coming to meet them.

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God | Psalm (62)63:2-8

O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.
For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.
For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.
So I will bless you all my life,
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.
For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.
On my bed I remember you.
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.
Second Reading

Do not grieve about those who have died in Jesus | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 or 13-14

We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. We can tell you this from the Lord’s own teaching, that any of us who are left alive until the Lord’s coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them; to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord for ever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.
Gospel Acclamation
Stay awake and stand ready,
because you do not know the hour
when the Son of Man is coming.
Matthew 24:42-44

The wise and foolish virgins | Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.” At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’

'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 145: I Will Praise Your Name (Roberts)
Composer: Roberts, Leon
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

Hymns & Songs

All Will Be Well
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Julian of Norwich
Publisher: WLP
Christ Be Beside Me
Composer: Gaelic
Text: The Lorica of St. Patrick
Publisher: GIA
Come, You Thankful People, Come
Text: Alford, Henry
Gather Us In
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Composer: The Sacred Harp
Text: Edwards, Robert L.
I Have Loved You
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: New Dawn Music
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Composer: Thomerson, Kathleen
Text: Thomerson, Kathleen
Publisher: GIA
In Christ There Is No East or West
Text: Oxenham, John
May the Goodness of the Lord
Composer: McDonagh
Publisher: IND
My Soul Is at Rest
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Berthier, Jacques
Publisher: GIA
Now Thank We All Our God
Text: Rinckart, Martin
Only in God
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Text: Foley SJ, John
Publisher: OCP
Seed, Scattered and Sown
Composer: Feiten, Dan
Text: Feiten, Dan
Sign Me Up
Composer: Yancy, Kevin / Metcalfe, Jerome
Text: Yancy, Kevin / Metcalfe, Jerome
Soon and Very Soon
Composer: Crouch, Andrae
Text: Crouch, Andrae
Publisher: Bud John Songs, Inc.
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Composer: Irish Traditional
Text: Baker, Henry W.
The Works of the Lord Are Created in Wisdom
Composer: Traditional Dutch Melody
Text: Idle, Christopher
We Walk by Faith
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Alford, Henry
Publisher: GIA
Wisdom, My Road
Composer: Warner, Steven C. / Barnhart, Leslie
Text: Sir 51:13-22
Publisher: WLP
You Are Near
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: New Dawn Music