Acts 15:1–2, 22–29
It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and ourselves not to burden you beyond what is essential.
Psalm 66(67):2–3, 5–6, 8
R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
Apocalypse 21:10–14, 22–23
He showed me the holy city coming down out of heaven.
All who love me will keep my words, and my Father will love them and we will come to him.
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.
Images from the Word
- Our home
- These essentials
- A lighted torch
In the celebration of Mass the faithful form a holy people, a people whom God has made his own, a royal priesthood, so that they may give thanks to God and offer the spotless Victim not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him, and so that they may learn to offer themselves.—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §95
One of the many images of Church is that of being the new Jerusalem—the temple founded upon and enlightened by the Lamb of God. We, the holy people of God, exercise our royal priesthood at each Sunday celebration by gathering to hear the Word of God, to intercede for the needs of our world, to offer our very selves on the table of the altar and to receive the consecrated bread and wine so that we may go out to consecrate our world to the glory of God.