COMMISSIONING LAY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

Chair of Parish Council: Let those who are called to begin today serving our parish family as Lay Ministers of the Eucharist,  come forward…

(names…)

Chair of Parish Council: After careful thought, prayer and consultation, these our sisters and brothers have been called to serve our parish community in this Eucharistic Ministry. we ask that you as our pastor and all our community commission them and pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit that they might fulfil this Ministry of Love among us.

Priest: Do you know if they have prepared prayerfully and thoughtfully for this Ministry? And have they been suitably trained?

Chair of Parish Council: Yes, we believe they are ready to be entrusted with this Ministry.

Priest: Trusting in your judgment and upon the assent of the People of God gathered here, we together choose these sisters and brothers to serve our parish family as Lay Ministers of the Eucharist

ALL: THANKS BE TO GOD!

The priest now addresses the new Lay Ministers,  and then asks them the following questions:

ARE YOU RESOLVED TO UNDERTAKE THE OFFICE OF GIVING THE BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS,  AND SO SERVE TO BUILD UP THE CHURCH IN THE POWER OF HIS LOVE?

RESPONSE:     I AM!

ARE YOU RESOLVED TO GROW IN A DEEPER LOVE FOR THE CHRIST WE RECOGNISE IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD,  AND TO ADMINISTER THE HOLY EUCHARIST WITH REVERENCE, CARE, AND PRAYERFUL LOVE?

RESPONSE:     I AM WITH THE HELP OF GOD AND MY COMMUNITY!

Chair of Parish Council: Let those who are to be recommissioned as Lay Ministers of the Eucharist,  come forward and re-dedicate yourselves to the service of our parish family …

The Priest now addresses those to be recommissioned for a further period of service as Lay Ministers, and asks them:

ARE YOU RESOLVED TO CONTINUE SERVING YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE OFFICE OF GIVING THE BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO YOUR COMMUNITY, AND SO BUILD UP THE CHURCH IN THE POWER OF HIS LOVE?

RESPONSE:     I AM!

ARE YOU RESOLVED TO CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY OF SERVICE BY GROWING IN AN EVER DEEPER LOVE FOR THE CHRIST WE RECOGNISE IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD,  AND TO ADMINISTER THE HOLY EUCHARIST WITH REVERENCE, CARE, AND PRAYERFUL LOVE?

RESPONSE:     I AM WITH THE HELP OF GOD AND MY COMMUNITY!

The Priest now turns to the Parish Community,  and asks them to affirm their brothers and sisters in this ministry of service:

ARE YOU WILLING TO RECOGNISE CHRIST IN YOUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS HERE,  TO REVERENCE AND LOVE HIM IN ONE ANOTHER,  AND SO BECOME THE LIVING BODY OF CHRIST, BREAD IN GOD’S HANDS TO BE BROKEN AND GIVEN FOR THE LIFE OF OUR WORLD?

ALL:     WE ARE!

ARE YOU WILLING TO ACCEPT AND AFFIRM THE HUMBLE MINISTRY OF THESE APPOINTED LAY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST, JOYFULLY WELCOMING YOUR LORD AND BROTHER FROM THEIR HANDS, AND ENCOURAGING THEM WITH YOUR PRAYER AND FRIENDSHIP?

ALL:     WE ARE!

The Community now prays over Lay Ministers for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to empower their ministry among us,  and then the priest and or deacon anoints the hands of each minister with blessed oil, the ‘Oil of Gladness’,  as a consecration in the Holy Spirit.

Meanwhile all sing:           No 924

The Bidding Prayers now follow.

GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTION – WHERE JESUS IS CRUCIFIED TODAY!

1.   Jesus is being crucified today when schools and hospitals are targeted, when communities are victims of barbaric bombing and shelling, gas and chemical attacks; when brutal war is waged in Ukraine, Syria and Yemen, in Cameroon and Mali; when in the land of His birth Palestinian rights to freedom and a homeland are violently repressed and walls of division are built between between Palestinian and Israeli.

2.   Jesus is being crucified today when we refuse to change our life-style but continue to abuse our beautiful planet, exploiting the earth rather than living in joyful communion with creation; when 35 million people are on the verge of famine because of climate change, war and corruption and 78 million sisters and brothers are forced to flee their homeland and live as refugees.

3.   Jesus is being crucified today as millions still suffer with the Coronavirus, when poor countries with inadequate health systems can do little to care for the sick or combat the pandemic; when vaccines are not shared with poorer countries, when millions are locked in their homes and fear being infected; when selfishness ignores the need to act safely or be vaccinated in order to protect the whole community. 

4. Jesus is being crucified today when our young people have no hope, no jobs and turn to drugs and alcohol; when addiction drives young and old into the dark world of crime and violence; when the poor of our nation are the greatest victims pf soaring inflation and growing poverty with little or no help from government, as benefits are cut for the poorest and most vulnerable, and essential social services are reduced.

5.   Jesus is being crucified today when, like Jesus, women and men are wrongfully imprisoned; when others are tortured for their religious beliefs or political aspirations; and when developed nations like the United States and China keep thousands on death-row awaiting execution, and when our own nation imprisons in our Detention Centres and now threatens to ‘export like cattle’ the innocent and vulnerable who seek safe asylum among us to Rwanda.

6.  Jesus is being crucified today whenever survivors are haunted by memories of the Holocaust and Genocides in Rwanda, the Darfur, Serbia, Cambodia, China, and Myanmar, knowing this evil continues today in Ukraine; and minds and hearts are scarred as well as their bodies; when millions die unnoticed in the Congo because we want their minerals for our computers, when both Moslems and Christians live in fear of murder and abduction by extremist groups.

7.   Jesus is being crucified today when children and the vulnerable are hurt or abused, especially by members of the Church; when children are deprived of the love they need to grow whole and happy; when adults do not act to protect them from all harm; when people live for decades with inner pain because of past abuse.

8.  Jesus is being crucified today when children are raised in a culture of violence, learning to be violent and aggressive to each other; when children and young people are perpetrators and victims of knife crime on our streets; when they are manipulated into ‘County Lines’ to deal drugs or used as cheap labour or child soldiers, or for sexual exploitation; when the rights of child refugees are not recognised and respected.

9.   Jesus is being crucified today when LBGT+ people are not embraced with love by the Church or are discriminated against and their lives threatened around the world – and blasphemously in the name of God!

10.   Jesus is being crucified today when women and men are abused, trafficked and used for sex or slave labour; when women live in fear of sexual harassment and violence , when their voices are not heard and their gifts not valued, when they are refused equality and dignity,  whether in marriage,  in society or in the Church.

11.  Jesus is being crucified today when parents grieve the loss of their child, when children die in the womb for whatever reason, when hopes for the future lie shattered through separation or bereavement; when in a wealthy country like ours we cannot value and care adequately for our elderly, and the homeless are given no hope of proper shelter and housing in which to build their lives and raise their families with dignity.

  1.     Jesus is crucified today when peaceful change is violently repressed by brutal regimes using terror and massacre as in Hong Kong and Myanmar, and when refugees and asylum-seekers are harshly treated by host countries like our own, detained without trial while innocent of any crime, or perish in the waters of the Mediterranean or the English Channel and crossing mountain ranges or locked out of freedom by razor-wire border fences; when nations build walls of hostility rather than bridges of welcome and drive refugees into the hands of human traffickers and modern slavers; when racism goes unchallenged and the victims of racial violence go unheeded.

Edwina’s address for International Women’s Day

I greet you all my brothers and sisters, today is the day the beautiful women of our parish chose to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.  As we know this year’s theme is captioned “Breaking The Bias”. There are loads of bias/stereotypes against women that have become part and parcel of our everyday life in the society.

How do we break the bias?

In 1 Corinthians 11:22 it says, ” Nevertheless in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman”. this being the case, breaking the bias is going to be a collective action. It’s not going to be women doing it alone but men are seriously going to be at the forefront this time.

In our Homes;
The way in which we bring up our children matters a lot. When we segregate household chores amongst our male and female children, we are faning the flames of bias. Do we assign boys chores like washing cars, mowing the lawn or painting while our girls are asked to do the cleaning, cooking, or domestic chores? We should not teach our children that they are expected to take on different roles based on their gender. A father who takes on active roles in childcare or domestic chores positively influences his children as this helps the boys to become better brothers, friends, husbands, and fathers to girls/women which at the same time, helps to boost the self-esteem of girls/young women. Let’s break the bias that says a woman’s place is in the kitchen.

In our relationships;
-as family (husbands and wives/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend) The way a father /boyfriend treats their significant other(s) do impact negatively or positively on their audience-children.   When a man belittles his wife/girlfriend/mother of his kids in front of the kids, you inculcate in your male children that women are to be treated like that, you sacrifice your girls on the alter of self-loathing.  Build a home that your daughters thrive in and pray to have when they grow up, a home where your wife does not tremble at your voice, or cower in the corner at your presence. Build a home where your sons learn that women are to be cherished , loved and  respected. Be the boyfriend or husband who protects his girlfriend/wife from his brothers/sisters and from any other person. While watching tv with your children, help break the bias by not body-shaming women you see on tv,  deviate from watching programmes that portray women/girls as objects to be possessed, empathise when you see girls or women being maltreated, refrain from speaking ill of your wife, girlfriend, or women in general before your kids. Let your sons learn respect for women from you. A good man not just a good woman builds a home too.

Career Paths;
The word “Brilliant” is seen as a male trait, and this has contributed  immensely in holding women back for a long time now. This is prevalent in developing societies where you hear things like ” what do you know”?, “You don’t have what it takes to  study medicine, law or engineering”. Thus,making young women to settle for courses or careers they never wanted. Most science courses,Engineering and even Law are seen as more suited for young men. Even in the field of sports, how many of our fathers here encourage their daughters to venture into sports that are believed to be men’s field? Let’s change the narractive and break the bias.

At our work places;
Do we relate with our female work colleagues as team mates or put them in their place as “females”?  More often than not young women are exploited when they come seeking for jobs in some establishments, even when they qualify for some positions they are asked to use what they have to get what they want. Are they allowed to be heard or just be seen doing their jobs.How have we supported our female colleagues in their quest to become managers or directors when they are suited or qualified for such positions? Do their opinions count in decision making or we still hold the view that Women should be seen not heard?

Devaluation of Women;
In most developing societies and even around us in some homes, women are devalued and seen as below men. We hear phrases like “it’s a man’s world” all the time. Women are fasely believed to be created just for a man. It is this false belief that created room for FGM, Forced Marriages, Sexual violence towards women…(a woman many a time is forced to yield herself to her husband/man whether she wants it or not) Physical,Mental and Emotional abuse to women as well as Financial abuse. In our society today most women are not allowed to make use of or be in charge of the money they earned, it’s always the husband who controls how a woman’s money should be spent. There are cases where a man imposes on a woman  the size of family/children he wants the woman to have regardless of her health or even her preferences.

Lack of Self-Love, self-confidence:
The society tends to set a standard for how women should view themselves; we are so caught up in what is expected of us that we fail to pause and look after ourselves. We can’t break the bias when we as women hold on to the false belief that our happiness lies in the hands of a man. Woman, you are good enough, you are smart enough, you are beautiful enough, you are that unique masterpiece without which God’s creation would have been incomplete.

Go get that qualification you yearn for, apply for that job, strive for the best, be that good example to your daughters and other young women, stand up for them and  speak that truth at all times.

The job of breaking the bias rest in our hands; everyone of us here is born by a woman regardless of the circumstances surrounding our births. I strongly believe we all have been blessed at some point in our lives by a woman. We had/have sisters, female cousins, aunts, grandmas, daughters, girlfriends, wives, daughters, course-mates, flatmates, female teachers, doctors, engineers, health workers, drivers, and many others who have played important roles in our lives. Today, I plead with us all to join in the fight to eradicate some of the negative stereotypes or biases we have against women. Above say a prayer for women instead of castigating them.

Thanks and God bless us all.

WHAT IS LENT FOR?

Every Lent is a ‘Springtime’ of growth and renewal – a time for self-awareness, for change, for growth in Christ – A PRIVILEGED TIME OF GRACE.  In communion with Pope Francis we seek to be a People of simplicity and humility, a People of the ‘Joy of the Gospel’. Seek and find more of God, open to the embrace of His love. 

After the challenges and deprivations of this Covid period, and in the midst of the terrible war in Eastern Europe, you and I need this Lent – to grow again our community of prayer, community of unity and healing, community of mission, community of Love! truly disciples in God’s Family! You need the parish this Lent – and the parish needs you! SO WILL YOU EMBRACE THE DISCIPLINE OF LENT, GIVE TIME AND ENERGY TO MAKE THIS A TIME OF RENEWAL FOR YOURSELF, YOUR PARISH AND YOUR COMMUNITY?  Let us together make this a Season filled with ‘the Joy of the Gospel’, drawing closer to God,  especially in the Eucharist and the intimacy of prayer,  drawing closer together as God’s Family, and serving together the parish family and the world’s poor.  

We have so many opportunities for prayer and service, for involvement and sharing responsibility in our parish. Have we grown so used to some of them, that we no longer value them?

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Weekly Scripture Sharing Group; weekday Mass; Stations of the Cross; Parish Facebook Prayer and Talks; caring for and sharing with the Poor (eg CAFOD and our FoodBank/Caritas Fund; Praying for Peace in Ukraine and elsewhere (the Rosary?); the Prayer of stillness, Prayer of the Heart for 15 minutes a day.

IT IS TIME TO REDISCOVER THE VALUE OF THESE, AND DRINK AFRESH FROM THE DEEP POOLS OF PEACE, THE VIBRANT WELLSPRINGS OF THE SPIRIT.  Do not let this Lent pass you by – give yourself and you will receive a full measure, brimming over! WHAT KIND OF LENT WILL YOU HAVE IN 2022?

Sixth Sunday of the Year

The crowds came to hear the word and to be healed: we pray that everywhere the Church will be a healing community of Word and Welcome, and with courage be Prophets of God’s New World of the Beatitudes 

                       [reader]                       LORD WE PRAY…
                       [response]                 SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Jesus voices the cries of the poor and challenges the rich: may the day soon dawn when the plight and hopes of the poor will become the agenda of the powerful and rich, and so create together a more just, equal and peaceful world

                       [reader]                       LORD WE PRAY…
                       [response]                 SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Jesus cries out the voice of the marginalised and vulnerable: we pray with urgency for a change of heart in the Russian leadership so that peace and security will be assured for  the people of Ukraine

                       [reader]                       LORD WE PRAY…
                       [response]                 SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Jeremiah tells us to trust God and be like a tree close beside the waters: may our parish family embrace every opportunity, as Lent will soon be with us, to pray, deepening our loving awareness of God and so drink deeply of the renewing Holy Spirit

                       [reader]                       LORD WE PRAY…
                       [response]                 SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Paul teaches us to live in the hope of the Resurrection: may the vision of life transformed in the Kingdom empower our mission upon the earth to eradicate poverty and improve the quality of life, equality and justice for all peoples

                       [reader]                       LORD WE PRAY…
                       [response]                 SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Jesus blesses and values the little and vulnerable ones: we pray for our diocesan Clifton Children’s Society, as they seek to help our most vulnerable children to new beginnings and loving homes and families

                       [reader]                       LORD WE PRAY…
                       [response]                 SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Jesus heals the crowds who bring their brokenness to him – teach us how to create healing communities of generous compassion and wholeness:  we pray especially  for …;
that the dead be called into life:  especially Maisy Bouton Davis Njau, and all victims of violence
and those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Betty Kelly, Zubada Khokar and Lena Leben  

                       [reader]                       LORD WE PRAY…
                       [response]                 SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Mary,  Mother of the Poor and Prophet of Justice, pray with us for a more equal world…

                                                               HAIL MARY…

In silence let us pray for Peace in Eastern Europe and for other needs …

Second Sunday of Christmastide

PRIEST:           The Christmas celebrations are nearly over, and we have greeted the New Year:  but the Word of God has pitched his tent among us forever – for the Word is now part of our flesh,  with us wherever we are.  Never can we finish celebrating Christmas!  Never can we bring an end to the New Beginnings of God’s Grace. As we contemplate the Word made Flesh today,  let us confess before God the ways we have not allowed his Word to penetrate our lives,  his Light to enlighten our hearts and minds…

READER:      God yearns to speak his word to our hearts…
                            for the noise that dins his gentle voice out of our hearts,
for the fear of the silence that bring us before God in aloneness…

                                        LORD HAVE MERCY …

God comes to us as a vulnerable pilgrim, a tent-dweller …
                           for the times our own vulnerability makes us afraid;
                           for seeking shallow security rather than risking for the Gospel,
                           for the God who risks his Son for us…

                                        CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

God comes to share the true Light that does not dazzle but illuminates…
                           that his gentle light might scatter the harsh darkness of our sin,
                          our injustice, our denials of love…

                                        LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:      May the God who walks with us speak His Word of Mercy;
                        may the Saviour who shares our Flesh touch us with healing forgiveness;
                       may the Spirit who conceives new life in us as in Mary
                      bring light of freedom to our every darkness
                      and bring us and our world to everlasting life…

                                           AMEN!

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Feast of Mary, Mother of God

PRIEST:   On this first day of the New Year, the Church celebrates Mary “Theotokos’, the Bearer of God to the world. We look to the first and greatest disciple as we are about to embark on making this year truly the Year of Our Lord 2022. We commend all that is past into the Mercy of God, all that is present into the Love of God and all that is the future into the Providence of God, and journey ahead in faith and trust in the God who leads us. 

READER:    Mary said ‘Yes’ to God with her whole being
holding nothing back:
For the weakness of our ‘yeses’ and the strength of our ‘no’s’

                                   LORD HAVE MERCY …

Mary pondered and treasured the Word she carried in her heart
so that she could treasure the Word enfleshed in her womb:
for so often taking the wonder of the Word for granted 

                                   CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

Mary embraced an unknown future for the sake of the Kingdom
trusting that the promises of God would be fulfilled;
for our fears of God’s unknown, failing to trust that God is Love

                                   LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:     May the Father strengthen our ‘yes’ with His forgiving mercy;
                       May the Word be enfleshed in our lives with the healing of forgiveness;
                       May the Spirit carry us forward into God’s Future of Reconciliation
                      To bring all the world to everlasting life…

                                       AMEN!

Advent Reflection on Forgiveness (prepared for St Brendans 6th Form College)

The Christmas lights are up and the Christmas Market is filling Bristol’s main shopping centre. Crowds of people are buying and shops are selling, and the season of Giving and Receiving will soon be upon us. A lot of money (probably more than we can afford or is sensible) is being spent. Sadly too often we judge the giver by the price of the gift rather than the friendship and love being expressed.

But I want to share with you a gift to give and receive that won’t cost you a penny … and yet is priceless! And that gift is … Forgiveness. We have all been hurt by someone – and we have all hurt someone! We all need forgiveness both to welcome and to offer. But why talk about this now in this Season of Advent?  

Let us look at the Advent wreath for a moment: it is a circle of evergreen that represents God’s great love that never withers and is always fresh and new. As the Gospel says ‘God so loved the world that he sent His only Son …to save!’ There are red berries, symbolising that there is a cost to forgiveness – Jesus was born in cold Bethlehem’s stable in order one day to suffer the terrible brutality of crucifixion and then utter the liberating words ‘Father, forgive them’. And then there are the five candles – four purple ones for the weeks of Advent preparation and the central white one for the Birth of the Saviour, the one who is God’s great gift of mercy, forgiveness and love: to the world and to each of us. As the weeks towards Christmas roll by the circle of light grows stronger and the surrounding darkness is broken. Do we allow light to fill our lives? Does our life light up another with joy and hope? Do we break through the darkness of loneliness or bitterness by our caring and friendship? In a world darkened by violence, gang culture, knife crime, do we break the cycle of violence by the light and courage of forgiveness and peace-making? 

It won’t empty your purse, wallet or bank balance to give the gift of forgiveness. Let love overcome the hurt and bring you and the other person healing and peace. It takes more courage to forgive than to lash out with tongue or worse. It also takes courage to seek forgiveness from another. To say sorry (and mean it!) for most of us is a big leap to take, a risky business. I am making myself vulnerable to the other! Maybe we think it makes us look weak. NO! It makes us strong, human and mature!

So as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Saviour God, who in his dying breath forgave his torturers and embraced the world with compassion and self-sacrificing love; during these weeks of Advent give love more than spend money! Reflect! Dare to question yourself! Who do I need to forgive and perhaps be reconciled with him, her or them! Who do I need to ask forgiveness of, and will I have the courage to make the move and heal the hurt I have inflicted? 

And perhaps I need to ask forgiveness for my complicity in abusing the Earth, exploiting creation, destroying eco-systems and our fellow creatures; perhaps I need to ask forgiveness for remaining silent while refugees are treated inhumanly on the borders of Europe or along the English Channel; perhaps I need to ask forgiveness for racism and discrimination lurking in my own heart and mind; maybe I need to ask forgiveness for refusing to share with the poor of my city or my world and doing nothing to bring justice and equality to the poorest of the earth. To ask that forgiveness needs more than words – it demands a change of life, a commitment to action to build a more just and caring world. What a gift that will be to our world this Christmas! 

So let us make these weeks of Advent a time for change – bringing that love that is forgiveness into our world (as Jesus did and still does), into our families and among our friends … building a future of hope and humanity and peace … then we will really celebrate the birth of Love made Flesh and one day there will be Peace on Earth, as the angels sang! 

Advent Reflection on ‘Peace’ (prepared for Radio Bristol)

Advent is a beautiful four weeks in the Christian calendar, filled with hope, filled with peace, filled with joy. The rush to the shops to buy, buy, buy; and the parties and drinking and eating all hide the beauty of this season of reflection. Perhaps for a few moments we can stop the hectic round of activity, listen instead to the deep place in our hearts and hear those voices crying out for peace on earth! Let yourself touch the peace that stillness brings to your own heart and mind.

At the end of these four weeks we will celebrate the birth of a displaced homeless child in the poverty of a stable and dark cold night. A child whose family will soon have to flee from terror and seek asylum in a strange land. Yet the coming of this child lit up the skies and echoed the earth with Songs of Peace. But how did this poverty-stricken Prince of Peace change the world? 

Certainly not by promising us prosperity and tranquillity! He grew up to be Good News of Justice for the Poor, to heal the sick and broken-hearted, to reach out to those on the edges of society, to bring warring factions to walk the paths of peace together. And he gave us the secret of peace of heart – to love, to love like he did, serving the poor and broken, sacrificing himself in love to bring the freedom of forgiveness. 

So if you and I give peace to another, we will find that inner peace ourselves. When we let go of grudges, forgive the hurts we have received, rebuild broken relationships, then we are building peace. If we dare to open our eyes and hearts  to see the dying eyes and distended stomachs of the children of Yemen and Afghanistan – and really do something to change a world that can inflict such suffering, then we will build peace. If our lives are Good News to others, especially to the poor, the homeless, the refugee and asylum-seeker, then we will find that peace beyond all understanding. If we give with a loving heart, work with courage to build a more just and equal world, if we give peace we will find peace!

Prayer for Action to combat Global Warming

Loving God, we praise Your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe, and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as loving stewards of Your creation.                                                                                   We know we are called to live in a communion of love and justice
with all the creatures of the Earth, with the forests, seas and land.
We are called to purify and protect the air we breathe, the water we drink.

May the Holy Spirit inspire us all
to embrace the changes needed to heal our Common Home, the Earth.
Give courage and wisdom to political leaders to fulfil their promises
and take decisive action to care for the Earth                                                                     and bring true justice and equality to the poorest and most vulnerable.                                                                                  Guide us to commit our and all nations to the care of our Common Home.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son…AMEN!