The Breath of God

The Eighteenth (18th) Sunday After Pentecost
The Celebration of the Holy Mass Rite I, Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr., Celebrant
The responses of the faithful are in italics.

23 September 2018

Entrance Hymn: Breath on Me, Breath of God

Bishop Tatro: Let Us Begin All things as we should.  Blessed be God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Bishop Tatro: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Tatro: Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Here is sung or said;
Kyrie eleison

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Gloria:

The Celebrant says to the people
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.

Grant us, O Lord, not to mind earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to cleave to those that shall
abide; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Attende Domine

Topic Hymn: Spirt of the Living God

The Lesson
Today we deviate from the appointed lectionary readings for a message that has been placed on my heart to deliver to you.

The Breath of God
Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.

My Brothers and Sisters,

Pray with me a moment. May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.  Amen

What does the word breath mean?  Webster’s Dictionary defines it as the faculty of breathing, an act of breathing, air inhaled and exhaled in breathing and a spoken sound: utterance.

Our Almighty God has created everything with just a simple command or a puff of His breath.  From the first human Adam going on through each individual person, we have the Breath of the Living God within us!  Let us take a trip through Scripture.

In the first chapter of Genesis God was called Elohim (God of Power).  What a Powerful God He is!

Genesis 1:2 (KJV)
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Imagine just His face, His breath, (in Greek emphusaó), His utterance…His command caused all creation to come into being.  What an excellent God we serve and love!

Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Jehovah Elohim—a God of power and perfection, a finishing God! God just simply breathed into Adam’s nostrils and gave him life!  The Greek word theopneustos literally means “breathed out.”  We see this concept in 2 Tim 3:16 when Paul tells Timothy: “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Here the Greek theopneustos shows that God’s breath (emphusaó) is not only in us individually but also in the Holy Scriptures.

Now let’s take a trip to 1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Yes, we generally see this Scripture when we speak of the sins of fornication.  However, I want to take a moment and explore what else we can learn from it.

Paul speaks of the body as the Temple.  Let’s look at that word. Temple any place or object regarded as a shrine or sanctuary where God makes Himself present, especially the body of a person who has been sanctified or saved by grace.  Matthew Henry speaks plainly about this: “He that is joined to Christ is one spirit. He is yielded up to him, is consecrated thereby, and set apart for his use, and is hereupon possessed, and occupied, and inhabited, by his Holy Spirit. This is the proper notion of a temple—a place where God dwells, and sacred to his use, by his own claim and his creature’s surrender. Such temples real Christians are of the Holy Ghost. Must he not therefore be God? But the inference is plain that hence we are not our own. We are yielded up to God, and possessed by and for God; nay, and this is virtue of a purchase made of us: You are bought with a price. In short, our bodies were made for God, they were purchased for him.”  Our bodies were made for God…made from the earth and contain His Holy Breath!  Jehovah Elohim at work!

Let’s see more of Elohim at work. Job 33:4: “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”

2 Sam 22:16 (ESV)
Then the channels of the sea were seen;
the foundations of the world were laid bare,
at the rebuke of the Lord,
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils

At the breath of His nostrils.  Let me read that again…At the breath…At His Breath!  David is recalling the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea in that verse…that at the simple Breath of God…the very breath we have within us anything can be accomplished…with one caveat here…that is accomplished that will Glorify Him!

Isaiah 61:1 says: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” After Jesus read from this passage (Luke 4:17–21) in the synagogue, He said, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” The me on whom the Spirit of the Lord God rests is Christ, the One whom God has anointed . . . to preach good tidings (good news) and to proclaim liberty. When Jesus quoted this passage, He stopped at this point, indicating that the day of vengeance (final judgment) had not yet come.

Acts 2:1-4 (NLT) On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

When that first Pentecost came, and we received the gift of the Holy Ghost it was God giving us a refill of His powerful breath!  We all have a duty to perform our task assigned to us by Almighty God.  How do you use His Breath, His Wisdom, His Gifts among your brothers and sisters? Now that we see that breath of God has instilled life within us…we must use our ears and listen for His still voice.  We are the clay and we must allow the Potter to shape us and mold us into what He has destined for us.

Being the bearers of God’s Breath…we should be treating each other as He and His Son commanded us with love.  Yes, I say Love!  The greatest gift of the Spirit is Love.  So, stop the mistreatment/exploitation of your brothers and sisters.  Don’t leave the message of love in this the Public Sanctuary but take it within your bodily temples and show the world what the gift of love is all about!  Remember we are His, we are made by Him and He dwells within! I want you to remember the words from our Mass…With Him, In Him and in the Unity of the Holy Spirit!

We are shaped and molded to be Christlike.  Let us return to the traditions of Christ, let us look at people with Christ’s eyes.  Let us give breath or utterance as Christ would.  Remember we are the vessels that are filled with His breath. Remember that as we go forth today and keep it as a conscious thought always…just not in these sacred walls.

And all Christ’s Church says: Amen.

Sequence Hymn: El Shaddai

Bishop Tatro:  Let Us With One Voice declare our Faith.
The Nicene Creed
ALL: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 
The Prayers of the People

Bishop: Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church and the world.

After each paragraph of this prayer, the People may make an appropriate response, as directed.
Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.
Lord Hear Our Prayer.

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.
Lord Hear Our Prayer.

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.
Lord Hear Our Prayer.

We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land, that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.
Lord Hear Our Prayer.

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honour thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.
Lord Hear Our Prayer.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.
The People may add their own petitions.
 
Bishop: Lord, hear the prayers of thy people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of thy people; in the multitude of thy mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to thee for help; for thou art gracious, O lover of souls, and to thee we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Hasten, O Father, the coming of thy kingdom; and grant that we thy servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold thy Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator, and Advocate. Amen.

The Bishop says the following:
Bishop: Ye who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: Draw near with faith, and make your humble confession to Almighty God, [devoutly kneeling].

Celebrant and People: Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us, the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution
Bishop: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon  and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15
 

The Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to thine apostles, “Peace I give unto you; my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church, and give unto us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit, thou livest and reignest, now and forever. Amen.

The Celebrant says to the people: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And with thy spirit.
Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the Name of the Lord.

The Offertory
I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1

Offertory Hymn:  Bringing in the Sheaves

At the Offering of Bread: Receive, Holy Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, this spotless host which I thine unworthy servant, together with this congregation, now offer unto thee, our God, the living and true, for our countless sins, wickedness, and neglect; and for all those here present; as also for all the faithful in Christ, both quick and dead; that it may set forward their salvation and mine unto life everlasting. Amen.

At the Offering of the Wine: We offer unto thee, O Lord, the cup of salvation, beseeching thy mercy that it may ascend in the sight of thy divine Majesty as a sweet-smelling savour for our salvation and that of the whole world. Amen.

At the Offering of Ourselves: In contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted of thee, O Lord, and so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day that it may be well-pleasing unto thee, O Lord our God.

At the Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Come, O thou Sanctifier, Almighty and Eternal God, and bless this sacrifice made ready for thy holy Name.
 

At the Offering of Incense: By the intercession of blessed Michael the Archangel, who standeth at the right hand of the altar of incense, and of all the elect, may the Lord vouchsafe to bless this incense, and accept it as a sweet-smelling savour; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

At the Censing of the Oblations: Let this incense, blessed by thee, O Lord, come up before thee, and let thy mercy come down upon us.

 At the Censing of the Cross and Altar: Let my prayer, O Lord, be set forth in thy sight as the incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, and keep the door of my lips. O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing; let me not be occupied in ungodly works with the men that work wickedness.

At the Censing of Priest and People: May the Lord kindle in us the fire of his love, and the flame of his everlasting charity. Amen.
 

At the Washing of the Priest’s Hands: I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord; and so will I go to thine altar. That I may show the voice of thanksgiving and tell of all thy wondrous works.  Amen.

Prayer for Acceptance: Receive O Holy Trinity, this oblation which we offer unto thee, in memory of the passion, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ; and in honour of blessed Mary ever Virgin, of blessed John Baptist, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul; of these and all the Saints; that it may be to their honour and our salvation; and that like as we remember them on earth, so in heaven they may plead for us; through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Brethren pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.
People: The Lord receive this sacrifice at thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name; both to our benefit and that of all His Holy Church!
 

The Great Thanksgiving
The people remain standing. The Celebrant faces them and sings or says
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up unto the Lord.
Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
It is meet and right so to do.
 

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds: It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.

And now we give you thanks because on the first day of the week he overcame death and the grave and opened to us the way of everlasting life. Therefore, with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying {singing}:

Celebrant and People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts: Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
 

Celebrant: Deliver us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and with thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and with Andrew, and with all saints, give peace graciously in our days, that we, by thy mercy, may always be free from sin and safe from all anxiety; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Remember, Lord, also the souls of thy servants and handmaidens, which are gone before us with the mark of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. We beseech thee, O Lord, that unto them, and unto all such as rest in Christ, thou wilt grant a place of refreshing, of light, and of peace. And vouchsafe to give unto us some portion and fellowship with thy holy apostles and martyrs; with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Peter, Thomas, and with all thy saints; within whose fellowship we beseech thee to admit us.

And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory  be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.

And now, as our Saviour Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say {sing} with one voice:

People and Celebrant: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
 

Celebrant: Deliver us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and with thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and with Andrew, and with all saints, give peace graciously in our days, that we, by thy mercy, may always be free from sin and safe from all anxiety; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

As this broken bread was once grain scattered over the hills and, when gathered, became one mass, so may thy Church be gathered from the ends of the earth into thy Kingdom; for thine is the glory and the power, through Jesus Christ for evermore. Amen.

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept. Then may be sung or said

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore, let us keep the feast! Alleluia.
 

Agnus Dei

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

May this mingling and consecration of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord be unto us who receive it an approach to everlasting life. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to thine apostles, “Peace I give unto you; my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church, and give unto us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit, thou livest and reignest, now and forever. Amen.

The following prayer may be said. The People may join in saying this prayer: We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Facing the people, the Celebrant may say the following Invitation: The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the people.
The priest may show the Sacrament to the people, saying these words: Behold the Lamb of God; behold him that taketh away the sins of the world.

The People may say this prayer with the Celebrant: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.

Communion Hymn: One Bread, One Body

Spiritual Communion {for those not in attendance}
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen!

Post Communion Hymn:

After Communion, the Celebrant says: Let us pray.
The People may join in saying this prayer: Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Bishop gives the blessing: The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father , the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Recessional Hymn: Now Thank Thee All Our God

Celebrant: Lt us go forth in the Name and Power of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

One thought on “The Breath of God

  1. Padre Tatro, Your service as always is a Blessing. The service content is a surprise to me: like your selected music here, traditional & then traditional/popular; & the content absent the traditional scripture readings but more than making up for that with your references to scripture bringing home your messages of the Breath of the Living God & the body as the Temple. And then your Offertories so strong!!! –All as if you have reinvented, reinvigorated your service with a renewed, rededicated Breath of God. We continue to pray for Nicole’s Aunt Mary. Let us know how she is doing. Many thanks for today’s service. Phil

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