Vol: 44, No.43 19TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) August 13 2017  
Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. (Ps 73:20,19,22,23)

“Why do you doubt, man of little faith?” could very well be a chiding the Lord makes to any one of us. Let us ask the Lord to grant us a living faith that makes us see the saving hand of Jesus outstretched towards us in moments of doubt, difficulties, troubles or temptations. Let us ask our merciful Saviour to use his mercy towards and forgive us our sins. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/...
Glory to God in the highest...

Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters, that we may merit to enter into the inheritance which you have promised. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(Elijah meets God not in a show of power and might but in the gentle whispering of the breeze).
A reading from the Book of Kings
(19:9, 11-13)
Elijah came to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.”
And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (84)
Response: Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help. .
I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace. His help is near for those who fear him and his glory will dwell in our land. R/
Mercy and faithfulness have met; justice and peace have embraced. Faithfulness shall spring from the earth and justice look down from heaven. R/
The Lord will make us prosper and our earth shall yield its fruit. Justice shall march before him and peace shall follow his steps. R/
(Paul grieves that God’s chosen people refused to accept the last and greatest of the many gifts he sent them — his Messiah, the Christ).
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans (9:1-5)
I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself
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