Friday, June 2, 2017

Liturgy for Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community ,Sun City, Florida on Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Elena Garcia ARCWP



(This Feast is celebrated in the Liturgical Calendar on the Friday following the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, or 19 days after Pentecost. June 2017, MMOJ Sun City will celebrate this liturgy on June 1, 2017) 


Song: We Will Rise Again: Sung by David Haas

ALL:   In the name of our loving God, Source of all being, Jesus our compassionate Love, and Sophia Holy Spirit who heals us and calls us to create and build peace. Amen
Presider: God is with you.  ALL: And also with you.

Opening Prayer
ALL: Loving God, clothe us with the virtues of the Heart of your Son and set us aflame with his love, that conformed to his image, we may recall the wonders of His love for us and bask in the overflowing measure of grace from that font of heavenly gifts. Through our Brother Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and Sofia Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen

Penitential Rite
Presider: God of tender compassion, you love us unconditionally
ALL: Now and forever transform our hearts to love as you love.
Presider: God of all creation                       ALL: Now…….     
Presider: God of great compassion            ALL: Now……
Presider: God of tender Mercy                   ALL: Now……     
Presider: With our hands and voices         ALL: Now……
Presider: With our words of comfort          ALL: Now……
Presider: With hope and healing               ALL: Now……

Song: Where Charity and Love Prevail
Where Charity and Love Prevail, there God is ever found
Brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound.

With grateful joy and holy fear God’s charity we learn: Let us with
heart and mind and soul now love God in return.

Forgive us now each other’s faults as we our faults confess; and let us
love each other well in Christian holiness.

Liturgy of The Word
First Reading: From Blessed Mary MacKillop-21 June 1907
Towards the end of her life Mary MacKillop sent to her sisters a reflection on her own spiritual experience in the form of “An Appeal of the Sacred Heart to a Weary, Disappointed Soul.”
In it she reveals that it was the tender, loving Heart of Jesus that spoke to her and brought her to such peace and joy in his service. She concluded her reflection in these words. “And with this burning appeal came such a longing desire on my part to be Its lover and own true child that, in a glance, the falseness of the world appeared to me. The beauty, the pity, and the generosity of the Sacred Heart in this loving appeal could not be resisted. And in it I have never known aught but true peace and contentment of heart. Its love makes suffering sweet. Its love makes the world a desert. When storms rage, when persecutions or dangers threaten, I quietly creep into Its abyss, and securely sheltered there, my soul is in peace, though my body is tossed upon the stormy waves of a cold and selfish world. 
These were the inspired words of Bl. Mary MacKillop.
ALL: Thanks be to God.

Response: From The People’s Companion to the Breviary
Your Love, Holy Mystery is Eternal
 Your compassion is eternal and your love is everlasting.
Your love……
 Your faithfulness is renewed each day.
You love…….
Your promise is life everlasting. Your love……

2nd Reading: Eph 3:8-12,14-19
To me, the least of all believers, was given the grace to preach to the gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to enlighten all people on the mysterious design which for ages was hidden in God, the Creator of all. Now, therefore through the church, God’s manifold wisdom is made known to the rulers and powers of heaven, in accord with the age-old design, carried out in Christ Jesus our Savior, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God through our faith in Christ. That is why I kneel before Abba God, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. And I pray that God, out of the riches of divine glory, will strengthen you with inward power through the working of the Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, so that you being rooted and grounded in love, will be able to grasp fully the breadth, length, height and depth of Christ’s love, and with all God’s holy ones, experience this love that surpasses all understanding, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
The word of God.
ALL: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation: All Sing: Glory to God, Glory O praise God Alleluia. Glory to God Glory O praise the name of our God.2x

Gospel Reading: John: 10:11-18
I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd would die for the sheep. The hired hand, who is neither shepherd nor owner of the sheep, catches site of the wolf coming and runs away, leaving the sheep to be scattered or snatched by the wolf. That’s because the hired hand works only for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me, in the same way Abba God knows me and I know God--- and for these sheep I will lay down my life. I have other sheep that don’t belong to this fold--------I must lead them too, and they will hear my voice. And then there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is why Abba God loves me –because I lay down my life only to take it up again. No one takes my life from me; I lay it down freely. I have the power to lay it down and I have the power to take it up again. This command I received from my Abba.     The Good news of Jesus our Brother.
All: Glory and Praise to you Jesus the Christ
All Sing Glory to God Glory……….1x

Shared Homily
“The Heart of Christ in the writings of Teilhard De Chardin” by Robert Faricy, SJ
In the real symbol of the heart of Christ, detachment and progress, prayer and action, love for God and love for the world are reconciled. The Sacred Heart no longer stands only for the love of Jesus for us, but also for the unifying meaning and force of that love as it unites and gives greater meaning to all our best hopes, aspirations and efforts. By the time of his 1939 retreat, Teilhard sees the heart of Jesus Christ risen as the heart of him who stands as the Omega of Teilhard’s Christology, the heat of him who draws all things to himself as the future focus of all evolution’s convergence. In an essay of 1940, Teilhard explains how his concept of the universal Christ is “born from an expansion of the heart of Jesus.” And in the 1940s and 1950s Teilhard describes Jesus’ heart as the heart of the Heart of the world, and the center of the Center of the universe.

What did you hear today in the readings? A call? A challenge?
How simple or complex is your relationship with the Heart of Jesus?
What virtues do you want to enhance in your life through the Heart of Jesus?

Profession of Faith
ALL: We believe in a God of extravagant love, who dwells within us, rejoices with us in our blessed selves and who weeps with us in our struggles, hopes, loses and sufferings.   We believe that we are one with all creatures great and small in a dynamic evolving cosmos.   We believe in Jesus whose life, death and resurrection shows us how to live fully in the joy of his love while serving our brothers and sisters, especially the outcasts and heavy burdened.  We believe in Sofia, Spirit Wisdom, who works through us for justice and peace and who strengthens us to stand against oppression of all kinds whether based on gender, age, sexual orientation, race or class, without exception.   We believe that we are called to live in mutual respect as disciples and equals in inclusive communities of empowerment.  We believe that we are forgiven, healed and whole in the heart of the Divine Mercy.  We believe that we are united forever with all who have gone before us in the communion of saints. AMEN

General Intersessions
 Presider: Insults have broken my heart, I looked for comforters, but I found none.
In loving response we pray: ALL:  By your wounds we are healed

Jesus you forgave those who crucified you:
ALL- - - Give us the grace to put no limits on our forgiveness of others.

You loved sinners and helped them to change their lives.
ALL- - -  Give us the patience and understanding when we strive to help those who harm themselves and others.

Your love is everlasting; you never cease to call us to salvation
ALL- - -Give us the wisdom and generosity to follow you and to draw others to your heart.

A soldier pierced your heart with a lance
ALL- - - Open our hearts to the wonders of your love and to the challenge of your gospel.

You call to us to "Come to me all you who are burdened and weary of heart….”
ALL: We bring before you all those concerns that remain in the silence of our hearts where we will find comfort, healing and strength for the journey.   

Presider: Christ Jesus, you draw us to salvation with the loving heart of a friend. Teach us to find rest for our spirits in the way of humility and meekness. Set our hearts ablaze with zeal for the coming of your reign, fullness of life, both now and
for all eternity.  ALL: Amen

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Presider: Jesus who has often sat at our tables, now invites us to partake at his family table.

ALL: O God of extravagant love we, your people who live in the joy of that love, are united in this sacrament by our common love of Jesus. We are in communion with everyone everywhere, who shares your gift of love, especially all those who are marginalized and oppressed. May we love tenderly, do justice and walk humbly with you in solidarity with our sisters and brothers everywhere. May we live as prophetic witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus, supported by the vision that directed him, and the wisdom of the Spirit who enkindles in us the fire of your love. AMEN

Presider:  Blessed are you God, Source of all being, through your goodness we have this bread, wine, all creation, and our own lives to offer. Through this sacred meal may we become your new creation.    ALL:  BLESSED BE GOD FOREVER.

Presider: God is with us, loving and healing through us.  ALL: NAMASTE

Presider: Lift up your hearts.    ALL: WE LIFT THEM UP IN TENDER LOVE, OPEN TO SERVE.

Presider: Let us give thanks to our God.  All: IT IS OUR JOY TO GIVE GOD THANKS AND PRAISE               
                                   
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER 
VOICE ONE:  Gracious Wisdom, You embraced us with extravagant affection in our blessedness and brokenness. We thank you that in this festive meal of unending delight, your Spirit continues to be poured out among this circle of disciples. Yes, we are gathered here to give, receive forgiveness, and offer each other the gift of your peace/shalom.  Filled with the joy of being loved by you we join with the angels and saints and people of every race, faith and nation to glorify your presence as we sing:
ALL SING:
WE ARE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY…3X WE ARE WHOLE
YOU ARE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY…3X YOU ARE WHOLE
I AM HOLY, HOLY, HOLY….3X   I AM WHOLE
WE ARE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY…3X WE ARE WHOLE

VOICE TWO:  Gracious God in this moment we celebrate your indescribable love for your evolving cosmos. Here your divine compassion connects us to the young, the old, the least and the last, to everyone everywhere on our journey into your heart of mercy.

VOICE THREE: We especially thank you for Jesus, your anointed, who shows us how to love with a peaceful and courageous spirit. In Jesus you show us how to care for those who face illness and grief and how to help those who experience rejection, slavery and marginalization. Jesus preached the good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and healing to the broken. Jesus called women to be apostles and disciples and treated them as equals in his circle of companions.

VOICE FOUR: In response to people’s sufferings, Jesus broke rules and violated religious taboos. He shared meals with women, saved a woman from being stoned and said that prostitutes would enter heaven before religious leaders. He challenged the priestly class and political leaders of his time and so they ridiculed, tortured and put him to death. His life, death and resurrection shows us how to live freely and joyously in the midst of injustice, darkness, evil and death.

(PLEASE ALL EXTEND HANDS AS WE RECITE THE EPICLESIS AND CONSECRATION TOGETHER)

ALL:  MAY YOUR SPIRIT, PRESENT IN THESE GIFTS AND IN US, FILL US WITH A NEW OUTPOURING OF LOVE THAT MAKES US MORE DEEPLY ONE BODY IN THE COSMIC CHRIST LIVING THE FULLNESS OF YOUR COMPASSION.

PRESIDER: On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus gathered with his friends for a meal. He took bread into his hands broke it and said:

ALL: TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT. THIS BREAD IS YOU; THIS BREAD IS ME. WE ARE ONE BODY. DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

PRESIDER: In the same way after supper, Jesus took the cup, raised it with love beyond all telling, gave thanks, and sharing the cup with those at table he said:

ALL: TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU AND DRINK FROM IT. THIS IS THE CUP OF MY LIFE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR EVERYONE. EVERYTIME YOU DRINK OF IT, REMEMBER ME.

PRESIDER:  Jesus who was with God “in the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth” is now with us now in this bread and this cup. Now then, in sacred memory let us proclaim the mystery of our faith.

ALL: IN EVERY CREATURE THAT HAS EVER BREATHED, WE SEE YOUR TENDERNESS; IN EVERY LIVING BEING THAT HAS PASSED ON BEFORE US WE SEE YOUR GOODNESS; IN EVERYTHING YET TO BE CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN! IN OUR BREAKING OF THE BREAD OF EARTH, CHRIST OF THE COSMOS IS BEING RE-MEMBERED! WE LIVE IN THE JOY OF BEING LOVED BY OUR EXTRAVAGANT GOD!

VOICE FIVE: Holy One, your transforming energy is always moving within us and working through us. We give thanks for all holy women and men who have been your face in our lives. They show us how to forgive self and other, let go of guilt and refrain from judging others and see the good in people who irritate us. Let us pause to remember and name some of these holy women and men aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

VOICE SIX: God who opens doors and melts hearts of stone, enlighten our religious ministers and political leaders. May they welcome refugees, transform poverty into plenty and work for human dignity and justice for all.  We pray for Francis, our Pope, Bridget Mary, our Bishop and all God’s holy people.

VOICE SEVEN: We remember those who are sick and suffering. May they be healed and strengthened, and filled with every blessing in your loving presence. We remember Mary, mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdala, Peter, Paul, Junia, our patron saints and all the saints and angels who surround us with loving prayers each day. We remember our loved ones and all those who have died in your embrace.

ALL: THROUGH CHRIST, WITH CHRIST, IN CHRIST, IN THE UNITY OF SPIRIT WISDOM, ALL PRAISE AND GLORY ARE YOURS, LOVING GOD FOREVER AND EVER.       THE GREAT AMEN 3X

ALL: (HOLDING HANDS) OUR FATHER AND MOTHER WHO ARE IN HEAVEN, BLESSED IS YOUR NAME, YOUR…….

ALL: GOD WE HAVE JUST PRAYED THAT YOUR KINDOM MAY COME UPON US. GRANT THAT WE MAY OPEN OUR EARS TO HEAR IT, OUR HANDS TO SERVE IT, AND OUR HEARTS TO MAKE IT REAL.

THE SIGN OF PEACE
Presider:  Jesus, you said to your disciples, “My peace I leave you, my peace I give you. “Look on the faith of those gathered here and…….

ALL: …. GRANT US YOUR PEACE. O GOD, FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS AND WITH THE STRENGTH OF THE SPIRIT, HELP US SPREAD THAT PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, NO EXCEPTIONS. AMEN

Presider: May the peace of God be always with us, and now let us extend that peace to one another.

LITANY FOR THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Presider: Loving God….
ALL:  YOU CALL US TO SPIRIT-FILLED SERVICE AND TO LIVE THE GOSPEL OF NON-VIOLENCE FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE.  WE WILL LIVE JUSTLY.

PRESIDER:  Loving God….
ALL: YOU CALL US TO BE YOUR PRESENCE IN THE WORLD AND TO BE BEARERS OF UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION, FORGIVENESS AND HEALING EVERYWHERE IN YOUR NAME.  WE WILL LOVE TENDERLY.

PRESIDER: Loving God….
ALL: YOU CALL US TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER.  WE WILL WALK HUMBLY WITH YOU.

Presider: This is Jesus, who calls us to open doors that are closed and share our bread on the altar of the world. All are invited to eat and drink at this sacred banquet of love.  ALL:  JESUS WE ARE WORTHY TO RECEIVE YOU AND TO BE YOUR COMPASSION IN OUR WORLD. WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST.

 Presider: Let us share the Body of Christ with the Body of Christ!     ALL: AMEN

COMMUNION— Song You are Mine- David Haas-  Listen
All sing the refrain: Do not be afraid I am with you. I have called you each by name.  Come and follow me I will bring you home; I love you and you are mine.

Prayers of Thanksgiving

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Presider: O God of Extravagant Love, Jesus showed us how to love one another and heal our hearts. Through the power of your liberating Spirit at work within us, we will give and receive forgiveness, live joyously, and work for healing, justice and equality for our earth and for all God’s holy people.    All:  AMEN

CONCLUDING RITE

PRESIDER: Our God is with you.   ALL:  AND ALSO WITH YOU

COMMUNITY BLESSING   (EVERYONE PLEASE EXTEND YOUR HANDS IN MUTUAL BLESSING)

ALL: MAY THE GOD OF SARAH AND ABRAHAM
          THE BLESSED ONE OF JACOB AND RACHEL,
           AND SOPHIA, HOLY WISDOM, WALK
          WITH US AND ALL CREATED LIFE
          ON OUR JOURNEY INTO MYSTICAL UNION
          WITH THE HEART OF OUR GOD OF EXTRAVAGANT LOVE.


DISMISSAL

Presiders: Let us go and live in the joy of being loved.        All: THANKS BE TO GOD





The Sacred Heart in the Scriptures
The Lord revealed himself to the chosen people as an act of love.  Our Jewish brothers and sisters are distinguished by the love God revealed to them and by the love the chosen people were called upon to show to God. This exchange of love is the energy source which drives the covenant. As Christians, we consider ourselves God’s adopted children whom Jesus embraced universally.
Note that the Scripture uses the phrase the Lord set his heart on you and chose you (Deuteronomy 7:7). The image of God setting his heart upon us is powerful. To set one’s heart defines an act of will to choose to love. Our faithfulness to God is a return of love:

Understand, then, that the Lord, your God, is God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down to the thousandths generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments… (Deuteronomy 7:10). The covenant is defined by this exchange of love.

St. Paul states this directly:
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love…No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us (1 John:4:8-9, 16). God’s act of sacrificing His Son to us was love. Jesus’ entire ministry preached love. Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross was the ultimate act of love. Christ’s sacraments are outward expressions of His loving embrace. The Church embodies Christ’s love and is the conduit through which we grow in love.

The heart of Jesus is also “pierced” by our sins, as the facts about His crucifixion attest: But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. (John 19:34) This blood and water poured out like a flood — so much more than what one human heart can hold. This image helps us understand Divine Mercy — the pouring out of heavenly grace in a great flood that wipes away all our sins.  This is the ultimate love.

Jesus also tells us that to love involves gentleness, humility, and ultimately suffering. Our hearts get broken; and as they experience breaks, we enter into the Passion of our Lord. He heals our brokenness; and, in the process, He expands our ability to love.  These sufferings, Jesus tells us, gradually lighten our hearts. As our hearts become more at one in His Sacred Heart, He lifts away our burdens: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30).

Devotions to the Sacred Heart
Devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart took specific liturgical form in the early 1000s, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque popularized this devotion after a series of revelations in the mid 17th century. The point of all these devotions is best captured in this refrain to a Rosary-like prayer sequence to the Sacred Heart: Jesus most meek, make my heart like unto Thine.
In addition to having an image of the Sacred Heart in your home, you should begin your day with an Offering to Jesus’ Sacred Heart:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Our mother Miriam, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and suffering, hardships and inconveniences of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Celebration of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all those associated with me throughout my lifetime, for those on my prayer plate_____names_________ and for peace throughout the world.

You should participate in the Nine First Friday Devotions, which bring abundant graces to you and to your family, as well as great assurance in our passage to eternal life. This involves attending Mass on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, going to Confession, praying an act of consecration, and praying in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more about First Friday Devotions.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

May your heart grow in love as you cleave to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!
This prayer will bring you closer to Jesus. You too can rest your head upon the heart of Jesus and learn from his generous love.
The Prayer to the Sacred Heart
Oh Lord Jesus Christ, to Your Most Sacred Heart I confide this intention {name petition}. Only look upon me, then do what Your love inspires. Let Your Sacred Heart decide. I count on You. I trust in You. I throw myself on Your mercy. Lord Jesus, You will not fail me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked You for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one. Take it, place it in Your open Heart.
When the Eternal Father looks upon it, He will see it covered with Your Precious Blood. It will be no longer my prayer, but Yours, Jesus. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You. Let me not be disappointed. Amen.




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