APRIL 2018 : HOPE: REDEEMED IN CHRIST

APRIL 2018

HOPE: REDEEMED IN CHRIST

+ PRAY THE PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY (p.24)

Focus: Redemption has come to all of us, thanks to Christ’s atoning work on the Cross. Salvation is an individual choice that we each must make, a gift that we can accept or reject even up to our dying breath. (Pope Francis)

Introduction Christ’s Resurrection is a triumph over sin and death. All of us face our own battles in our daily lives against temptation and sin. Can we love those who hate us? Can we love those who spit upon our face? Jesus has already won the eternal victory. Let us allow God to work through us, for alone we will surely fail, but with Him we shall share in the victory. (PMPC Core Team)

Opening Song: Therefore the redeemed

Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return

And come with singing  unto Zion

And everlasting joy shall be upon their heads

(Repeat)

They shall obtain gladness and joy

And sorrow and mourning shall flee away

Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return

And come with sing unto Zion

And everlasting joy shall be upon their heads

 

DIALOGUE

“He is not here!”

The Egyptian pyramids are world-famous as one of the “Seven Wonders” of the ancient world. But they are actually gigantic tombs containing the mummified bodies of Egyptian Pharaohs.

The Westminster Abby is famous, and thousands visit it because the dead bodies of famous writers, philosophers and politicians are entombed there.

But there is a Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and pilgrims from all over the world throng to the tomb there which is empty with a note at its entrance which says, “He is not here.”

It is famous because Jesus Christ who was once buried there rose from the dead, leaving an empty tomb, as He had told his disciples he would. Thus, He worked the most important miracle in His life, defying the laws of nature and proving that He is God.

We rejoice at this great and unique event by celebrating Easter. Easter is a feast which gives us hope and encouragement in this world of pain, sorrows and tears. It reminds us that life is worth living.

It is our belief in the Real Presence of the Risen Jesus in our souls, in His Church, in the Blessed Sacraments and in Heaven that gives meaning to our personal, and to our common prayers.

Our trust in the all-pervading presence of the Risen Lord gives us strength to fight against temptations and freedom from unnecessary worries and fears. The prayer of St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, reads: “Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ within me, never to part.”   (Easter Sunday, 2017, Vatican Radio)

Buzz with the person next to you. Buzz a second time with another person

  • Share your joy of Easter
  • Share your experience of being redeemed by the Risen Christ.

DISCERNMENT

Biblical Text: 1 Cor 15: 55-57

  1. Ask the Holy Spirit for openness to be empowered and evangelizing through Christ
  2. Read the text two or three times
  3. Be in silence with the text – read silently on your own
  4. What words or phrase caught your attention? Write it down

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  1. (Choose only one from # 4): What is the Holy Spirit saying to me? Write it down

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  1. Share in small groups (3-4 persons) on # 4 and # 5

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DEEDS
During this month of April let us  bring joy of being saved to someone.

(Write down the deeds that you want to do)

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Concluding prayer

(Invite a member of your BEC to pray the closing prayer or pray spontaneously)

 

Concluding Song

THE LIGHT OF CHRIST (SYPG N.71)

The light of Christ has come into the world

The light of Christ has come into the world

  1. All men must be born again

To see the kingdom of God

The water and the Spirit

Bring new life in God’s love

  1. God gave up His only Son

Out of love for the world

So that all men who believe in Him

Will live forever

  1. The light of God has come to us

So that we might have salvation

From the darkness of our sins

We walk into glory with Christ Jesus

 

OR

LORD OF ALL HOPEFULNESS

(https://youtu.be/b8mti7VL3gg)

 

Food for the Journey: To be read at Home (On Christ risen changes everything)

Church Document Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of The Gospel, no. 275

If we think that things are not going to change, we need to recall that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death and is now almighty. Jesus Christ truly lives. Put another way, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain” (1 Cor 15:14).

The Gospel tells us that when the first disciples went forth to preach, “the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message” (Mk 16:20). The same thing happens today. We are invited to discover this, to experience it. Christ, risen and glorified, is the wellspring of our hope, and he will not deprive us of the help we need to carry out the mission which he has entrusted to us

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate

the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families

never again experience violence, rejection and division;

may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Graciously hear our prayer.  Amen.

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