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Holy Family, December 31, 2005
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FIRST READING:
Sir 3:3-7, 14-17a "He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother." or opt:
Gen 15:1-6; 21:1-3 "Some time after these events, this word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram! I am your shield; I will make your reward very great."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 128 "O Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways."
or opt:
Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10 "How lovely your dwelling, O LORD of hosts."

SECOND READING:
Col. 3: 12-21 "Bear with one another and forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins."
or opt:
Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Col. 3: 15, 16 "May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts; and the fullness of his message live within you."

GOSPEL:
Lk. 2: 22-40 "The child grew up to maturity and he was filled with wisdom."

FOCUS: "Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you."

REFLECTION: "My brothers, Christ made love the stairway that would enable all Christians to climb to heaven. Hold fast to it, therefore, in all sincerity, give one another practical proof of it, and by your progress in it, make your ascent together." Fulgentius of Ruspe

"You say that you have no humility or love. So long as these are absent, everything spiritual is absent. What is spiritual is born when they are born and grows as they grow. They are the same for the soul as mastery of the flesh is for the body. Humility is acquired by acts of humility, love by acts of love."
Theophane the Recluse

People are influenced in their actions by undercurrents of self-seeking. ... All seems to go well with them as long as everything turns out in accordance with their wishes, their plans; but when their wills are thwarted, they lose their balance and get angry ... Let awareness of our own self-seeking lead us to live a humble life following the teachings of Christ." St. Thomas ˆ Kempis

"May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts; and the fullness of his message live within you."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Families can play a significant role in the celebration of today's liturgy as lectors, servers, ushers, bearers of the gifts, and musicians Keep in mind a broad sense of what constitutes a family. Many families consist of a single parent with one child, one homeless person, etc. An introduction to the sprinkling rite: All those who are baptized in Christ are part of the Christian family, which looks to the holy family of Nazareth for guidance. An introduction to the Lord's Prayer could mention kindness and


forgiveness as building blocks in the structure of family life.

SUGGESTED PREFACE/PRAYER SELECTIONS:
Sprinkling rite or
Penitential rite: Third form with third set of sample invocations.
Preface: See Christmas Prefaces
Eucharistic Prayer: Roman Canon with the proper commemorations for Christmas.
Prayers Over the People: Second, sixth or seventh
Solemn Blessing for Christmas

Faith Formation
How can we strengthen family ties?Are you willing to change to meet family needs? There is really only one person you can change and that is yourself. You can't change what others do, you can only change the way you react to what they do.
There is strenght in family and wisdom. "The child grew up to maturity and he was filled with wisdom." He grew up in a family, learning the wisdom of experience. This Sunday might be thought of as a celebration of the wisdom of community and family.
Song Suggestions:
Faithful Family (Cooney) GPCOMP
God's Holy Family BB, HM, JS

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Ponder the following sequence:
I love everyone except my sister. She's mean to me. But I love everyone else.
–That's not good enough.
–Does that mean I have to spend a lot of time with her?
–No. It means you have to pray for her and wish her well. Remember, God loves her.
Song Suggestion:
Play Before the Lord (Dufford) GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
GATHERING SONG:
A Child Is Born (Norbet) BB, GP,
CBW II, CVH, JS2, PMB2, SM, W&S
A Child Is Born in Bethlehem SS, WP
A Hymn for the Days After Christmas
G-4028
All Creatures of Our God ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, CVH, GC, JS2, PMB2, RS,
WCH, W&S, WP
All the Ends of the Earth (Murray) PMB2,
SM, W&S
All the Ends of the Earth (Haas/Haugen)
BB/MI, GC, GTR, RS
Angels from the Realm of Glory BB,
CVH, GC, SS, WP
Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn
(Haugen) CCH-207, G-151
Carol at the Manger (Haugen) GC, RS
City of God (Schutte) BB/MI, CCH, GC,
GP, G2, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
For the Beauty of the Earth ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP
God Rest You Merry BB, CVH, GC,
PMB2, SS, WP
Go, Tell It on the Mountain BB, CBW III,
CVH, GC, PMB2, WP
Good Christians All, Rejoice BB,
CBW III, CVH, GTR, PMB2, WP
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing BB,
CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, PMB2,
SM, WCH, W&S, WP
Let the Heavens Be Glad (Feiten) BB, CCH,
G2, GC
Lord of Glory (Manion) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR
Maranatha (Schoenbachler) BB, S&S
Mexican Christmas Procession
(Christiansen) 11-0503
O Come, All Ye Faithful BB, CBW III,
CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, SS, WP
O Most Holy One PMB2, SM, WCH
Rejoice, Rejoice, O Christians (Schrotter)
G-2899
Ring Out Your Joy (Inwood) BB, JS2, S&S
This Is the Day (Huijbers) BB, GC, S&S
Word of God and Inward Light (arr. E.
Coggin) 312-41250
Word of God, Come Down on Earth
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, JS2, PMB2, RS, SM,
WCH, WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 105: The Lord remembers (Guimont)
CCH-494
Psalm 105: The Lord remembers (Batastini) W3R-783
Psalm 105: The Lord remembers (Inwood)
GC, GTR
Psalm 105: The Lord remembers (Haugen)
GC, GTR
Psalm 105: The Lord remembers (Kreutz)
PSALMS

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
A Light of Revelation Chant Mode VIII;
Setting by Richard Proulx CCH-737 1
Adoramus Te Domine II Gloria (Berthier)
GTR, TAIZE II
A Dulcimer Carol (Willett) CCH, GC, GTR
African Noel (Kauffmann) 362-03288
All the Ends of the Earth (Chepponis) WS
All the Ends of the Earth (Hurd) BB/MI,
JS2, S&S
Arise, O Jerusalem BB, JS2
Faithful Family (Cooney) GC, GPCOMP
Gentle Mary (Kent) WS, WCH
Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
MSM-60-1001
Help Us Accept Each Other RS, WP
In His Temple Now Behold Him BB, JS2
Le Vermeil du Soleil (Jones) PPMO
O Joseph, Mighty Patron CBW III, PMB2,
SM, W&S, WCH
O Little Town of Bethlehem BB, CVH,
GC, SS, WP
O Lovely Christmas Rose (Caldwell)
312-41143
Oh Bethlehem (Basque Christmas Carol)
362-01181
Play Before the Lord (Dufford) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2
Saint Joseph Was a Just Man PMB2, WCH
Shout for Joy (Peloquin) G-1624, GC
Song of An Indian Child 332-40084
Song of Peace PMB2, SM
Sing of Mary BB/MI, CBW III, CVH,
GC, GPCOMP, PMB2, WCH, WP
The Goodness of God Cries Out (Norbet)
BB/MI, GP, PMB2, S&S
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
(Kodner) G2, GC
Trust What You See (Tamblyn) BB, OCP
When in Our Music God Is Glorified
BB/MI, CVH, GC, PMB2, SS, WP

COMMUNION:
Abba! Father! (Landry) BB, GP, GPCOMP,
JS2, S&S
A Carol for Christmas Pilgrims (Wyton)
PPMO
Andalusian Carol WS
Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III,
GC, JS2, S&S
Catalonian Carol 11-2358
Children, Run Joyfully (Dufford) BB,
CBW III, JS2, S&S
Christ is Born in a Manger Bed
(Van Koert) WS
Faith, Hope and Love (Walker) BB/MI,
GC, GP2, JS2
Galician Carol 392-00088
How Beautiful Are the Feet (from The
Messiah, Handel) 312-41064
How Beautiful upon the Mountains
(Haugen) G-2655
How Happy You Who Fear the Lord
PMB2, WCH, W&S
Huron Carol CBW III, CVH, SS
Like Olive Branches (Deiss) PMB2, WCH
Nativity Carol (O'Brien) G2, RS
Night of Silence (Kantor) CCH, GTR, RS
Once in Royal David's City CBW III,
CVH, GC, GTR, PMB2, SS, WP
Song of God among Us (Huijbers) BB,
GTR, GC, JS2, S&S
Song of the Risen One (Haas) GC, GTR
The Age of Expectation (Fisher) G2, GC, RS
The First Noel BB, CBW III, CVH, GC,
GPCOMP, PMB2, SM, WCH, WP
The Snow Lay on the Ground BB, JS2
There Is No Rose (Betteridge) PPMO
We Are Many Parts (Haugen) BB/MI,
CCH, GC, GTR, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH
We Praise You (Dameans) BB/MI, GC,
GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
Where Charity and Love Prevail
AF-11-10120, BB/MI, CVH, GC, GTR,
PMB2, RS, WCH, WP
Who Has Known (Foley) CBW III, JS2

SONG OF PRAISE:
Father Almighty (Walsh) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Gaudate (Berthier) TAIZE II
Iona (Walters) PPMO
May We Praise You (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
Nunc Dimittis MSM-80-777
Sing Out the Tidings (Palestrina) WS
The Lord Said to Me (Ferris) G-1389
Thanks Be to God W3-526

CLOSING SONG:
A Season of Light (Lisicky) GC, PMB2, SM,
WCH, W&S
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS2, S&S
Angels We Have Heard On High BB,
CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, GP,
PMB2, SM, WCH, W&S, WP
Canticle of Simeon (DeBruyn) BB, S&S
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness PMB2,
WCH, W&S
Gloria and Recessional WS
Good Christians All, Rejoice BB, CBW III,
CVH, GTR, PMB2, SS, WP
God's Surprise (Bell) G2, GC
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing BB,
CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, PMB2,
SM, SS, W&S, WP
Hodie Christus Natus Est (Robinson)
312-41262
Hodie Christus Natus Est (Sweelinck)
312-40155
Joy to the World BB, CBW III, CCH,
CVH, GC, GPCOMP, PMB2, SM, SS, WP
Let Heaven and Earth Exult (Pasquet)
362-01234
Let Heaven Rejoice (Dufford) BB/MI,
CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Of the Father's Love Begotten BB, CVH,
GC, WP
The Aye Carol (Bell) G2, GC
The Cherry Tree Carol (Haugen) G-3569
With Drums and Dancing (Schutte)
BB/MI, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
Wonderful Counselor (Talbot) BB, GP2,
S&S