Friday, October 30, 2020

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Liturgy for All Saints' and/ All Souls' Oct. 31, 2020, Presiders: Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP and Pat MacMillan

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Presider 1: Welcome to Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, where all are welcome.  We gather together as “companions on this journey” walking with Jesus and all the saints.  In this Liturgy we honor our favorite saints who have gone before us and all saints-in-the-making  at our homily sharing time. Let us reflect on the saints as treasures of our faith and caring friends in a delightful 3 minute video entitled “Who Cares About Saints” by Jesuit Fr. Jim Martin.

Presider 2:  

We invite you to pray the liturgy and respond aloud and muted where it says “All.” And during the songs, sing your heart out, while muted.  All participants will be muted during the liturgy except for the presiders and readers. Our readers today are  Mary Al and Elena. We will be using some beautiful music recorded by Linda Lee Miller, particularly a new rendition of When the Saints Go Marching in with a wonderful editing feat that features my Dad in an earlier recording in Ireland in 2009.  Please have bread and wine/juice nearby as we pray our Eucharistic prayer.

Let us now sing our opening song: The Gathering of Spirits


The Gathering of Spirits- Opening by Carrie Newcomer

Let it go my love my truest,
Let it sail on silver wings
Life's a twinkling that's for certain,
But it's such a fine thing
There's a gathering of spirits
There's a festival of friends
And we'll take up where we left off
When we all meet again.

I can't explain it.
I couldn't if I tried
How the only things we carry
Are the things we hold inside
Like a day in the open,
Like the love we won't forget
Like the laughter that we started
And it hasn't died down yet

Let it go my love my truest,
Let it sail on silver wings
Life's a twinkling that's for certain,
But it's such a fine thing
There's a gathering of spirits
There's a festival of friends
And we'll take up where we left off
When we all meet again.

Oh yeah, now didn't we
And don't we make it shine
Aren't we standing in the center of
Something rare and fine
Some glow like embers
Like a light through colored glass
Some give it all in one great flame
Throwing kisses as they pass

Let it go my love my truest,
Let it sail on silver wings
Life's a twinkling that's for certain,
But it's such a fine thing
There's a gathering of spirits
There's a festival of friends
And we'll take up where we left off
When we all meet again.

Just east of Eden
But there's heaven in our midst
And we're never really all that far
From those we love and miss
Wade out in the water
There's a glory all around
And the wisest say there's a 1000 ways
To kneel and kiss the ground

Let it go my love my truest,
Let it sail on silver wings
Life's a twinkling that's for certain,
But it's such a fine thing
There's a gathering of spirits
There's a festival of friends
And we'll take up where we left off
When we all meet again.

Community Reconciliation Rite:

All: Let us pause now to pray with one another for forgiveness for the times we failed to trust Your Spirit speaking within us and through others in our world. 

All: Raise hands in gesture of mutual forgiveness and sing this chant: 

Ubi Caritas: Linda Lee Miller

Ubi Caritas, et amor, ubi caritas, deus ibi est.

(Sing 3 times refrain from-Taize played by Linda Lee Miller)

Gloria: Linda Lee Miller

ALL Sing: Glory to God, glory, o praise God, alleluia, Glory to God, glory, o praise the name of our God (3 times)

(played by Linda Lee Miller)


Presider 1:  Today, we  celebrate the saints in our families, among our friends, the saints with whom we identify, and the saints we are becoming.  

Presider 2: We celebrate especially this day, the Saints who have crossed over in our MMOJ Community


Mary Al Gagnon: First Reading: 

 Our first reading is from the first Letter of John

See what love Abba God has bestowed on us in letting us be called children of God!

Yet that, in fact is what we are.

The reason the world does not recognize us 

Is that it never recognized Christ.

Dearly beloved, we are God’s children now;

What we will later be has not yet come to light.

We know that when it comes to light,

We will be like Christ,

For we will see Christ in reality.

These are the inspired words of All: Thanks be to God.

Sung Response The Beatitude by Noirin Ni Riain

Amen. Truly I say to you, gather in my name, I am with you. (2x)

Elena Garcia: Second Reading:  

Our Second Reading is from Praying with Visionary Women 

Dorothy Day is a goad to our middle-class consciences. She radiates the mind of Christ, which reiterates that we are our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers. She shows us the face of Christ in every bag lady, derelict, and protester we attempt to ignore. She also reminds us that our small a acts of caring and our simplest efforts to foster justice does make a difference. Dorothy Day lived the Sermon on the Mount and showed us how to deal with conflict and violence in our society in a positive way.  If, like Dorothy, we are criticized, even persecuted, for our beliefs and actions on behalf of a more just world, we will know we are really on track.

Let us listen to Dorothy’s own words on sharing hospitality with people in need. 

“if we hadn’t got Christ’s own words for it, it would seem raving lunacy to believe that if I offer  bed and food and hospitality to some man, woman or child, I am replaying the part of Lazarus or Martha or Mary and my guest is Christ.

We can do it too, exactly as they did. We are not born too late. We do it by seeing Christ and serving Christ in friends and strangers in everyone we come in contact with.”

These are the inspired words of Dorothy Day in Praying with Visionary Women,  by Bridget Mary 

All: Thanks be to God. 

Alleluia (eightfold)

Pat MacMillan: A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew (5:1-12)

We are standing in the right place with Jesus when we let go of money, possessions, pride and privilege, to become vulnerable and open to you, to accept poverty of spirit and reliance on you. 

We are standing with You when we are compassionate for all human beings, and when we extend empathy and love to everyone, especially the poor, oppressed, and mournful. We remember all those who suffer and die each year from war, poverty and unjust disease. We mourn for them, and for all creatures we destroy, and for the earth itself.

We are blessed when we are gentle, nonviolent, courageous and humble, like your saints. We pray to grow in awareness of our unity with all of creation and co-create with You our earth as a sanctuary of peace.

We rejoice, O Holy One, as we join the lineage of Your prophets of justice and peace. We, Your daughters and sons, continue to work with Your grace as we arise and walk forward in the footsteps of our peace-loving brother, Jesus. 

Reader: These are the inspired words of  the Beatitudes as interpreted by  Mary Theresa Streck

And we respond.  

All: Thanks be to God.


Bridget Mary Meehan: Homily Starter: 

Instead of a homily starter by the presider, we invite you to share with us “a  saint whom you consider a special friend who walks beside you as you live the live the Beatitudes today. We ask for brevity because we want to give as many of you as possible an opportunity to share. 


Profession of Faith: ALL:  We believe in God, the creator and lover of all. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who shows us how to live in the fullness of God’s love. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, who empowers us with spiritual gifts for loving service of our sisters and brothers. We believe in Shekinah, God’s dwelling among the people. We believe in Sophia, Holy Wisdom, leading us to justice, and equality.  We believe in Christ Sophia, nourishing us with abundant life as the Body of Christ at the table, on the table and around the table at the Banquet of love. 

General Intercessions:

Presider 1: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we pray for the needs of the people of God in our community and around the world.

 I bring to the Table… Response to each prayer: Amen

Please share your spontaneous prayers.

Presider 2: We give thanks for all whom we held in the circle of grace and will continue to pray for and serve. Amen.


Presider1: and All:  Blessed are you, God of all Life. Through your goodness we offer these gifts: bread, wine, our lives and the lives of those we love.  ALL:  Blessed be God Forever. 


Presider 2:  God dwells in you.  

ALL:  And also in you.    

Presider 2:  Lift up your hearts.  ALL:  We lift them up in the Christ Presence everywhere.  

Presider 2: Let us give thanks to  the Holy One.

ALL:  With the saints we give God thanks and praise.

Voice One:

We thank you, Holy One, for the saintly women and men of old, the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us, and who accompany us on our journey. We pause now to mention the names of our beloved family members and friends who have loved us tenderly and revealed your goodness to us. ………………….

Presider 1 and All: Holy, holy, holy, Lover of all saints and saints-in-the-making, blessed are all who have lived and continue to live the Christ Presence now. 

Voice Two: We thank you for the courage and fidelity of all the ones you sent to prepare a path for us to follow - the holy women and men of every age, race ,and culture. We especially thank you for our dear ones in our MMOJ Community who have passed into your loving embrace. 

Voice  Three: We thank you, Nurturing God, for Jesus, who accompanies  us on our journey, and who energizes us to live the Beatitudes in our world today. 

(Extend hands in blessing toward bread and wine for Invocation of the Holy Spirit)

 Presider 1 and All: Now, as we share the bread of life and lift the cup of joy, we pray come Holy Spirit deepen your Presence within us and in these gifts of bread and wine. 

Presider 1 and All: On the night before he died, Jesus gathered with his friends, and washed their feet, so that they would follow his example. 

(lifts bread as community prays the following:)

When he returned to his place at the table, he spoke the blessing, broke the bread and shared it with them saying: 

Take and eat of the Bread of Life 

Whenever you remember me like this  

I am among you. (pause) 

Presider 2 and all (lifts the cup as community prays the following:)

All: Jesus then raised a cup of blessing, spoke the grace saying: 

Take and drink of the covenant 

Made new again through my life in you. 

Whenever you remember me like this, 

I am among you. (pause)

Presider 2 and All: As we share this bread and cup, we proclaim Christ dies, Christ rises and Christ comes again and again. 

Voice 4: Holy One , Your creativity flows through our beings. Your joy fills us and Your empowerment bubbles up inside us as we celebrate your presence always within us and within all our saints. 

 For you are the Love that dwells in our depths, the Wisdom of the Ages that speaks within us and through us, and the Divine Passion that makes us all one.  

 Presider 1and all:

Thru Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, gracious God.   

The Great Amen. Linda Lee Miller 


Voice 5 and All:  Let us pray  as Jesus taught.

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)

Sign of Peace: 

Presider 2: Let us sing “Peace is flowing like a River” by Carey Laundry as we pray for peace and justice to spread through our world.


Presider 1:  Please join in the prayer for the breaking of the bread:

(Presiders break the bread)

Presider 1 and All:   O God of Courage, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice.  We will live justly.

O God of Compassion, You call us to be Your presence in the world.  We will love tenderly.

O God of Truth, You call us to speak truth to power.  We will walk with integrity in your presence.  

(Presiders hold up bread and wine)

Presider 2: "This is the bread of life and the cup of blessing. Through it we are nourished and we nourish each other. All are welcome to the Feast.

 Presider 2 and 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.

Communion Meditation: Root of the Root by Sara Thomsen


Presider 1:  Holy One, we praise your glory reflected in our saints. May we who share at this table be filled with your love and celebrate with joyful hearts our communion with all the saints especially our beloved MMOJ saints.   ALL:  Amen.


Presider 2:   The Holy One dwells within you and illuminates our world through all our saints. ALL:  and is also within you and within all saints in the making!


(everyone please extend your hands in mutual blessing)

Presider 1 and All: May the God of Sarah and Abraham bless us; may the God of Jesus and Mary Magdalene bless us; may the God of  all our MMOJ Saints bless us and may we always celebrate our oneness in the communion of the saints.  ALL:  Amen

Prayers of Gratitude, Introductions, Announcements


Presider2:   Go in peace, let the celebration continue!

 ALL:   Thanks be to God. 


"When the Saints” (Linda Lee and Jack Meehan)

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