Friday, June 12, 2020

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community - Liturgy for the Feast of the Body of Christ - Presiders Donna Marcantonio and Michael Rigdon

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Community
Feast of the Body of Christ
June 13, 2020
 Donna Marcantonio & Michael Rigdon Presiding
Joan Meehan & Cheryl Brandi Reading

Welcome! (Donna) Welcome to our liturgy at Mary Mother of Jesus, an inclusive Catholic community where all are welcome. We invite you to pray the liturgy and respond where it says, All. Everyone will be muted during the service except the presiders and the readers. During the shared homily and community prayers, we invite you to unmute yourself if you want to contribute. (Remember to mute yourself again after you have spoken.) Please have bread and wine/juice with you as we pray our Eucharistic Prayer.

(Michael) Today is the feast of the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi). We celebrate our unity in the Spirit, as the Body of Christ, as well as Christ’s Eucharistic presence as bread πŸ₯– and wine 🍷. First I want to introduce this celebration now in my homily starter. Our shared homily will take place near the end of the service. You’ll also notice that our three readings, New Testament accounts of Jesus sharing the bread and wine at the last supper, make up most of the Eucharistic Prayer. I used a similar format during Advent, and it was suggested that it might be an appropriate format for Corpus Christi.

(D) All: We celebrate together in the name of God our creator, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit our wisdom within. Amen

(D) The peace of Christ be with us all! Let us welcome one another with a sign of Christ’s peace!

Gathering 🎢: Taste and See

(D) Refrain: Taste and see, taste and see the goodness of Christ!
Oh taste and see, taste and see the goodness of Christ, taste and see.

(D, verse) Become like Christ, all you people. You’ll want for nothing if you do.
Taste and see that Christ is good. In Christ we can put all our trust. (M, Refrain)

Opening Prayer. (M) Spirit of the Holy One, we gratefully acknowledge your presence within and among us. You have transformed us into the one Body of Christ, making us the face of Christ’s love in the world. Guide us to be present to those who suffer from the two pandemics afflicting our country—the Covid-19 pandemic and the pandemic of racism. We pray this in Christ’s name. All: Amen

Eucharistic Prayer.  All 🎢: We are holy:

(M) You transform these gifts of bread and wine, O Spirit of God, and you transform our lives by your boundless grace that nourishes us on our journey.

(Joan) 1st Reading from the Good News according to Mark.
In the course of their meal, having taken and blessed the bread πŸ₯–, Jesus broke it and gave it to them. Then Jesus said, All: Take, this is my body.

Taking the chalice🍷, Jesus gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it. Jesus said, All: This is my blood, God's new covenant, poured out for many people.

(Cheryl) 2nd Reading from the Good News according to Matthew.
During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread πŸ₯– broke it, and gave it to the disciples. All: “Take, eat. This is my body.”

Taking the cup🍷 and thanking God, Jesus gave it to them:
All: “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God's new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins.

(D) 3rd Reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinth community.
Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Community Meal and why it is so centrally important.  I received my instructions from Jesus himself and passed them on to you. 

Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread πŸ₯–. Having given thanks, Jesus broke it and said,

All: “This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.”
After supper, Jesus did the same thing with the cup🍷.

All: “This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me.”

Readings from The Message by Eugene H Peterson

Profession of Faith. (M) 
We believe in the creator of all whose divinity infuses life with the sacred. 
We believe in Jesus the Christ who leads us to the fullness of humanity. 
We believe in the Spirit of wisdom, the divine breath on earth, who enlightens those living in darkness. 
Amen to courage, to hope, to the spirit of truth, to wholeness, to the partnership of women and men in the divine plan. 
We believe in justice and peace for all. 
We surely believe in all this!

(D) Human Body 🎢
(Refrain) I am a member, a cell on this plane.
I do my part and the whole will remain.
(verse) Often I wonder just where I’m to go,
What I have been through and what there’s to know.
Now that I find you, I know it is true.
You’re a believer, and I’m in it too. (Refrain)

(D): Dear MMOJ Saints, we turn to you for protection and guidance as we strive to live the gospel values you modeled: compassion for the neglected and marginalized among us.

(M) Prayer of Jesus. Let us pray as Jesus taught his companions to pray:
O Holy One, you are within, around, and among us.
We celebrate your many names.
Your wisdom come, your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us.
Each day you give us all we need.
You remind us of our limits, and we let go.
You support us in your 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. Amen
(Adapted, Miriam Therese Winter, MMS)

(M) All: This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love. We are the Body of Christ.

(D): All are welcome at the table. Please receive communion now with the words “I am or you are the Body of Christ” and “I am or you are the Blood of Christ”

Community Prayers. (M) We bring to the table prayers for our community and the world. 
(Response: Christ, you graciously hear us!)

We bring to the table our MMOJ members who aren’t with us today. In this time of physical distancing may we find ways to remain close and connected to our family, friends, and our community. We pray. R

Covid-19 cases are increasing in 21 states. We bring to the table government leaders responsible for public health. May they make wise decisions to protect our physical, emotional, and economic health. We pray. R

We bring to the table our fellow citizens who are protesting the pandemic of racism. May we support their efforts to promote justice for those who suffer the effects of institutional racism. We pray. R

And what else shall we bring to the table today? Please unmute yourself.

(M): Christ, we will be your presence in the world. 

All: Amen

Shared Homily. (M) Please share your Spirit-inspired reflections on today’s readings and liturgy.

Introductions & Announcements

(D) All (with hand raised in blessing):
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.

(D) Go in peace. As we taste and see Christ around and within us, may we be Christ to each other and ourselves. All: Thanks be to God. Alle, alle, alleluia!

Closing 🎢: Alle, alle, alleluia: 

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