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Mary, Mother of God, January 1, 2006
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FIRST READING: Num. 6: 22-27 "They will call down my name on the sons of Israel and I will bless them." The Lord tells Moses how to bless Aaron and his sons.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 67 "O God, be gracious and bless us."

SECOND READING: Gal. 4: 4-7 "When the appointed time came, God sent his son, born of a woman."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Heb. 1: 1-2 "In the past God spoke to our fathers through the prophets; now he speaks to us through his Son."

GOSPEL: Lk. 2: 16-21
"The shepherds found Mary and Joseph and the infant lying in a crib. When the eighth day came they gave him the name of Jesus."


FOCUS: "God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law." God became human.

REFLECTION:

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




"The shepherds found Mary and Joseph and the infant lying in a crib. When the eighth day came they gave him the name of Jesus."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy by stating that Mary, a model of faith and love, pondered the wonder of God in her presence. An introduction to the general intercessions could include a desire for greater intimacy between God and the world.

SUGGESTED PREFACE/PRAYER SELECTIONS:
Sprinkling rite
or
Penitential rite: Third form with third set of sample invocations.

Penitential Rite: Third form with fourth set of sample invocations

Sample General Intercessions:
Introduction: My brothers and sisters, through his blessed mother, let us pray to God for one another:

May the Lord bless and keep you!

May the Lord let his face shine upon you!

May the Lord be gracious to you!

May the Lord look upon you kindly!

May the Lord give you peace!

Prayers over the people: Blessing in the name of Jesus.
or
Solemn Blessing for Christmas
or
Blessing on feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary (no. 15)
or
Solemn Blessing for the beginning of the new year.
or
Solemn Blessing in Ordinary Time: First.

Faith Formation
How can we intensify our love for Jesus? Attend daily mass? You don't want to intensify your love that much? Well, then, how about saying one extra Hail Mary every day for the salvation of all children of God.
Song suggestions
Jesus, the Lord (O'Connor) GP,
GPCOMP
A Season of Light (Lisicky) SM, WS
All the Ends of the Earth (Chepponis)
WS
Trust What You See (Tamblyn) STM
The Goodness of God Cries Out (Norbet)
BB/MI, GP, PMB
Adoramus Te Domine II Gloria (Berthier)
GTR, TAIZE II
Be Light for Our Eyes (Haas) GTR


Children's Liturgy
of the Word
Do you ask Mary to pray for you? She will, you know. Ask her to help you love like she did.

Song suggestions
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford) BB/
MI, GP, GPCOMP
African Christmas Psalm (Haney) OSOL
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI,
GP, GPCOMP, GTR
She Will Show Us the Promised One (Jabusch) PMB, WCH
The Birds Praise the Advent of the
Saviour 332-40113

January
21 St. Agnes

GATHERING SONG:
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
ACH, BB/MI, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, WCH, WP
Another Year of Grace MSM-50-1975
At the Name of Jesus (Walker) BB, JS2
Before the World Began: I Am for You
(Bell) G-4381
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him PMB, SM,
WCH, W&S
Carol of the Stranger (Cooney) G-4118
Christmastime Alleluia (Chepponis) G-4453
Emmanuel PMB, SM, WCH, WS
Go, Tell It on the Mountain BB, CBW III,
CVH, GC, PMB, WP
God Rest You Merry BB, CVH, GC,
PMB, WP
Good Christians All, Rejoice BB, CBW III,
CVH, GTR, PMB, WOV, WP
Great Is the Lord (Inwood) BB/MI, GC,
S&S
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Dewey) G-3895
Gathering Rite: O Come All Ye Faithful
(Haugen) CCH, G-4555
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing BB,
CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, PMB,
WOV, WP
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming BB, CVH,
GC, GPCOMP, PMB, WP
Mary the Dawn CVH, PMB
Mary's Joy BB, HM
May God Bless and Keep You (Walker) BB
Mexican Christmas Procession
(Christiansen) 11-0503
More Lovely Than a Rose (Kreutz) 3TR
O Come, All Ye Faithful BB, CBW III,
CVH, GC, GPCOMP, PMB, WOV, WP
O Mary of Graces CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2,
WCH, WP
Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI,
CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS,
RS, S&S, W&S
Sing a New Song to the Lord (Bell) G2,
G-4380
Tell Out, My Soul BB/MI, CBW III, WP
The Aye Carol (Bell) G2, GC
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (Fix)
G-3623

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 67: O God, Let All the Nations
(Smith) BB
Psalm 67: The Earth Has Yielded Its Fruit
(Palmer) 6255 WLP
Psalm 67: May God bless us in his mercy
(Guimont) CCH, G2, GC, RS
Psalm 67: The earth has yielded (Proulx)
WP3
Psallite Domino (Berthier) TAIZE II
Psalm 67: O God, Let the Nations Praise
You (Proulx) 6238 WLP

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
All the Ends of the Earth (Hurd) BB/MI,
S&S
Be Light for Our Eyes (Haas) GC, GTR
Bwana Awabariki / May God Grant You a
Blessing G2, GC, RS
Hail, Holy Queen PMB, SM, WCH, WS
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly CCH, GC, RS
Jina La Bwana (Warner) 7228 WLP
Laud to a Virgin (Wagner) G-2208
Le Vermeil du Soleil (Jones) PPMO
Jesus, Son of God (Bock) G-3749
Like a Whisper in the Heart (Janco) CCH,
G-4614
Mary's Lullaby (Bock) G-3757
Magnificat CVH, WP, GC
Magnificat (Walker) BB, JS3, S&S
My Soul Magnifies the Lord CVH,
GPCOMP, SM
O Lovely Christmas Rose (Caldwell)
312-41143
O Mary Blest, the Chosen Shrine
MSM-50-0007
O Poverty (Berthier) TAIZE II
Patapan (Christiansen) 11-0502
Salamu Maria LMGM
She Will Show Us the Promised One
(Jabusch) PMB2, WCH
Song of An Indian Child 332-40084
Sing of Mary BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC,
GPCOMP, PMB, WCH, WS, WP
The Age of Expectation (Fisher) G2, GC, RS
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, G2, GC, S&S, WCH,
W&S
The Goodness of God Cries Out (Norbet)
BB/MI, GP, PMB2
The Maiden Song (White) PPMO
The Queen's Song (Kreutz) WS, W&S
The Tiny Child (Powell) 11-0328
What Child Is This BB, CBW III, CVH,
GC, GPCOMP, PMB, SM, WCH, WP

COMMUNION:
A Blessing (Marchionda) PMB, WCH
Abba! Father! (Landry) BB, GP, GPCOMP,
S&S
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus GC,
GTR
Change Our Hearts (Cooney) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS, S&S
Child of My Heart (Haugen) G-3804 Earthen Vessels (Foley) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, S&S
Enduring Love (Connolly) G-3846
God's Surprise (Bell) G2, GC
Good News Carol (Furlong) G-3917
He Came Down A West African
Christmas Carol (Haugen) G2, G-3808
Huron Carol CBW III, CVH
May the Lord, Mighty God G2, GC, RS
O Lovely Christmas Rose (Caldwell)
312-41143
O Mary Blest, the Chosen Shrine
MSM-50-0007
O Poverty (Berthier) TAIZE II
Oh Bethlehem (Basque Christmas Carol)
362-01181
Once in Royal David's City CBW III,
CVH, GC, GTR, PMB2, WP
Pan De Vida GC, JS2, RS
Song of God among Us (Huijbers) GTR, GC, JS2, S&S
The God of All Eternity (Bell) CCH, GC,
RS
The Holly Bears a Berry MSM-50-1037
The Snow Lay on the Ground BB
The Symbols of Christmas (Lovelace)
11-2437
There Is No Rose (Betteridge) PPMO
What Shall We Bring? (Hughes) G-4502
What Child Is This (Isele) G-3547
Who Has Known (Foley) BB, CBW III

SONG OF PRAISE:
Babe of Bethlehem, The (Connolly)
G-3605
Gaudate (Berthier) TAIZE II
God, Beyond All Names GC, RS
God of Abraham (Farrell) BB/MI, GC, JS,
Jesus, the Lord (O'Connor) BB, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, S&S
Our Lady's Song of Praise PMB, WCH
Thanksgiving Hymn from Ephesus
(Hansen) G-4636
Virgin Born- We Bow Before You
(Chepponis) G-3296

CLOSING SONG:
A Season of Light (Lisicky) GC, WCH, WS
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, S&S
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness PMB,
SM, WS, WCH
From Heaven Above CVH, WP
Good Christians All, Rejoice BB, CBW III,
CVH, GTR, PMB2, WP
Hodie Christus Natus Est (Sweelinck)
312-40155
Immaculate Mary BB, GC, PMB, SM, WCH
Joy to the World BB, CBW III, CVH, GC,
GPCOMP, PMB2, WP
Let Heaven and Earth Exult (Pasquet)
362-01234
Lover Us All (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI, S&S
Mary's Song (Joncas, Oosterhuis) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, SM, WCH
Mary's Song of Praise PMB, WCH
May the Lord Bless You (Brown) BB, HM
My Soul Rejoices (Dameans) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2
Nativity Carol (O'Brien) G2, RS
O Mary, of All Women PMB2, WCH
O Sanctissima CBW III, CVH, GC, PMB,
SM, WCH, WP
Sing We Noel 11-0362
Sing to the Lord God MSM-50-9451
Stainless the Maiden SM, WCH
Take Christ to the World BB/MI, S&S
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky
BB/MI, CVH, HM, SM, WP
Those Who Walked in Darkness
(Breedlove) G-4100