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November 22

Elementary:

We begin in the name of Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Listen, everywhere we go we can hear music. We hear music from the radio or our favorite tunes on your phone, TV Google or Alexa.  We stream music and videos everywhere on our phones.  Even as we play and work someone around you is either humming out loud or has a tune stuck in their head. 

Many faith traditions have a phrase similar to: "Singing is like praying twice."

A young lady named Cecilia loved to sing and loved Jesus.  Today we remember St. Cecilia (patron of one of our local parishes near the schools of St. Francis, Sacred Heart and St. Luke) as the patroness of musicians as she prayed in song to God through the hard times in her life.

Let us surround ourselves with the prayer of music in our lives - the music of Love:​

Lord may we discover you in the music 

that surround us every day.
from running footsteps to hearts beating
from kind words to playing voices
from smiles and tears.
The rhythm of Your Love surrounds us … Amen.

And we carry a song of respect, peace and healing into our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen


High School: 

We begin in the name of Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Listen, everywhere we go we can hear music. Maybe it is the music from the radio or your favorite tunes on your phone or on the TV or maybe Google or Alexa.  We stream music everywhere.  I'm thinking that even now someone close to you is either humming out loud or has a tune stuck in their head. 

The phrase "Singing is like praying twice" shows up in Jewish literature and Catholic Christian traditions as well.

Today is the memorial of St. Cecilia, patron of one of our local parishes near the schools of St. Francis, Sacred Heart and St. Luke.  St. Cecilia is the patroness of musicians as she prayed in song to God through her hard times.

Let us form our prayer today around the music in our lives and the music of Love:

Lord may we discover you in the rhythms and beats
that surround us every day.
From footsteps to heart thumps
Your Love is around and within us.

Lord may we discover you in the harmonies and discords
that surround us every day.
From playing and working together to harsh words and hits healed
Your Love is around and within us.

Lord may we discover you in the words and lyrics
that surround us every day.
From speaking kindness and comfort to justice and courage
Your Love is around and within us.

Lord your Love goes beyond words
like the music that is all around us
calling feelings and mystery
Let us sing of you love in all that we do …

In Jesus name we sing and pray …Amen

And we carry a song of justice, peace and healing into our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen