Memorial of Moses
Mt. Nebo, Jordan
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Prayer of the Holy Father

GREETING

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

Divine Providence enabled me to visit to the holy mountain of Sinai, the place of God's revelation to Moses. Now I have come to the heights of Mount Nebo, where Moses, before his death, looked out upon the Promised Land without being able to cross over into it. In this culmination of the Exodus, we glimpse an image of the life of the Church and of all humanity, ever straining, in hope, towards the final promises of God.

In the sight of the City of Jericho, our gaze directed to Jerusalem, let us lift up our prayer to Almighty God for all the people living in the lands of the promise: Jews, Muslims and Christians. Let us recall the words of Moses spoken on this mountain: "Truly the Lord loved his people, and all his holy ones were in his hands" (cf. Dt 33:3).

PRAYER

Blessed are you, God of our Fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob; the God of the Exodus and of the Passover, of the Covenant and of the promises. You faithfully led your people through the desert under the guidance of Moses. From this mountain he looked out upon the land which you promised as an inheritance to the Chosen People.

Look upon the peoples who now dwell in this land. They share this same place of blessing, where the history of salvation has left an indelible trace, by the presence of Christ our Savior.

Bestow upon all who live here the gift of true peace, justice and fraternity. Grant that all may acknowledge you, the one true God, the Most High and Merciful God, you who love all mankind and care for all your children. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


READING

Moses went to Mount Nebo; the Lord showed him the whole land and Moses died in that place.

A reading from the book of Deuteronorny (34: 1-7, 10-11a)

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho, and the Lord showed him all the land—Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Westem Sea, the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordan with the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms, and as far as Zoar. The Lord then said to hirn, "This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that I would give to their descendants. I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over." So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the Lord, died as the Lord had said; and he was buried in the ravine opposite Beth-peor in the land of Moab, but to this day no one knows the place of his burial. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.

Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He had no equal in all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to perform.


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