The Theory and the Practice of Liturgy at Holy Trinity

This past Tuesday we held a Prayer Procession and Eucharist for the Feast pof St. Michael and All Angels. We called it Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, and, looking at the bulletin I posted the other day, you might think it was a pretty formal affair.

It wasn’t.

It really wasn’t. Indeed, it ended up being so “informal” (some might even have called it “chaotic”) that I figure I need to say something here about the difference between the theory and the practice of liturgy at the Church of the Holy Trinity.

You see, when I am designing a liturgy, alone in my quiet office, I routinely forget that we are a small church in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. I routinely forget that not everyone speaks the way I do, and not everyone reads my big words and complex sentences as easily as I do—I after all, already know what it is that I’m trying to say! I routinely forget that straight lines aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. As a result of this routine negligence on my part (there I go again!), the written part—the theory—of our liturgies often looks quite different from the practice.

The practice of liturgy the other evening went like this:

  • We started out with four children and five adults (none of whom were related to the children). Two of the adults were unable to process, one due to fatigue and the other due to disability.  This left three adults with four children.
  • The children had come over to the church looking for Soup After School. When I told them that Soup After School doesn’t start until next Tuesday, they decided to participate in the service anyway.
  • When the three girls asked if they could take their turns reading the prayers (the boy was by far the youngest, and too young to be reading yet), I agreed, not really thinking through the fact that the language would be above their reading (and probably comprehension) level. We ended us with one of them reading with me following along and prompting where needed (about 1 in 3 words).
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones turned out to be a good hymn choice, since when in doubt, you can just sing “Alleluia” really loud, over and over again.
  • Let’s just say that flinging holy water around was a big hit, and the priest might not have been the only one wielding the aspergillium (or fingers). . .
  • Halfway through the procession, the little boy decided he didn’t want to be with us, so I said he could do his own thing as long as he crossed the street with us. At one point he decided to push that boundary by sitting down in the middle of the sidewalk. His big sister had a word with him and eventually persuaded him to come along before I had to pick him up and carry him across the street, but it was a close thing!
  • Back at the church for Eucharist, the kids came up to acolyte—1 for the wine, 1 for the water, 1 for the handwashing, and 1 for the bells.  Lots of whispered instructions ensued.
  • We all hit the snack cabinet after mass was over and clean-up done. If you have donated juice and granola bars or other healthy snacks, this is what your donations are going towards!

In other words, this was an awful service from the standpoint of theoretical liturgy, since next to nothing went as planned. From the standpoint of practical and pastoral liturgy, however, this service was every inch a success!

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Gustave Doré, The Celestial Rose—An Illustration from Dante’s Paradiso

 

 

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Procession and Eucharist

for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

6:30 pm, September 29th

at the

Church of the Holy Trinity

 

 

 

 


About the Service

For centuries, Christians have prayed in processions around their neighborhoods, setting forth with their bodies what they profess with their words: the Lord Our God has dominion over all. When faced with what may seem to be insurmountable challenges, we carry the cross in which we find our triumph, and call upon the Lord who has created and redeemed us.

On the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, we remember that as Christians we have been placed by God under the protection of Michael, chief among the archangels. Michael is the warrior angel who defeated Satan during the war in heaven. He is a protector against the darkness and the enlightener of minds. Like all the holy angels, Michael is the faithful servant of God, a messenger who does God’s will on Earth.

How appropriate, therefore, that on this Feast of St. Michael and All Angels we should process around this our neighborhood, proclaiming the dominion of our Lord and asking the angels to watch over us. As the days shorten and troubles multiply, the angels remind us that our lives are wrapped in God’s fierce and tender care.

Let us extend that same care to each other.

 

 


 Procession of the Angels

Speaking parts in bold face type are to be said by all the people together

 

Opening Acclamation

Priest                Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.

People             Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion.

Priest              Let us pray.

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

People                Amen.

 

Reading           Daniel 10: 4-6, 8-21

On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris), I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude. I was left alone to see this great vision. My strength left me, and my complexion grew deathly pale, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a trance, face to the ground. But then a hand touched me and roused me to my hands and knees. He said to me, ‘Daniel, greatly beloved, pay attention to the words that I am going to speak to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you.’ So while he was speaking this word to me, I stood up trembling. He said to me, ‘Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. So Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia,* and have come to help you understand what is to happen to your people at the end of days. For there is a further vision for those days.’ While he was speaking these words to me, I turned my face towards the ground and was speechless. Then one in human form touched my lips, and I opened my mouth to speak, and said to the one who stood before me, ‘My lord, because of the vision such pains have come upon me that I retain no strength. How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For I am shaking, no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.’ Again one in human form touched me and strengthened me. He said, ‘Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!’ When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.’ Then he said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with him, the prince of Greece will come. But I am to tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these princes except Michael, your prince.

Reader                The Word of the Lord

People                Thanks be to God.

 

The Procession

 

Priest                he Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Priest                Lift up your hearts.

People             We lift them to the Lord.

Priest               Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Priest               It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. In praising your faithful angels and archangels, we praise your greater glory; in honoring them, we honor you, their creator; and in asking for their protection, we ask only that they do your divine will, for you are gracious, O Lover of Souls, and to you we give praise: Father Son and Holy Spirit.

People             Amen.

Priest                Let us go forth in peace;

People             In the name of Christ. Amen.

The people begin singing and processing westward on Prast, going as far as the third house.

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The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?

People             Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?

Prayer Leader 1 (PL1)                Let us pray

Heavenly Angels, mighty ones obedient to God’s spoken Word: in that Word you have shared with us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory. Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth, and especially this city of South Bend; that through your ministry our Lord might renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life, send us honest and able leaders, and enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression. Let peace might prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, so that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the third house.

 

O higher than the cherubim,

More glorious than the seraphim,

Lead their praises, Alleluia!

Thou Bearer of the eternal Word,

Most gracious, magnify the Lord,

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

See, I am going to gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,

People        Those with child and those in labor, together; they shall return here.

PL2      Let us pray.

Holy Mary, Queen of the Angels, pray with us for all pregnant women and for the children they have conceived, that both may safely and happily come to the time of birth, and have occasion to rejoice in the loving providence of your Son, Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the third house.

 

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,

Ye patriarchs and prophets blest,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Ye holy Twelve, ye martyrs strong,

All saints triumphant, raise the song,

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

People             ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

PL3      Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, inhabitants of that heavenly kingdom where no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love, no hands raised but the hands of praise: So mightily spread the good news abroad, that we all might be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the third house.

 

All ye who are of tender heart,

forgiving others, take your part;

Alleluia, Alleluia!

All ye who pain and sorrow bear,

Praise God and on him cast your care;

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

 

Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.

People        This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.

PL4      Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, you bear witness to the truth that the Lord does not willingly afflict or grieve His children: Look with pity upon the sorrows of your fellow servants who mourn, and watch over our weakness in mercy. Pray with us that the Lord might nourish our mortal souls with patience, comfort us with a sense of His goodness, lift up His countenance upon us, and give us peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the NE corner house.

 

All ye who are of tender age,

‘round whom such worldly tempests rage;

Alleluia, Alleluia!

His word, a lantern for your feet,

Will guide your steps when goals compete.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the corner house, the priest says:

You, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

People             Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.

PL5                  Let us pray

Heavenly Angels, watch over our children, who are growing up in an unsteady and confusing world. Shine your holy light upon them, that they may see that the ways of God give more life than the ways of the world, and that following Him is better than chasing after selfish goals. Bear them up when they fall, that they might take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Strengthen them, that they might hold onto their faith in God, and keep alive their joy in His creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and process southward down Meade, going as far as the SE corner of Meade and Frederickson.

 

All ye who lie in prisons drear

Know that your Lord and Savior’s near

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Let all that is within you bless

Him who hears you in your distress.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the corner house, the priest says:

Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in Peter’s cell.

People             When Peter came to himself he said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me.

PL6                  Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, you shone your light in Peter’s cell when he was imprisoned: visit our jails and prisons with that light. Watch over all prisoners and captives, bringing the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to God’s will, and giving all of them hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release, and pray that God might forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Watch over all those who work in these institutions; make them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, we do to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The people resume singing and process eastward down Frederickson, going as far as the third lot (which is vacant).

 

All ye who struggle for the right,

Praise God who puts it in your sight.

O Praise him, Alleluia!

His justice let us each pursue.

Praise Him who gives to each her due.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third lot, the priest says:

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

People             And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

PL 7                 Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, guide the people in this land who live with injustice, addiction, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Pray God’s mercy upon us, that we might extend our hands in in mercy to our neighbors. Fight alongside those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all, so that every one of us might enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing eastward, going as far as the third house.

 

All ye who labor without pay,

God bless you in your work today.

O Praise him, Alleluia!

May God who knows your works and thought

Now bring you pay for what you’ve wrought.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

They were broken in pieces, nation against nation and city against city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress.

People             But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.’

PL 8                 Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing eastward, going as far as the third house.

 

Praise God ye who advance in years

Praise God with laughter and with tears

O Praise him, Alleluia!

Praise Him with sore and aching joints

All weaknesses our Lord anoints

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

How attractive is wisdom in the aged, and understanding and counsel in the venerable!

People             Rich experience is the crown of the aged, and their boast is the fear of the Lord.

PL 9                 Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, whom God has spared the aging of our mortal frame, watch over all those whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Pray that our Lord provide for them homes of dignity and peace, understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help. And as their strength diminishes, pray that our Lord increase their faith and their assurance of His love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing eastward, going as far as the SW corner house.

 

All ye who learn and ye who teach

Praise God who gives us ears and speech

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise God from whom all wisdom flows

Praise Him whose light first in you rose.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the corner house, the priest says:

Let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill,

People             The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

PL 10                Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, to whom divine knowledge has been revealed, watch over the schools where our children study, that in safety they may prosper as lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom. Pray that those who teach and those who learn may find our Lord to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and process north on Olive to the front of the church

 

O friends, in gladness let us sing,

supernal anthems echoing,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

To God the Father, God the Son,

and God the Spirit, Three in One:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The people having returned to the front of the church, the priest says:

The Lord raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.

People             The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth.

PL 10                Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, You see the Lord set the solitary in families: watch over the homes in which His people dwell. Pray that our Lord put far from them every root of bitterness, the desire of vainglory, and the pride of life. Pray that he fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, and godliness. Pray that he knit them together in constant affection, turning the hearts of the parents to the children, and the hearts of the children to the parents, that we may evermore have affection one for another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people enter the church and are seated for the Ministry of the Word

 

The Ministry of the Word

Old Testament:            Genesis 28:10-17

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the LORD stood beside him and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place– and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

Psalm: Psalm 103 Page 733, BCP

The Epistle:     Revelation 12:7-12

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world– he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,

“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

The people stand for the Alleluia and the Gospel

Alleluia:

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The Gospel:    John 1:47-51

The people respond to the announcement of the Gospel with Glory to you, Lord Christ. After the Gospel has been read, the Reader says, The Gospel of the Lord, to which the people respond, Praise to you, Lord Christ.

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Brief Sermon:

The Nicene Creed:       BCP 358

The Prayers of the People, Form III               BCP 387

Confession and Absolution      BCP 360

Passing of the Peace:   All are invited to share a sign of God’s peace with one another.

Holy Eucharist

Offertory Sentence:

Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer A       BCP 361

The Lord’s Prayer, traditional  BCP 364

Breaking of the Bread:             A period of Silence is kept.

Fraction Anthem          BCP 364

Priest    Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Invitation to Holy Communion:           Communion is distributed to the people.

All baptized Christians are invited to share in Communion, and Gluten free wafers are available on request. Un-baptized persons or those wishing not to receive communion for any reason are welcome to come forward for a blessing, crossing their hands over their chests in indication.

Post Communion Thanksgiving and Blessing:            BCP 366

Announcements:

The Dismissal:            BCP 366

 

 

 

Prayers and Procession for the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin

Below is the bulletin text from last Saturday’s Holy Smoke! celebration. We are already talking about how to improve it for next year!

A Service of Procession and Prayer

For the Feast of

St. Mary the Virgin

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August 15, 6:00pm

Church of the Holy Trinity


[The service begins in front of the church, with the procession circling first the outside of the church/parish hall and then circling the inside of the church before gathering at the Mary alter to crown the virgin with flowers.]

Sorrows of Mary

An Ode to Our Lady of the Blues

(The Rev. Drs.) Hugh R. Page, Jr. & Terri L. Bays

[Chord progression is that of “Villanova Junction Blues,” by Jimi Hendrix, with slight modification.]

People said your son was no one Am

Sadness would not let you be.

Said he really didn’t matter,Dm7

They were blind, and could not see.Am

Felt your life was bound for heartache,Am

Loneliness and misery,

But that wasn’t in the planDm7

Because the Lord had set you freeAm

Refrain:

Set you free, set you free,Am

The Lord has set you free.

Let your lives proclaim the GospelF9

F69Because, the Lord has set you free.Am

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all our neighbors whom the world treats as no one, that they might come to know the value in which your Son, our Lord, holds them, that he would give His life for their sake; pray too that our eyes might be opened to seek and serve Christ in them, through that same Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all our neighbors who struggle with loneliness and depression, that they might feel themselves wrapped in the loving arms of our Lord; pray too that our arms might be opened to embrace those that the Lord puts in our paths, through Him who opened His arms to us on the cross, Amen.

Refrain

Escaped down to Egypt land, Am

Left before the break of day.

Lived in exile as a stranger, Dm7

There was just no other way. Am

Underground and hiding out, Am

Trying to get back on your feet.

Guess that’s what life’s all about, Dm7

When it’s hard to make ends meet. Am

Refrain

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all our neighbors who live in exile—those distanced from their loved ones through violence and addiction, those sent away into imprisonment, and those isolated by illness or infirmity—that their hearts might be moved by the Holy Spirit from whose presence none can flee; pray that our hearts might be likewise moved, that we might welcome the exile into our midst, by that same Spirit who lives and reigns with the Father and the Son, now and forever. Amen.

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all our neighbors who struggle to make ends meet, whose lives are hidden from us, with injustice, terror, disease, and death as constant companions; pray too that the God of Justice might strengthen us to fight for equal protection and opportunity under the law so that each and every one of us might enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Refrain

Wandered off to town without you, Am

Couldn’t find him anywhere.

Met him standing by the Temple, Dm7

Did some teaching over there. Am

Crowds listening to the message, Am

News that’s Good for one and all.

The Lord cares for those in anguish, Dm7

With their backs against the wall. Am

Refrain

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all our neighbors who suffer anxiety over the safety of their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins—young people growing up in an unsteady and confusing world; pray that the Holy Spirit inspire us to teach them how the ways of the Lord give life and how failure can give us a chance for a new start, though your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all the schools where our children study, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; pray too that those who teach and those who learn may hear good news, finding the One Eternal God to be the source of all truth; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Refrain

Made that lonely trek toward Zion, Am

Headed on to Calvary.

In the crowd, she hid her sadness, Dm7

Bitter tears no one could see. Am

Stood there watching from a distance, Am

Trembling as they pierced his side.

Held his broken lifeless body, Dm7

Felt that all his dreams had died. Am

Refrain

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all our neighbors who have lost loved ones through violence, that Your Son might lead us all into His kingdom, where no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love, no hands raised but the hands of praise; pray too with us that the Spirit might so mightily spread abroad as to gather us all together under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Holy Mother Mary, pray with us for all our neighbors who mourn, that our merciful Father, who does not willingly afflict or grieve His children might look with pity upon the sorrows of His servants, remembering us in mercy, nourishing our souls with patience, comforting us with a sense of His goodness, lifting up His countenance upon us, and giving us His peace, which passes all understanding, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Refrain

But the story isn’t over, Am

No, it couldn’t end that way.

He lives on inside our hearts, Dm7

So sing Mary’s Blues today. Am

From pulpits and on street corners, Am

Prison cells and on death row

Let the Gospel break down walls Dm7

Let her faith and love be known Am

 

Set you free, set you free,Am

The Lord has set you free.

Let your lives proclaim the GospelF9

F69Because, the Lord has set you free.Am ~ Amadd9

Words of Welcome                           

Rev. Dr. Terri L. Bays

O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Word of God

Old Testament                                                                Isaiah 61:10-11

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,

my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its shoots,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise

to spring up before all the nations.

The Psalm                                                                              Psalm 34

1   I will bless the LORD at all times; *

his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2   I will glory in the LORD; *

let the humble hear and rejoice.

3   Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; *

let us exalt his Name together.

4   I sought the LORD, and he answered me *

and delivered me out of all my terror.

5   Look upon him and be radiant, *

and let not your faces be ashamed.

6   I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me *

and saved me from all my troubles.

7   The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, *

and he will deliver them.

8   Taste and see that the LORD is good; *

happy are they who trust in him!

9   Fear the LORD, you that are his saints, *

for those who fear him lack nothing.

The Epistle                                                                Galatians 4:4-7

When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Gospel                                                                   Luke 1:46-55

 

Mary said,

 

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Prayers of Self-Dedication

Almighty and eternal God, teach us, like Mary, to magnify your name: so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may join with the Blessed Virgin Mary and all your saints to serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

O God of justice and compassion, you put down the proud and mighty from their place, and lift up the poor and the afflicted: we give you thanks for your faithful witness Jonathan Myrick Daniels, who, in the midst of injustice and violence, risked and gave his life for another; and we pray that we, following his example, may make no peace with oppression; through Jesus Christ the just one, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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 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.

For thine is the kingdom,

   and the power, and the glory,

   for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing and Dismissal                                          

Those wishing to pray the Angelus follow the procession to the Mary Altar

Angelus

All say the Hail Mary together, with the People saying the words in bold type.

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
 

Hail Mary, full of grace,
    

The Lord is with Thee;
    

Blessed art thou among women,
    

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
   

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    

Pray for us sinners,
    

Now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

Be it done unto me according to thy word.
    

Hail Mary, etc.

And the Word was made Flesh.

And dwelt among us.
    

Hail Mary, etc.


Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray.

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Are We Ready for Some Holy Smoke! at Holy Trinity?

Can you believe that Holy Smoke! is coming up tomorrow? HolySmokeKettleWord is getting out—pray that the number of BBQ Cookoff Entries is enough to meet the appetites of our guests! Hmmm. . . maybe I should have included roast quail among the categories. . . and then again, maybe not!

Continue to post about Holy Smoke! in your social networks and to talk about it to your family and friends. Now is the time to strike up a conversation with that neighbor whose BBQ fills your street with mouth-watering aromas! Now is the time to let your music-loving friends know that the Oblates of Blues will be playing from 1-3! Now is the acceptable time for showing folks that Holy Trinity knows how to welcome and nourish the body of Christ!

Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

Holy Smoke!

 HolySmokeKettleNeighborhood Cook-Off and Fund-Raiser for the Church of the Holy Trinity

A Day of Celebration and Fellowship

August 15, 2015

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to Help us Continue our Outreach and Ministry

  • BBQ Cookoff
    • Compete for the best pork/beef ribs, pulled pork, brisket or chicken!
    • to enter your culinary creation, click here!
    • Cook on or off site all day
    • BBQ Judging and Sampling 6:30-8:30pm with music provided by DJ Larry Williams
  •  Smokin’ Hot Live Music

by the Oblates of Blues 1-3pm

  •  Safe House 4-6pm  

Practice safe ways to escape from a burning building, with interactive demos by the SBFD

  • Selma, Lord, Selma 8:45pm Tell a new generation the story with this family-friendly film about the Hot Summer of Selma in 1965

ART SHOW OPENING AND RECEPTION

BUCHANAN MICHIGAN ART CENTER
www.buchananartcenter.org
117 WEST FRONT STREET
ART SHOW OPENING AND RECEPTION
SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH, 2015
2 – 4:00 PM

Start your summer off with attending the above event in the great little town of Buchanan, Michigan.  Buchanan is a mere fifteen minute drive from South Bend when you take the by-pass and exit on the Buchanan/Niles Road.  Go thru the town and at the second stoplight and up the hill a bit is the art center.  Park on the street or the church parking lot next door.
Here is what to expect:   Three very diverse artists, great finger food, wine, punch, conversation with interesting people and a  walk thru three art galleries.
Artists showing are, Butch Welch (A Journey Along the Shores) photography that is guaranteed to blow your socks off in color and content.  Photos of lake country like you have never seen before.  Samuel J. Gillis  (Impressions of an Artist), colorful, high energy, abstract paintings that definitely get you thinking.  And finally, myself, Susan Adamek, (“Text Me”, or What is Black, White, & Read All Over?) a fiber/multi-media artist who explores new ways and twists to the old way of painting, sewing, quilting and collage.  The artistic diversity of this group will entertain your senses on a Sunday afternoon.
If you can’t make the party on Sunday, the show will continue thru July 19th.  Hours are listed on the web site.

Rogation Celebration—May 12, 2015

Traditionally, the Rogation Days were days set aside for processions in which the church prayed for blessings upon our fields, protection from plague and defense against both visible and invisible enemies. The procession route would follow the territorial boundaries of the parish, with the people using sticks to strike the parish boundary markers. Hence the term “beating the bounds,” and the development of a corporate kinetic memory regarding the administrative and pastoral boundaries of the parish.

More recently, the focus of our prayers for Rogation Days has shifted to the labor of the church and its people. Since Holy Trinity has a community garden, we still bless our “fields,” but we also bless the work being done in the neighborhood around us. Although we don’t have formal parish boundaries, we do have an “axis” for our ministry in the main road that runs right past the church. Last year our procession went south on N. Olive Street as far as the fire station. This year we went north, going up N. Olive Street before going east and west on Lincoln Way West.

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Gathering

The people gather in front of the church.

Officiant:       Alleluia Christ is risen.

People:      The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Gospel                                                                                          Matthew 6:25-34

Procession

Officiant:       Let us go forth in peace, Alleluia.

People:      In the Name of Christ, Alleluia.

The people process to the Unity Garden, singing, “O Lord, hear my prayer.”    

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Officiant:       He changed deserts into pools of water and dry land into water-springs. He settled the hungry there, and they founded a city to dwell in.

People:       They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, and brought in a fruitful harvest.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The people then process around the church to Olive Street, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.” Turning North on Olive, they come to Sanco, a distributor of cleaning supplies.

Officiant:       The priests went inside to King Hezekiah and said, ‘We have cleansed all the house of the Lord,

People:      the altar of burnt-offering and all its utensils, and the table for the rows of bread and all its utensils.”

Officiant:       Let us pray.

O Lord, holy Father, without whose help nothing is truly made clean, bless those who give to your people the means by which to wash, so that in the cleansing of their homes and businesses they may be moved to seek purity of heart. Through your Son who makes all things new, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process north on Olive Street to the Hope Chest Thrift Store, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?

People:      Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, when we found ourselves naked in the garden, you lovingly made garments for us: bless all those who work here to provide clothes for your people, that they may receive in return both the warmth and the dignity they have afforded to others, though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process north on Olive Street to Lincoln Way West. Turning the corner, they process west to the Minority Health Coalition, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord,

People:      because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion; no one cares for her!’

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then cross to the north side of Lincoln Way West. Turning east, they process to DC Tire and Auto, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       The metal on the chariots flashes on the day when the Lord musters them;

People:      the chariots race madly through the streets, they rush to and fro through the squares; their appearance is like torches, they dart like lightning.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Most Gracious God, you give your people skill to operate many different machines and wisdom with which to understand their innermost works, bless all who labor here to make whole what has been broken, and strengthen them in their commitment to others’ safety, that in their own care they might experience yours; through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who labored among us to fulfill the commands of your love. Amen.

The people then process east to Popeye’s, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       They were there for three days, eating and drinking, for their kindred had provided for them

People:      And also their neighbors, from far away

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Most Gracious God, you make us glad with feasting, and you comfort us with the food of our ancestors; bless all those whose work in preparing food gives joy to the people of this neighborhood, that it may prepare both them and us in body, mind and strength to do the work you have given us to do, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process east to Family Dollar, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       With the money secure in hand, go to the place that the Lord your God will choose;

People:      spend the money for whatever you wish, and you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your household rejoicing together.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

God of justice and mercy, you provide for the needs of your people, even in times and places of famine: bless, we pray, all those who work here to put affordable goods within reach of the people of this neighborhood, that together we all might thrive in body, mind and spirit. Amen.

The people then process east to Metro PCS, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       How you have counselled one who has no wisdom, and given much good advice!

People:      With whose help have you uttered words, and whose spirit has come forth from you?

Officiant:       Let us pray.

God of all knowledge and wisdom, to whom all mysteries are open, we ask your blessing upon all those who work here to put information technology at the disposal of your people, that in their efforts to connect others, they may become ever more mindful of their connection with you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process east to Kidz Komapny Daycare, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

People:      Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Everliving Father, your Son Jesus gathered children to himself, blessing them and setting them before us as an example of godly life: bless all whose work fosters the well being of children in this place, that, having themselves been made your children by adoption and grace, they may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The people then process east to Consuella’s Accounting, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

People:      Before God no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

 Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty God, numberless are those who obey your command: pour out upon all those who work here a spirit of discernment, that they may see and know how to account rightly for the goods of the people and to measure those goods against the weight of justice, for you have arranged all things by measure and number and weight, and to you we give glory: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The people then process east to Green Family Dentistry, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing,

People:      all of which bear twins, and not one among them is bereaved.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Most gracious God, who has made the mouths of the righteous to utter wisdom, and their tongues to speak justice, bless all those who work in this place to improve and protect the oral health of this community, that their own lips may be opened to sing your praise, though Christ our Lord, Amen.

The people then cross Lincoln Way West and process west along the south side of the street to the Youth Services Bureau, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

People:      For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

God of hope, you have known us since we were in our mothers’ wombs: bless all those who work to provide the youth of this neighborhood with a personal sense of safety and well-being, support to work toward a higher degree of self-sufficiency and positive relationships with caring adults, that they in their turn might find themselves wrapped in your safety, support and care, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

The people process west to Unique Beauty Supply, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.

People:       But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: bless those whose work strives to bring out the beauty and dignity of each person, that we might catch in each other’s faces some glimpse of your beauty, and be made worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people process west to J.J. Fish at the corner of Lincoln Way West and Olive Street, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Jesus took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples,

People:       and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and all of them ate and were filled.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, you blessed and broke for your followers fish and bread in the wilderness so that all of them ate and were filled: so bless the hands of all those work in this place, that they too might find themselves filled with your love. In your name we pray. Amen.

The people process south on Olive Street, stopping half-way between Epworth UMC and Fountain of Faith, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;

People:      therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, especially in these our neighboring churches, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The people process south on Olive to Prast, crossing Olive Street to the convenience store, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       All creatures look to you, O Lord, to give them their food in due season.

People:      You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty and Everlasting God, our times are in your hand: pour out your blessing upon all who come here to buy or to sell, watching over them in their going out and in their coming in, that all may be clothed in righteousness and all may prosper in body, mind and spirit. Amen.

The people return to the front of the church, singing, “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Happy are they all who fear the Lord, and who follow in his ways!

People:      They shall eat the fruit of their labor; happiness and prosperity shall be theirs.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Passing of the Peace:

Officiant:       My brothers and sisters in Christ, the peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:      And also with you.

All are invited to share a sign of God’s peace with one another

as they enter the church and take their seats.

 

Holy Eucharist

All baptized Christians are invited to share in Communion, and Gluten free wafers are available on request. Un-baptized persons or those wishing not to receive communion for any reason are welcome to come forward for a blessing, crossing their hands over their chests in indication.

Offertory Prayer:

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving:           Eucharistic Prayer B                        BCP 367

The Lord’s Prayer                     traditional                              BCP 364

Breaking of the Bread:                                                          BCP 364

Invitation to Holy Communion:        Communion is distributed to the people.

Post Communion Thanksgiving and Blessing:                       BCP 366

Announcements:

The Dismissal:                                                                    BCP 366

Please join us after the service

for refreshments and reflection

in the parish hall

Holy Week at Holy Trinity

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) – March 29

  • 10 am Eucharist, Rite II & Procession w/ Palms (Terri Bays preaching / presiding)

Tuesday in Holy Week – March 31

  • 5:45-6:15pm Confessions
  • 6:30pm Eucharist
  • 7:15-8:30pm Bible Study

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 1

  • 6:30 pm Blue Shadows—Tenebrae Service with original compositions by Hugh Page performed live by the Oblates of Blues

Maundy Thursday – April 2

  • 6:30 pm Footwashing and Eucharist, Rite II, with Stripping of the Altar (Terri Bays preaching/presiding)
  • 9 pm Thursday – 12 pm Friday: Vigil at the Altar of Repose

 

Good Friday – April 3

  • 9 pm Thursday – 12 pm Friday: Vigil at the Altar of Repose
  • 12 pm Good Friday Liturgies, including the Passion Gospel, Sermon and Solemn Collects, Adoration of the Cross and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament (Jim Lodwick and Stewart Clem co-officiants)

 

Holy Saturday – April 4

  • 9 am Propers for Holy Saturday
  • 9:30am Parish Work Day with Pot Luck lunch
  • 8 pm Great Vigil of Easter
  • Easter Feast following the Vigil

Easter Sunday – April 5

  • 10 am Eucharist, Rite II (Terri Bays Preaching / Presiding)

Blue Shadows

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We hope that you will join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday of Holy Week (April 1) for the debut of these original blues compositions by Hugh Page, performed live by the Oblates of Blues.

Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” is taken from the office of Matins and Lauds during the last three days of Holy Week. With readings from the book of Lamentations, Tenebrae focuses on the mourning withdrawal of the apostles from Jesus in the hours of his Passion. This spiritually moving service is thus particularly well-suited to the blues idiom.