WHAT IS THE WORD? – Pat Maguire


Opening Hymn:  Give me joy in my heart

Our Father……Hail Mary….Glory be……..

Opening Prayer ( say together )

Loving God
As we gather tonight we thank you for your presence among us.
Help all of us in the Pallottine family to be grateful for all the ways in which we are blessed by your presence. May we become more and more like your son Jesus who, by his words and actions, showed your unconditional love for all people. May we learn to be like him, trusting in you and reaching out to those around us.
May your Holy Spirit be the source of inspiration and wisdom as we journey together in faith.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Scripture Reading:  First Letter; 1 John 1-4 

Something which has existed since the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have watched and touched with our own hands, the Word who is life — this is our theme.

That life was made visible; we saw it and are giving our testimony, declaring to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has been revealed to us. We are declaring to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too may share our life. Our life is shared with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing this to you so that our joy may be complete.

This is the Word of the Lord.( Short silence to reflect on God’s Word )

Lord Jesus

You came among us as a teacher, to share with us the Good News of the Father’s infinite love. In sharing your compassion and wisdom you opened the eyes of the blind and unblocked the ears of the deaf.  May we who are also privileged to be your followers learn from your compassion and wisdom, so that we too may encourage every one we encounter in hearing and heeding the truth that will set them free.  As members of the UAC may we be willing to learn from your example of gentle service. May we become sources of hope and enthusiasm in our parish and may our work always be guided by the inspiration of your Spirit.  Amen.

The Angelus: The angel of the lord declared unto Mary………….

Scripture passages referring to The Word: (Select one of the following passages of Scripture and share with the group what it means to you.)

In the beginning  was the Word: and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him.

John 1: 1

I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Psalm 119: 16

Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119: 11

But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word; the message, the basis and object of faith which we preach. Romans 10: 8

Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. Matthew 24: 35

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119: 105

So get rid of all uncleanliness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble, gentle, modest, spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted, in your hearts, contains the power to save your souls. James 1: 21

It is Jesus who desires to incarnate himself in the one who welcomes him.  John 1:1-14

No one has ever seen God; it is the only Son, who is nearest to the Father’s heart, who has made him known John 1: 18

Glory be to the Father…………….

St. Vincent Pallotti pray for us pray for us.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles pray for us