Proclaiming Abundant Love

Mission Outline

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  Proclaiming Abundant Love
During this Precious Blood Parish Mission we celebrate God's abundant love poured out for us in the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. We will reflect on what it means for us to be people of the covenant, people of the cross, people reconciled in the blood of Christ, and people of the cup. A team of preachers made up of one priest or brother, one sisters, and one associate member of our communities will share the spirituality of the precious blood with your parish as you listen to the Word of God, celebrate God's abundant love through prayer, ritual and song, share your faith and reflect upon God's call in your lives.

Click here to see the Planning Manual for the Proclaiming Abundant Love parish mission

Celebration I – People of the Covenant
The focus of the first celebration is God’s covenant with us – a covenant signed in water and in blood. It is a covenant God made with all humanity in the blood of Christ – a covenant by which we "who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2:13) It is a personal covenant as well – for in the waters of baptism we enter into covenant with the God who calls us each by name.

We are invited to the water, to the place where we entered into covenant with the Almighty. We are invited to renew that covenant – to remember that Christ’s blood flows in our veins and thus unites us not only to God but to one another.

All are invited to come to the water, to be renewed in the grace of baptism, and to rejoice that we are the beloved of God.

Click here to see the outline of the first mission celebration.

Celebration II – People of the Cross
The focus of the second celebration during our parish mission is that we are people of the cross. It is by the cross that we are saved. On Good Friday, we often feel guilty for the fact that our sins led Christ to the cross. Yet nowhere in scriptures are we told to feel guilty about the cross. We are told to rejoice, to give thanks for the salvation we have received. Christ took up the cross for us, for our redemption. The cross is the sign of hope for all sinners. We are people of the cross, people redeemed by the blood of the cross.

This service is modeled on the Taizé format for evening prayer. Music, psalmody, short readings and periods of silence are interwoven together. The celebration includes the veneration of the cross and the signing of one another with the cross - based on the signings during the rite of acceptance into the order of catechumens.

Celebration III – People Reconciled by the Blood of Christ
The focus of the third celebration during our parish mission is that we are people reconciled to God through the blood of Christ. While the celebration takes the form of a penance service, the focus is more on God’s mercy than on our sins. If our gathering is about our sins, then we have nothing to celebrate, but if it is about God’s undying and abundant mercy, then we have every reason to rejoice.

All are invited to celebrate the sacrament of penance according to the Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution.

Session IV – People of the Cup
The focus of the fourth celebration is the cup of Christ’s blood which we share. It is a cup of thanksgiving, as well as a cup of suffering. It is a cup of remembrance, as well as a cup of salvation. We share the cup, and Christ’s blood flows through our veins and arteries. Like Christ, we are called to go forth to live as citizens of God’s reign, loving God and neighbor.

The votive Mass of the Precious Blood is celebrated as we share the cup of salvation with one another.

Special Celebrations for Children
A special liturgy of the Word and activities designed especially for the children of the parish is part of each celebration. One of the preachers ministers with the children as they celebrate and come to understand more deeply God's abundant love for them. They are part of the rituals with the rest of the community, too.

Click here to see the outline for the Children's Liturgy of the Word during the second celebration.

Other Options
Preachers are willing to visit classrooms, preach at children's liturgies or schedule a special celebration just for the children of the parish school or religious education program. This might be done to augment or encourage further participation by the children in the Children's Liturgies of the Word mentioned above.

Parishioners who are unable to attend the mission due to age or infirmity are also invited to share in the mission. Prayer booklets designed for their use at home are available. The preachers are also willing to visit people in their homes or to conduct a simple celebration in assisted living or nursing care facilities in the parish so that the elders and infirmed can be part of the mission, too.

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Faith Sharing
During the first, second and fourth celebrations of the parish mission, parishioners are invited to share their faith with one another for a few minutes.

At the end of the mission, they are invited to form faith sharing groups to reflect on the sacred scriptures and make them come alive in their own lives. A simple method - based on Lexio Divino - is provided, and anyone can learn to share their faith with others. These groups might meet at the church or in people's homes.

Click here to see or to download the format used for faith sharing.

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