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The Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – October 3rd, 2021 (and Petition to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii)


Entrance Antiphon (Introit)

Within your will, O Lord, all things are established,
and there is none that can resist your will.
For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth,
and all that is held within the circle of heaven;
you are the Lord of all. (See Esther 4:17)

Entrance Song

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

My brother and sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the mysterier, let us call to mind our sins.

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.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.


Almighty everliving God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
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. 



A reading from the Book of Genesis            

They shall become one flesh. (2:18-24)

The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
So the LORD God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name. 
The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.
So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep,
he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib
that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:
    “This one, at last, is bone of my bones
        and flesh of my flesh;
    this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘
        for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


(Ps 128)

Response:  May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
    who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
    blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
    in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
    around your table.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
    who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

May you see your children’s children.
    Peace be upon Israel!
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.


A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father. (2:9-11)

Brothers and sisters:
He “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels, “
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated
all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers.”

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Alleluia, alleluia.
If we love one another, God remains in us
and his love is brought to perfection in us. (I John 4:12)


What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. (10:2-16)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, Lord.

The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” 
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” 
They replied,
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment. 
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

So they are no longer two but one flesh. 
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.” 
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. 
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these. 
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
(at the words that follow up to and including and became man, all bow)
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism
for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.


Our response is: Lord, hear our prayer.

For peacemakers, that their efforts to foster true peace in families, communities, and between nations may be made successful by the Holy Spirit. Let us pray to the Lord.

For our parish community, that we may never take God’s gifts for granted, but always be grateful stewards of what we have received. Let us pray to the Lord.  

For our deceased relatives and friends, may they receive the kingdom prepared for them by Christ. Let us pray to the Lord.


Offertory Song


Accept, O Lord, we pray,
the sacrifices instituted by your commands,
and, through the sacred mysteries,
which we celebrate with dutiful service,
graciously complete the sanctifying work
by which you are pleased to redeem us.
Through Christ our Lord. 



Communion Antiphon

The Lord is good to those who hope in him,
to the soul that seeks him. (Lam 3:25)

— or —

Though many, we are one bread, one body,
for we all partake of the one Bread and one Chalice. (See I Cor 10:17)


Grant us, almighty God,
that we may be refreshed and nourished
by the Sacrament which we have received,
so as to be transformed into what we consume.
Through Christ our Lord. 

Final Song

Petition to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O August Queen of Victories, O Sovereign of Heaven and Earth, at whose name the heavens rejoice
and the abyss trembles. O Glorious Queen of the Rosary, we, your devoted children, assembled (on
this solemn day*) in your Temple of Pompeii, pour out the affection of our hearts and with filial
confidence express our miseries to You.
From the Throne of clemency on which You are seated as Queen, turn, O Mary, your merciful gaze
on us, on our families, on Italy, on Europe and on the whole world. Have compassion on the
worries and trials which embitter our lives. See, O Mother, how many physical and spiritual
dangers and how many calamities and afflictions press upon us.
O Mother, implore the mercy of your Divine Son for us and conquer the hearts of sinners with your
benevolence. They are our brothers and your children who cause the heart of our sweet Jesus to
bleed and sadden your sensitive Heart. Show us all what You are, the Queen of Peace and of
Hail Mary…

It is true that, although we are your children, with our sins we are the first to crucify Jesus again in
our hearts and pierce your heart anew.
We confess that we deserve the most severe punishments, but remember that on Golgotha You
received, with the Divine Blood, the testament of the dying Saviour, who declared You our Mother,
the Mother of sinners. You then, as our Mother, are our Advocate, our Hope. And we raise our
pleading hands to You with sighs crying, “Mercy!”.
O good Mother, have pity on us, on our souls, on our families, on our relatives, on our friends, on
our deceased, especially on our enemies, and on so many who call themselves Christian and yet
offend the Heart of your loving Son. We implore mercy for today’s misguided Nations, for all
Europe, for the whole world, so that, repentant, they may return to your Heart.
Have mercy on us all, O Mother of Mercy!
Hail Mary…

Deign kindly to hear us, O Mary! Jesus has placed in your hands all the treasures of His Grace and
His Mercy.
You are seated crowned Queen at the right hand of your Son, resplendent with immortal glory
above all Choirs of Angels. You extend your dominion throughout heavens, and earth and all
creatures are subject to You.
You are omnipotent by grace and therefore You can help us. Were You not willing to help us
because we are ungrateful children and undeserving of your protection, we would not know to
whom to turn.
Your Mother’s heart would not allow seeing us, your children, lost. The Infant whom You hold on
your lap and the mystical Rosary which we gaze at your hand, inspire confidence in us that You
shall hear us. We confide totally in You and abandon ourselves to You, like helpless children into
the arms of the tenderest of mothers, and on this very day, we expect from You the longed-for
Hail Mary…

Let us ask for Mary’s blessing

One last favour we ask of You, O Queen, which You cannot deny us (on this very solemn day). Grant us all your steadfast love and in a special way your maternal blessing. We shall not leave You until You have blessed us. Bless, O Mary, at this moment, our Holy Father. To the ancient splendours of your Crown, to the triumphs of your Rosary, whence You are called Queen of Victories, add also this, O Mother: grant the victory of the Faith and give Peace to human Society. Bless our Bishops, Priests and particularly those who work zealously to give honour to your Shrine. Finally, bless all those who are associated with your Temple of Pompeii and all those who cultivate and promote the devotion of the Holy Rosary. O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet Chain which binds us to God, Bond of love which unites us to the Angels, Tower of salvation against the assaults of hell, safe Haven in the universal shipwreck, we shall never abandon You. You will be our comfort in the hour of agony. For You is the last kiss of our dying life. And the last word on our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompeii, O Dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May You be blessed everywhere, on Earth and in Heaven, today and forever. Amen. Hail, Holy Queen…

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