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April 2, 2006 Fifth Sunday of Lent
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 FIRST READING:
Jer. 31: 31-34 The days are coming when I will make a new covenant with Israel and I will forgive their iniquity.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 51 A pure heart, create for me, O God..
SECOND READING:
Heb. 5: 7-9 He learned to obey and became for all the source of eternal salvation.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Jn. 12: 26 If you serve me, follow me, says the Lord, and where I am, my servant will also be.
GOSPEL:
Jn. 12: 20-33 If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies it yields a rich harvest.
FOCUS: If anyone serves me, my Father will honor him. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all people to myself.
scriptural topics: passion, covenant, immolation
REFLECTION: Life is given us that we may learn to die well, and never think of it! To die well we must live well. St. John Vianney
If thou wish to reach the prefection of love, it befits thee to set thy life in order. St. Catherine of Siena
Now begins the task of accustoming ourselves to spiritual prayer to the Lord. The first-fruits of this prayer quicken our faith, faith reinforces our efforts and multiplies their fruits; and so the work proceeds successfully.
If we attain this habit of spiritual prayer to the Lord, we shall find that, by God mercy, the inward longing for Him comes more frequently. And subsequently it comes about that this interior involvement is confirmed for ever, and the man dwells inwardly before God without ceasing. This is the establishing of the kingdom of God within us. But let us add that with this comes also the start of a new cycle of changes in our inner life, which may be called the spiritualization of soul and body. From the psychological point of view, this must be said of the kingdom of God: it is born in us when the mind is united with the heart, both alike adhering steadfastly to the remembrance of God. Then man surrenders to the Lord his consciousness and freedom as a sacrifice pleasing to Him, and receives from God power over himself; and by strength received from Him he rules over all his inner and outer life as Gods viceregent.
Theophane the Recluse
If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies it yields a rich harvest.
APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy by stating that the gospel calls us to die as the grain dies in order to yield a rich harvest.
• For the people of God: that we may practice our faith with pure love;
• For the peace and well-being of the whole world: that Gods eternal gift to us will become known throughout the world;
• For all those who have grown lukewarm in their faith: that they may turn to God again now;
• For those who suffer from hunger, sickness and loneliness: that Jesus Christ, Gods gift to us, will bring them peace;
• For our community and families, who welcome Christ into their lives:that they may receive him in the poor and suffering people of the world.
Penitential Rite: Third form with fifth set of sample invocations.
Solemn Blessing: See blessing for the Passion of the Lord.
Faith Formation
Spiritual rebirth involves determination and a willingness to lose oneself. Part of us dies and a new being begins to form. How developed this new being becomes is up to us. Every day we must die to our selfishness. We must die to narrow mindedness and prejudice.
• In your spiritual journey, do you
feel that part of you is dying?
• Do you fear losing your identity
by taking on that of Christ?
Christ came that we may fulfill our destinies as children of God.
• How do we lose ourselves yet
retain ourselves and how does
this relate to each of us having
something unique to add to life?
Childrens Liturgy
of the Word
(Based on cycle A readings)
• How has death touched the lives
of the children?
• What are the feelings associated
with death?
Share the gospel image of Jesus weeping for Lazarus. Death is a sad experience but it is not the end. Explain the life cycle of a perennial plant making the connection that we will live again. In Jesus we will have eternal life. We will go through different stages like a plant but our death will lead to a new life.
Those of us who have lost loved ones to death may be comforted by knowing we shall see them again. Jesus has promised us so.

GATHERING SONG:
All Glory, Praise, and Honor ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, GPCOMP,
JS, RS, PMB, WCH, WP
As We Forgive SM, WCH
Bless the Feast (Hewitt) BB/MI, JS2,
Come, Now Almighty King BB, CCH,
LMGM
Come to the Feast / Ven al Banquete
(Hurd) BB, JS2
Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GC, JS2, RS, SM, WCH,
W&S, WP
Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CVH,
CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, WCH,
WP
Give Me Jesus (Hansen) BB/MI, JS
God of Abraham (Farrell) BB/MI, GC, JS,
OCP
Grant to Us, O Lord (Deiss) PMB2, RS,
WCH, W&S
Hosea (Norbet) ACH, BB/MI, CVH,
CBW III, GP, PMB2, WCH, W&S
Lift Up Your Hearts (OConnor) BB/MI,
GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, JS2, SS,
W&S, WP
Nightsong:Introductory Verse (Hughes)
WS
Out of the Depths ACH, CBW III, CCH,
CVH, WCH, 342-40117
Out of the Deep (Schutz) 312-41457
The Glory of These Forty Days BB/MI,
CBW III, CVH, GC, JS, RS, WP
We Gather Together ACH, BB/MI, CVH,
GPCOMP, JS, LMGM, RS, PMB, WCH,
WP
Wherever He Leads, Ill Go LMGM
(or Silence)
RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Lenten Ostinato (Chepponis) WLP, WS
Psalm 51: Create in Me (Kendzia) BB
Psalm 51: Be merciful, O Lord (Haugen)
CCH, GTR, GC
Psalm 51: Be Merciful O Lord (Guimont)
CCH
Wash Me, Cleanse Me (Young) CG
Psalm 51: I Will Rise (Chepponis) RS
Psalm 51: Be Merciful O Lord (Shiavone)
G-2845
Psalm 51: Be Merciful O Lord(Proulx)
G-1899
Be Merciful, O Lord (Willcock) BB/MI
Be Merciful, O Lord (Ward) WS
Cleanse Us, O Lord (Roff) LMGM
Create in Me a Clean Heart (Pasquet)
AF-11-0627
Have Mercy On Us (Soper) G-4618
THIRD SCRUTINY:
Amazing Grace ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,
CVH, GP, GPCOMP, JS, RS, WCH,
WOV, WP, WS
Awake, O Sleeper (Dameans) BB, GP,
GPCOMP
Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death
ACH, CCH, CVH, SS, WP
Be Not Far From Me (Nelhybel) 392-00603
Be With Me, Lord (Haugen) GPCOMP,
GTR, GC, G2, RS, W&S, WCH
Be With Me, Lord (Ferris) SM, W&S,
WCH, 6221 WLP
Be With Me, Lord (Joncas) BB/MI, CBW
III, JS2, PMB2
How Great Thou Art (Hine) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW II, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB,
WCH
I Believe in the Sun (Landry) GP,
GPCOMP
Jesus, the Lord (OConnor) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2
Keep in Mind (Deiss) BB/MI, PMB,
WCH
Lead Me, Guide Me LMGM
Lenten Anthem (Benger) 392-00148
Music for RCIA Scrutinies OCP
On Eagles Wings ACH, BB/MI, CBW
III, CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2,
S&S, SM, W&S, WCH
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
LMGM
We Walk By Faith (Haugen) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
SM, W&S, WCH
We Will Rise Again (Haas) BB/MI, GC,
GTR, SM
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
A Grain of Wheat (Reagan) G-3105
A Great Harvest (Peloquin) G-2875
Behold the Wood (Schutte) BB, CBW III,
CCH, G2 GC, JS2
Center of My Life (Inwood) BB/MI, GC,
GTR, JS2, S&S
Christ Be Beside Me CBW III, PMB2, SM,
W&S, WCH
Christians, Let Us Love One Another
BB/MI, CBW III, JS2
God of Compassion (Jones) BB/MI, JS2
Heart of Christ PMB, SM, WCH, W&S
I Love Him LMGM
O for a Heart to Praise My God CCH, SS,
WP
O God, You Search Me (Farrell) BB/MI,
JS2, STM
Only In God (Talbot) BB/MI, WCH,
W&S
Only This I Want (Schutte) BB/MI, CBW
III, GC, G2, GP, GPCOMP, JS2
Remember Your Love (Dameans) BB/MI,
GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS
Song to Jesus Christ (Huijbers) BB/MI,
GTR, OCP
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, GP, GC, GPCOMP, GTR,
JS2, SM, W&S, WCH
We Live a Mystery (Connolly) GTR, G2, GC
We Long for You, O Lord (Reilly) BB/MI,
CBW III, CVH, SS
While Earth Remains (Bell) G-5160, GC
COMMUNION:
A Great Harvest (Peloquin) G-2875
Abide With Me (Bertalot) AF-11-2570
Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III, JS2
Deep Within (Haas) CCH, GTR, G2, GC,
RS, WCH
Eternal Lord of Love BB/MI, GTR, JS
I Am the Bread of Life (Englert) BB/MI,
PMB, JS, WCH
I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, GPCOMP, GTR, JS,
WCH, WP
One Bread, One Body (Foley) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
JS, SM, WCH, W&S
Shelter Me, O God (Hurd) BB/MI, CBW
III, GC, GTR, JS, RS
Speak to Me (Huijbers) BB/MI, JS
Table Song (Haas) G2, RS
Taste and See (Moore) GPCOMP, GC,GTR
WCH
Taste and See (Talbot) BB/MI, SM
Unless A Grain Of Wheat (Farrell) BB/MI,
G2, GC, HM, JS, RS
SONG OF PRAISE:
No Need (Ward) WS
Only In God (Foley) BB/MI, CBW III, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2
Theres a Wideness in Gods Mercy
BB/MI, CVH, GC, JS, RS, WP
What Wondrous Love ACH, BB/MI,
CVH, GPCOMP, GTR, PMB, WCH,
WP
Wondrous Love (Honore) AF-11-10165
CLOSING SONG:
Ashes (Conry) BB, GP, GPCOMP, GC,
GTR
Before the Fruit Has Riped G-4027
Church of God (Daily) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS
Faithful Cross (Farlee) AF-11-2486
From the Depths BB/MI, CBW III, PMB2 Give Me Jesus (Hansen) BB/MI, JS
Grant to Us, O Lord (Diess) PMB, RS,
WCH
I Am the Bread of Life (Englert) BB/MI,
PMB, JS, WCH
I Will Not Die (Conry) BB/MI, GC, GTR,
JS, RS
Lift High the Cross BB/MI, CBW III,
CVH, GPCOMP, JS. PMB, RS, WCH,
WP
My Jesus, I Love Thee LMGM
Never the Blade Shall Rise G-3817, GC
O Bless the Lord (Michaels) BB/MI, JS2.
S&S
O Cross of Christ AH, CVH, HH, PMB2,
SS
O Cross Our Only Hope (T.L. de Victoria)
362-03130
Path of Life (Dameans) BB, GP, GPCOMP
Praise to the Lord ACH, BB/MI, CVH,
GPCOMP, PMB, WP
Take Up Your Cross BB, CBW III, CVH,
CCH, JS, RS, PMB, WP
The Song of All Seed (Huijbers) BB, GTR,
GC, JS2
Theres A Wideness in Gods Mercy
BB/MI, CCH, CVH, JS, RS, WP
Yes, I Shall Arise (Deiss) PMB2, WCH
Yes, I Shall Arise BB/MI, JS2, S&S

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