Saint Theresa Church - Rye Beach, NH
A Catholic Community
Rev. Msgr. Maurice D. Lavigne , Pastor
815 Central Road, PO Box 482
Rye Beach, NH 03871
FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Our celebration opens today with the singing of the Entrance Chant, Holy, Holy, Holy, NICAEA, one of the great hymns of praise in our Catholic tradition. We sing this as the Scriptures continue to speak of the great mercies and bountiful kindness of the Lord. The Entrance Antiphon today is, “I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord forever.” In light of that antiphon, our Entrance Chant says that we know that God has our backs!
The First Reading from Isaiah tells us to seek the Lord and his mercy; turn from ways that are wicked, and keep his statutes; call upon him for help in this regard. The Lord says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways, my ways. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.” Seek the Lord.
The Responsorial Psalm is like-themed, its verses underscoring the fact that if we but seek his mercy, the Lord will hear and answer us. “The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”, is our refrain. Ask, and you shall receive! He’s there to help!
St. Paul writes, in today’s New Testament Reading, that “Life is Christ, and death is gain..…I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.” Paul sees the prize that awaits him in death, and longs for the day when he may attain that treasure: the kingdom of God, forever. However, God had plans for Paul. In his years of missionary work in spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, Paul would live longer than he probably would have liked. He would be tortured many times, and finally put to death after many years of imprisonment, for the sake of Christ. His writings are at once pervasive and profound. His epistles continue to be vital roots of the theology, worship, and pastoral life of the Catholic tradition. This former persecutor of the early disciples of Jesus, was converted to Christianity after the risen Lord appeared to him. He spent the rest of his life helping the cause of Christ, finally resting, in martyrdom.
In the passage that we read today from Matthew’s gospel, Jesus told a parable about a vineyard owner who hired workers at different times of the day, yet paid them all the same wage at the end of the day. When some of the workers complained, the owner said, “Am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?” Cannot God bless as he chooses? Can we begrudge another who seems to have more than we have? Does it even matter? Whether a person has or has not will not decide who follows St. Paul to that heavenly prize. Jesus said, “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” Scripture is clear that salvation comes by grace through faith, not by works. Check out Ephesians 2:8-9!
At the Offertory we sing, Seek the Lord. This may be a new tune for some, so we’ll go over it before all Masses. The text of this hymn is the perfect compliment for today’s Scripture readings. It tells us to “Seek the Lord whose mercy abounds; call aloud to God who is near.” Verse two picks words right out of the First Reading with, “As high as the sky is above the earth, so high above our ways, the ways of the Lord.”
At Communion we sing, The Cry of the Poor, blessing God for hearing our pleas for his saving grace and shelter, amid the heartaches of life. Ask, and you shall receive! He’ll hear you call!
At the conclusion of Mass we sing, Sent Forth by God’s Blessing, ASH GROVE, stating our intention of bringing our communion with Christ into our lives, and furthering the kingdom of God by our actions in the world. In holiness, we leave our place of worship.
St. Theresa’s Choir is in need of singers! If you’ve never before considered joining my wonderful band of choristers, please consider it now! We are a very, merry group, making beautiful music together, for the Lord! We welcome anyone who is of college age or older, who wishes to give us a try. No experience of choral singing is needed. You’ll learn all that you need to know at rehearsals. We sing every Sunday morning at the 10:00 Mass, from September to early June. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:00PM, and are generally over by 8:30PM. Here’s a chance for you to use your voice in prayerful song that ministers to our congregation! For more information, please call me at 964-6630.
Mary Lou Arcidi – Music Director
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