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Let us be aware of God's presence here amongst us and around us, in one another and in all of creation.
Glory to you, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Opening Prayer: We pray that we may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to God as did your servant Edmund. May we be strengthened with all power, according to God's glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Creator, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Reader: [From Colossians 19f] As they went on their way, a man said to Jesus:
Follower 1: "I will follow you wherever you go."
Edmund: "One thing you may be sure of, that whilst you work for God, whether you succeed or not, he will amply reward you."
Follower 2: "Sir, first let me go back and bury my father."
Edmund: "O God, did we even now rightly begin to serve you, your loving heart would take us all to its final embrace."
Follower 3: "I will follow you, sir; but first let me go and say good-bye to my family."
Edmund: "Cast all your cares into the arms of divine Providence. The will of God be done in this and every thing we undertake."
Reader: After this the Lord chose another seventy-two and sent them out two by two, to go ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go. He said to them,
Edmund: "Above all, beg of him to give you the virtue of humility which is so necessary for religious in every station, but particularly for those who have the care and direction of others. If you only acquire this virtue, it will always guide you safely, let your paths be ever so cross or difficult."
Reader: So they set out and went through the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
Edmund: "Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbour for the love of God, we should prize it more than silver and gold. But let us do ever so little for God, we will be sure he will never forget us."
Reader: The seventy-two disciples returned full of joy. They said, "Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we called on your name."
Edmund: "Be intent on prayer and whatever may happen will turn to our good."
PAUSE FOR QUIET REFLECTION AND SHARING