This Week's Sunday Mass

October 20, 2019: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Presider: Fr. John Puodziunas OFM
Parish: Assumption BVM Province
Choir: Heart of the Nation

This Sunday's readings encourage us to pray. To persist in our prayer. To persevere. To believe that God hears our prayer. And so we find Moses on the top of the mount and in battle with his hands raised praying, praying, waiting, praying, praying, waiting getting tired and his hands begin to fall but in comes Aaron and Hur and they all hold up his hands, almost a comical vision. Almost comical the widow in the gospel, the voiceless person in the midst of a crowd, persists in her request to the dishonest judge who eventually relents not because of her persistence though but because he's afraid that she's going to step forward in the midst of this crowd that has gathered and strike him. It's the crowd that controls the dishonest judge. While persistence is certainly a message for us to take from today's readings, there is another point that is being made here. Notice that both the widow in the midst of the crowd, and Moses on the top of the mountain with Aaron and Hur holding up his arms, are not alone, they are with others and with others they make their prayer and their request. The presence of the community empowers their prayer. The presence of the community empowers their requests. The community gathered here with us today is empowered. The community supports us especially in those times when we feel weak, maybe even unable to pray. The times when we doubt if our prayers are even being heard. Times when we may feel that we cannot go on. Times that we may feel just tired or discouraged. The community empowers our persistence and our prayer. What a blessing then, the Heart of the Nation community. With each of you, those gathered here today and those who connect with us via the internet or television, this community is God's gift and God's blessing. We, in our prayer support one another and we persevere in our prayer with one another. And so we come together to give thanks to God for the many blessings that God gives us in our lives and in our families. We come together bringing our intentions for health or for support seeking God's guidance, God's will in our own lives. We come together as a community. We raise our hands in prayer and we look around and we realize others are holding our hands up when we get tired. When our voices seem not to be going anywhere, when we are the voiceless, its' the voice of the community that gathers our prayers and raises them to God. It is through this community then, that we can persevere. Then we can trust that God hears our prayers and that we trust that God will respond in God's way, in God's time.
Entrance: Lead Me, Guide Me
Text: Doris M. Akers, b. 1922
Tune: Doris M. Akers, b. 1922, harm. by Richard Smallwood
© 1953, Doris M. Akers, All rights administered by Unichappell Music Inc.

Psalm 121: Our Help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth
©2013 John Angotti

Preparation: Teach Us How To Pray
Copyright © 2002 World Library Publications. All rights reserved
John Angotti, Arr. by Paul A. Tate

Communion: Be With Me Lord
Music copyright © 2008 World Library Publications
The English translation of the psalm response from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Committee on Englishin the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved
Text of verses © 1998, 1997, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Used with permission
John Angotti, Keyboard arr. by Ed Bolduc

Sending Forth: How Can I Keep from Singing
Text: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899; adapted with additional text by Doris Plenn
Tune: HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING 87 87 with refrain; Robert Lowry, 1826-1899; harm. by Robert J. Batastini, b. 1942
© 1957, 1964, Sanga Music, Inc.

Mass Setting: Mass of Rejoicing
John Angotti, Keyboard arr. by Ed Bolduc
Text copyright © 2010 ICEL
Music copyright © 2000, 2013 World Library Publications

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