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Apostolate to the Handicapped for Dec. 23

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Apostolate to the Handicapped for Dec. 23
Apostolate to the Handicapped for Dec. 23
Apostolate to the Handicapped for Dec. 23

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>> priest: in the name of the father, the son and of the holy spirit.

>> amen.

>> priest: the lord be with you.

>> and with your spirit.

>> priest: good morning and welcome as we are privileged to celebrate this holy eucharist on this fourth sunday of advent.

As always, we take a moment to prepare ourselves to celebrate our sacred liturgy as we acknowledge our sins, let us open our hearts to god's divine mercy.

Lord jesus, you are the merciful shepherd of israel.

Lord, have mercy.

>> lord, have mercy.

>> priest: christ jesus, you offered your body for us on the cross, christy mercy.

>> christ have mercy.

>> priest: lord jesus, your forgiveness is our joy.

Lord, have mercy.

>> lord, have mercy.

>> priest: may the almighty god have mercy on us, forgive us from our sins and bring us to life everlasting.

>> amen.

>> priest: let us pray.

We besieve you, o lord, your grace into our hearts that we to whom the incarnation of christ your son was made known by the message of an angel, made by his passion and cross you broughto the glory of his resurrection who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one god forever and ever.

>> amen.

A reading from the book of the prophet micah thus says the lord: you, bethlehem-ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of judah.

From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in israel, whose origin is from of old from ancient times.

Therefore the lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne and the rest of his kindred shall return to the children of israel.

He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the lord in the majestic name of the lord, his god, and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the??

Earth, he shall be peace.

The word of the lord.

Priest: thanks be to god.

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>> lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.

>> lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.

>> o shepherd of israel, hearken from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.

Rouse your power and come to save us.

Lord, make us turn to you.

Let us see your face, and we shall be saved.

Once again, o lord of hosts, look down from heaven and see.

Take care of this vine and protect what your right hand has planted, the son of man whom yourself made strong.

>> lord, make us turn to you and let us see your face and we shall be saved.

>> may your help be with the man of your right hand, with the son of man whom you yourself made strong, then we will no more withdraw from you.

Give us new life, and we will call upon your name.

>> lord, make us turn to you.

Let us see your face, and we shall be saved.

>> a reading from the letter to the hebrews.

Brothers and sisters: when christ came into the world, he said, "sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me, in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.

Then i said, 'as is written of me in the scroll behold, i come to do your will, o god.'" first he says, "sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings you neither desired nor delighted in."

These are offered according to the law.

Then he says, ?behold, i come to do your will."

He takes away the first to establish the second.

By this "will," we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of jesus christ once for all.

The word of the lord.

Priest: thanks be to god.

Priest: alleluia, alleluia.

>> behold, i am the handmaid of the lord.

May it be done to me according to your word.

Priest: alleluia.

Priest: the lord be with you.

>> and with your spirit.

Priest: a reading from the holy gospel according to luke.

>> glory to you, o lord.

Priest: mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of judah where she entered the house of zechariah and greeted elizabeth.

When elizabeth heard mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and elizabeth, filled with the holy spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said "blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And how does this happen to me that the mother of my lord should come to me?

For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the lord would be fulfilled."

The gospel of the lord.

>> praise to you, lord jesus christ.

>> priest: we certainly are aware that christmas day is now just hours away for us, as in our preparation in perhaps one to have the shortest weeks of the fourth week of advent, which, because of christmas being this coming tuesday.

But as we gather this day and pray together in holy eucharist, we know that there are probably lots of last-minute preparations going on, and perhaps some nervous shopping for that final perfect gift, traditional preparing for gatherings of family and friends, baking and cooking and all the things as we are now on the doorstep of this great gift of christmas.

It is our attention drawn by the church on this fourth sunday of advent to continue our journey, though a short one this week, of the amazing revelation of how our god has chosen to save us and through whom he has chosen to bring us the gift of freedom and goodness.

We heard of the first reading from the old testament prophet micah who now said it's from the lowliest place, a village by the name of bethlehem, that will come our savior, not a powerful, stately big city like jerusalem, but a simple place, bethlehem, the city where king david was born, a word that means, as john would reference the name bethlehem means the bread of life and certainly a reference of jesus christ, the savior, would give us the gift of his life through our sharing in holy eucharist.

And, so we have this wonderful significance of how god has chosen to work with us question again anything a very simple, kind of out-of-the-way place called bethlehem, and significant people -- again, not people of wealth and royalty -- but very simple people, common kind of folk that our lord chose to be the great instruments of changing the whole world, changing the universe, gifting us with salvation.

And, so, it's probably one of those good reminders that any day, any one of us should feel perhaps kind of insignificant or not that important or what do i have to offer to whomever it might be.

No one is insignifica in the eyes of god.

Every one of us is created and gifted in very particular ways and simply invited to offer ourselves as instruments for god's work each and every day, for the building of god's kingdom.

So it's in that goodness that we meet two powerful women, wonderful women in this morning's gospel.

We meet them as our blessed mother who, in her pregnancy in a mysterious kind of way through the holy spirit, journeyed to visit her cousin elizabeth quite a ways away, quite a walk from nazareth to the area where is known today what is known where elizabeth lived not far from jerusalem.

But the meeting of these women is so significant.

Again, simple people but profoundly chosen by god to be instruments of the beginnings of our salvation.

So a good part of my reflection is when we think of these two women as well as many others, that they dared to believe in what the angel had proclaimed.

They dared to believe god's promises.

They dared to believe that, again, these manufacture louse s things they didn't know how would come about, they dared to believe god called them in a special way to be a part of this gift of salvation, they dared to believe.

We think of sometimes the word-dare "in our language, that a lot of times we may associate it with risk-taking, danger, courage, uncertainty.

We know that we have a term called daredevils, when we can think about people we know or anybody who may launch into some kind of we might think outrageous kind of stunt or difficult kind of situation, a daredevil.

We think of sometimes we dare our friends, our family members to do this or that, whatever it might be.

And i think that, a lot of times, one of my favorite viewings is, on sunday evening, to watch the funniest home videos and other shows like that, but people who are that daring, daredevilness that often looks like difficult outmes.

But, anywhich, it is in that goodness that we listen to the word dare and think about mary and elizabeth in the whole context of faith and, for them, what they model for us and invite us to reflect on in these last moments of advent but throughout the christmas season is that, again, they dared to believe that god chose them from among women of all time and history, god chose them, and they respond bid their yes.

Again, perhaps in the midst of lots of uncertainty or not knowing what was going to come yet, but their yes was the open door that totally changed their lives and changed our whole world.

And, so, just as god chose each one of them, so dare to believe that god chooses each one of us, again, for that very particular part of god's future and god's plan.

They dared to believe that god chose them.

Secondly, they dared to believe that all of us share faith, how they shared that faith and goodness with each other as mary and elizabeth.

We belong in communities and friendships and parishes and church, that we dare to believe that we are a vibrant part, each one of us, to the whole life of community and how, together, we can bring great influence, be great witnesses of hope and great witnesses of change.

They dared to believe in his presence within them, and that was a great line of trust.

And, so, the invitation for each one of us, do we believe emanuel, not only god is among us, is god is with us in community and parish and church and whatever it might be, but our god is very present within each one of us through the grace of baptism, and through our growing in our own faith and our own spiritual leaves each and every day, how the lord dont's nurture us and, again, just needs our constant yes, to be open each and every day to what his presence, what his word might be calling each one of us to be about and how to be, again, instruments and witnesses of the truth of emanuel, that god is with us, that every one of us is a participant in the building, in the reality of god's kingdom in this world.

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>> priest: with the apostles creed, let us profess the great faith of the church.

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, on the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of god the father almighty, from there he will come 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.

>> priest: gracious god, you called mary to visit elizabeth to help her in her need.

Help us now to offer our prayers with that same spirit of service.

>> that by example and word, pope francis and the ministers of all faiths will instill in their faithful the love of god for the disenfranchised in their lives, we pray to the lord?

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> that those with governance of the lives of others will seek not to be served but rather to serve those who are in most need, we pray to the lord?

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> that, following the models of mary and elizabeth , we may be open to god's will n our lives.

We pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> for the poor, disabled, lonely, ill and the dying, that they may experience the lord's consolation through the efforts of those who minister to them this christmas.

We pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> that those who have gone before us in death, especially joseph bennish, now share fully in the freedom, glory and joy of the lord.

We pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> as a waiting people, may god hear our personal needs which we now offer in silence.

We pray to the lord -- >> lord, hear our prayer.

>> priest: these prayers of intersession, o lord, are placed before you as a sign of our trust in you who sent jesus to us and the spirit to lead us, we pray this all in the name of jesus christ our lord.

>> amen.

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Priest: blessed are you, lord of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.

>> blessed be god for ever.

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Priest: blessed are you, lord of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.

>> blessed be god for ever.

>> priest: lord, wash away my iniquities and cleanse me from my sins.

Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to god, the almighty father.

>> may the lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy church.

>> priest: may the holy spirit, o lord, sanctify these gifts laid upon your altar, just as he filled with his power the womb of the blessed virgin mary.

Through christ our lord -- >> amen.

Prie: the lord be with you.

1and with your spirit.

Priest: lift up your hearts.

>> we lift them up to the lord.

Priest: let us give thanks to the lord our god.

>> it is right and just.

>> priest: it is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks.

Lord, holy father, almighty and eternal god through christ our lord.

For all the oracles of the prophets were told him, the virgin mother longed for him with love beyond all telling.

John the baptist sang of his coming and proclaimed his presence when he came.

It is by his gift that already we rejoice at the mystery of his nativity so that he may find us watchful in prayer and exalted in his praise.

And, so, with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, with all of the hosts and powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim -- >> holy, holy, holy lord god of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

>> priest: you are indeed holy and to be glorified, o god, who loved the human race and walk with us on the journey of life.

Blessed indeed is your son present in our midst when we are gathered by his love and once was for the disciples, now for us, he opens the scriptures and breaks the bread.

Therefore, most merciful, we ask you send forth your holy spirit to sanctify these gifts of bread and wine that they may become for us the body and blood of our lord jesus christ.

On the day before he was to suffer on the night of the last supper, he took bread and said the messing.

He broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying, take this, all of you and eat of it, for this h is my body which will be given up for you.

In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and in giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples saying take this all of you and drink from it for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in memory of me.

The mystery of faith.

Save us and save the world, for by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

This, holy father, as we separate the memorial of christ your son our fave yore, who you led through his passion and death on the cross to the glory of the resurrection and whom you have seated at your right hand, we proclaim the work of your love till he comes again and we offer you the bread of life and the chalice of blessing.

Look with favor on the oblation of your church in which we show forth the pascal sacrifice of chias that has been honed to us and grand power by the spirits of your love we may be counted now and till the day of eternity among the members of your son in whose body we have blood and communion.

And so having called us to your table, lord, confirm us in you y so that together with frafncies our pope, bishops, priests and decons and entire people that we walk in your ways with faith and hope we bring joy and trust into this world.

Remember our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in h the peace of christ and all those in faith you have known, it meant them to rejoice in the light of your face and in the resurrection give them the fullness of life.

Grant to us when our earthly pilgrimage is done we may live with you forever.

Communion with the blessed virgin mary, mother of god, blessed joseph her spouse, with the apostles, martyrs and all the saints, we praise and exalt you through jesus christ your son.

Through him and with him and in him almighty god the father and in unity of the holy spirit all glory and honor is yours foreverrenned ever.

>> amen.

>> priest: at the savior's command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say: our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is 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.

Priest: deliver us, lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, jesus christ.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.

Priest: lord jesus christ, who said to your apostles: peace i leave you, my peace i give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reign for ever and ever.

>> amen.

>> priest: the peace of the lord be with you always.

>> and with your spirit.

Priest: let us offer each other the sign of peace.

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>> lamb of god, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of god, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of god, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

>> priest: behold the lamb of god, behold him who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed are those called to the supper of the lamb.

>> lord, i am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

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>> priest: the body of christ >> amen >> priest: the body of christ the body of christ.

>> priest: let us pray.

Having received this pledge of eternal redemption, we pray, almighty god, that as the feast day of our salvation draws ever nearer, so we may press forward all the more eagerly to the worthy celebration of the mystery of your son's nativity, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

>> amen.

>> priest: for our final blessing, just wish you a very blessed and holy merry, merry christmas day and this whole season that goes well into january and the life of the church.

My prayers continue to be for you and with you in this sacred season.

The lord be with you.

>> and with your spirit.

>> priest: may almighty god bless you, the father, the son and the holy spirit.

>> amen.

>> priest: let's bring christ's love and hope to all.

>> thanks be to god.

Our appreciation, and that of our presider, monsignor larry bakke, the pastor of saint clare of assisi parish in monroe and director of the apostolate for persons with disabilities, to you who are making this sharing in worship a part of your life this morning.

I am linda faessler.

Aaron lambert and jonathan skatrud were our acolytes.

As members of monsignor larry's parish, we are pleased to be a part of this important ministry of the apostolate.

The ministry of music was provided by sister bernadette prochaska of the franciscan sisters of perpetual adoration.

Our deaf brothers and sisters of faith were able to share in this program of he and inspiration by closed captioning provided by the apostolate and the interpretation of mary lynn rose of saint dennis parish in madison.

We are able to bring you this weekly television mass thanks to the generosity, public service, and social concern of the owner, management and staff of wisc-tv for the spiritual life of persons of all faiths with disabilities.

You are invited to share in the joy of christmas by joining us for the special one hour christmas day mass.

It will be shown on the same channels and times as the weekly television mass as now shown on your tv screen.

Make it a beautiful week, and may you never hesitate to turn to the lord for his love and compassion in your life!

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