15th November - All Carmelite Souls
Just as the love of Christ and the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary have brought us together in a single family, fraternal charity unites those of us still striving to lead a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ in the world, and those already awaiting the vision of God in purgatory. Today the whole Order commends our departed brothers and sisters to God's mercy through the intercession of Our Lady, sure sign of hope and consolation, and begs for their admission to the courts of heaven.
Mass of Commemoration
Entrance Antiphon - Rom 8:11
God, who raised Jesus from the dead, will give new life to our mortal bodies through his Spirit living in us.
you are the glory of those who serve you. Look lovingly on our departed brothers and sisters, united in following Christ and his Mother by the waters of baptism and the bonds of Carmel. In your mercy grant them everlasting sight of you, their Creator and Redeemer. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
When 15th November, falls on a Sunday, the Commemoration is celebrated on the following day.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 14:7-9. 10c-12
Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord.
The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life; it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
We shall all have to stand before the judgement seat of God; as scripture says: By my life-it is the Lord who speaks-every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall praise God.
It is to God, therefore, that each of us must give an account of himself.
Responsorial Psalm Ps. 22
R/. The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose. R/.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name. R/.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort. R/.
You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing. R/.
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord's own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever. R/.
Gospel Acclamation Cf. 2Tim. 2:11-12a
If we have died with Christ,
we shall also live with him;
if we endure with him,
we shall also reign with him,
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 25: 31-46
Come, you whom my Father has blessed.
Jesus said to his disciples: 'When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
'Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me. 'Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?" 'And the King will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." 'Next he will say to those on his left hand. "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me." 'Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?" 'Then he will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me." 'And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life'.
Prayer over the Gifts
we offer you this sacrifice to obtain forgiveness for our departed brothers and sisters. May their faithfulness to you in this life gain for them the reward of your eternal presence. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Phil 3:20-21
We are waiting for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; he will transfigure our lowly bodies into copies of his own glorious body.
Prayer after Communion
God our Father,
you have fed us with your life-giving sacrament. By the power of this sacrifice give all the deceased members of our Order an everlasting home in your kingdom with the Blessed Virgin Mary to whose service they pledged themselves.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Solemn Blessing or Prayer over the People
Bow your heads and pray for God's blessing.
In his great love
the God of all consolation gave man
the gift of life.
May he bless you with faith
in the resurrection of his Son
and with the hope of rising to new life.
To us who are alive
may he grant forgiveness,
and to our brothers and sisters in Carmel
who have died,
a place of light and peace.
As you believe that Jesus rose from the dead,
so may you live in joy with him
and with all our brothers and sisters in Carmel
who have gone before us.
May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.