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Gathering at the Lord's Table

Mission Outline

     
  Gathering at the Lord's Table

During this Precious Blood Parish Mission we gather at the Lord's table to rejoice in the salvation Christ has won for us in his Precious Blood. Each celebration will focus on one part of the Mass: The Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. A team of preachers made up of one priest or brother, one sister, and one associate member of our communities will share their reflections on the mystery of the eucharist from the vantage point of the spirituality of the precious blood.

Click here to see the Planning Manual for the Gathering at the Lord's Table parish mission.





Celebration I – We Gather as One The Entrance Rites

Each celebration centers on one part of the Eucharistic celebration. The first celebration focuses on the Entrance Rites – from the Sign of the Cross to the Opening Prayer. The focus of this part of our celebration is to create community, to bring the people together in the presence of God, not as a group of individuals, but as a community of faith. Everyone is invited to what the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican II calls "fully conscious, and active participation," praying in one voice to the God who is the Father of us all, in union with the Son who is savior and brother to all, and inspired by the Spirit who dwells in all the baptized.


After a liturgy of the word and preaching by one of the members of the Precious Blood mission team , people will be invited to gather around the altar as the one people of God.





Celebration II – We Gather to Share the Word The Liturgy of the Word
Each celebration centers on one part of the Eucharistic celebration. The second celebration focuses on the Liturgy of the Word – from the First Reading until the General Intercessions. During this time, we are invited to listen to the Word of God, to hear God speaking to us as God spoke to countless others in the past and will speak to generations yet to be born. The words we hear are the Word of God. They are not just a collection of stories or sayings. They are a message from God to God’s people.
During the ritual part of this celebration, everyone will be invited to honor the Book of the Gospels as a way of reverencing the Word of God in our midst.




Celebration III – We are Gathered to Share Bread and Wine The Liturgy of the Eucharist
Each celebration centers on one part of the Eucharistic celebration. The third celebration focuses on the Liturgy of the Eucharist – from the Presentation of the Gifts to the Prayer after Communion.  We offer ourselves along with the gifts of bread and wine, so that like them we too might be transformed.  We become the body of Christ.  Christ's precious blood flows through our veins and arteries.
The ritual during this celebration consists of offering ourselves along with our hopes and dreams, our cares and concerns with the bread and wine that will be offered at the closing celebration, which will be a votive Mass of the Holy Eucharist.




Celebration IV – We Gather to Be Sent into the World
Each celebration centers on one part of the Eucharistic celebration. The fourth celebration focuses on the Concluding Rites – from the Announcements to the Closing Song. The focus of this celebration is to send us forth to make a difference in the world.  We are the body of Christ present in the world today.  Like the disciples we are sent to proclaim that the Reign of God is in our midst.

 

The ritual for this celebration is the Votive Mass of the Holy Eucharist.




Special Celebrations for Children
A special liturgy of the Word and activities designed especially for the children of the parish is part of each celebration. One of the preachers ministers with the children as they celebrate and come to understand more deeply what we do when we gather at the table of the Lord. They are always part of the rituals with the rest of the community.





Other Options

Preachers are willing to visit classrooms, preach at children's liturgies or schedule a special celebration just for the children of the parish school or religious education program. This might be done to augment or encourage further participation by the children in the Children's Liturgies of the Word mentioned above.


Parishioners who are unable to attend the mission due to age or infirmity are also invited to share in the mission. Prayer booklets designed for their use at home are available. The preachers are also willing to visit people in their homes or to conduct a simple celebration in assisted living or nursing care facilities in the parish so that the elders and infirmed can be part of the mission, too.





Faith Sharing

During each celebration of the parish mission, parishioners are invited to share their faith with one another for a few minutes.


At the end of the mission, they may be invited to form faith sharing groups to reflect on the sacred scriptures and make them come alive in their own lives. A simple method - based on Lexio Divino - is provided, and anyone can learn to share their faith with others. These groups might meet at the church or in people's homes.



Click here to see or to download the format used for faith sharing.






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