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April 18, 2004 Second Sunday of Easter: Cycle C

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

FIRST READING:

Acts 5: 12-16 "The numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 118 "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting ."

SECOND READING:

Rev. 1: 9-11, 12-13, 17-19 "I was dead but now I am to live forever and ever."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Jn. 20: 29 "You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me; says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe!"

GOSPEL:

Jn. 20: 19-31 "After eight days Jesus came in and stood among them."

SCRIPTURAL TOPICS: baptism, faith, community, praise, rejoicing

FOCUS: "Doubt no longer, but believe." The resurrected Christ appears, strengthening the faith of the apostles.

REFLECTION: "I long to understand in some degree thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, that unless I believed, I should not understand."

St. Anselm of Canterbury

"A shadow's shadow, a world of shadow (Eccles. 1; 2)—nothing matters except loving God."

Thomas Kempis

"So long as the ascetic prays with the mind in the head, he will still be working solely with the resources of the human intellect, and on this level he will never attain to an immediate and personal encounter with God. By the use of his brain, he will at best know about God, but he will not know God. For there can be no direct knowledge of God without an exceedingly great love, and such love must come, not from the the brain alone, but from the whole man—that is, from the heart. It is necessary, then, for the ascetic to descend from the head into the heart. He is not required to abandon his intellectual powers—the reason, too, is a gift of God—but he is called to descend with the mind into his heart."   Timothy Ware

"You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me; says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen me, but still

believe!"

"Complete serenity of mind is a gift of God; but this serenity is not given without our own intense efforts alone; yet God will not give you anything, unless you work with all your strength. This is an unbreakable law."   Theophane the Recluse

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: The sprinkling rite should be given special emphasis during the Easter season. Introduce the rite by relating each Sunday's gospel message to our baptismal commitment. Introduce the general intercessions focusing on our need to turn towards God through the sacraments, so that we may receive the strength to bear witness to the resurrected Christ.

 

SUGGESTED PREFACE/PRAYER SELECTIONS:

Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling with Holy Water: See sixth set of sample invocations.

Preface: First for Easter.

Roman Canon with proper commemorations for Easter

Solemn blessing for Easter

Faith Formation

• Is seeing believing or is believing

seeing? (see today's reflection)

Today's gospel challenges us to believe that we may see. The gospel requires faith on our part so that we may be open to the grace of God. If we depend on our intellect to validate our faith we will never have enough proof. Our brains always manifest doubts, which is a natural function of the brain, to evaluate and discriminate. By dwelling in our hearts, however, we begin to believe because of God's proximity to our senses and we in turn see the truths of our faith.

Children's Liturgy

of the Word

Ask the children if they know what a "doubting Thomas" is. Point out that we all have a little of this quality in us. Have they ever heard the expression—seeing is believing? It's hard to believe in something you cannot see. There are every day things that we take for granted whether we see them or not: gravity, the sun in the sky, air to breathe, and so on. There is a place in our spiritual hearts where it is possible to believe things spiritual. If we find this place we have found a great treasure house of faith. The Bible points out that faith was always involved in the miracles performed by Jesus. He would say that your faith has healed you. Anne Frank is a great example of unshakeable belief in the goodness of humankind even when her mind and senses told her the opposite. If we believe, we will see for believing is seeing.

 

 

GATHERING SONG:

Alleluia, Alleluia (Berthier) GTR,

TAIZE

Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

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

PMB, WCH, WP

Alleluia, Give the Glory (Hurd) BB/MI,

OCP

Amen! LMGM

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

GP, GPCOMP, GTR

Christ Is Alive CBW III, CVH, GTR,

PMB, WP

Christ Has Risen (Bell) G2, GC

Christ the Lord Is Risen, All on Earth

WP

Christ, the Lord, Is Ris'n Again BB,

CBW III, CVH, WOV

Christ, the Lord, Is Ris'n Today ACH,

BB, CBW III, CVH, WP

Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

ACH, BB, CVH, WP

Hail Thee, Festival Day! CBW III, CVH,

PMB

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

(Hughes) BB/MI, GC, JS, RS, WP

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

(Soper) BB/MI, GP2, HM, JS,

In Praise of His Name (O'Connor) BB/MI,

GP, GTR

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today ACH,

BB, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB,

WOV, WP

O Sons and Daughters CVH, CBW III,

PMB, RJ, WOV, WP

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

GP2, HM, JS

Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI,

CBW III, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, SM, WCH,

W&S

Sing Alleluia, Sing (Ault) BB/MI, GP,

YPGP

That Easter Day with Joy was Bright

CVH, WP

The Strife is O'er ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,

CVH, PMB, WCH, WP

This Is the Day (Haugen) GC, GTR, WCH

This Is the Day (Joncas) BB/MI, JS, RS

This Is the Day (Fisher) BB/MI, JS

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

26 PFFAS (Willcock)

22 PFCY (Isele)

20 PSALMS (Kreutz)

40 PFAS (Willcock)

This Day Was Made by the Lord (Walker)

BB

Psalm 118: This Is the Day (Soper) BB

Psalm 118: Alleluia, Alleluia (Guimont)

CCH, RS

Psalm 118: The Stone Which the Builders

Rejected (Farrell) BB, RS

This Glad Day (Palestrina) 332-01189

This Is the Day (Schoenbachler) BB, JS

Surrexit Christus (Berthier) GTR, G2, RS

Psalm 118: This is the day (Proulx) GC, RS

Psalm 118: Give Thanks to the Lord

(Smith) BB/MI

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

Alleluia—Canon (Berthier) TAIZE

Because You Have Seen Me from

Renaissance Motets III WS

Christ is Risen (Lovelace) AF-11-10043

Christ of God (Foley) GPCOMP

Come to the Water (Foley) BB/MI, CBW

III, GC, GPCOMP, GP, GTR, JS

Flow River Flow (Hurd) BB/MI, GP2,

HM, JS

Happy Are They That Beleive (Haas)

G-3500

He Is Risen, Alleluia! (Englert) G-1969

He Comes to Us as One Unknown BB

He Walks among the Golden Lamps WP

I Know That My Redeemer Lives! ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, PMB,

WCH, WP

I Know That My Redeemer Lives from

Concertato on Duke Street GC, JS, WS

I Saw Living Water (Deiss) BB, GP

Jesus Is Alive (Marchionda) WCH, WS

Jesus, Stand Among Us (Madden) G-4202

Jesus Still Lives (Toolan) GTR, WCH, WS

Keep in Mind (Deiss) BB/MI, PMB,

WCH

O Bone Jesu (Palestrina) 332-03070

Peace (Norbet) ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,

CVH, PMB, WCH, WW

Rejoice to the Full (Fabing) GPCOMP

Song of Fire and Water (Haugen)

GPCOMP

Stetit Iesus/There Came Jesus (Handl)

G-2460

Surrexit Dominus Vere II (Berthier) GTR,

TAIZE II

The Love of Christ Urges Us On WCH,

W&S

The Resurrection (Young) 312-40449

This Day Was Made by the Lord (Walker)

BB/MI, GP2, HM, JS

You Chosen Ones Give Glory to God

WCH, WS

We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH,

BB/MI, GPCOMP, GTR, WCH

COMMUNION:

A Hymn of Gladness (Kreutz) WS

All Shall Be Well (Foley) GPCOMP

Allelujah (Purcell) 352-00380

Earthen Vessels (Foley) ACH, BB/MI,

GP, GPCOMP

Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) BB/MI,

CBW III, GC, GTR, RS, SM, W&S, WCH

Eye Hath Not Seen (Gaul) 312-20293

Gift of Finest Wheat (Kreutz) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP,

WCH, WP

How Can I Keep from Singing ACH,

BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, GTR

I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, GPCOMP, GTR, WCH,

WP

I Am the Living Bread (Haas) BB/MI

I Come With Joy CBW III, WOV, WCH,

WP

In the Breaking of the Bread (Hurd)

BB/MI, GTR

In the Breaking of the Bread (Ward) WCH

Let Us Break Bread Together ACH,

GPCOMP, HL-402-12104, PMB, WCH,

WP

Lord, We Share in This One True Bread

(Walker) BB/MI

Now Glad of Heart (Owens) PPMO

Peace for Our Times WCH

Peace is Flowing Like a River ACH, GP,

GPCOMP, GTR

Peace with the Father WP

Peace-Making Man (Winter) PMB

Peace (Norbet) ACH, BB/MI, CBW II,

CVH, JS, PMB, WCH, WW

Shalom, My Friends ACH, CBW II, RJ,

WCH

We Walk By Faith (Haugen) ACH,

BB/MI, CVH, GPCOMP, GTR, WCH,

WP

Without Seeing You (Haas) G-3928

SONG OF PRAISE:

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

GPCOMP

Alleluia! Let the Song of Glory Rise ACH

Gift of Love BB/MI, GTR

Hymn of Joy ACH, PMB, WCH

Peace I Leave With You (Young) 312-41167

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

BB/MI, CBW III, PMB, WCH, WP

That Easter Day Was Bright (Englert)

G-2673

CLOSING SONG:

Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

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

PMB, WCH, WP

Alleluia, Alleluia (Buxtehude) 312-40668

At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing

ACH, BB, CBW II, CVH, WP

Christus Resurrexit (Berthier) TAIZE II,

WP

Forth in the Peace of Christ CBW III,

CVH, WP

Healer of Our Every Ill (Haugen) CCH, G2,

GC, SM, W&S

I Know That My Redeemer Lives! ACH,

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

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today ACH,

BB, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB,

SM, WC Q, WP

Now the Green Blade Rises CBW III,

CVH, GTR, WP

Now the Green Blade Rises (Haugen)

G-3545

Praised Be the Father (Dameans) BB, GP,

GPCOMP

Praise the Lord, My Soul (Foley) BB, GP,

GPCOMP

Rejoice! Rejoice! (Daley) BB/MI, GTR

Roll Away the Stone (Conry) BB, JS

Sing of Christ, Proclaim His Glory

GPCOMP

Sing to the Lord (Jennings) AF-10211

Sing to the Mountains (Dufford) ACH,

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

Song of the Risen One (Haas) GTR

Up From the Earth (Cooney) GP2

The Strife is O'er ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,

CVH, PMB, WCH, WP

This Is the Feast of Victory BB

With Drums and Dancing (Schutte)

BB/MI, GPCOMP, GTR

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones BB/MI,

CVH, PMB, WP

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