Take up your cross: Lent 2013

Hi there GII! 

In this year of GII’s 30th anniversary, we invite you to Take up Your Cross, and join us in our journey with Jesus.

Our faithful weekly preparation for the Sunday proclamation of the Word, of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, is our way to walk with Jesus as faithful disciples – bearing our crosses each day and opening ourselves to the New Life God offers us. Every mass we sing for, and attend, is the great celebration of the high feast of the Lamb – the purpose of mass is to transform us – we are taken, blessed, broken and shared for the world, just as Jesus was.

Readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent
Entrance antiphon
When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days 
1st Reading
Deuteronomy 26:4-10 The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstrectched arm 
Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 90 Be with me, O Lord, in my distress. 
2nd Reading
Romans 10:8-13 Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved 
Gospel acclamation
Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. 
Gospel
Luke 4:1-13 One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. 
Communion antiphon
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God / The Lord will conceal you with his pinions and under his wings you will trust 

A reflection on Living the Paschal Mystery

Whatever Lenten practices we undertake, it is important to remember their purpose. Lenten practices are not about losing weight or finally stopping smoking, but they are about deepening our baptismal identity as children of God and members of the Body of Christ. This is the identity conferred upon us at baptism, and this is the identity out of which we enter into our own Lenten desert; out of which we face our worst temptations. By remaining faithful to who we are – God’s children, members of the Body of Christ – we can resist temptations and grow in our relationships with God, self, and others.

Music for this Sat:

Entrance antiphon (Introit) – this season of Lent we are endeavouring to sing the antiphons, instead of normal hymns, as these antiphons are given and chosen by Mother Church to connect most aptly with the readings of the day:
When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days. 
Mass settings: Kyrie [chant], Gospel acclamation – Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!
Hymns: On eagle’s wings, In the land there is a hunger, Take up your cross

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