Sunday at Home – March 29

Fifth Sunday of Lent


Here you can find this Sunday’s Readings, songs and hymns chosen by our music ministers, Father’s homily, some petitions for us to offer together to God, the Spiritual Communion Prayer and a prayer for during this pandemic. If you are looking for something more, try these resources:

  • Archbishop’s Live Broadcast: The archdiocese will livestream Mass at 9:00am on Sunday with Archbishop Jackels presiding. The Mass will be recorded so it may be viewed after the original airing.
  • Magnificat: Head over to Magnificat for a full outline of all the prayers and readings for today’s Mass.
  • MagnifiKid: This is a resource to serve as a spiritual guide for kids that include activities and explanations for the readings and rituals of Mass.

Opening Songs

Traditional: My Soul is Thirsting (, In These Days of Lenten Journey (

Contemporary: Take Up Our Cross (, 40 Days (

The Readings

First Reading Ezekiel 37:12-14

The Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and have you rise from them. I am going to take you out and bring you back to the land of Israel. When I open the graves where my people are buried and bring you out, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my breath in you, bring you back to life, and let you live in your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I have promised that I would do this—and I will. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Responsorial Psalm

Traditional: Psalm 130 – With the Lord there is Mercy and Fullness of Redemption (

Contemporary: Be Merciful O Lord (

Second Reading Romans 8:8-11

Those who obey their human nature cannot please God. But you do not live as your human nature tells you to; instead, you live as the Spirit tells you to—if, in fact, God’s Spirit lives in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ lives in you, the Spirit is life for you because you have been put right with God, even though your bodies are going to die because of sin. If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.

Gospel John 11:1-45

A man named Lazarus, who lived in Bethany, became sick. Bethany was the town where Mary and her sister Martha lived. (This Mary was the one who poured the perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was sick.)

The sisters sent Jesus a message: “Lord, your dear friend is sick.” When Jesus heard it, he said, “The final result of this sickness will not be the death of Lazarus; this has happened in order to bring glory to God, and it will be the means by which the Son of God will receive glory.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he received the news that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. Then he said to the disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “Teacher,” the disciples answered, “just a short time ago the people there wanted to stone you; and are you planning to go back?” Jesus said, “A day has twelve hours, doesn’t it? So those who walk in broad daylight do not stumble, for they see the light of this world. But if they walk during the night they stumble, because they have no light.” Jesus said this and then added, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I will go and wake him up.” The disciples answered, “If he is asleep, Lord, he will get well.” Jesus meant that Lazarus had died, but they thought he meant natural sleep. So Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, but for your sake I am glad that I was not with him, so that you will believe. Let us go to him.” Thomas (called the Twin) said to his fellow disciples, “Let us all go along with the Teacher, so that we may die with him!”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been buried four days before. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Judeans had come to see Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother’s death. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died! But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask him for.”

“Your brother will rise to life,” Jesus told her. “I know,” she replied, “that he will rise to life on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord!” she answered. “I do believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

After Martha said this, she went back and called her sister Mary privately. “The Teacher is here,” she told her, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up and hurried out to meet him. (Jesus had not yet arrived in the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.) The people who were in the house with Mary comforting her followed her when they saw her get up and hurry out. They thought that she was going to the grave to weep there. Mary arrived where Jesus was, and as soon as she saw him, she fell at his feet. “Lord,” she said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” Jesus saw her weeping, and he saw how the people with her were weeping also; his heart was touched, and he was deeply moved. “Where have you buried him?” he asked them. “Come and see, Lord,” they answered. Jesus wept. “See how much he loved him!” the people said. But some of them said, “He gave sight to the blind man, didn’t he? Could he not have kept Lazarus from dying?”

Deeply moved once more, Jesus went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone placed at the entrance. “Take the stone away!” Jesus ordered. Martha, the dead man’s sister, answered, “There will be a bad smell, Lord. He has been buried four days!” Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believed?” They took the stone away.

Jesus looked up and said, “I thank you, Father, that you listen to me. I know that you always listen to me, but I say this for the sake of the people here, so that they will believe that you sent me.” After he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” He came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave cloths, and with a cloth around his face. “Untie him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go.”

Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did, and they believed in him.


Fifth Sunday of Lent 2020

Prayers of the Faithful

With Martha we proclaim, “You are the Christ, the Son of God,” and so with faith we bring our needs and the needs of the world before the Lord.

  • For Pope Francis and all church leaders may they continue to be true witnesses to the love of our Savior as we navigate through this pandemic, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
  • For governments throughout the world, may they work together to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and comfort and heal the human population, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
  • For all students and the catechists and teachers who seek to share their love of the Risen Christ with them, may they soon be reunited in person to spread the good news of the Gospel, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
  • For those mourning the loss of a loved one, may they know the comfort and care of Jesus who wept at the tomb of his friend Lazarus, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
  • For all of us,  may we feel the Lord’s healing touch as we lay of our anxiety and fear at the feet of Christ, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
  • For Stephan O’Brien, Mary Louise Avery, and all who died, that they are raised like Lazarus with Christ in his heavenly kingdom, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving God, hear the prayers we offer to you. Teach us faith and patience as we live through this time of uncertainty. Show us how to be ministers of your love and grace that we may be true witnesses of your love for all. This we ask through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Preparation Song

Traditional: Hosea (

Contemporary: New Creation (


Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Communion Songs

Traditional: I am the Bread of Life (

Contemporary: Remembrance (, Lord I Need You (

Going Forth

Going Forth Songs

Traditional: Go Make a Difference (

Contemporary: Diamonds (

A Prayer for During The Pandemic

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We turn to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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