The music for COJ liturgies is selected based on each Sunday's readings, the theme for the Mass and/or homily, the liturgical calendar, and current happenings in our community and the world. Our music is generally selected from the Companions on the Journey Songbook and/or the Glory and Praise hymnal. Some instrumental music (flute, piano, guitar, drums) is also included during most services. The music group rehearses before Mass every Sunday, and in the evening once or twice per month. Open rehearsals, to which prospective participants are invited to attend, are held at least once a year, and more often when there is interest to do so.
The role of the sacristan is to begin the preparation of the sacred space for our liturgy. From the placement of the altar, to the selection of the linens, the thoughtful arrangement of those things which will be used during the liturgy, the setting out of the bread and wine and juice, the opening of the book, the sacristan moves quietly in her/his mind and imagination through the liturgy to come. With the lighting of the candle, the sacristan's preparation of the sacred space is complete.
Sacristans work together in pairs each week and volunteer for 1-2 Sundays each month. If you are interested in becoming a sacristan, please contact Karen Rubin at (650) 322-4313 or e-mail her at: kar_azar (@) yahoo.com.
Companions on the Journey uses both The Common Lectionary for traditional readings from the Old and New Testaments and The Uncommon Lectionary for readings from the Gnostic Gospels. Lectors are free to choose their readings from either of these sources, as well as from other wisdom traditions of the world, from essays, from prose and from poetry. The reading selection is coordinated with the Spiritual Director and with the Music Director for each liturgy. Two lectors read at each Sunday liturgy, just prior to the reading of the Gospel. Lectors usually read one time per month. If you are interested in supporting our liturgy by becoming a lector, please contact Rita Czamanske.
Communion ministers are an important part of each of our liturgies. They assist our celebrant in the distribution of the consecrated bread and wine to the whole community. They (usually five ministers each Sunday) take their places at the altar after the Our Father prayer is completed by the community. Each takes a goblet of wine or juice and stands with our celebrant to offer it to each member of our community. These ministers perform a special part of our liturgy with reverence and commitment.
Assignment is made on a rotating basis once or twice a month, with lots of flexibility. If you are interested in joining this group, please call Helen Walter at (650) 465-2357 or email her at: helenwalter (@) msn.com.