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June 21, 2004 Tweflth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Cycle C
July 25, 2004 Seventeeth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING:

Joel 2: 12-18 "Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 51 "Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned."

SECOND READING:

2 Cor. 5: 20- 6: 2 "In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Ps. 95: 8 "If today you hear God's voice, harden not your hearts."

GOSPEL:

Mt. 6: 1-6, 16-18 "But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."

scriptural topics: repentance, simplicity, sober reflection

FOCUS: True repentance begins with sorrow for pain caused to others and a movement towards God, our witness and redeemer.

REFLECTION: "He would never come and knock at the door unless he wished to enter; if he does not always enter, it is we who are to blame." St. Ambrose

"Don't waste all your good advice on your friends; keep the best of it for yourself." Thomas Kempis

THE SIMPLE PATH

The fruit of silence is

prayer

The fruit of prayer is

faith

The fruit of faith is

love

The fruit of love is

service

The fruit of service is

peace

Mother Teresa

of Calcutta

"Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned."

"To practise inner prayer, it is essential to keep our attention in the heart before the Lord. In response to our zeal and humble striving in prayer, the Lord bestows upon our mind His first gift:the gift of recollection and

concentration in prayer. When attention is directed towards the Lord effortlessly and without interruption, this is attention given by grace, whereas our own attention is always forced. This inner prayer, if all goes well, in due time passes into prayer of the heart: the transition is easily made, provided we have an experienced teacher to guide us. When the feelings of our heart are with God and love for God fills our heart, such prayer is called prayer of the heart. "

Theophane the Recluse

"The Son of God saves us continually, constantly, as he has throughout all times, and will for all eternity, because he loves us." Sr. M. Agnita

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: We are called to repentance individually and as an assembly of the people of God. During these forty days we fast by responding to the needs of others, be they members of our community or another. Our spiritual community is strengthened through communal fasting and sharing. The tone of the liturgy should emphasize our need to grow together as an assembly of the people of God.

Introduce the prayer of the faithful by reminding the assembly of our devotion to Christ's commandment to us to love God and one another. Christ did not exclude anyone from his love, nor may we.

Sample General Intercessions:

Introduction: Jesus taught us to pray in the spirit of humility. Let us turn to God in prayer from our inner most selves:

For believers everywhere: that the thirst for God lead them to seek Him in their hearts;

For all peoples of the world: that they may work for peace;

For those who suffer from loneliness and infirmity: that they turn to God during this time of reconciliation;

For our families and community: that our hearts not be hardened by the cares of the world.

Faith Formation

The gospel warns us to avoid showing off. Disposition towards fasting and repentance come from within the heart. These are not feelings to put on display to build one's ego. There is a difficult but essential balance in learning how to be truly private and truly public. Part of our Lenten journey is private and part is as a group.

What is your response to the first

reading's reference to the call to

assembly?

In what sense is your baptismal

preparation invisible?

How does the gospel suggest

we should present ourselves

to the world?

Children's Liturgy

of the Word

How do we feel when we know

someone is showing off their

spirituality? Is God impressed?

How can we impress God?

GATHERING SONG:

Again We Keep This Solemn Fast GC,

RS, SM, WCQ, WP

Ashes (Conry) BB, GC, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, JS, RS

Be Still and Know (Bell) GC, G-4382

Come, Our Almighty King CVH, PMB,

WCH

From the Depths BB/MI, CBW II, JS,

PMB

Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CVH,

GPCOMP, GC, GTR, RS, WCH, WP

Hold Us In Your Mercy (Conry) BB/

MI,, GC, JS

I've Wandered Far Away from God

LMGM

Led by the Spirit (Hurd) BB/MI, JS

Lenten Proclamations (Chepponis) G-2761

Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen) GC

Lift High the Cross BB/MI, CBW II,

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

WCH, WP

Lord, I'm Coming Home LMGM

Nightsong:Introductory Verse

(Hughes) WS

Open Wide the Doors to Christ SM,

WCQ,, W&S

Out of the Depths ACH, CBW II, CVH

GC, JS, RS, WCH

Renew Us BB/MI, JS

Return to God (Haugen) G-3537, GC, SM,

WCH, W&S

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

GPCOMP, JS

Save Your People BB/MI, JS

Then Follow Me (Sateren) AF-11-1335

Turn Ye, Turn Ye (C.E. Ives) 352-00464

We Long for You, O Lord (Reilly) BB/

MI, CBW II, CVH, JS

With the Lord There is Mercy BB/MI,

GTR, JS

(or Silence)

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Lenten Ostinato (Chepponis) WS

G-3318 (Hirten)

G-2845 (Shiavone)

G-1899 (Proulx)

Psalm 51: Give back to me the joy

(Hughes) CCH, RS

Rite of Sprinkling (Joncas) G2, GC, WCH,

WLP

Wash Me, Cleanse Me (Young) G2, GC, RS

Lenten Response (Isele) WP-1092

Be Merciful, O Lord (Joncas) AF-33-99-536

Be Merciful, O Lord (Ward) 8568 WS

Be Merciful, O Lord (Bedford) PARMC17

Cleanse Us, Lord (Joncas) WW

Cleanse Us, Lord (Ferris) WW

Cleanse Us, O Lord (Roff) LMGM

Create in Me (Hurd) BB/MI, JS

Create in Me, God, a Clean Heart

(Rolle/Alwes) AF-11-4634

IMPOSITION OF ASHES:

Ashes (Conry) BB, GC, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, JS, RS

Beati (Berthier) ACH, TAIZE

Dust and Ashes (Haas) G-3655, GC

Faithful Cross (Farlee) AF-11-2486

Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive CBW III,

GC, JS, RS, WCH, WOV, WP

For Peace (Oomen) BB/MI, OCP

From Ashes to the Living Font CCH, SM

WCQ

Give Us, Lord, a New Heart (Farrell)

BB/ MI, JS

Hosea (Norbet) ACH, BB/MI, CVH,

CBW III, GC, JS, GP, PMB, SM, WCH

Jesus, Refuge of the Weary (Bach) AF-11-

2334

Litany of Repentance W&S

Litany of the Saints CBW II, CVH, GC,

JS, PMB, RS, WP,

Litany of the Saints (Becker) GC, OCP,

BB/MI

Litany of the Saints (Hutmacher) G-2374

Litany of the Saints (Haas) G-3193

Litany of the Saints (O'Connor) OCP

Litany of the Saints (Ridge) OCP

Litany of the Saints from the

Sacramentary

O Lord, Have Mercy BB/MI, JS, OCP

Pardon Your People (Landry) ACH, GP,

GPCOMP, YPGP

Remember Your Love (Dameans) BB/MI,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, RS

Remember Your Mercy, Lord (Inwood)

BB/MI, GC, GTR, JS

Return to Me (Hurd) BB/MI, GTR, JS

This Is the Fasting I Ask (Connolly)

G-2720

Thy Way, O Lord LMGM

Turn Back, O Man (Bourgious) 312-41324

Turn to Me (Foley) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP, JS

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

A Hymn for Lent (Wyton) PPMO

Are You Burdened, Worn and Weary

LMGM

Beginning Today (Dameans) GP,

GPCOMP

Behold the Lamb (Willett) BB/MI, GTR,

JS

Behold the Lamb of God (Dufford)

BB, GPCOMP

God, Full of Mercy SM, WCQ

Have Mercy, Lord, on Us CVH, PMB,

WCH, WP

Hear Us, Lord (Hughes) from Nightsong

WS

It Shocked Them That the Master Did

Not Fast WP

Lord, I'm Coming Home LMGM

O Lamb of God, Most Holy (Leaf)

AF-11-10291

O Sun of Justice (Proulx) WP

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

GP, GPCOMP

Parce, Domine ACH, BB, GC, JS, RS,

PMB, WCH, WP

Remember Your Mercies (Haas) G-2927,

GC

Seek the Lord (O'Connor) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP, JS, RS

Yes, I Shall Arise (Deiss) JS, PMB, SM

COMMUNION:

Beati Pacifici (Berthier) TAIZE

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

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

GTR, JS, RS, WC, W&S

Bless the Lord, My Soul (Haugen)

BB/MI, JS

Deep Within (Haas) G2, GC, G-3338

Draw Near and Take the Body BB/MI,

CVH, JS, SM, WP, W&S

Eternal Lord of Love GC, GTR, RS

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes ( J.L. Gailbraith)

332-13089

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Moe) 352-00209

I Will Lift Up My Eyes BB/MI, GC, GTR

Like a Shepherd (Dufford) BB/MI,

CBW II, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS

Lord, We Share in This One True Bread

(Walker) BB/MI, JS

Now We Remain (Haas) BB/MI, GC,

GTR, RS, WCH, W&S

O Lord, I Will Sing BB/MI, JS

O Thou Best Gift (Haan) AF-11-2288

Speak to Me (Hujibers) BB/MI

This Is Our Accepted Time PMB, SM,

WCQ

To Be Your Bread (Haas) BB/MI, JS,

PMB

Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) BB/MI,

GC , JS, RS

CLOSING SONG:

Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS

Bless the Lord, My Soul (Haugen)

BB/MI, JS

Change Our Hearts (Cooney) BB,

GPCOMP, JS

Eternal Lord of Love BB, GC, GTR, RS

Forty Days and Forty Nights BB/MI,

CVH, GC, SM, WCQ, WP

I Can Hear My Savior Calling LMGM

Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days BB/MI, CBW II, GC, JS, RS, WP

O Cross Our Only Hope (T.L. de Victoria)

362-03130

O God Who Gives Us Life and Breath

(Lisicky) G-4483

O Thou Who Art All-Wise (F. D'Ana) 312-

41063

Out of Darkness (Walker) BB/MI, GC, JS

Your Ways Are Love and Truth G-3996

Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Sands)

BB/MI, GC, GTR

Take the Word of God with You

BB/MI, JS, OCP

The Glory of These Forty Days BB/MI,

CBW II, GC, JS, RS, SM, W&S, WP

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

BB/MI, CVH, GC, JS, RS, SM, W&S,

WCH, WP

Though the Mountains May Fall (Schutte)

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

GPCOMP, GTR, JS, WCH, W&S

(or Silence)

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