Before beginning the Encounter with Christ the team leader asks team members to read the Gospel passage, lead the spontaneous prayer, read the Spiritual commitments and act as secretary.
Come Holy Spirit
Team: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Leader: Come Holy Spirit,
Team: Fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Leader: Send forth your spirit and they shall be created,
Team: And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Leader: Let us pray: Oh God by the light of the Holy Spirit, you have taught the hearts of the faithful. In the same Spirit, help us to know what is truly right and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Leader: Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Team: Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Leader: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
Team: as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Leader: Christ Our King!
Team: Thy Kingdom Come!
Leader: Virgin Most Prudent, Mary Mother of the Church,
Team: Pray for us.
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(20 minutes) Members remain standing while the Gospel is read. After the Gospel is read, members kiss the Gospel and are seated. After an appropriate period of reflection, members are invited to share their own lights from the Holy Spirit in relation to this Gospel passage. The secretary synthesizes reflections into a brief summary for the team.
The team leader reads the commitments from each category of the commitment card and either pauses for members to reflect on each point, or alternatively each member responds simply, without adding justifications or comments: “fulfilled”; “not fulfilled”; “partially fulfilled.”
My Promises to Christ
It is my responsibility, Lord, and it depends on me, to see that your words are not lost. It is up to me to continue spreading your message of salvation to the men and women of our time. I commit myself to live your word in such a way that all who see me will give glory to God and feel moved by your grace to share in my faith and become its living witness. And so that this commitment can become a reality in my daily life, I renew the loyalty to you which I already made in my baptism and confirmation. In the presence of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer, and invoking the help of the Blessed Virgin, Mother of Jesus Christ, Mother of the Church and my Mother, I promise:
1. To live in grace and friendship with Christ, my King, through prayer and the
2. To live the Gospel virtues of poverty, purity and filial obedience in my thoughts and actions.
To My Family & My Neighbor
3. To fulfill the responsibilities of my state of life out of love, as faithfully as possible, making my life a gift to God and others.
4. To live an authentic Christian life, fighting the good fight for Christ, with a special
emphasis on the virtues of charity in thought, word, and action; honesty; self-mastery; mercy; courage; and joyful zeal to spread Christ’s Kingdom.
5. To use all the means at my disposal to grow in my integral formation, increasing my capacity for Christian leadership, in order to be a good disciple and apostle of Jesus Christ at all times.
To the Church
6. To profess and live a faithful and effective love for our Mother, the Church; for the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ; for my bishop; and for my local pastor.
7. To offer my time, talent, treasure and apostolic endeavors to contribute to the mission of Regnum Christi at the service of the Church.
To fulfill these promises, I trust in the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord, and in the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, whose help I humbly ask for today.
After the review of commitments, one member offers a brief spontaneous prayer, thanking God and asking for help, strength and light and putting in God’s hands each member of the team’s personal intentions. Content is not meant to touch on elements of commitment review.
“There are three stages which should normally be followed in the reduction of social principles into practice. First, one reviews the concrete situation; secondly, one forms a judgment on it in the light of these same principles; thirdly, one decides what in the circumstances can and should be done to implement these principles. These are the three
stages that are usually expressed in the three terms: look, judge, act. It is important for our young people to grasp this method and to practice it. Knowledge acquired in this way does not remain merely abstract, but is seen as something that must be translated into action.” Mater et Magestra, Pope John XXIII, 1961
Members present cases they have prepared in a brief summary, pointing out the virtue present in the case. After cases are presented, the team votes on which case to study based on its relevance to the needs of the team, and current societal issues.
The member whose case was chosen expands on it, so that all the facts are presented highlighting causes, consequences, the dilemma or problem, and the elements pointing out the key virtues. Then, other members may offer similar or parallel cases, especially those with comparable displays of virtue, and not limited to cases with similar circumstances.
We look at why things happen as they did. What are the causes of these actions? What positive or negative consequences do these actions provoke?
Analyze the case through the eyes of our culture, and then, through the eyes of Christ. Use texts, the words of Christ, or parallel situations in the New Testament. Note human or Christian virtues important to the case or aspects of Movement spirituality (for example: the core convictions, practical principles, etc…) that shed light on the situation.
Having looked at the case with Christ, we then adopt Christ’s attitude and actions as our own. Based on this case we are going to act on two levels, personally and as a team:
1. Personal lights or inspirations
2. Team resolutions
Members propose resolutions, based on the case and parallel cases. These are normally voted on to determine one team apostolic resolution for the week ahead. Apostolic resolutions should be both contemplative and conquering, and have the goal of impacting the world around us through the virtue involved. They should be concrete, so that one can objectively measure their fulfillment.
Team members share prayer intentions for the week and offer any updates on past intentions.
Review of Apostolic Commitments
Review the resolution made from the last Encounter with Christ. Discuss lights and fruits.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Leader: We give you thanks for all thy benefits, almighty God who live and reign forever.
Leader: Christ Our King!
Team: Thy Kingdom Come!
Leader: Virgin Most Prudent, Mary Mother of the Church.
Team: Pray for us, Amen.
Announcements and Team Business
If there is Study Circle, Announcements and Team Business can be offered at the conclusion of Study Circle.
(30 minutes) See monthly schedule