Sunday 25th February

Parish Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent
















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Collect


Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who

are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject

those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such

things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Amen



Reading

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16


When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord  appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her and also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”


Gospel

Mark 8: 31 - end


Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man

must undergo great suffering and be rejected by

the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes and be

killed and after three days rise again. He said all

this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and

began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at

his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get

behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind

not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples and said to

them, “If any wish to come after me, let them deny

themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

For those who want to save their life will lose it,

and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

















Post Communion Prayer


Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves to help

ourselves: keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our

souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen

to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the

soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Amen