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Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary is such an important character in the story of Jesus. She accepted God’s plan for her and through her ‘yes’ to God gives Jesus to the world. The first assembly may also be easily adapted for an Assembly on Terese of Lisieux

Servant of God

Opening Activity: Ball Games
Take a small ball, such as a tennis ball or a juggling ball. You may even want to take several balls and try to juggle with them—if you don’t mind making a fool of yourself! Perhaps take different kinds of balls used in sports (you could borrow some from the PE Department). Which balls represent the sport favoured by the young people? Which is the most popular?

A Plaything for the Lord
St Tersese of Lisieux (whose devotion to the child Jesus gave her the title of ‘Terese of the child Jesus’), once said about her relationship with Jesus that she would like to be a small plaything for the Lord, like a toy that he used at his pleasure and at his disposal, to be used or thrown away as he wanted. She wanted to be completely at Jesus’ disposal: to do what he wanted to do, to be used as he wanted to use her. It shows great faith and humility, that she was willing or wanted to be willing to do exactly as Jesus wanted, when he wanted

Bringing the presence of Jesus to Others
In Mary we also see a similar faith. She was willing for God to use her as she wanted. ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ she said to the angel Gabriel. ‘Let everything you have said happen to me.’ And so because Mary was willing to accept God’s plans for her, God becomes human., God becomes part of our world. It is a very courageous and humble person who gives in to God totally. It may be a long way from where we are at the moment. But her life, her response to God, has completely changed the world. If we are able to follow her example, we too will be able to show Jesus’ presence to others and help to change the world.

Prayer
God our Father,
Mary responded to the angel’s message
with great faith and love.
Help us to respond to you with the same faith
so that we may help to bring Jesus to a waiting world.

Annunciation

Decisions, Decisions
What kind of decisions do you have to make through life, or from day to day? What to eat, what to wear, what subjects to study, what job you want to have, where to go on holidays, and so on. Sometimes, we make good decisions, other times bad decisions. Some decisions are seemingly insignificant, others are crucial: we may agonise over them, or make them under pressure.

Mary’s Decision
Mary had a choice to make. God had chosen her for a special role, to be the mother of Jesus. She could have said, ‘No.’ She could have thought about the consequences and decided that she wanted an easy life, without all the hassle involved. But she didn’t say ‘No’ to God. She said ‘Yes.’ And because she said ‘Yes’ to God, Jesus comes into the world, changing her life, changing the world.

Our Decision
God doesn’t force himself on us. He gives us a choice. And many people choose to reject him, choose to say ‘No’ to him. It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t keep on trying, like the story of the Lost Sheep, where the shepherd searches out the one lost sheep, or the story of the woman searching her house for the one lost coin. But he has made us to be with him for ever. He wants us to be close to him, he wants us to share in what he is doing for the world. He works through us. In the Lord’s prayer, we pray ‘Thy will be done.’ Just like Mary said, ‘Let what you have said happen to me.’ Today we celebrate the fact that Mary gave in to God. We celebrate her ‘Yes’ to God and pray that like her we too may say yes to God—for his plans for us and the world!

Reflection
What decisions do we have to make from day to day?
What important decisions have we made?
What important decision will we have to make?
What influences us in our decisions? Does God?

Prayer
God, there are so many decisions to make in our lives.
Help us to make the right decisions,
and to live as you want us to live.
We ask this through Jesus the Lord. Amen.

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The Magnificat
Message for Mary

The Angelus

The Angelus

Memorial of the Incarnation, traditionally said at morning, noon and evening.

The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to your Word.
Hail Mary...

And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary...

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: We beseech you, O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts, that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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