For Jesus, the Wedding at Cana was the start of his public ministry. He went forth from Cana with his disciples to do the work of His Father. For many, a TEC retreat is the start of their public discipleship. Having had an encounter with Christ, they now Go Forth. . .on the Fourth Day to serve the Lord. Jesus did not go alone and neither should we. Jesus had the support of his disciples and we have our TEC community. In order for a TEC community to be of solid support it needs to have a strong fourth day plan.
At last year's Congress we were "Tending the Vine" to strengthen ourselves. Now it is time to "Go Forth – and Do Whatever He Tells You" in living out our "Fourth Day."
As we prepare for the Congress, the planning team in Wichita asks that we offer this prayer with them:
Lord, my king and my God, in Your great glory, You sent Your only Son
to die for us. Today, You give us the opportunity to die and rise with
Christ in the Paschal Mystery. As we acknowledge our need for you, we
thank you for your unfathomable mercy and all the blessings you bestow
on us, especially in and through TEC.
As we prepare for this Congress, we offer it to you. Take it and make it yours. Fill the planning process and the Congress itself with grace and love. Gather us all together and teach us to listen to you with open hearts as we follow the words of our Mother Mary, “Do whatever He tell you.” Continue to bless all who participate in the TEC retreats, and all the members of their families. Help us to know your unconditional love for us and guide us to share this love with others.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Saint Thérèse, Doctor of the Universal Church, pray for us.
Saint Thérèse, Patroness of the Missions, pray for us.
Saint Thérèse, who found in abandonment to the Father an ocean of peace, pray for us.
Saint Thérèse, who wanted to love like Jesus Himself, pray for us.
Saint Thérèse, on fire with love through the Holy Spirit, pray for us.