Liturgy This Week

Feast of the Ascension - May 24, 2020

Note: this is NOT a video of mass; the Eucharist is being celebrated on our behalf by the Archbishop and others (links can be found at archstl.org). This is a glimpse of what you would have heard and seen at St. Vincent's this weekend if we could have all been here together.

This Sunday we return to the Gospel of Matthew. We haven't heard from him since Palm Sunday.

The Feast of the Ascension -- of all of the mysteries that the Church celebrates, this is perhaps the most ironic: As Jesus is leaving from the sight of his disciples for the last time, he says, "And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world."

Our own lives are full of contradictions, yet we navigate our way thru. Jesus has often been called a living contradiction -- because it is thru death (His death) that we gain eternal life. Let's see what's going on:

BTW, we don't have any coffee and donuts today. However, if you stick around 'til the end -- we do have a special treat for you!

A special thank you to our friends @ OneLicense.net who make sure that our artists get paid for their work. Here at St. V's, we are proud to maintain a license so that artists get paid.

We cannot gather together physically today, so we join together in spirit with: 

Opening Song:
Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Sing along with this licensed songsheet

arr by: Trevor Thomson. Additional text and music, and arrangement © 2013, Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)
1st Reading:
Acts 1:1-11
Responsorial Psalm:
Psalm 47, God Mounts His Throne
by Marty Haugen (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)
2nd Reading: 
Ephesians 1:17-23
Homily: 
Father Ed Murphy, CM
Reflection: 
We recorded this song over 10 weeks ago. We posted it here on the 4th Sunday of Lent - March 22nd. On this Feast of the Ascension, Jesus promises that whatever we face today, He is with us. Always.
We re-post it as a reflection on this Sunday's scriptures.
Hard Times Come Again No More
by Stephen Foster (Public Domain)

It wouldn't be church without a collection, right?

Even though you can't join us in person right now, we still have our neighbors who are homeless who need food every day. We continue to provide food - with heightened levels of safety. These extraordinary measures cost us more money than usual. If you can assist us in our mission to our community, please donate what you can.

Communion Song: 
One Sacrifice of Christ
Sing along with this licensed songsheet
 
by Rick Modlin, Robert Feduccia (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)
Closing Song: 
Go, Make of All Disciples
Sing along with this licensed songsheet
Tune: Public Domain

This week's Coffee and Donuts bonus track for you:

First of all, we want to wish a very happy birthday to today's cantor, Teri Wells! 

Meanwhile, while you go grab some coffee, some juice, and your favorite treat, here is a song from John Angotti that is drawn from today's Gospel. It begins with Jesus' instruction to baptize all nations, along with the clear message of mission that He gives to all who follow Him. Baptism is not passive, not a "Get Into Heaven For Free" card -- it is a call to action, Baptism is a call to go out and live what we have heard, "until the end of the world!"

I Send You Out
by: John Angotti
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