EASTER 2020

CALL TO WORSHIP: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

After Jesus’ ascension, Mary and the Apostles gathered to pray and find strength together. Alone and afraid, they waited in the upper room. This year we also are more alone than usual, waiting, closed off in our homes and praying for God’s blessing upon our lives, in our world, and within the Church. To the […]

EASTER 2020

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Reading 1 (Acts 1:12-14) After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and […]

EASTER 2020

UNIVERSAL PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

Please respond: Risen Lord, hear our prayer. For the grace of discipleship. May the church be formed and reformed through prayer, hope and steadfast attention to God’s word. We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer. For all who suffer and for all who wait. Give us patience to endure the struggles of this time. For […]

EASTER 2020

BLESSING FOR SENDING FORTH

“This Day We Say Grateful” It is a strange thing to be so bound and so released all in the same moment, to feel the heart open wide and wider still even as it turns to take its leave. On this day, let us say this is simply the way love moves in its ceaseless […]

EASTER 2020

EMPOWERING WITH BLESSINGS

The Gospels of the last three weeks of the Easter Season highlight Jesus’ final prayer of blessing for his disciples. Though it is not always common to confer blessings upon others, blessings have power to connect us with Divine Presence. This week’s empowerment is dedicated to understanding the power of blessing. May the road rise […]

EASTER 2020

MARY, FIRST OF ALL DISCIPLES

Three Things Mary Teaches Us (Father Ian VanHeusen) Why Catholics Call Mary Their Mother  (Father Mike Schmitz) Mary, the First Disciple (Catholic National Shrine 2020) Mary, the Blessed Virgin (Catholic Online) Mary, Mother of God (A closer look at the Annunciation) “O Mary Mother of God” “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman” Litany of the Blessed Virgin […]

EASTER 2020

A BLESSING FOR EQUILIBRIUM

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore, May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul. As the wind loves to call all things to dance, May your gravity by lightened by God’s grace. Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth, May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect. As water […]