Vol: 44, No.15 8TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) February 26 2017  
The Lord became my protector. He brought me out to a place of freedom, he saved me because he delighted in me. (Ps 17:19-20)

God loves us with an unconditional love. Godís love is manifested in guiding, protecting and providing us. Our response to Godís love is that of self-surrender and faithful service. For not acknowledging Godís love in our lives and for not responding to Godís providence through our surrender and service, let us ask forgiveness from God. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Grant us, O Lord, we pray, that the course of our world may be directed by your peaceful rule and that your Church may rejoice, untroubled in her devotion. Through our Lord Jesus
Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Personified as a woman Zion expresses fear of being abandoned by God. Instead, she received amazing words of consolation in which God, like a mother, proclaims unfailing divine faithfulness to His child, Israel).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (49:14-15)
Zion said, ďThe Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.Ē ďCan a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.Ē
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (61)
Response: In God alone is my soul at rest.
In God alone is my soul at rest; my help comes from Him. He alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress: I stand firm. R/
In God alone be at rest, my soul; for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress: I stand firm. R/
In God is my safety and glory, the rock of my strength. Take refuge in God all you people. Trust him at all times. Pour out your hearts before him. R/
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