December 30, 2018

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Fathering and Mothering God

“See what love God bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”
John 3:1

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

 

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
Luke 2:16-21

PRAYER TO THE MOTHER OF GOD
IN GRATITUDE FOR GIFTS RECEIVED

Honor be yours,
          O Mother of God.
We rejoice in thanksgiving
          for signs of God’s love.
We take great joy in the fruitfulness of the earth,
          in good harvests, in full barns
          and in the special signs given to us this day.

We are grateful for the harvest-fullness
          of life itself,
          for the blessings of health
          and the fruits of the Spirit which have come to us.

Together with all those who love your Son, Jesus,
          we rejoice in Him
          who was the fruit of your womb,
          the harvest gift of history
          and an eternal blessing to each us.

Mary, Blessed Mother and gateway to mystic love,
          help us to be united with all those
          who love God and seek truth.

May our gratitude this day
          for the special gifts that have come to us,
          be praise and honor
          for our God, the Lord of All Gifts.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
          we thank you for your intercession
          and ask that you carry our prayer of gratitude
          straightaway to the heart of God.
          Amen
Edward Hays

NEW YEAR’S BLESSING PRAYER
All Time Display Devices, Watches and Calendars
 may be placed on the table.

Lord, You who live outside of time,
          and reside in the imperishable moment,
          we ask Your blessing this New Year’s Day (Eve)
          upon Your gift to us of time.

Bless our clocks, watches and time display devices,
          You who kindly direct us
          to observe the passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
          of each second of life we experience.
May these our ticking or digital servants
          help us not to miss that which is important,
          while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
          and instead become time lovers.

Bless our calendars,
          these ordered lists of days, weeks and months,
          of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts –
          all our special days of remembering.
May theses servants, our calendars,
          once reserved for the royal few,
          for magi and pyramid priests,
          now grace our homes and our lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days,
          as they teach us the secret
          that all life
          is meant for celebration
          and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this New Year,
          each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord,
          the new year’s gift
          of a year of love.
          Amen
Edward Hays

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