Sunday, July 10, 2016

Albany NY Upper Room Liturgy: Celebrating Our Mystical Oneness in the Cosmic Christ

Celebrating Our Mystical Oneness in the Cosmic Christ

Receiving the stole:

Presider 1:  Welcome to our inclusive catholic community. We celebrate with joy the indwelling of our God among us. Our liturgical style is highly inclusive and you are invited to participate in the words of the consecration. We are happy you are here with us today. Our theme for this liturgy is celebrating our mystical oneness in the Cosmic Christ. All are welcome to share in our simple Eucharistic meal around this friendship table.

Opening Prayer
Presider 2: Nurturing God, You embrace each person and every living thing with delight. May we, who are stardust, be filled with awe as we experience our mystical oneness, with all creation in the Heart of Love. May we cherish every amazing day, conscious of your presence and abundance all around us.
All. Amen.

Presider 1: Please join in singing our Gathering Song.
Glory to God by Marty Haugen

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading

Shared Homily

Presider 2: Please join in praying our Profession of Faith:

We believe in God, the fountain of life, flowing through every being. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who reflects the face of God and the fullness of humanity. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God in the cosmos, who calls us to love and serve without counting the cost. We believe in our global communion with all in the circle of life. Amen to loving actions on behalf of justice, healing, compassion and equality for all in our world!

Presider 1: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we lay our stoles upon the table as a sign that just as Jesus is anointed, so is each of us. And we bring to this table our blessings, cares and concerns.  Please feel free to voice your concerns beginning with the words “I bring to the table….”

Presider 1: We pray for these and all unspoken concerns. Amen.
Please join in praying the Eucharist prayer together:

Eucharistic Prayer

All: Ever gentle God, as co-creators of our planet, we offer you the gifts of bread, wine and our lives. May we celebrate our oneness with all creatures great and small in your precious family.

As one with You, we gather as a community to celebrate your gift of life pulsating within and around us and in the glories of nature everywhere.

O Birthing God, you stirred the waters of creation; you dwell on earth, and in every living being.  We lift up our hearts to you and with thanks and praise we sing:

Holy, Holy, Holy by Karen Drucker

We are holy (x3),
We are whole.

Spirit divine,  
Come to me 

Feeling love, 
Healing me 

Open my heart, 
Allow me to see 

Beauty & love lives in me.

You are holy (x3),

We thank you for our brother, Jesus, who showed us so simply, so tenderly, how the world is in our hands. He had nothing in this world but your love, companions on the journey, and his very self. Together, that was more than enough, and that remains our clarity in the midst of confusion: the miracle of healing, new hope, nurturance, nourishment, liberation and life.

(All Extend Hands)
ALL: On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. Do this in memory of

In the same way, Jesus took the cup of  wine. He said the blessing, gave the cup to his friends and said, “Take this all of you and drink. Do this in memory of me.”

Presider 1: Let us pray the mystery of faith:

ALL: This bread is you, this bread is me. We are one body, a reflection of God’s treasures, in communion with all creation.

All: Christ of the Cosmos, we thank you that there are 18 galaxies for every person, that our bodies are made of stardust. Every place we turn, you are present, loving us. You call us, “beloved” and invite us to join the dance of creation in a mystical celebration of our oneness with all living things in your divine love.

Christ of the Cosmos, we rejoice that You, who are more than we can imagine or dream of, dwell in mystery beyond all comprehension. We remember that it was you, who said: “Anything I have done in the name of the Holy One, you can do, too…and even more.”

Christ of the Cosmos, we remember Mary, mother of Jesus, faithful disciple and St. Francis who sang canticles to brother sun and sister moon. We remember our sisters and brothers, the great cloud of witnesses who have cared for earth’s creatures and have blessed our world with their loving service to God’s people. 

We praise you in union with them
we awaken to your Spirit within,
Moving us to worship you truly,
O Holy One,
At this time and all time and in all ways.

Presider 2: Let us pray together the prayer of Jesus:
Adapted from Miriam Therese Winter

O Holy One who is within, around and among us,
We celebrate your many names.
Your wisdom come; your will be done,
unfolding from the depths within us.
Oh, 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.  Blessed be!"

Presider 1: Let offer each other a Sign of Peace

Presider 2: Please join in praying the prayer for the Breaking of the Bread.

All: Christ of the Cosmos, we will live our oneness with you and all creation.
Christ of the Cosmos, we will work for healing of the earth.
Christ of the Cosmos, we will celebrate justice rising up in a global communion everywhere.

Presider 1: This is the Cosmic Christ in whom all creation lives and moves and has its being. All are invited to partake in this banquet of love and to celebrate our oneness with all living beings on the planet. 

ALL: We are the Body of Christ.

Communion Song 
On This Day O Beautiful Mother by Colleen Fulmer

Prayer after Communion

Presider 2:
Lover of the Universe, we are full of awe at your extravagant love flowing through all living things. We immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature that surrounds us each day. 
We  are one with our brother Jesus, in union with the Holy Spirit.   ALL: Amen

Concluding Rite

Presider 1: Christ of the Cosmos is with us.
ALL: And loves through us.

Presider 2: Please extend your hands in praying the blessing:

ALL: The blessing of God is upon us as we go in the peace of the Cosmic Christ to live justice! Thanks be to God.

Closing Song
Woman Spirit by Karen Drucker

Adapted from Cosmic Christ Liturgy by Bridget Mary Meehan
Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests

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