December 29, 2019

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF
JESUS MARY AND JOSEPH
DECEMBER 29, 2019

Fathering and Mothering God
“See what love God bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”

Reflection
God our Father, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. We thank you for giving us the bread we need. Holy is your name.

You hold us in your strong arms like a mother with a newborn infant. You have raised your children from generation to generation, planting seeds, harvesting grain, baking fresh bread, preparing meals, feeding your people, holding us up when we are too weak to stand on our own, teaching us how to walk and enabling us to go forth in the world as your daughters and sons.

God our Mother, you are the womb of our power, our tenderness and our courage. We forget too often that you are God. Holy is your name.

We who are as varied as your names are numerous, as varied as the ways in which you reveal yourself to us, we delight to be your cooperative, imaginative workers in a world abundant with redemptive images.

God our Father, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. We thank you for giving us the bread we need. Holy is your name.

We see you in the sun and in the moon, the rain and the wind, coming power. We see you in the liberation of humanity from injustice and oppression. We see you coming with power. Holy is your name.

God our Mother, you are the womb of our power, our tenderness and our courage. We forget too often that you are God. Holy is your name.

We see you in our friends and lovers, our spouses and children. We know your passion, your commitment to right relations amongst us. We experience you, coming with power.

God our Father, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. We thank you for giving us the bread we need. Holy is your name.

We see you in the bodies of hungry people, broke people, tortured people, and in a tortured earth. We tremble, yet we believe that you are coming with power. Holy is your name.

God our Mother, you are the womb of our power, our tenderness and our courage. We forget too often that you are God. Holy is your name.

We believe in you, we love you, we expect you to be with us, as we remember the power you revealed to us in the life of Jesus, your Son and our brother. Amen.
(Eucharistic Prayer, Center of Concern)

Quiet Time

Concluding Prayer
Come, Lord, with power into our midst.
Come with power into our prayer.
Come with power into our lives.
Come with power into our work.
Come with power into our togetherness.
Transform our prayer, our lives, our work, our togetherness,
that we may more truly be the body of Christ,
your beloved and our Savior. Amen

Prayers for Parish Groups
Donal Harrington & Julie Kavangh

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