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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday

Daily Easter Prayer
“Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

 
Collect:
O God, who on this day,
through your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings
Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9

Daily Meditation: 
May our celebration
raise us up and renew our lives!

One of the great songs we often sing on Easter has the words, 
“This is the feast of victory of our God.  Alleluia!”
 
Everything with which we struggle,
 
and every hope and desire we have,
 
come together in this day.
 
The tomb is empty!

Sometimes Easter Sunday can be a busy day, 
with visiting, meals, and travel.
 
Our prayer when we wake,
 
and our “calling to mind” throughout the day,
 
can help us remember what we are grateful for today.
 
There is Light in the midst of every darkness.
 
New life, ever lasting life is ours.
 
Our journey to the font of renewal
 
has helped us remember we have been placed with Jesus.
 
If we haven't done so at liturgy this morning,
 
we might renew our Baptismal promises today.



Intercessions: 
Christ is the Lord of life, raised up by the Father;
in his turn he will raise us up by his power.
Let us pray to him, saying:
  Christ our life, save us.

Lord Jesus, light shining in the darkness, you lead your people into life, and give our mortal nature the gift of holiness,
 - may we spend this day in praise of your glory.

Lord, you walked the way of suffering and crucifixion,
 - may we suffer and die with you, and rise again to share your glory.

Son of the Father, our master and our brother, you have made us a kingdom of priests for our God,
 - may we offer you our joyful sacrifice of praise.

King of glory, we look forward to the great day of your coming in splendor,
 - that we may see you face to face, and be transformed in your likeness.

Closing Prayer: 
Raise me up! Renew my life!
Father of life, I see the light again!
I was in darkness and had lost hope
but Jesus Christ, your son,
has won out over death - for me.
I celebrate today, your love, the life you give me.
I feel your presence as you breathe on my mind
and open my heart.
So many times in my life my eyes are closed
but today I see the risen Lord
in the breaking of the bread.
Thank you for this morning of hope,
thank you for such incredible love.


May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

There is no liturgy on Holy Saturday.  We spend the day reflecting upon the powerful reality of Jesus' death.  In addition to the Daily Reflection and the Preparing for the Easter Vigil Liturgy pages, we offer a page with each of the readings for the Easter Vigil and a page with each of the prayers that are said after each reading.  These pages are inter-linked, so that is it possible to go back and forth, easily, just following the links.
What is important is that we keep this day holy, and let our “sense” of the mystery of death shape our reflection, and our longing to celebrate the Easter gift of Jesus alive, for us and with us.
If we are able to celebrate the Easter Vigil, we can renew our Baptismal Promises in a way the completes our Lenten journey to the font.  We offer a renewal of our Baptismal promises here, which we might do, in these or similar words, which any of us might make as we keep a vigil of readings and prayer Saturday night, or early Easter Sunday Morning.

“On Holy Saturday, the Church waits at the Lord's tomb in prayer and fasting, meditating on his Passion and Death and on his Descent into Hell, and awaiting his Resurrection.
The Church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass with the sacred table left bare, until after the solemn Vigil, that is, the anticipation by night of the Resurrection, when the time comes for paschal joys, the abundance of which overflows to occupy 50 days.
Holy Communion may only be given on this day as Viaticum.”

From New Roman Missal, Third Edition


The Easter Vigil Readings
These readings help tell the story of our Salvation History.  They also help us be ready to remember what we are celebrating.  We have been baptized into the death and the resurrection of Jesus.
The Easter Vigil Prayers
These prayers are said after each reading and help us to understand the reading but also to keep asking for the graces that these powerful readings prepare us for.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Daily Prayer 
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

 
Prayer:
Remember your mercies, O Lord,
and with your eternal protection sanctify your servants,
for whom Christ your Son,
by the shedding of his Blood,
established the Paschal Mystery.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Or, 
O God, who by the Passion of Christ your Son, our Lord,
abolished the death inherited from ancient sin
by every succeeding generation,
grant that just as, being conformed to him,
we have borne by the law of nature
the image of the man on earth,
so by the sanctification of grace
we may bear the image of the Man of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.

The Readings  Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9;  John 18:1-19:42

Daily Meditation:
This is the wood of the cross,
on which hung the Savior of the world.
Come, let us worship.
This is a very special day of intimacy with our Lord.
It is a day to pray the Stations of the Cross.
A day of fasting and abstinence, in order to sharpen our awareness and openness.
A day to stand at the foot of the cross as a forgiven sinner -
to stand there side-by-side with everyone else who is forgiven.
It is a day of profound gratitude.

My people, what have I done to you?
How have I offended you?  Answer me.
Good Friday Reproaches


Intercessions:
For our sake our Redeemer suffered death and was buried, and rose again.  With heartfelt love let us adore him, and pray: 
 Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ our teacher, for our sake you were obedient even to accepting death,

- teach us to obey the Father's will in all things.

Christ our life, by your death on the cross you destroyed the power of evil and death,

- may we die with you, to rise with you in glory.

Christ our King, you became an outcast among us, a worm and no man,

- teach us the humility by which you saved the world.

Christ our salvation, you gave yourself up to death out of love for us,

- help us to show your love to one another.

Christ our Savior, on the cross you embraced all time with your outstretched arms,

- unite God's scattered children in your kingdom of salvation. 

Closing Prayer:
My Lord,
your son has suffered so much, shed so much blood.
I was born with so many faults
and my nature is so full of weakness,
and yet your son Jesus has died on the cross.
For me.
I know your grace has the power
to cleanse me of my many sins
and to make me more like your Son.
Thank you for your goodness and love for me.
I ask you, Father, to watch over me - always.


May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

Daily Lent Prayer 
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."


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Collect: 
O God, who anointed your Only Begotten Son with the Holy Spirit
and made him Christ and Lord,
graciously grant
that, being made sharers in his consecration,
we may bear witness to your Redemption in the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings:  Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

Daily Meditation:
You gave us an example to imitate.
Holy Thursday is one of the truly marvelous days in our faith community.
We celebrate the gift of the love of Jesus,
given to us for our nourishment -
given to us as an example of self-less love.
In our prayer today, we let our Lord wash our feet - love us unconditionally -
and we let Jesus be broken and given for us.
We pray that we might be faithful to the one commandment of Jesus -
that we might love others in the same way that we have been loved.

Where charity and love are found,
there is God.
Holy Thursday Antiphon.


Intercessions:
The Father anointed Christ with the Holy Spirit
to proclaim forgiveness to those in bondage. 
Let us humbly call upon the eternal priest: 
 Lord, have mercy on us.

You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory,

- bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.

You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier's lance,

- heal our wounds.

You made the cross the tree of life,

- give its fruit to those reborn in baptism.

On the cross you forgave the repentant thief,

- forgive us our sins.

Closing Prayer:
Loving Provider, 
you gather me in this upper room with your son,
to be fed by your love.
At that supper, Jesus told us to "love one another"
and I know that is the heart of his gift,
his sacrifice for me.
I ask that I might find the source of my own heart,
the meaning for my own life,
in that Eucharist.
Guide me to the fullness of your love and life.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday - Holy Week

Daily Lent Prayer 
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Collect:

O God, Who willed your Son to submit for our sake
to the yoke of the Cross,
so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy,
grant us, your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings:  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34; Matthew 26:14-25

Daily Meditation:
He freed us from the power of the enemy.
This is the last day of Lent.
It is "Spy Wednesday," remembering the day Judas asked,
"What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?"

We read the third song of the Servant who suffers.
And we sense the acceptance, the surrender and the peace of Jesus.
I can imagine the treachery and tranquility of this day,
as I go through the real life drama of my day.
I can begin to feel the joy of the liberation being offered me.

If I haven't done so already,
this can be a wonderful day to pray through the Stations of the Cross.

The Son of Man came not to be served,
but to serve
and to give his life
as a ransom for many.
Communion Antiphon  Matthew 20:28



Intercessions:
Blessed be God, the giver of salvation, who decreed that mankind should become a new creation in himself, when all would be made new.  With great confidence let us ask him: 
 Lord, renew us in your Spirit. 

Lord, you promised a new heaven and a new earth; renew us daily through your Spirit,
- that we may enjoy your presence for ever in the heavenly Jerusalem.
Help us to work with you to make this world alive with your Spirit,
- and to build on earth a city of justice, love and peace.
Free us from all negligence and sloth,
- and give us joy in your gifts of grace.
Deliver us from evil,
- and from slavery to the senses, which blinds us to goodness. 

Closing Prayer:
My Savior,
do you invite me to share
in the glory of the resurrection?
Please stay with me
as I struggle to see
how accepting the crosses of my life
will free me from the power
of the one who wants only
to destroy my love and trust in you.
Help me to be humble and accepting
like your son, Jesus.
I want to turn to you
with the same trust he had in your love.
Save me, Lord. Only you can save me.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday - Holy Week

Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God,
grant us so to celebrate
the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion
that we may merit to receive your pardon.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings:  Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17; John 13:21-33, 36-38

Daily Meditation:
Let me receive your forgiveness and mercy.
The second Servant song shapes our reflection today
as we watch that amazing dinner scene on Tuesday of this passion week.

We experience the pain of his knowing
that he will be betrayed and denied.
Yet, the hour he is about to face is the hour of his Glory.
And he promises that where he is going, we will surely follow.

Our desire is to celebrate the gift being offered us.

It is too little, he says,
  for you to be my servant,
  to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
  and restore the survivors of Israel.
I will make you a light to the nations,
  that my salvation may reach
  to the ends of the earth.
Isaiah 49


Intercessions:
Let us pray to Christ our Savior, who redeemed us by his death and resurrection:
 Lord, have mercy on us. 
You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory,
- bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.
You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier’s lance,
- heal our wounds.
You made the cross the tree of life,
   -  give its fruit to those reborn in baptism.
On  the cross you forgave the repentant thief,
- forgive us our sins.

Closing Prayer:
God of such unwavering love,
how do I "celebrate"
the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way
and not watch,
not stay with Jesus in his suffering.
Give me the strength
to see his love with honesty and compassion
and to feel deeply
your own forgiveness and mercy for me.
Help me to understand
how to "celebrate" this week.
I want be able to bring
my weaknesses and imperfections with me
as I journey with Jesus this week,
so aware of his love.


May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 
Amen. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday - Holy Week

Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Collect:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, though in our weakness we fail,
we may be revived through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings:  Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14; John 12:1-11

Daily Meditation:
Strengthen and protect me in my weakness.
We read the first Suffering Servant song in Isaiah.
We imagine the powerful scene at Lazarus' home -
Jesus had wept as he peered into Lazarus' tomb;
now his sister Mary anoints Jesus' feet for the journey to his own tomb.

Whatever we do today,
we might memorize the simple Opening Prayer and personalize it,
asking for the strength we need,
the protection we depend upon, for our journey ahead.

I have called you for the victory of justice.
I have grasped you by the hand.
I formed you and set you
as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
Isaiah 42


Intercessions:
Let us pray to Christ our Savior, who redeemed us by his death and resurrection: 
 Lord, have mercy on us. 

You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory,
-bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.
You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier's lance,
-heal our wounds.
You made the cross the tree of life,
- give its fruit to those reborn in baptism.
On the cross you forgave the repentant thief,
- forgive us our sins.

Closing Prayer:

God of love,
My prayer is simple:
Your son, Jesus, suffered and died for me.
I know only
that I cannot have real strength
unless I rely on you.
I cannot feel protected
from my many weaknesses
until I turn to you
for forgiveness and your unalterable love.
Help me to share this
strength, protection and love with others.


May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.