Monday, November 23, 2015

The Progressive Catholic Coalition Liturgy November 21, 2015 , Columbus, GA. , Presiders: Janice Sevre Duszynska and Jack Wentland

left to right Co-Presider Janice Sevre Dusaynska, ARCWP,  Homilist Silvia Brandon Perez, Co-Presider  ARCWP and Jack Wentland

In solidarity with the living martyrs of Latin America, Palestine and the whole wide world seeking justice

How Beautiful Upon The Mountain
By Tom Paxton adapted by Charlie King

How beautiful upon the mountain,
Are the steps of those who walk in peace!
How beautiful upon the mountain,
Are the steps of those who walk in peace!

'Cross the bridge at Selma you came marching side by side

In your eyes, a new world on the way.
Peace was in your hearts and justice would not be denied,
You sang "We Shall Overcome someday."
God knows the courage you possessed, Isaiah said it best: (to chorus)

Marching to Guantanamo,
Or to the Pentagon,
Witnessing to peace in many lands,
Speaking truth to power, singing peace in Babylon,
Beating swords to plowshares with your hands
God knows the courage you possessed,
And Isaiah said it best: (to chorus)

Now the generations that have joined you on this road,
Look to you with wonder in their eyes.
Now the torch is passed along as they pick up the load,
Now you see their eyes are on the prize.
God knows the courage they possess, And Isaiah said it best: (to chorus)

Song: Cardboard Roofs by Alí Primera

How sad the sound of the rain
on cardboard roofs, How sadly my people live
in cardboard houses.

The worker comes down
almost dragging his feet
from the weight of his suffering,
it is heavy suffering;
suffering weighs you down.

Above he leaves his pregnant wife;
below is the city
and he is lost in its nonsense
today the same as tomorrow;
it’s his life with no tomorrow.

How sad the sound of the rain
on cardboard roofs,
How sadly my people live
in cardboard houses.

Children the color of my land
wearing all its scars
millionaires of parasites
and that is why the children
live so sadly in cardboard houses.

How sad the sound of the rain
on cardboard roofs,
How sadly my people live
in cardboard houses.

Introduction Janice/Silvia Welcome to this Eucharist as we remember the solidarity between us and our Latin American sisters and brothers and the disappeared throughout the world. As the alternative community seeking the fullness of God’s Beloved Community, the new social order, we gather in celebration of the female and male principle of creation, knowing that in the beginning, the female Spirit of God, Christos Sophia, breathed life into the planet. Let us celebrate and renew each other in the Spirit of the God of Newness, in the Freedom of the Living One among us.

Commissioning of Leaders by the Gathering

Leader 1: Since we know that all baptized are anointed in Jesus, Priest, Prophet, and Shepherd, we are all ministers of this liturgy.

So that we who stand before you may lead this prayer in solidarity with all gathered here as the People of God, we ask you to commission us to act in your name:

Do you accept us as the ones you wish to lead this gathering in prayer, reflection and meal this evening?

All: We commission you to this ministry of service.

Response of the Commissioned Leaders: We thank you for your confidence in choosing to have us lead this prayer. Please pray that we carry out this ministry worthily. (Short pause for silent prayer)

Penitential Rite

To clean our hearts from the horrors of war

Violence in the Americas is directly related to the level of consumerism in developed countries. For not understanding that our level of consumer consumption makes us accomplices of war: Forgive us, holy Mother Father God

For many years victims have been silenced so that these horrors may not be revealed to the country and the world. For depending on false information promulgated by mass media, including false positives, in which victims are dressed as perpetrators of crime: Forgive us, holy Mother Father God

The laws that rule our world allow most horrendous crimes to continue with impunity. For accepting a justice that is manipulated, skillfully muzzled and deceptive: Forgive us, holy Mother Father God

Opening Prayer
Let us pray
All loving and wise God, Creator and sustainer of all reality, you are the ground of our being and the source of our hope. Holy One, you sent Christos Sophia proclaiming positive truths. We cry out to you in the name of those suffering the false positives of repressive regimes. Awaken us to your alternative consciousness that we may be witnesses—like Hosea, Jeremiah, Maura, Ita, Dorothy, Jean, Elba & Celina, the Jesuits Ignacio, Segundo, Ignacio, Juan Ramón, Joaquín, Armando and our brother Oscar—to give testimony to the truth of oppression. We ask this in the name of Jesus who inspires us with the confidence you placed in him to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers forever and ever. AMEN.


First Reading

On Clouds And Illusions- por la poeta cubana Silvia A. Brandon Pérez

Does smoke talk to the clouds?
~ From the Book of Questions VII, Pablo Neruda

One day a sad smoke was heard

speaking to the clouds.

It came up from a crematorium,

in Daschau or Auchwitz,

neither the place nor the time matter,

it was a rather dense smoke,

made up of the particles of dreams,

of the hopes of man, woman, child,

that finally there would be peace upon the earth,

happiness without obligations,

a celebration in which the embrace of humans,

whether black, white, red-skinned or Asian,

whether tall or heavy, serious, barefoot,

shy or thin,

or short with brown high heels

became reality, and the clouds,

who have seen it all, agreed.

Gospel Acclamation

Celtic Alleluia by Christopher Walker and Fintan O’Carroll

Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia!

All:Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia!

Leader: The word of our God is forever;

God’s is the Word that is living.

It is brought to us by our brother Jesus Christ.

All: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Gospel Mark 11: 15 - 18

God dwells in you. And also in you.
The Good News of Jesus According to Mark
Glory to you, Our God

When they went to Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began driving out those who engaged in selling and buying. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the stalls of those selling doves; 16 moreover he would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple area. Then he began to teach them: “Doesn’t Scripture say: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the people’? But you have turned it into ‘a den of thieves!’”

The chief priests and the religious scholars heard about this and began looking for a way to destroy him. At the same time, they were fearful because the whole crowd was under the spell of his teaching.

The Good News of Jesus!

Praise to you, Anointed One!

Reflection: Silvia Brandon Pérez, Spanish & English

Anointing with Oil

The anointing of the sick is related to healing. Our elder brother found that the use of the church by the merchants was a sign of sickness. Today this illness of serving the master of money is prevalent throughout the nations. The word today is a call to service, an anointing that we may be strengthened to carry out our mission, as did our elder brother before us.

As we receive the oil, we seek the Spirit’s renewal and strength to work in life-affirming community for the healing of the wounds of injustice in solidarity with our Latin American and Palestinian sisters and brothers, in fact, our sisters and brothers throughout the world. God’s love is all inclusive; everyone is welcome at the table, everyone is invited to anoint each other.

SONG: I Have Come to Offer My Heart Fito Páez

Who has said that everything is now lost,

I have come to offer up my heart.

So much blood washed down into the river,

I have come to offer up my heart.

It won't be so easy, I know what happens,

It won't be as simple as I'd imagined,

For the chest to open, the soul to come through,

With the sharpened blade of pure love.

Moon of all the poor that's always open,

I have come to offer up my heart.

In a document that can't be altered,

I have come to offer up my heart.

And I’ll join the points of a single ribbon,

And I’ll go so peaceful, I’ll go so slowly,

And I’ll give you all, and you'll give me something

Something that will help me to survive.

When there are no people here or elsewhere,

I have come to offer up my heart,

When the satellites can’t reach us,

I have come to offer up my heart,

And I speak of nations, I speak of hoping,

And I speak for life, and for nothing also,

And it’s about changing, this our own house,

Changing just to change it, just because.

Who has said that everything is now lost,

I have come to offer up my heart.

General Intercessory Litany -

Leader 1: Our world is in need of new life. Its people long for justice. And so we can pray with confidence.

Leader 2: Let us join in prayer now as we are invited to remember our saints and companions—living and dead—on this journey, especially those in Latin America.

After each invocation, we will light a candle to remind us of the luminous presence of these witnesses and turn over the rain stick to remind us that our solidarity and theirs continues to resonate with us.

Leader 3: Divine Light, Radiant Holy One, light of all Lights, we remember the saints who are with us and those who have gone home to God.

Voice 1: Let us remember the risk-takers, who faced their fears and took action, who sought justice even though they had to pay a price for it… the six Jesuits, their housekeeper Elba and her daughter Celina; the four church women of El Salvador, Rutilio Grande, Aida Escalante of Cinquera, El Salvador, Oscar Romero… (You are invited to lift up other names silently or aloud)

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 2: Let us remember the tens of thousands of immigrants flooding across Asia into Europe—displaced by war created by policies of national security

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 3: We remember as well as those from Latin America fleeing the violence in their countries—a crisis turning public attention to flawed U.S. border policies and the inhumane treatment of immigrants.

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 4: Let us remember the 46 young Mexican men and their families and all others murdered by the drug cartels and corrupted officials – remnants of NAFTA/CAFTA.

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 5: Let us remember the brave ones who walked through their struggles with hope, who taught us how to trust and have confidence during our times of sorrow and difficulty… (You are invited to lift up their names silently or aloud)

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 6: Let us remember those nameless ones who were tortured and disappeared or those who are being held in prison. (You are invited to lift up their names silently or aloud)

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 7: Let us remember the indigenous of Latin America who struggle to keep their land and way of life.

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us

Voice 8: Let us remember those who work with the poor and for justice in Latin America, including the closure of the School of the Americas.

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us

Voice 9: Let us remember those who witness for an end to drone warfare, nuclear weapons and militarism.

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 10: Let us remember the great lovers of life, whose humor and enthusiasm lifted our spirits and brought us joy… (You are invited to lift up their names silently or aloud)

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 11: Let us remember the victims of terrorist violence, including the people killed at the hands of ISIL, and the people killed by State violence, including that of US unmanned drones.

All: (sung) All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Voice 12: Let us remember the Black and Brown victims of State violence in the US (You are invited to lift up their names silently or aloud, and to add names to this list as desired).

Leader 1: Sacred One, Giver and Sustainer of Life, thank you for the holy ones who are with us. May our lives model their virtues. May our hearts and actions resonate with their courage.


Music to Accompany the Presentation of the Gifts:

We Are The Boat


We are the boat, we are the sea,
I sail in you, you sail in me.

The stream sings it to the river,

The river sings it to the sea.

The sea sings it to the boat

That carries you and me. [Chorus]

The boat we are sailing in

Was built by many hands,

And the sea we are sailing on,

It touches every land. [Chorus]

So with our hopes we set the sails

And face the winds once more.

And with our hearts we chart

The waters never sailed before. [Chorus]

Leader 1: Blessed are you, God of all creation.

Through your goodness we have this bread and wine to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made.

It will embody for us the Bread of Life and the Cup of Liberation.

All: Blessed be God forever.


God dwells in you.

And also in you.

Lift up your hearts.

Hearts burning with love, we give them to God

Let us give thanks to the God of All.

We do this in justice and right.

Leader 1: Full of righteousness and Justice are you, our God, for sending Jesus to confront leaders with the Truth.

Rather than accept a royal title, he issued a call to all of us to testify to the Truth.

We are the ones he calls to listen to his voice as the way to show that we belong to the Truth.

All: All loving God, we do well always and everywhere to bless your name. In Jesus you have given us the model for witnessing to the Truth. You call us through Christos Sophia to always live proclaiming Truth to power. Your Spirit dwelling within us urges us to proclaim Truth in justice. In that same Spirit we join in thankful praise as we say:

All: Holy, holy, holy God, Spirit of love and peace!

All of the earth’s abundance reflects your glory. Highest praise be to You! Blessed are all who come in the name of our compassionate God. Hosanna in the highest!

All: O Holy One, you are the fountain of all holiness, and all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness comes from you by the working of your Holy Spirit. From age to age, you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west a human blessing may be made to the glory of your name.

Leader 1: (All the gathering extends hands over bread and cup in blessing)

Therefore, we ask that you bless our gifts and us that we may become the body and blood of Jesus, whose hands and feet we are called to be and who invites us to celebrate this Eucharist.

All: On the night before he died, Jesus gathered for the Seder supper with the people closest to him. Like the least of household servants, Jesus washed their tired and dusty feet, so they would remember him.

Leader 1 breaks the bread into two pieces as community prays the following:

All: Returning to the table, Jesus took the Passover Bread, spoke the grace, broke the bread and offered it to them saying: Take and eat, this is my very self. (Pause and bow)

Leader 2 lifts the cup as community prays the following:

All: Then he took the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered it to them saying:

Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life, poured out for you and for everyone, so that you might be free. Whenever you remember me like this, I am among you. (Pause and bow)

All: Loving God, we thank you for blessing us and calling us to take on the task of

avoiding the spirit of consumerism that make us accomplices to war, speaking truth to power and assuring that the horrors of violence no longer are carried out with impunity.

May all of us who share in the work of your continuing creation be brought together in unity through your Holy Spirit.

Your love for your human family makes us want to grow in love with all of your people.

We remember our brothers and sisters who have gone before us giving witness to your call to justice in our world and all the saints who have recognized your will to bring your world to its fullest potential.

We praise you in union with them, and give you glory through Jesus, our brother.

Leaders raise up the bread and cup:


Through Christos Sophia, we have learned how to live.

With Christos Sophia, we have learned how to love.

In Christos Sophia, we have learned how to serve.


The Prayer of Jesus

Let us pray together the prayer of Jesus:

O Holy One, who is within, we celebrate your many names.

Your wisdom come.

Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us.

Each day you give us all that we need.

You remind us of our limits, and we let go.

You support us in our power, and we act with courage.

For you are the dwelling place within us, the empowerment around us, and the celebration among us, now and forever.


(The prayer of Jesus as interpreted by Miriam Therese Winter)


Leader 1: May God’s peace be with us all. Please share a sign of peace with each other.


Dona nobis pacem


Leaders: Loving God, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice.

All: We will live justly.

Leaders: Loving God, you call us to be Your presence in the world.

All: We will love tenderly.

Leaders: Loving God, You call us to speak Truth to power.

All: We will walk with integrity in your presence.


Leader 1: This is Christos Sophia, the Bread of Life. How blessed are we who are called to the table.

All: What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives; as we share communion, we will become communion, both Love’s nourishment and Love’s challenge.

ANNOUNCE: For those who wish communion with gluten free bread and grape juice, please proceed to the communion ministers on your left front side of our worship space.



O healing river,

Send down your waters,
send down your waters . upon this land.

O healing river,
send down your waters,
and wash the blood
from off the sand.

This earth is thirsting,
this earth is parching,
no seed is growing

in the barren ground.

This earth is thirsting,

this earth is parching,

O healing river,
send your waters down.

O seed of freedom
awake and flourish,
let the deep roots nourish,
let the tall stalks rise.
O seed of freedom

Burst forth in glory

Proud leaves unfurling

Unto the skies

O healing river

send down your waters

upon this land.
O healing river,

send down your waters,
and wash the blood
from off the sand.

Prayer: Loving God, we humbly ask you to receive the prayers of your people. Nourish us with your Spirit of Hope. Fill our hearts with the zeal to do justice. Help us find that which gives deep meaning for us in the Gospel commitment of solidarity with the poor. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the bearer of good news to the poor.

BLESSING (Invite all to raise their extended hands in mutual blessing.)

Leader 1: May we see from the depths of our being the presence of God calling us to bring justice to our world! All: AMEN.

Leader 2: May we invite the timid to a life of courageous witness to recognize the living presence of Jesus in the wounds of our sisters and brothers suffering injustice in Latin America and other places today! All: AMEN.


Leader 3: Let us go forth from this place to invite others to touch the wounds of Jesus in our midst and work together with faith in action. All: AMEN.

CLOSING SONG: Charlie King

PLEASE NOTE: Following our recessional song, you are invited to continue communion by coming to the side table to reverently consume the reminder of communion bread and cup.

Also please help the PCC planning community in our planning for next year by completing the evaluation form on the back page of your worship aid. Thank you.

Acknowledgement: We acknowledge the Inclusive Catholic Community of Albany, NY for some of the texts adapted in this liturgy.

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