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September 14, 2003 Triumph of the Cross

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FIRST READING:

Numbers 21: 4-9 "The saraph serpent."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 78: 1-2, 34-35, 36-38 "Do not forget the works of the Lord."

SECOND READING:

Philippians 2: 6-11 "Christ humbled himself to the point of death."

GOSPEL:

John 3: 13-17 "The Son of Man must be lifted up."

 

FOCUS: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me."

REFLECTION: "The kingdom of God is within you." By the kingdom of God the Lord meant the grace of the Holy Spirit.

St. Seraphim of Sarov

The kingdom of God is within us when God reigns in us, when the soul in its depths confesses God as its Master, and is obedient to Him in all its powers. Then God acts within it as master 'both to will and to do of his good pleasure' (Phil. ii. 13). This reign begins as soon as we resolve to serve God in ourLord Jesus Christ, by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Then the Christian hands over to God his consciousness and freedom, which comprises the essential substance of our human life, and God accepts the sacrifice; and in this way the alliance of man with God and God

with man is achieved, and the covenant with God, which was severed by the Fall and continues to be severed by our willful sins, is re-established. This inner alliance is sealed, confirmed, and given the strength to maintain itself by the power of grace in the divine sacrament of baptism, and for those who have fallen after baptism, in the sacrament of repentance: and afterwards it is constantly strengthened by holy communion.

All Christians live thus; and consequently they all bear the kingdom of God within themselves, that is to say they obey God as King and are ruled by God as King.

Speaking about the kingdom of God within us, one must always add: in the Lord Jesus Christ, by the grace of the Holy Spirit. This is the mark of the Christian:the kingdom of God within us. God is the King over all, He is the Creator of all things and in His Providence watches over them all: but He truly reigns in the soul and is truly professed there as King only after the re-establishment of that union of the soul with Him which was broken by the Fall. And this union is effected by the Holy Spirit in the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour.  

Theophane the Recluse

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: A special procession of the Holy Cross during either the gathering rite or the presentation of the gifts, would be fitting this Sunday.

General Intercessions

Introduction: Let us pray with humility, simplicity and confidence to God who loves us.

For all peoples of the world: that we all may be united in peace and harmony.

Preface: Christ the King

The Lord's Prayer: See fourth sample invitation. Use a fraction rite "Lamb of God", drawing various titles for Jesus from last Sunday's readings.

Prayers over the people: Twentieth

Faith Formation

The words of the the gospel state that we must take up our crosses and follow Jesus. Take up yourself and follow Jesus, take up the call the be awake and loving.

GATHERING SONG:

A Touching Place (Bell)G-4377, GC

All the Earth (Deiss) BB/MI, PMB,

WCH, WOV

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

ACH, BB/MI, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS, WCH, WP

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus BB/MI, CBW III,

CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS,

WCH, WOV

Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

(Fishel) ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CVH,

GC, PMB, WCH, WP

Come to the House (Cooney) BB/MI, GP2

Crown Him with Many Crowns BB/MI,

CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB,

RS, WCH, WOV, WP

Hail, Redeemer, King Divine BB/MI,

CVH, PMB, WCH

How Bright These Glorious Spirits

(Slater) G-2852

How Firm a Foundation (Goemanne) G-

2650

He Is the Lord (Haas) BB/MI, JS

King of Glory (Tamblyn) 7121 STM

Kingdom Come! BB/MI

Let the King of Glory Come (Joncas) BB,

GPCOMP, JS

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

GP2, JS

Lift High the Cross BB/MI, CBW II,

CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS,

WCH, WP, WW

Mighty Lord (Foley) GP, GPCOMP

Now the Day of the Lord is at Hand WP

Rejoice, the Lord Is King BB/MI,

CBW III, CVH, WP

The Church's One Foundation ACH,

BB/MI, CBW II, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,

JS, PMB, WCH, WP

The King of Glory (Jabusch) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW II, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,

JS, PMB, RS, WCH, WP, WW

The King Shall Come BB, GPCOMP,

PMB, WP

The King Shall Come When Morning

Dawns BB, GC, RS, WP

This Is the Feast of Victory BB

Yours Is the Kingdom (Miffleton) WCH

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 78 The Lord gave them bread

(Guimont) CCH, G2, GC

Psalm 78: Do not forget (Batastini) RS, WP

Psalm 78 The Lord gave them bread

(Currie) RS, WP

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

A Blessing (Marchionda) PMB, WCH

Blessed Are the Poor (Marchionda) WCH,

7854 WS

Born of the Father CVH, WCH

Bring Forth the Kingdom GC, GTR

Carry Us in Your Arms (Janco)G-3609

Christ Be Beside Me CBW III,

PMB, WOV, WW

Christ Is Here (Walker) BB/MI, JS,

9790 OCP

For All the Saints Who've Shown Your

Love ((Bell)G-4540

God of the Ages (Johengen) G-4361

Hail, Redeemer, King Divine BB/MI,

CVH, PMB, WCH

He Is King of Kings WP

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty

BB, PMB, WP

How Firm a Foundation (Hirten) G-3223

Jesus, the Lord (O'Connor) CBW III, GC,

GP, GPCOMP, JS, RS

King of Every Nation BB/MI, JS

Lasting Treasure (Miffleton) 7992 WS,

WW

Laudate Dominum (Berthier) GTR, RS

WP

Laudate Dominum (Kreutz) BB/MI

My Lord, What a Mourning (Owens) 11-

0570

Only a Shadow (Landry) GP, GPCOMP

Priestly People (Deiss) PMB, WCH

The Clouds' Veil (Lawton) G-4664

The Kings Welcome (Whitehead)

332-14659

Turn to Me (Foley) BB, GP, GPCOMP, JS

We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH,

BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, WCH

We Remember (Haugen) ACH, BB/MI,

GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, WCH

When the King Shall Come Again WP

Your Words Are Spirit and Life (Farrell)

BB/MI, JS

COMMUNION:

All My Days (Schutte) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP

At the Name of Jesus AF-33-99-163,

BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, JS, WCH, WP

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

CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS

Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III,

GC, JS

Gift of Finest Wheat Kreutz) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW II, CBW III, CVH,

GPCOMP, JS, PMB, WCH, WP

How Can I Keep from Singing BB/MI,

GP, GPCOMP, GTR

How Great Thou Art (Hine) ACH,

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

JS, PMB, RS, WCH

I Was Full of Joy CBW III

Jesus, Remember Me (Berthier) ACH,

CBW III, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, TAIZE II,

WP

O King of Might and Splendor CVH,

PMB

O Living Bread from Heaven CVH,

WCH, 59LR

One Bread, One Body (Foley) ACH,

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

RS, WCS, WW

Only This I Want (Schutte) BB/MI, CBW

III, GC, GP, GPCOMP

Peace-Making Man (Winter) PMB, WCH

The Isaiah Song (Ward) WCH, WS,

WW

When We Eat This Bread (Joncas) BB/MI,

PMB, WW

We Come before You, God and King

PMB

SONG OF PRAISE:

Glorious King 8748 OCP

He Is King of Kings WP

No Greater Love (Joncas) BB, G-3140,

GTR

O Worship the King CVH, PMB, WCH

Salvation, Glory and Power (Deiss) 7808

WS

The People of God (O'Brien) G-3771

We Walk By Faith (Haugen) ACH,

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

GTR, RS, WCH, WP, WW

CLOSING SONG:

Festival Canticle (Hillert) BB/MI, WCH,

WW

For All the Saints ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,

CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS,

WCH, WOV, WP

Hail, Redeemer, King Divine BB/MI,

CVH, PMB, WCH

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name BB,

CBW II, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,

JS, PMB, RS, WCH, WOV, WP, WW

Jesus Shall Reign CVH, PMB,

WCH, WP

Lead Me, Guide Me 168 LMGM

Lead Me, Lord (Haas) BB/MI

O Lord, I Will Sing BB/MI

O Lord, with Wondrous Mystery

CVH, PMB, WCH, WW

Praise to the Lord ACH, BB, CVH,

GPCOMP, PMB, WP

Praise Ye the Lord (Sibelius) WCH

Rejoice, the Lord Is King and Ye Holy

Angels Bright (Owens) G-2624

Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng (Powell) G-Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI,

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

RS

Soon and Very Soon BB

The Day is Near (Huijbers) GC, GTR

The Glory of Our King CBW III, WOV

The King of Love, My Shepherd Is

BB/MI, CVH, GC, JS, RS, WP

To Jesus Christ, Our Sov'reign King

BB/MI, CBW II, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,

JS, PMB, RS, WCH

Thy Kingdom Come (Cooney) GPCOMP,

JS

To God with Gladness Sing CVH,

GTR, WP

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Powell)

BB, WCH, WP, G-2427

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