FROM THE PASTOR:
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Part IV: CONCLUDING RITE
The Lord be with you - and with your spirit. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
What does “blessing” mean? Some definitions of blessing include: “to invoke Divine care for; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to dedicate; to approve; to endorse”. As we reflect upon God’s covenant of blessing through Abraham and into the new covenant, we see that God has made tremendous provision for blessing His people. We all need to experience blessing. We need continually to receive it from our Heavenly Father, and we need to be givers of blessings to others. We need to know that we are deeply valued, that we are important. We need to communicate to others that they have high value.
We are called to carry that blessing to others, and thus extend the ministry of Jesus. There are people alive today who should be dead, but because there was someone who knew how to pray effectively, how to bless, they are still alive. Many people have been healed of alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness and major physical diseases because of the prayers and the blessings.
Lord Jesus, we thank you that You have called us by name. You called us to Mass to heal us, to liberate us, to set us free. You called us to empower us to heal broken hearts. Lord, let our healing be so deep that we walk out of Mass new creations, new people, healed in body, mind and spirit. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for loving us so much. Thank you, Jesus, for not bearing to leave us, and thus sending the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding us into the freedom of children of God. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Mass is ended. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. --Thanks be to God.
(This concludes the explanation of the Holy Mass.)
Fr. Louis Reddy Maramreddy