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The Grain of WheatPREPARATION: Make five groups by having people number off from 1 to 5  Each group reads the words in the Grain of Wheat Prayer Service corresponding to their number  Prepare seeds and dirt for planting  Sing “Come Do This in Memory of Me” (Good News/ Promise CD 1, track 20) to end the service Add sound dimensions to the Gospel tone poem by asking individuals to make certain musical sounds each time certain words occur; for example, improvise with such simple sounds as these:l solemnly (tap pencils together rapidly),l falls (run a pencil down the spiral of a notebook), l dies (drum softly on a hollow object),l ground (crumple paper),l eternal life (jingle key rings) LEADER: In the Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent, cycle B, Jesus compares himself to a grain of wheat  A grain of wheat indeed must fall into the earth to germinate  It does not really die  A seed that falls into the earth and dies does not sprout  Jesus’ image is one of transformation  In the seed that sprouts, the life within the seed bursts its hull and takes new form  Listen to this tone poem version of the Gospel  Let the sounds fall and flow over and around you  What life within you wants to burst its hull?The Grain of Wheat Gospel Tone Poem1 I tell you2 tell you3 solemnly tell you4 I tell you solemnly:5 Unless1 unless a grain2 I tell you solemnly3 unless a grain4 a grain of wheat5 unless it falls1 the wheat falls2 on the ground3 and dies,4 unless the wheat dies5 unless it falls on the ground1 it stays a single grain2 a single grain3 only grain4 lonely grain5 a single grain1 it stays forever2 forever alone3 a single grain of wheat  4 But if it dies5 if the wheat dies 1 on the ground2 in the ground3 under the ground 4 a single grain5 if it dies1 if a single grain dies,2 it yields3 it increases4 it multiplies5 it brings forth1 a single grain2 it brings forth3 from the ground4 it brings a rich5 a very rich1 an extremely rich2 a single grain brings forth 3 a joyfully rich harvest4 many grains of wheat5 harvest of eternal life John 12 24Catechist Prayer Service 3REFLECTION: Talk together about a seed within you that wants to burst its hull this Lent  How can each of us plant this seed and expect transforming growth?SIDE 1: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth, it remains a single grain SIDE 2: But if it germinates, it yields a rich harvest LEADER: Lead us through Lent to transformation, Jesus  We want to germinate, sprout, and yield a hundredfold  We want to be fruitful in ministering your Word to those we teach ALL: We are your seed, Christ Jesus  Amen  SONG: “Come Do This in Memory of Me” (GoodNews/Promise CD 1, track 20)©Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc 35

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