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23/07/2010: General House - Rome | Photo gallery


22nd July


Feast of Mary Magdalene



              Rejoicing we gathered together yesterday evening at the Eucharist to celebrate our new team. We were reminded that with our new team comes new life, new beginnings, and new hope.



             During our celebration, Maureen, Darlene, Helen and Marta enwrapped Oonah, Claire, Ivete and Marge in the prayer shawls that were given to them in 2004 – a symbol of passing on their leadership to a new team, a new beginning.


             On this beautiful feast of Mary Magdalene we recall Mary as the first women disciple – she ran to tell the Good News.


             What do we need to be saying in the Church and in the world today?


             How can we share the uniqueness of Sion and run with our story?




  Celebration Liturgy


Blessing of Leadership Team

   Oonah O’Shea

 Clare Jardine

  Ivete Holthmam

 Marge Zdunich




Opening Song:

Here in this place new life is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away.

See in this space our fears and our dreamings,

Brought here to you in the light of this day.

Gather us in, the lost and forsaken; gather us in the blind and the lame;

Call to us now and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name.


We are the young our lives are a mystery, we are the old who yearn for your face

We have been sung throughout all of hist’ry, called to be light to the whole human race.

Gather us in the rich and the haughty, gather us in the proud and the strong;

Give us a heart so meek and so lowly , give us the courage to enter the song.


Here we will take the wine and the water, here we will take the bread of new birth.

Here you shall call your sons and your daughters, call us anew to be salt for the earth.

Give us to drink the wine of compassion, give us to eat the bread that is you.

Nourish us well and teach us to fashion, lives that are holy and hearts that are true.


Reflection: Ivete


Gloria:  Sung (1x in unison, 2x in rounds)


First Reading – Song of Songs 3: 1-4


Psalm 63 (Spanish)

R: O Dios, Tú mereces un himno en Sion


Gospel Acclamation:  Russian Alleluia (verse in English)


Gospel  - John 20;1-2, 11-18


Prayers of the Faithful: Portugues





 Santo:  (Portugues)

Santo, Santo, Santo, dizem todos os anjos

Santo, Santo, Santo é o Senhor Jesus,

Santo, Santo, Santo é quem nos redime

Porque meu Deus é Santo e a terra cheia de sua glória está (bis)

Céus e terras passarão, mas sua palavra não passará (bis)

Não, não, não passará

Não, não, não, não, não, não passará.

Hosana a Jesus Cristo, o filho de Maria

Bendito o que vem, em nome do Senhor

Santo, Santo, Santo, é quem nos redime

Porque meu Deus é Santo e a terra cheia de sua glória está (bis)


Eucharistic Acclamation:  (Sung)

He is  Lord, He is Lord,

He is risen from the dead and he is Lord.

Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess

That Jesus Christ is Lord.


Amen:  (Europe)  Sung


Our Father (Hebrew – led by Contemplatives)


Lamb of God (Romanian)

Mielul lui Dumnezeu, care ei asupra ta, păcatele lumii  miluiește-ne pe noi. 

Mielul lui Dumnezeu, care ei asupra ta, păcatele lumii  miluiește-ne pe noi. 

Mielul lui Dumnezeu, care ei asupra ta, păcatele lumii  dă-ne nouă pacea


Communion Song:

Eat this bread, drink this cup, come to me and never be hungry.

Eat this bread, drink this cup, trust in me and you will not thirst.


Blessing of New Leadership Team


Liturgy of Generosity

Gracious god, thank you for generous hearts

.......to share whatever gift it is that you have given us......

.......to acknowledge you as the giver of all goo gifts

.......to give without counting the cost

.......to share without expecting something in return

.......to be wise in the way of caring for ourselves and others

.......to hold all of our treasures and values with open hands

.......to have Gospel priorities and to align our life, love and time in thier light

.......to be gracious and unbegrudging in our giving

.......to recognise the abundance of blkessings in each passing day

.......to know the freedom that comes with true generosity

.......to experience the heart of the widow giving her mite

.......to accept our talents, whether manuy of few, and to use them in service of the Kingdom

......to grow in giving thanks for everything.


Litanie de la générosité

Merci mon Dieu pour les coeurs généreux

...qui partagent les cadeaux que vous avez donnés

...qui vous reconnaissent comee le donateur de leurs dons

...qui donnent sans compter

...qui partagent sans attendre en retour

...qui se conduisent sagement et font de même avec les autres

...qui tiennent les trésors et les valeurs dans les mains overtes

...qui ont l’Evangile comme priorité et alignent leur vie, leur amour et leur              

    temps à sa lumière

...qui sont généreux dans leurs dons

...qui reconnaissent chaque jour l’abondance des bénédictions

...qui connaisent la liberté de al vraie générosité

...qui expérimentent le coeur de la veuve donnant sa pièce

...qui acceptent les talents, si petits soient-ils, et les utilisent au service du  


            ...qui grandissent en remerciant pour tout.


            Letanias de la generosidad

            Graçias Señor por las corazones generosas...

            ...que comparten los regalos que tu nos has dado

            ...que se reconocen como el generador de sus dones

            ...que da sin esperar

            ...que comparten sin esperar recompensa

            ...que conduce sabiamente y es fuerte de ella misma en los otros

            ...que tiene todos los tresoros y valores eon sus manos abiertas

            ...que tiene el evangelio como prioridad y alieneto de su vida su amor y su

                 tiempo es su luz

            ...que reconoce la generosidad en su dones

            ...que reconoce cada dia la abundancia de las bendiciones

            ...que reconoce la libertad de la generosidad de vida

            ...que experimenta el corazón de la viuda que da su moneda

            ...que acepta los pequeños talentos y los pone al servicio del reino

            ...que crece y da gracias por todo.


            Ladainha de generosidade

            Obrigada meu Deus pelos corações generosos

            ...que partilham  os presentes que voce lhes deu

            ...que vos reconhecem como o doador de deus dons

            ...que doam sem medida

            ...que partilham sem esperar retorno

            ...que vivem sabiamente e fazem o mesmo com os outros

            ...que conservam os tesouros e os valores com màos abertas

            ...que posuem o Evangelho como prioridade e alinham sua vida, seu amor e 

                 seu tempo à sua luz

            ...que são generosos em seus dons

            ...que reconhecem cada dia a abundãncia das bênçãos

            ...que conhecem a liberdadae da verdadeira generosidade

            ...que experimentam o coração de viuva dando sua moeda

            ...que aceitam os talentos, mesmo pequenos, e os utilizam no servicio do


            ...que que crescem agradecendo por tudo.


 Final Blessing




I cannot dance,O Lord unless you lead me,

And ifg you want me to leap for joy,

Then you must be the first tod dance and to sing

And I will follow you; inb your echo I will ring

Then, only then,

Then, only then,

Then, only then will I leap for joy!


I cannot sing , O Lord unless you lead me,

And if you want me to sing for joy,

Then you must be the first to sing out your song

And I will follow you and sing right along.

Then, only then,

Then, only then

Then, only then will I sing for joy!


Lead me Lord in your joyful dancing.

I will follow in your dance of life.

Then all my living will be true to you,

My loving God.