Thursday, December 8, 2016

Special Chapel Service: Feast of the Immaculate Conception..(Dec 8th)

    Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
December 8, 2016
The Feast of the
Immaculate Conception
"Halos and Aprons"

 Today's Verse:   ( John 6:51 )

      "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If you eat this bread, you will live forever. The bread that I will give you is my flesh, which I give so that the world may live."

 Entrance Hymn:

Recite:   "The Apostles Creed"

     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell, and on the third day he arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen. 

"Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just"

 The 1st Reading:

                  ( Genesis 3:9-15, 20 )

Human Disobedience 

      But the Lord God called out to the man, "Where are you?"
      He answered, "I hear you in the garden; I was afraid and hid from you, because I was naked."
      "Who told you that you were naked?" God asked. "Did you eat the fruit that I told you not to eat?"
      The man answered, "The woman you put here with me gave me the fruit, and I ate it."
      The Lord God asked the woman, "Why did you do this?"
      She replied, "The snake tricked me into eating it."

God Pronounces Judgement

      Then the Lord God said to the snake, "You will be punished for this; you alone of all the animals must bear this curse; From now on you will crawl on your belly, and you will have to eat dust as long as you live. I will make you and the woman hate each other; her offspring and yours will always be enemies. Her offspring will crush your head, and you will bite her offspring's heel."
      Adam named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all human beings.

 Alternate 1st Reading:

                 ( Psalm 98:1-4 )

God the Ruler of the World 

      Sing a new song to the Lord; he has done wonderful things! By his own power and holy strength he has won the victory. The Lord announced his victory; he made his saving power known to the nations. He kept his promise to the people of Israel with loyalty and constant love for them. All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.
      Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth; praise him with songs and shouts of joy!   
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The 2nd Reading:

               ( Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 )

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

      Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him.
     Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children - this was his pleasure and purpose. Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!
      All things are done according to God's plan and decision; and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning. Let us, then, who were the first to hope in Christ, praise God's glory!

Today's Gospel According to:

               ( Luke 1:26-38 )

The Birth of Jesus is Announced

      In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!"
      Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant. The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!"
      Mary said to the angel, "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?"
      The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God. Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old. For there is nothing that God cannot do."
      "I am the Lord's servant," said Mary; "may it happen to me as you have said." And the angel left her.

  An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Judy Schueneman )

      Not being a cradle Catholic, I didn't grow up with a devotion to the Blessed Mother. And quite honestly, even after becoming a Catholic. Renaissance paintings picturing her with the infant Jesus, their halos shining brightly, were so far from my lived experience as a mother of six. I had trouble identifying with her. It wasn't that I didn't pray; I simply resisted developing a relationship with the Mother of God.
      I became more keenly aware of how God works in mysterious ways when two events occurred that helped me understand what I was missing. First was seeing a statue of Mary bathing her baby. I realized she not only wore a halo, she wore an apron! The second was being invited to join a group of women who, for 37 years, have been meeting to pray the Rosary. God was inviting me to grow in my spiritual life.
      I'm not always able to join them, yet I know they include my prayers with theirs to this chosen woman who was far more than depicted by Renaissance artists - a woman who, in many ways, was like us.

Recite: The Lord's Prayer 

      Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it tis in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but, deliver us from evil.  Amen.

  May the Peace of the Lord be with You

 Recessional Song:


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook


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