Worship Resources For Everyone

 

Are you ready for full and active participation in the Liturgy? Read on…

 

June 24th, the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A link to the readings from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062418.cfm

 

A Reflection on the Readings

This Sunday we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. In Luke’s Gospel we hear the story of Elizabeth giving birth to a son, and after confirming his name is John, Zechariah regains his power of speech with instant praise to God for this blessing. An angel told Zechariah he and his wife would have a son and name him John. Because Zechariah did not believe, as he and his wife were both advanced in age, God removed Zechariah’s power of speech until the baby was named and circumcised. Traditionally, the first son would be named after the father, but this was no ordinary son and Elizabeth and Zechariah had tremendous faith about what God had planned for this child. True to his beginning, John did things not as tradition predicted, but as God called him. John had indeed been set apart by God, for a mission to the people of Israel. John’s message was for the Jews alone. The message of Jesus was for all people—Jew and Gentile alike. John’s call was to prepare the way of the Lord, Jesus called all people to live the way of the Lord.

Our parents may not have been foretold by an angel that we were coming or what our name would be, but we can be assured by scripture that God has a plan for us and has equipped each of us with gifts to share to help bring forth the Kingdom of God here on Earth. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Hope and a future, a basic need that is lost for so many. Unfortunately, society will fill you with doubt and fear that you are not enough, but God’s truth is that you are beloved and God is with you every step of the way. Do we really believe this? Do we have hope for the future? Are we able to recognize God’s presence in our everyday? Are we going against society’s rules to follow God’s voice? Are we ready to answer the call? Are we feeding the poor, clothing the naked, taking care of the ill, being present to one another? Are we an agent for transformation and change? Are we sharing the gifts we have been given? Do we have the courage and conviction of John to help the people around us grow closer to God? Are we living the way of the Lord?


Music as Prayer (Bis orat qui bene cantat)

A greater entrance into the prayer of the Liturgy is achieved by being familiar with the music. In particular, the Psalm functions best as a meditation on the readings when we know it well and the mechanics of singing it do not consume too much of our focus. Similarly, with the individual parts of the Mass Settings (the sung acclamations)

Psalm – YouTube link:
Psalm 95:  If Today You Hear God’s Voice – David Haas

Mass Setting – YouTube link:
Storrington Mass – Marty Haugen

Mass PartNumber (if present) and Title in the Gather hymnal
Gathering Song:#5 Canticle of Zachary
Gloria:Mass of Redemption
Psalm:#51 If Today You Hear God’s Voice
Gospel Acclamation:Storrington Mass
Prayers of the Faithful:Spoken
Preparation of Gifts:#509 O God, You Search Me
Eucharistic Acclamations:Storrington Mass
Lamb of God:Storrington Mass
Communion: #789 For the Faithful Who Have Answered
Closing: #675 You Are Called to Tell the Story

The Worship Calendar:

 

Nearby: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church  (clustered with Corpus Christi)