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June 21, 2004 Tweflth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Cycle C

FIRST READING:

Gen. 3: 9-15, 20 "I will put enmity between your offspring and her offspring."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 98 "Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders."

SECOND READING:

Eph. 1: 3-6, 11-12 "God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Lk. 1: 28, 42 "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women."

GOSPEL:

Lk. 1: 26-38 "Rejoice, favored one, the Lord is with you."

The angel Gabriel comes to Mary telling her to rejoice for she has found favor with God. She will bear the Son of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

FOCUS: "Rejoice, O highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you."

REFLECTION: He who wrote on the tablets of stone without iron made Mary with child of the Holy Ghost; and He who produced bread in the desert without ploughing, impregnated the Virgin without corruption; and He who made the rod to bud without rain made the daughter of David without seed.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Miracles happen, not in opposition to nature, but in opposition to what we know of nature.

St. Augustine

I remember your writing to tell me that you get a headache when you try to hold fast your attention. Yes, if you work only with the head, that is what will happen; but when you descend into the heart there will be no strain at all. The head will become empty and there will be an end to thoughts. They are always in the head, chasing one another, and it is not possible to control them. But if you enter the heart, and are able to remain in it, then every time thoughts begin to confuse you, you have only to descend into the heart and the thoughts will flee. It will be a comforting and safe haven. Do not be lazy about descending.In the heart is life, and you must live there. Do not think that this is something to be attempted only by the perfect. No, it is for everyone who has begun to seek the Lord.  

Theophane the Recluse

Right indeed it is and just, proper and for our welfare, that we should always and everywhere give thanks . . . for through the mystery of the Word made flesh thy splendor has shone before our mind's eye with a new radiance, and through him whom we recognize as God made visible, we are carried away in love of things invisible . . . :Sheed and Ward Missal

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: The word of God has special significance in today's readings. Mary, bearer of the "Living Word," responds to the word of God spoken through the angel Gabriel. A bold displaying and incensing of the Holy Books at the gathering rite would be one way to demonstrate reverence for the word of God. Litanies and mantras to Mary as well as appropriate periods of silence will help to inspire. Introduce the profession of faith by citing Mary as an example of the power of faith in one's life.

Faith Formation

Mary is a role model for Christians because of her faith and acceptance of God's will for her. We go through times of confusion and doubt. At times we may feel we are plunging into the unknown and even into darkness itself. This is why Mary is so important to us. Through faith she was able to attain extraordinary stature. This is the case with many of the church's saints. They were ordinary people called by God to live extraordinary lives.

Say the Hail Mary frequently. You'll find it helps. A favorite prayer of Catholics for centuries, it is a gift from Christ Himself, through the gospels.

Song suggestions:

Be Not Afraid (Dufford) BB/MI, CBW II,

GP, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, WCS, WW

Sing of Mary BB/MI, CBW II,

CVH, GC, GPCOMP, PMB, WCH, WP

Children's Liturgy of the Word

What do you suppose it was like being the child of the woman who was most blessed among women? She must have been a gentle, loving mother. What must it have been like for her, being the mother of such an awesome child?

Jesus had a large family. His grandparents were St. Anne and St. Joaquin. He had an uncle and aunt, St. Zachary and St. Elizabeth, and a cousin, St. John the Baptist. And many others are mentioned in the New Testament, and in other historical books. They lived 2,000 years ago in what is now Israel. Then it was a Roman colony. Do a little research and talk about life in the days of Christ's childhood..

Suggested musical selections:GATHERING SONG:

A Season of Light (Lisicky) WCH, WS

Advent Carol (Powell) 11-2408

All That is Hidden (Farrell) BB/MI, JS

All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)

BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, JS

All the Ends of the Earth (Murray) PMB

Ave Maria (des Pres) 352-00044

Ave Maria (Mouton) 352-00040

Cantai ao Senhor (Bell) G2, GC

Come to Set Us Free (Farrell) BB, GC,

GTR

Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)

BB/MI, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS,

RS

Hail Mary: Gentle Woman GC, GP,

GPCOMP, YPGP

Hail, Blessed Lady PMB

Hail, Blessed Virgin CVH

I Am for You (Cooney) G-3967

I Sing a Maid GC, GTR

In the Day of the Lord (Ridge) 9889 OCP

In the Lord, I'll Be Ever Thankful

(Berthier) GTR, G2, GC, RS

Let Us Go to the Altar (Schutte) BB/MI,

GP2, JS

Mary's Song (Joncas, Oosterhuis) BB/MI,

GPCOMP

Mary, Full of Grace BB/MI

Mary, How Lovely the Light of Your

Glory WP

Now Is the Time Approaching WCS

Praise the Lord (Handel, Haberlen)

362-03262

Save Us, O Lord (Dufford) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP, JS

Savior of the Nations, Come BB, CVH,

GC, WP

Sing a New Song (Coller) CVH

Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI,

CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS,

RS

Sing of Mary BB/MI, CBW II, CVH, GC,

GPCOMP, PMB, WCH, WP

Sing Praise to Our Creator PMB, WCH

Sing to the Lord (Eggert) G-3252

Sing to the Lord (Telemann) 59LR

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

CBW II, WP

You Are God's Work of Art (Haas) G-331, G2-582, GC-810

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 98: Sing to the Lord (Guimont) CCH-773, RS-136 2

Psalm 98: All the Ends of the Earth (Guimont) CCH-492

Cantai ao Senhor Traditional Brazilian; arr. by John L. Bell G2-365, GC-526, RS-671

Psalm 98: Sing to the Lord a new song - (Carroll) RS-137 2

Earth and All Stars RS-681

Christmas Response (Isele) W3-1084

6 PFFAS (Willcock)

10 PSALMS (Kreutz)

Psalm 98: The Lord Has Revealed (Smith)

BB

3 PFCY (Isele)

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

And Mary Said unto Gabriel (Hassler)

HL-47655

Ave Maria (Arcadelt) G-1528

Ave Maria (Mannino) 512-00196

Ave Maria (Rachmaninoff) 332-14564

Ave, Maria CBW II, CVH, PMB, WCH,

WP

Ave, Maria, Caelorum CVH

Ave, Maria, Full of Grace CVH

Hail, Holy Queen (Deiss) GP

Hail, Holy Queen CBW II, CVH, GC,

GPCOMP, WCH

I Say Yes, Lord (Pena) GC, G-3362

I Sing of a Maiden (MacMillan) PPMO

Litany of Loretto (Hughes) WS

Mary's Joy BB

Mary's Song (Rieth) BB/MI

Mary's Song of Praise PMB

My Soul Magnifies the Lord CVH,

GPCOMP

My Soul Rejoices (Alstott) BB/MI

O God, Hear Us (Hurd) BB/MI

O Mary of Graces CVH

O Mary, of All Women PMB

O Queen of Heaven BB/MI, GC, PMB,

WCH, WP

Remember Your Mercy, Lord (Inwood)

BB/MI, GC, GTR

She Will Show Us the Promised One

(Jabusch) PMB, WCH

Sing to Mary, Mother Most Merciful

PMB

Star upon the Ocean PMB

Tell Out, My Soul BB/MI, CBW II,

WP

The Rose-Star (Ream) 312-21427

There is No Rose of Such Virtue

MSM-1028

Your Words Are Spirit and Life (Farrell)

BB/MI, JS

COMMUNION:

Advent Candle Song (Clyde) 11-2408

Ave Verum (Mozart) HL-28903

Ave Verum WP

Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB/MI,

CBW II, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, JS, RS, WC, WW

Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI,

CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS

Creator of the Stars of Night BB, CBW II,

CVH, GC, WP

Dwelling Place (Foley) CBW II, GC, GP

GPCOMP

Hail, O Favored One (Schalk) 11-2565

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Joncas) BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, GTR

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Walker) BB/MI, JS

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming BB,

CVH, GC, GPCOMP, PMB, WP

Maranatha:Veni Domine (Berthier)

TAIZE II

My Soul in Stillness Waits (Haugen) GC,

GTR

My Soul Is At Rest (Berthier) TAIZE II

O Be Joyful (Schubert, Rodby) HP-A418

Open Our Eyes (Pasquet) 362-01324

Something Which Is Known (Norbet) GP

With Hymns of Holy Joy (Leaf) 11-2211

SONG OF PRAISE:

Faithful Love (Dameans) GPCOMP

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

CVH, GC, PMB

In the Lord, I Will Be Thankful GTR

Lo, How a Rose GC, MSM-50-1034

O Jesus, Bless Us (Franck) 11-2432

Praise We the Lord This Day GC, WP

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Netherland

Folksong) 332-12606

Sing to the Lord (Telemann) 59LR

Thanks Be To God (Mendelssohn)

392-00653

We Are God's Work of Art (Haugen)

G-3597

CLOSING SONG:

All the Ends of the Earth (Haas/Haugen)

BB/MI, GC, GTR

All the Ends of the Earth (Hurd) BB/MI

Ave Maria (Verdi) 312-41100

Ave Maria (Victoria) 352-00079

Ave Maria, God is With You (Chepponis) G-

3752

Ave Regina Caelorum (Fisher) 312-41433

Come to Set Us Free (Farrell) BB, GC,

GTR

Great Is the Lord (Inwood) BB/MI

Hail, Maiden Mary PMB, WCH

Hail, Queen of Heaven CBW II, GC,

WCH, WP

I Say "Yes," Lord / Digo "Si," Senor CCH,

GC

Immaculate Mary BB, CBW II, CVH,

GC, GPCOMP, PMB, WCH, WP

Let Heaven Rejoice (Dufford) BB/MI,

CBW II, GP, GPCOMP, YPGP

Lover Us All (Schutte) BB/MI, JS

Mighty Lord (Foley) GP, GPCOMP

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (Baksa)

352-00398

My Soul Magnifies the Lord CVH,

GPCOMP

My Soul Rejoices (Dameans) GP,

GPCOMP

O Magnify the Lord with Me (Unknown,

Lynn) 312-40056

O Sanctissima CBW II, CVH, GC,

PMB, WCH, WP

Salamu Maria LMGM

Send Dew, O Clouds PMB

Sing a New Song to the Lord (Dudley-

Smith) CBW II, GC, GTR, WCH, WP

Sing, My Soul (Lewis) 362-01221

Sing We of the Blessed Mother GC, WP

You Are God's Work of Art GTR, G2, GC

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