September 25, 2019

Eucharistic Prayer for Percussion Liturgy

In 2019 I wrote Rhythms of Life in God: A Percussion Eucharistic Liturgy. I wrote this prayer for use with the liturgy.


Holy and mysterious God,
in the beginning you created light
pulsing with all the colors of the universe.
You moved Miriam to dance in your liberation
and Moses to sing with your justice.
Through the prophets you reminded your people
to welcome the immigrant,
care for women and children,
and include everyone in your music of mercy.

Through Jesus you reached out to all peoples
and invited them into your way.
He walked the earth
to the beat of your drums of equity and grace.
He lifted up the poor with cadences of hope.
He invited everyone to celebrate the rhythms of life in you.
Facing those who rejected your radical inclusion,
he gave his life
so that all have a place at the table.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the paschal mystery of life:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Send your dynamic Spirit upon us
to make our hearts pulse with your life.
Compose us with rhythms of justice and mercy.
Bless this bread and wine with Jesus’ presence now
and make this table a welcoming place for all gathered here.
With bodies and minds, voices and instruments,
we give you all praise and thanks
creative and wonderful God,
in Christ Jesus,
by the Spirit’s stirring,
until all things are united
in your eternal circle of love.
Amen.

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