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THE GATHERING RITE

        The leader of the gathering is responsible for assembling the community. "The Eucharist can take place only when believers are gathered together in the name of Christ and in the power of the Spirit. They are not always nor automatically there. They have to gather there in such a way that they form a Christian assembly" [N.Darragh].
We need to avoid making the gathering rite too wordy!
 
 

[ The Eucharist can take place only when believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of God's holy Spirit.
Avoid an over-wordy gathering rite.
]

The Gathering:

Opening Hymn or Entrance Psalm.

(a) Greeting & Welcome to People:
( This may include an invocation of the Trinity)
(b) Naming of any special characteristics of the day:
( eg. which Sunday of the Year, special season, feast-day, of the readings - if there is one. )
(c) Communal Opening Prayer: ( which may take various forms.)
 
 
A Penitential Rite form   ( I confess . . , or the "Lord, have mercy litany," with penitential-style invocations
[See Prayers of the Mass].)


Some other song of praise to God

Some other hymn or chant which has the effect of gathering people into the presence of God.
( eg. the chant "Gather us, O God.")

a blessing & sprinkling with water
( The Asperges [ See: Prayers of the Mass ] )

( Note: In all the above cases, the leader needs to tell the congregation: which form is going to be used on this day.  If some, or all, of the Communal Gathering Prayer is to be sung, the leader needs to work in close liaison with choir / organist or cantor.)

 
[ SAMPLE ] Litany form ( for Advent time )
 
Leader:
The season of Advent challenges us
to see God's vision of what is yet to be,
to hear God's voice calling anew,
to smell the scent of God in our world:...
 
Voice 1:
The spirit of God is among us,
breaking down old barriers
building a new world.
Prepare a way for the coming of God:
 
 
ALL:
PREPARE A WAY FOR THE COMING OF GOD.

 
 
Voice 2:
The Spirit of God is among us,
seeking out truth new and old,
creating a just world.
Prepare a way for the coming of God.
 
 
ALL:
PREPARE A WAY FOR THE COMING OF GOD.

 
 
Voice 3:
The Spirit of God is among us,
moving in the air, the land and the waters,
making our world whole.
making our world whole.
Prepare a way for the coming of God.
 
 
ALL:
PREPARE A WAY FOR THE COMING OF GOD.

 
 
Leader:
Be among us now, O holy Spirit of God.
Bring us to wholeness & peace.
Bring to birth among us,
the One who is God-with-us
- Jesus the Christ -
now and always.
 
 
ALL:
AMEN.
 
 
 
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GLORIA:

( Omitted during Advent and Lent )

 

opening prayer:

 
Leader:

[ The leader invites the people to pray
in these or similar words:...
]

Friends, let us pray
as we long and wait
for the coming of God:
( Pause for silent prayer:... )
O God, Upholder of the faithful,
You speak through the prophets
and especially through the word
of Your Son, Jesus.
We ask You to be with us
in preparing to make our world ready
for Your coming in Jesus.
We make this prayer in His name.
 
ALL:
AMEN.
 
 
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The Readings:

[ The commentator focuses on giving a brief context of the readings, including the gospel, so that those who are going to hear the readings, are ready to receive what is being offered in the reading itself. ]

 

Homily:

 

 

CREED:

 
 

intercessions:

[ The intercessions have the following outline:

  • A brief opening invitation to pray by the leader;
  • Two or three intentions offered by the leader. Where these are taken from a book, the most appropriate ones for that day should be chosen, especially those which relate the the readings or homily;
  • An invitation to the congregation to offer their own intentions. It is helpful if these can be organised to some extent beforehand;
  • If there are special events in the community or special needs for prayer which have not so far been mentioned, the leader could well introduce such intentions here;
  • A concluding prayer by the leader. ]

[ SAMPLE PRAYERS ]

 
 
Leader:
Friends,
We remember Jesus' words,
"Stay awake praying at all times."
Let us pray for our needs
and the needs of our world: . . ,

 
 
1:
For the leaders of the Christian community.
May they know Christ's coming
as they promote unity among Christians.
God of faithfulness, hear us: . . .
 
 
ALL:
GOD OF FAITHFULNESS, HEAR US.

 
 
2:
For national leaders.
May they know Christ's coming,
as they work to end oppression and violence.
God of Justice, hear us: . . ,
 
 
ALL:
GOD OF JUSTICE, HEAR US.

 
 
3:
For the sick and vulnerable.
May they know Christ's coming,
as they receive the kindness
of their sisters and brothers.
God of Love, hear us:...
 
 
ALL:
GOD OF LOVE, HEAR US.

 
 
Leader:
For all our personal intentions.
Let us pray, in the silence of our hearts:...
( Pause in silent prayer:... )
God of goodness, hear us:
 
ALL:
GOD OF GOODNESS, HEAR US.
 
Leader:
God, ever faithful,
Your paths are love and truth.
Helpt us to understand our inner lives
and keep us vigilant in love
on the path which leads to You.
We make these prayers in Jesus' name.
 
ALL:
AMEN.
 
 
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Reflection:

[ A brief reflection which links the liturgy of the Word with the liturgy of the Eucharist. It seeks to clarify the significance of these texts for life beyond the liturgical assembly. Hearing of the Word of God when the scriptures are read & experiencing the Presence of God in the action of the Eucharistic Prayer, reinforces the unity of the "good news" for the practise of discipleship. ]

 

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER:

 
 

The Sending:

[ The leader focuses in the final prayer, blessing, gestures and movement, some central strands which relate this celebration of Eucharist to the world from which the people come and to which they now return. ]

[ SAMPLE ]

 
Leader:
God of goodness,
You have spoken through the prophets
and especially through the Word
of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
We ask You to be with us in all that we do.
to make our world ready
for the full and final coming of Your Son;
when everything which You have put in our charge
will be restored to You
and You will find here a dwelling-place among us.
We make this prayer
in the name of the One You have sent;
who lives with You, now and always.
 
ALL:
AMEN.
 

the blessing:

Leader:

[ SAMPLE ]

We are sent;
In the name of God,
Source of Life for all;
in the name of Jesus,
Fulfiller of the ancient promises;
in the name of the Holy Spirit,
Light in our darkness;
To witness to God's pathways
of truth and love,
until we gather again.
 
ALL:
AMEN.