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Liturgy of the Word with Communion

Retreat 2021

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Introductory Rite
Gathering Song

Leader: Friends,

It is God who invites us to his table

to share in the word and sacrament.

So we say, Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God for ever. 


We give praise to Christ Jesus

who is present among us and in the Word,

and who keeps us united in love.

Blessed be our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.  Amen.


Opening Rite 

Penitential Rite


            Lord Jesus …  Leader ... Lord have mercy.

            Christ Jesus …  Helper ... Christ have mercy.      

            Lord Jesus … Guide ... Lord have mercy.                                  or


Sprinkling Rite (Easter Season)


Invitation: Sisters, we bless the name of God our Creator, that this water be for us a sign of new life in Christ.


Prayer Over the Water: 


Blessed are you, creator God, through you we have gift of water,

water that formed in the stars, and brought our Day Star to birth.


Water that cooled the earth, rising from deep within the cosmos.

Water that birthed the first life on Earth.


This is the water over which your Spirit hovered at the very beginning.

The water the cleansed the earth,

through which the Israelites passed,

and in which Jesus was baptized.


This is the water that Jesus calmed,

the water he turned into wine

and that flowed from his side.


Enliven this water,

so we remember that all water flows

with your holy presence.


Sprinkling (or blessing)


Opening Prayer (taken from ICEL Opening Prayers)

Bountiful God, you invite us to the table of your word and sacrament.

Satisfy the deepest hunger of we who gather here today.

May all peoples and creatures of this earth have the nourishment they need

to live their lives to the full.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.


Liturgy of the Word


First Reading


Responsorial Psalm

Second Reading




Shared Reflection


General Intercessions


Proclamation of Praise

            Easter: page 234 (SCWH)

            Creation: page 238 (SCWH), or

All creatures of our God and King,

Lift up your voice, and with us sing,

Let the alleluias ring,

Join in the anthem of praise.

R./ Alleluia, Alleluia!

Rejoice you sun with golden beam.

You silver moon with softer gleam,

Wake, stars, no longer dream,

Join in the anthem of praise.

You rushing wind, so strong,

You clouds that sail in heaven along.

Roll,  thunder, mighty in song,

Join in the anthem of praise.

Let all things their creator bless,

The wonder of God's works confess,

Worship God in thankfulness,

Join in the anthem of praise.


Dear mother earth who day by day

unfold your blessings on our way.

Field and flow’r, God's glory display,

Join in the anthem of praise.


You flowing water pure and clear,

Make music for our God to hear,

Alleluia, sing and rejoice!

Heaven and nature find a voice,

Alleluia, sing and rejoice!

Swell creation’s joyful noise!


Let all things their Creator bless,

The wonder of God's works confess

Worship God in thankfulness,

Join in the anthem of praise,

Join in the anthem of praise,

Join in the anthem of praise!

Prayer for Peace


God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as sisters and brothers. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone we encounter as our sister or brother. 


God of hope, be with us, so that in times of disagreement we choose to listen … and enter into contemplative dialogue … so that we move to transformation and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every human.


God of peace, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "friend", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!


adapted from Peace Prayer of Pope Francis, 2014



Communion Rite


Lord’s Prayer


Invitation to Communion

            God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people:

            receive with praise and thanksgiving.



Prayer After Communion 

(SCWH, seasonal page 260ff, or prayer of the day from “Peoples Companion" - page 371)



Concluding Rite




The blessing of the God of Sarah and Abraham,

the blessing of Jesus Christ, born of Mary,

the blessing of the Holy Spirit

who cares for us as a mother for her children,

be with us now and forever. Amen.




Let us go in peace.                  All: Thanks be to God


or, during the Easter Season


Go in the peace of Christ,       All: Thanks be to God,

alleluia, alleluia.                     alleluia, alleluia

On Eagle's Wings
Ubi Caritas
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