Watch Live: Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral

"During this difficult time, it is particularly important that the faithful have access to the grace and comfort of Holy Mass."

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- Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral is made possible through the generosity of Wintrust, Chicago's bank.

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[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: (SINGING) Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah. [INAUDIBLE] the apostles went in fear. [INAUDIBLE] Hallelujah. Hallelujah, hallelujah. Hallelujah.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

- Amen.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Peace be with you.

- And with your spirit.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: On this Divine Mercy Sunday, the second Sunday of Easter. Jesus teaches us about mercy by bringing us together as a community and letting us know that we are to be a community that brings mercy and celebrates it in our midst. So let us do so, asking the Lord and each other for forgiveness and pardon.

You were sent to heal the contrite of heart. Lord have mercy.

- Lord have mercy.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: You came to call sinners. Christ have mercy.

- Christ have mercy.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: You plead for us at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. Lord have mercy.

- Lord have mercy.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all of our sins, and bring us to life everlasting.

- Amen.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: (SINGING) Glory to God in the highest, and on peace to people of goodwill. We praise you, we bless you. We adore you. We glorify you. We give you thanks for your great glory. Lord God, heavenly king. Lord 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 are the Lord. You alone are the most high Jesus Christ. With the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Let us pray. God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the Paschal feast kindled the faith of your people you have made your own. Increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose spirit they have been reborn, by whose blood they have been redeemed-- through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you. In the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

- Amen.

ROBIN BROWN: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own. But they had everything in common. With great power, the apostles bore witness to the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the Apostles. And they were distributed to each according to need. The word of the Lord.

- Thank you, God.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: Give thanks to the lord, for he is God. His love is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love is everlasting. Let the house of Israel say, his mercy endures forever. Let the house of Aaron say, His mercy endures forever. Let those who fear the Lord say, His mercy endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love is everlasting. I was thrust down, [INAUDIBLE] but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my sword. Fear was my savior. There are shouts of joy and salvation in the tents of the just. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love is everlasting.

ROBIN BROWN: A reading from the first letter of St. John. Beloved, everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him. In this way, we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey His commandments. For the love of God is this, that we keep His commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.

And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who, indeed, is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ. Not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is truth. The word of the Lord.

- Thanks be to God.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: (SINGING) Hallelujah, hallelujah. Hallelujah, hallelujah. [INAUDIBLE] Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: The Lord be with you.

- And with your spirit.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John. On evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, peace be with you. When he had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when he had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, receive the Holy Spirit, who sins you forgive are forgiven then, whose sins you retain are retained. Thomas, called Didymus, one of the 12, was not with them when Jesus came, so the other disciples said to him, we have seen the Lord. But he said to them, unless I see the mark of the nails in His hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Now, a week later, his disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, peace be with you. Then he said to Thomas, put your finger here and see my hands and bring your hand and put it in my side and do not be unbelieving but believe. Thomas answered it and said to him, my Lord and my God.

Jesus said to him, have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that through his this belief, you may have life in His name. The gospel of the Lord.

- Praises to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: The word of God today gives us a wonderful insight into how the early Christian church understood itself as a very unique community. It is not just another social group that comes together, an organization that maybe has an agenda, that advances its own interest, but rather it is very clearly defined by what we see Jesus doing and what we see the disciples doing.

The first thing is that it is a community that comes together, despite the fears that are part of human life, and realizes that beyond their fears, they can trust in the Lord. So often, we have experiences in life where we do have fears, and the answer to our fears is not a kind of boldness or bravado, but rather a trust.

Many years ago, when I was a seminarian, I had a chance to go to Egypt. And some of the seminarians and I decided that we were going to go to the Valley of the Queens to see the beautiful panorama there as part of Egypt. And as we were riding these donkeys along the road, all of a sudden the guide took us on the road that became a ledge with a very steep drop, and I was somewhat afraid. And the guide could see that. He said, don't worry. He said, the beast is sure-footed.

I realize that I not only had to trust in that beast, but I also had to trust in the guide that he knew what he was doing. So often in life, too, we have fears, but when we begin to trust, especially trust in the Lord that he's with us, then those fears evaporate. That's so very important in the life of the church in this moment. There are fears about the future, fears because things change. And yet, we see that the Lord today calls us to trust and that we are a unique community because of that trust, who brings us together.

The second core value that we see in the early church is that they also made sure that all the voices were heard Thomas was not there the first time, but Jesus comes back specifically for them because his voice is important. His doubt is even important because it is a reminder to the church that there are people who doubt, who struggle with their faith. And yet, we have to reach out. We have to come back for them, as Jesus comes back for Thomas.

And yet when we do so, like Thomas, they add something, for he gives us that phrase, my Lord and my God, which is so dear to all of us, revealing to the disciples that he believed not only that Jesus rose from the dead but he is the Son of God. And finally, we see in this wonderful text from the Acts of the Apostles as well as the gospel that Jesus is one who reveals himself to us to put our trust in him as the one who is wounded.

It's a reminder to us that if we really want to find the Lord in our midst as a community, we have to make sure that we go after those who are wounded, those who are suffering the most. Jesus reveals himself through those wounds. Paul understood that as well, as he met the Lord along the way to Damascus. And Jesus said to him, why are you persecuting me?

Jesus is the suffering one. And so we come to see Jesus present in our midst when we ever were with those who are suffering the most, those who are enslaved in poverty or difficulties and health that they suffer. Jesus tells us today that if we're going to be the church that is a community that witnesses to the Resurrection, we need to do all three of these things-- to put our trust in him, to make sure that we include everyone, but also to make sure that we go after and have a preferential option for those who are suffering.

That is what it means to be the unique community of faith has as its main task, to give witness to the Lord present as the risen one in our midst. That's a task before us, especially in these days of Renew My Church, where we once again have to trust and put aside our fears about the future, that we have to make sure that we include the voices of everyone, but also that we make a place at the table for those who are easily marginalized.

My hope is that that last part of our effort will, in many ways, put into practice the good work of Catholic Charities, of our Catholic hospitals, so that each of our parishes will, in fact, take up the work of ministering to Christ and the suffering one in our midst. And so today, Jesus is the one who shows us his mercy, but he wants us to do it as a community of faith that witnesses to His presence in our lives.

- I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day, he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From there, he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Jesus teaches us about mercy by bringing us together in community. Let us join our voices and prayers on behalf of the needs of the world.

ROBIN BROWN: For Pope Francis and all pastoral leaders, may they draw people together in community life, making sure that no one is left behind. We pray to the Lord.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Lord hear our prayer.

ROBIN BROWN: That the newly baptized will find a generous welcome in their communities so that their gifts and talents will make the church more vibrant and sustainable. We pray to the Lord.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Lord, hear our prayer.

ROBIN BROWN: For all in need, particularly those who suffer violence, are recovering from natural disasters, or lack resources for daily living, that God will inspire all peoples to be generous to those who call on his mercy. We pray to the Lord.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Lord, hear our prayer.

ROBIN BROWN: For vocations to the priesthood and religious life, that young people will be inspired to give their lives for the community. We pray to the Lord.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Lord, hear our prayer.

ROBIN BROWN: For those who have died, May they find rest, and may our hope of joining them with all the Angels and Saints forever inspire us to live lives that are authentic and true. We pray to the Lord.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Lord, hear our prayer. Father, whose name is mercy, here are the petitions of those who trust in you, through Christ our Lord.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

Pray, my sisters and brothers, that my sacrifice and yours will be acceptable to God, the Father Almighty.

- May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, [INAUDIBLE], for our good and the good of all his church.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Accept, oh, Lord, we pray, the oblations of your people and of those you have brought to new birth then renewed by confession of your name and by baptism, they may attain unending happiness through Christ, our Lord.

- Amen.

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CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: The Lord be with you.

- And with your spirit.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Lift up your hearts.

- Lift them up to the Lord.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Let us give Thanks to the Lord, our God.

- It is right and just.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: It is truly bright and just, our duty and our Salvation. Always in all times to acclaim you, Oh Lord, but on this day above all, to laud you yet more gloriously when Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed, for he is a true Lamb who has taken away the sins of the world. By dying, he destroyed our death by rising, restored our life, therefore overcome with Paschal joy, every Land, every people exults in your praise. And even the heavenly powers, where the angelic hosts sing together, the unending hymn of your glory as they acclaim.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: (SINGING) Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and Earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: You are indeed holy, oh Lord, the font of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your spirit upon them, like the dew fall, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his passion, he took bread, and giving thanks, broke it-- gave it to his disciples, saying, take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you.

In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice, once more giving thanks. He gave it to his disciples, saying, take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is a chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. (SINGING) The mystery of faith.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: (SINGING) When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, oh, Lord, until you come again.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the bread of life and the chalice of Salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly, we pray that partaking of the body and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Lord, remember your church spread throughout the world. Bring her to the fullness of charity. Together with Francis, our Pope, [INAUDIBLE], my brother bishops, the clergy, and all your people. Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the Resurrection and all who have died in your mercy.

Welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her spouse, the blessed apostles, all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your son, Jesus Christ. (SINGING) Through him and with him and in him, Oh God Almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours forever and ever.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: (SINGING) Amen, amen, amen. Amen, amen, amen.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: At the Savior's command, informed by divine teaching, we dare to say, our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, Lord we pray, from every evil. Graciously grant peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

- The Kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, peace, I leave you, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reign forever and ever.

- Amen.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: The peace of the Lord be with you all.

- And with your spirit.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Let us offer each other a sign of Christ's peace. Lamb of God.

- You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, take away the sins of word. Grant us peace.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Behold, the Lamb of God. Behold Him, who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

- Lord, I'm not worthy you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

REVEREND GREG SAKOWICZ: An act of spiritual communion. My dear Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things. I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace You and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Let us pray. Accept, Oh Lord, we pray the oblations of your people and grant that our reception of this Paschal sacrament may have a continuing effect in our minds and in our hearts, through Christ our Lord.

- Amen.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: I mentioned at the beginning of Mass that this is called Divine Mercy Sunday, but it has had several names over the centuries. The second Sunday of Easter is a common one, as well as the octave of Easter. But one other one that people might be more familiar with too is Quasimodo Sunday, and it goes back to the antiphon for today, like newborn infants, you must long for the pure spiritual milk that, in Him, you may grow in Salvation.

And it was that Quasimodo-like newborn babes that was the reason this Sunday was given that name. And in fact, in Victor Hugo's novel, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," that baby that was left at the door was left there the Sunday after Easter on Quasimodo Sunday. And that's why he was given the name Quasimodo in that novel.

I think it's important, once again, to recognize how our faith does, in fact, have an impact on our lives and on our culture and to celebrate that from time to time. And yet today, we're asked, especially through the tradition of Mother Faustina and also of Pope John Paul II, that we exercise the divine mercy that God gives us in the Spirit to be merciful to one another. The Lord be with you.

- And with your spirit.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: May Almighty God bless you-- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

- Amen.

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH: Go in peace.

- Thanks be to God.

[ORGAN MUSIC]

STEPHEN NOON: (SINGING) ["JOYFUL, JOYFUL, WE ADORE THEE"]