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August 15, 2003 Assumption

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'FIRST READING:

Rev. 11: 19, 12: 1-6, 10 "I saw a woman clothed with the sun and with the moon beneath her feet."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 45 "On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir."

SECOND READING:

1 Cor 15:54b-57 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

"Mary is taken up to heaven, and the angels of God shout for joy."

GOSPEL:

Lk. 1:39-56 "He who is mighty has done great things for me; he has exalted the humble."

Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. The child in Elizabeth's womb leaps and Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

FOCUS: We share a common destiny with Mary who is the model for the church. She is a model of humility, determination, and love of God.

REFLECTION: The Divine Spirit, the love itself of the Father and the Son, came corporally into Mary, and enriching her with graces above all creatures, reposed in her and made her His Spouse, the Queen of Heaven and Earth.  

St. Anselm of Canterbury

Through thee, [Mary, Mother of God] idolatrous creatures have known incarnate truth, the faithful have received baptism, churches have been erected in all parts of the earth. By thine assistance the Gentiles have been brought to repentance. And finally, through thee, the only Son of God, source of all light, has shone upon the eyes of the blind, who were sitting in the shadow of death.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

"I saw a woman clothed with the sun and with the moon beneath

her feet."

The Blessed Virgin Mary, by becoming Mother of God, received a kind of infinite dignity because God is infinite; this dignity therefore is such reality that a better is not possible, just as nothing can be better than God.

St. Thomas Aquinas

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Focus on Mary's destiny, and ours.

Introduce the liturgy: the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a proclamation of the sanctification of the material world that was achieved by her Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

General Intercessions:

Introduction: My dear sisters and brothers, God our Father, the God of mercy has raised the Virgin Mary to the glory of heaven. Let us pray with Mary to the Father, in whose presence she now dwells:

•For the Church of God, that we may serve the Lord in humility and simplicity;

• For peace and well-being of the whole world, that God's gift of eternal life be honored;

• For those who suffer from hunger, sickness, or loneliness, that we may bring them the love of Christ;

• For our community and our families, for all of us, for me and for you, may we see God in all God's creatures.

Preface: For the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Introduce the breaking of the bread stating that this is the food that gives humility, courage and strength necessary to fulfill the purpose of our lives as Christians, that is, to bring the Good News of eternal life through love to the whole world.

Concluding Rite:

Solemn Blessing: Solemn Blessing of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Faith Formation

Paul is speaking allegorically to the Corinthians. What was he trying to say? How would you put the truth that Paul was trying to convey? How about: Just as Jesus lives eternally, so will we. Or: Those who don't love better start doing it or they are going to be pretty darn sorry. Something like that? How about, "He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love." I John: 4

Jesus loved his mother. Do you? Listen to her words. Observe her life. The Faith Formation comments on the Planning Page for Trinity Sunday will be useful here, too.

Song suggestions:

Earthen Vessels Foley) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP

Hail, Blessed Lady PMB

Children's Liturgy

of the Word

Ask the children what kind of a person they think Jesus' mother may have been.

• What are some words we would

associate with Mary's nature?

• What clues does today's gospel

have regarding Mary?

Read the gospel twice to the children asking them to listen carefully to the words of Mary, the words of a brave and courageous person. Talk about the qualities of simplicity and conviction.

Song suggestions:

Hail, Blessed Lady WCH, PMB

Litany of Mary BB/MI

Magnificat (Cleobury) PPMO

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary40

Suggested musical selections:

GATHERING SONG:

All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)

BB/MI, GC, GP, GPCOMP

Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

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

GC, PMB, WCH, WP

Ave, Maria CBW II, CVH, GC, PMB,

WCH, WP

Come, Our Almighty King CVH, PMB,

WCH

Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

BB/MI, CVH, WP

For You Are My God (Foley) BB/MI,

CBW II, GP, GPCOMP

Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)

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

WW

Great Is the Lord (Inwood) BB/MI

Hail, Holy Queen CBW II, CVH,

GPCOMP, WCH

Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above

BB/MI, WP

Hail Mary: Gentle Woman GP,

GPCOMP, YPGP

He Is the Lord (Haas) BB/MI

I Am the Bread of Life (Englert) PMB,

WW

Immaculate Mary ACH, BB/MI,

CBW II, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB, WCH,

WP, WW

Jesus Shall Reign CVH, PMB, WCH,

WP

Magnificat (Mozart) 312-41057

Mary's Song of Praise PMB

Mary's Song (Joncas, Oosterhuis) BB/MI,

GPCOMP

My Soul Gives Glory GTR, WP

My Soul Magnifies the Lord CVH,

GPCOMP

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

BB/MI, CBW II, PMB, WCH, WOV,

WP

Sing with All the Saints in Glory CCH, RS

Sing of Mary ACH, BB/MI, CBW II,

CVH, GPCOMP, PMB, WCH, WP

Sing Our God Together (Haas) GC, RS

Sing We a Song PMB

Sing We of the Blessed Mother RS-895 W3-714

Spirit of God within Me (Dudley-Smith) GC-468, RS-610, W3-480

Tell Out, My Soul BB/MI, CBW II, WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 45: The Queen Stands (Keil) BB

Psalm 45: The Queen Stands (Guimont) CCH-759 RS-78

Psalm 45: The queen stands at your right hand (Kodner) G2-50

154 SMM Vol. 4 (Marchionda)

1046 WP (Hughes)

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

All the Ends of the Earth (Murray) PMB

Alleluia, Alleluia (Berthier) GTR,

TAIZE

Alleluia, Alleluia (Buxtehude) 312-40668

Ave Maria (Conte) ECS 4729

Ballad of the Ark (Hansen) from Advent

of Our God OCP

Canticle of Mary (Gelineau) CBW II

Canticle of Mary (Joncas) CVH, GTR

Canticle of Mary (Marchionda) PMB,

WCH, WW

Canticle of Our Lady (Vermulst) PMB

God, Who Is Mighty BB/MI

Hail, Blessed Lady PMB

Hail, Blessed Virgin CVH

Hail, Holy Queen (Deiss) GP

I Found the Treasure (Schutte) GPCOMP

Litany of Mary BB/MI

Magnificat (Cleobury) PPMO

Magnifcat (Pachelbel) 312-41142

Mary the Dawn CVH, PMB

Mary, Full of Grace BB/MI

Mary, How Lovely the Light of Your

Glory WP

Mary's Joy BB/MI

O God, Hear Us (Hurd) BB/MI

O Sanctissima (arr. Beethoven) G-2904

Only In God (Foley) CBW II, GC, GP,

GPCOMP

The Cry of the Poor (Foley) ACH,

BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, WW,

WCS

The Dawn of Day (Deiss) BB/MI, GP,

WCH

There is Nothing Told (Wilcock) BB/MI,

GP2, JS

COMMUNION:

All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus GTR

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

CBW II, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR

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

GC, GPCOMP, GTR

Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain BB,

CCH, GC, RS, WP

Earthen Vessels (Foley) ACH, BB/MI,

GP, GPCOMP

Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) BB/MI,

GTR, GPCOMP, WCH

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

CVH, PMB

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Carter) HP-A 586

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Foley) G-39-35

I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) BB/MI

CBW II, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, WCH,

WP

I Come with Joy (Lovelace) 11-1697

I Was Hungry (Marchionda) WCH, WW

In Remembrance of You (Wilcock) BB/

MI, JS

Jesus, Bread of Life (Marchionda) WCH,

WW

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

WCH

Lord, as the Grain (Schalk) 11-2201

Lord, Be With Us (Walker) BB, JS

One Bread, One Body (Foley) BB/MI,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, WCS, WW

Only This I Want (Schutte) GC, GP,

GPCOMP

Our Blessing Cup (Joncas) BB/MI, GC,

GP, GPCOMP, GTR

See Us, Lord, about Your Altar BB/MI,

CBW II, CVH, PMB, WCH

Servant Song (McGargill) BB/MI

SONG OF PRAISE:

Ave Coelorum (Soriano) G-1985

Ballad of Mary (Stapleton) G-2904

Beatitudes CBW II, WP

Canticle of Zechariah (Ambrosetti) WLP Dwelling Place (Foley) CBW II, GP

GPCOMP

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Joncas) BB/MI, GPCOMP, GTR

Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng (Schalk)

11- 2391

Sactum Nomen Domini (Berthier) TAIZE

CLOSING SONG:

All the Ends of the Earth (Haas/Haugen)

BB/MI, GTR

Ave, Maria, Caelorum CVH

Beatitudes (Dameans) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP

Forth in Thy Name, O Lord CBW II,

WOV

Go In Joy (Hruby) 11-2086

God of Abraham (Farrell) BB/MI, GC, JS,

OCP

Grant Us Thy Peace (Mendelssohn)

392-00699

Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above

PMB

Hail, Maiden Mary PMB, WCH

Hail, Our Queen CVH

Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God

(Norbet) BB/MI, GP, WCH

Holy Mary, Now We Crown You

PMB, WCH

I Sing a Maid GTR

Magnificat CVH, WP

Magnificat (Gibbons) 312-41489

Magnificat (Walker) BB

Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth

(Foley) G-3940

My Soul Magnifies the Lord CVH,

GPCOMP

My Soul Rejoices (Alstott) BB/MI

My Soul Rejoices (Dameans) GP,

GPCOMP

O Bless the Lord (Michaels) BB/MI

O Holy Mary BB/MI

O Queen of Heaven BB/MI, PMB,

WCH, WP

Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him

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

JS, PMB, WCH, WOV, WP

Praise to the Lord BB/MI, CVH,

GPCOMP, PMB, WP

Priestly People (Deiss) PMB, WCH

Salamu Maria LMGM

She Who Ascends So High (Nestor) ECS 4968Sing of the Lord' Goodness (Sands) BB/ MI, GTR, GCStar upon the Ocean PMB

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