Worship Resources For Everyone

 

 

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August 9th, The Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
A link to the readings from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/080920.cfm

For Your Reflection

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus, after feeding the multitudes, finally getting away up a mountain to pray and mourn John the Baptist. He sent the disciples away in a boat and after a time, came back to find a storm has come up and the disciples are in great distress on the water. He began to walk towards them on the water and the disciples could not make sense of this and thought he was a ghost. It had to be a ghost, what else could it be? That is the power of fear to deceive, distort and to drown. Jesus said “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter needed further proof, so Jesus asked him to come out to him on the water. Peter began to walk on the water but when he looked around at the wind and the waves, he lost sight and began to sink crying out to Jesus to save him. Jesus did, and when they got back in the boat the winds died down and the waters calmed. They paid him homage and said, “Truly, you are the Son of God.” The disciples had just witnessed Jesus feeding the multitudes, and yet, they still doubted. Peter shows courage in venturing out of the boat’s security into the stormy waters, but then reality sets in and his faith wavers. Peter’s trust slips when he takes the focus off Jesus and puts it on himself. Most of us are caught somewhere in Peter’s story, having faith but also doubt, having courage but also fear. Peter can be both a representation of all humanity as well as the Catholic Church today. The Church stepped out boldly 50 plus years ago into renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council, but when individuals from various states of life began to waver, we began to sink and we have not actualized many things yet from that Council. What have we lost as a Church because of our fear? Where would we be today if we had the faith to embrace those changes? Can we start anew today? A boat is often used as a symbol of the Church. In this story, it is easy to understand the symbolism of Jesus coming across the stormy waters and winds of modern times in order to help the Church stay afloat. Storms of sexual abuse, clericalism, racism, gender equality, loss of the ordained…Pope Francis is rowing the boat back to the source, Jesus. He is breathing a new life in to the authority of the Church asking them to smell like their sheep, and to be like a field hospital healing as they go. Rule by dictate and fear is not the example of Jesus, accompany in relationship and love with mercy is. This pandemic has given us the space and grace to focus on how best to serve those in our community. It has stripped away many of the standards and rubrics and opened our eyes and hearts to new ways to accompany people on their journey. It has shifted our focus on relationships and connection. We have the opportunity for life giving change to help move the Catholic Church forward if we are open to the Holy Spirit’s calling, the same Holy Spirit that blew fresh air into the Vatican II Council. We have a lot to pray about. What do you think are the biggest problems for the church today? What is causing the worst storms? What changes need to be made? Are you afraid we will all sink? Do you think we will be rescued? What is keeping us from change? Many areas of the Church are not growing, and it is our work collectively with the Holy Spirit to help it grow in all aspects, including diversity, accessibility, accountability, inclusion, mercy, charity, and love. We are the Church.

This year has brought up a lot of fear for a lot of people. We fear our own death and the death of our loved ones, we fear the loss of health, security, and being out of control. We fear the unknown, what will happen, and what might not happen. Many of us have cried out “Lord! Save Me!” As a society, we have seen that fear take hold of us, distort our vision, and drown our lives. Fear often determines the choices we make, the words we say, the action we take, and the prayers we offer. The world is crying out in fear, some cry out with tears and screams. Some cry out with silence and handwritten signs in peaceful protest. Some cry out through paralysis, not knowing what to say or do. Some cry out with violence and demeaning labels. Some cry out with political rhetoric and posturing. More often than not we cry out to be rescued from the circumstances of which we are afraid. We want to escape the storm and be picked up and set down somewhere else that is safe and comfortable. Jesus doesn’t do that. He didn’t do that for the disciples, and he doesn’t do that for us. Instead, Jesus reveals himself, speaks, and comes to the disciples in and from the very midst of the storm itself. Jesus enters the storms of our lives. The real miracle in this story is that Jesus walks on the storms that brew and rage within us. Divine power and presence have and always will trample on, overcome, and conquer human fear. Every time we cry out in fear, Jesus comes to us saying, “Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid.” That is the invitation to abandon ourselves to God in the midst of our storms and fears. Regardless of how much faith we have, disease takes a toll on our body, accidents happen, and loved ones die. Despite our faith, life can be difficult, relationships break up, and we don’t always get what we want. No matter how strong our faith, the seas of life gets rough and stormy at times. The disciples’ voyage across the sea is a passage from one kind of faith to another. It is the journey from faith used to escape life’s storms to a faith that carries us through the storm; from an external faith of physical presence and proof to an interior faith of spiritual presence; from a faith dependent on the circumstance of our life to one that experiences Christ present regardless of what is going on around us. In every storm of life, we must decide whether to get out or stay in the boat. Sometimes faithfulness means staying in the boat and simply rowing. It begins in our hearts, the very same place where fear, racism, violence, hatred, and indifference begin. A stay-in-the-boat-faith knows that Christ is always coming to us, we are never abandoned. There is no storm we go through in which Christ is not with us. A stay-in-the-boat-faith never gives up because Christ never gives up on us. With every storm through which we sail, Jesus comes to us saying “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

The Corpus Christi SongBook:  music for  Worship At Home

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https://www.cdc.gov/
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On-Line Worship Resources:

Archdiocese Covid-19 page which includes updates and where to watch live stream Masses: https://www.archspm.org/covid19/

St. Rose is live streaming Mass: Until further notice, all public Masses are suspended at Saint Rose of Lima. We will livestream the 9:00 AM Sunday morning Mass on our Saint Rose Facebook Page  (If you cannot use Facebook, you can watch the livestream on the bottom of our Saint Rose Home page in a smaller window)

 

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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)

Not in Hymnal – YouTube link:
God Of The Ages – Lori True

Psalm – ReverbNation.com link:
Psalm 95: If Today You Hear His Voice – Paul Tate,  COWJ

Not in Hymnal – YouTube link:
The God Of Second Chances – David Haas

Not in Hymnal – YouTube link:
Quietly, Peacefully – Lori True

Mass Setting – YouTube links:
Mass Of Mercy – Lori True and Paul Tate
Gospel Acclamation
Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorial Acclamation (different words but melody is essentially the same)
Amen
Lamb Of God

Mass Setting – local link: (Corpus Christi Church, Lent 2019)
Mass Of Mercy – Lori True and Paul Tate
Prayers of the Faithful

Preface Dialog – YouTube link:
Traditional Chant – ICEL

Our Father – Fr. Paveglio & Corpus Christi:
Traditional Chant – ICEL

Mass PartNumber (if present) and Title in the Gather hymnal
Gathering Song:
Kyrie:
Psalm:
Gospel Acclamation:
Prayers of the Faithful:
Preparation of Gifts:
Eucharistic Acclamations:
Lamb of God:
Communion:
Closing:

The Worship Calendar:

 

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