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Saint Gabriel Church
September 22, 2019
Sixteen books of the prophets are present in the Old Testament. Four prophets are called major prophets–Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. The major prophets are simply the ones who wrote the longer books. Today, Daniel is often classified as an apocalyptic book with its emphasis on the last things, use of symbolism and visions. The prophet Amos, from whom comes the first reading for this Sunday, is the first of the minor prophets who composed a book. He wrote in the early part of the 8th century B.C. Amos is often called the prophet of social justice, and his writings still draw a good deal of attention from contemporary scholars. Unlike Jeremiah and others, who were called to be prophets for their entire life, Amos was called to be a prophet for only a short span of his life, perhaps only for a year or so. He was from Tekoa in Judah and worked as a shepherd and cultivator of fig and sycamore trees. Amos had a rural background and he spoke in simple language. He condemned two main aspects of Israel’s life: the hollow worship of the people and their mistreatment of the poor. Amos travelled from Judah in the south to Bethel in the north to preach. He was highly critical of social injustice and religious worship abuses. He chastised the wealthy who, in his words, “trampled the poor into the dust,” a recurring phrase in his book. He vociferously criticized dishonest merchants who could not wait for the Sabbath and the New Moon Festival to end, so that they can return to cheating the poor. The priests of Bethel had many confrontations with Amos and encouraged him to return to his home area. A passion for justice marked Amos’s short prophetic career. He continually stressed faithfulness to the covenant.
Rev. Connell A. McHugh
SCRIPTURE SESSIONS: Fr. Connell McHugh’s Scripture sessions will continue on Thursday, September 26th at 10:00 AM in the church basement. The topic will be The Lord’s Prayer. Father will examine the history of the prayer, the context, the use of the term Father in both the Old and New Testaments, names for God in the Old Testament, etc. He will treat the two versions of the Our Father from Matthew and Luke and emphasize Matthew’s version that we are accustomed to praying. Father will also discuss how Mark and John use the term Father even though their Gospels do not contain The Lord’s prayer. John stresses the name Father much more than any other Gospel even though it does not contain The Lord’s prayer.
Week 3 will deal with the beatitudes and week 4 with the “I Am” statement of Jesus in John’s Gospel andJesus’ use of pronouncement stories that are found mainly but not exclusively in Mark’s Gospel.
All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
ALL ABOUT THE MASS (part 3)
THE INTRODUCTORY RITES: This would include all the parts that precede the readings during the Mass. This part of the Mass is to help the faithful to come together as one and to make themselves ready to properly listen to the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily.
The Entrance: its purpose is to open the celebration, foster the unity of those who have been gathered, introduce their thoughts to the mystery of the liturgical time and accompany the procession of the Priest and Ministers. This can be done with music or in silence. We the faithful should participate in singing or praying.
Reverence to the Altar and Greeting the People: Upon arriving at the altar, the Priest and all others assembled with the Priest reverence the altar with a profound bow. The Priest and Deacon, as an expression of veneration, will kiss the altar. The Priest will then either stand at the altar or go to the chair and together with the assembly make the Sign of The Cross and after that the Priest will briefly introduce the faithful to the Mass of the day.
The Penitential Act, the Kyrie, the Gloria and Collect: The short period before reciting the Penitential Prayer is to examine our conscience and the prayer serves as a form of general confession along with the prayer after which serves as a form of absolution - however this should not preclude the Sacrament of Penance. The Kyrie can be part of the penitential rite or a separate prayer. If separate and the Lord Have Mercy is used - the faithful are to "beat their breast" with each petition as a sign of humility. The Gloria is an ancient and venerable hymn that glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. It can be sung or recited. The Collect is when the Priest calls on the faithful to pray and everybody, including the Priest , observes a brief silence to make us aware we are in the presence of God. At the end of the prayer we will all sit to begin the next part of the Mass - The Liturgy of the Word - which will be discussed next week.
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