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St. Joseph’s Church
Mira Road
CHURCH
LCD
 
Song Projection System
Operations and Maintenance
Manual
(Prepared by:Clifford Faria)
 
St. Joseph Communications & Techno-Ministry
Mira Raod 2014
 
Index
St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road
1. Introduction to ‘The Church LCD Projection System’.
2. Projectors :DLP&LCD Projectors.
3. LCD Projector’s Connectors and Cables.
a. VGA
b. Video
4. Projector – Settings
i. Input Selections.
ii. Zoom& Focus Settings.
iii. Keystone settings.
5. Signal Distribution Amplifiers, Processors and Selectors
a. Distribution Amplifiers.
b.VGA to PAL Convertor.
c. Signal Selector
6. Computer Settings – For displaying Hymns.
a. Control Panel Settings
b. Extended and Duplicate Display
7. Hymns Display Softwares:
a.Church Hymns & Presentation Softwares.viz Worship Him, Easy Worship, etc.
b. Zionworx
c. Power Point through Zionworx
8. As-Built Schematic Diagrams:
a. Church LCD control Box.
b. Community Hall Control Box.
c. Outdoor Services. (Christmas, New Year, Holy Week & Other Celebrations
9. Summary:
a. Setting up the Church LCD.- Training Hand-out
 
1. Introduction
 
1. ‘The Church LCD Projection System’
 
St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road
St. Augustine, one of the Doctors of the Church has said, “He who sings to the Lord, worships thrice
as compared to praying”. So as to help the congregation to better take part in the worship effectively during
the Holy Eucharist, Novenas and other prayer services various Hymn book, prayer books booklets and hymn
sheets were painstakingly prepared. Initially many copies of these were printed, some to be kept in the Church
and some to be bought by the parishioners. Eventually the continuous usage rendered them to tatters and often,
parishioners would forget to bring along their own hymnals. As time passed and with the availability of New
hymns updating also became nearly impossible unless new copies or editions were printed. Due to the
exposure to multimedia and thus to new hymns, a desire was felt to have such a system that can incorporate
new hymns to be used for regular Sunday Eucharistic Celebrations.
Though various Catholic Charismatic groups were using OHP (Over Head Projectors) or slide projectors it was
a cumbersome procedure to prepare a service list of hymns and keep the slides and prints ready in advance and
store them carefully for later use. The LCD projectors along with a computer are so versatile that nothing
existing could match its versatility. Now Hymn lyrics, colourful still & moving images could be beautifully
displayed using a computer and an LCD projector. Further editing, correcting and changing could now be
done on the fly ie live seamlessly. Various Software available for various needs like Photoshop, Corel Draw,
audio and video editing softwares also made it possible to presentations very attractive, informative and easy
to handle.
To have a basic LCD projection of hymns it is just necessary only to have an LCD projector and a Computer.
A more elaborate system would incorporate multiple displays, High reflex screens with controls, multiple
output computer, Sound system connectivity, internet connectivity, Cable TV connections, etc.
Additionally tools like the laser pointers, wireless mouse, wireless scroll handheld tool, touch or movement or
gesture detecting scrolling, etc though not necessary can make the presenters life easy.
 
2. Projectors
 
There are Projectors that work on various principles that are now
available in the market, viz. LCD, DLP and LED. For the Church                  
Hymns display projection any one of the projector with sufficient
brightness, sharpness &Colour reproduction capability is good enough.
Each of the projectors has its own advantages.
 
THE DLP PROJECTOR:
 
A DLP Projectors (Digital Light Processing) works on reflective
projection technology developed by Texas Instruments, using a
microprocessor to display bright, colourful images in fully lit
rooms. Used primarily in portable and ultra-portable projectors,
the DLPTM Chip is the size of a postage stamp and contains
millions of microscopic mirrors – one ofor each pixel – that flip
on an axis, reflecting light through a colour wheel to creat your
image. Also known as DMD.
NB: DLP and LCD use different methods to process colours and
light, yet increasingly are producing quite similar image quality.
Ultimately it is a matter of consumer preference.
 
THE LCD PROJECTOR:
 
The LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Projectors works by
shining a light through three liquid crystal panels. These
panels are responsible for blocking or letting the light to
go across when needed. The LCD projectors is usually
smaller and lighter, which is considered to be an
advantage. Compared with a CRT consumes less power.
A Lamp provides white light that passes through a
polarizing filter. Polarizing works by accepting light
that is travelling on the same plane. All other light will
be blocked. From the polarizing filter the light passes
through a series of dichroic mirrors. Dichroic mirrors
work by only allowing only a certain in the light
spectrum to be reflected, while others pass through.
The dichroic mirrors in the LCD projectors separate the light into the three primary colors, viz.: Red, Green &
Blue. These 3 colours are then sent to a separate LCD panel: remember there are three of them. From there the
LCD panels send the light through the Dichroic Prism which recombines the light and sends it out the main
lens in the LCD projector to the surface against whichiti is projected. Each LCD is only capable of controlling
one colour. So if you were to see a picture of a red plane against a blue sky, the green LCD would block the
light from passing to the dichroic prism and out the lens.
The resolution, or how sharp the image is, of each LCD is determined by the number of cells which are
called pixels, with the higher the number of pixels meaning more clarity of the image.
 
 
3. Projector’s Input Connectors and the Cables.
 
The LCD& DLP Projector comes with a variety of
input connection possibilities. But depending upon
the installation and the requirement various interfaces
are used for connecting the projector. But most
commonly the VGA & or the Composite Video input
are used. Presently the HDMI, USB and the LAN
inputs are also being used more often in various
corporate settings. The projectors also come with a
built in speaker and amplifier which when used for a
small audience in a small room is sufficient.
 
 
The VGA Connector: 15 Pin Sub-D Component Connector
 
The Church Songs Display uses the VGA connection from the Laptop to connect to the LCD Projector. This
connector needs preferably to be connected before switching on the LCD projector and the Laptop though not
essential. Certain Laptop loaded with Windows Vista or Windows 7 detects the projector on switch-ON and
automatically does the setting.
VGA Cable
The VGA connector socket view:
VGA Pin Configuration: 1=Red, 2=Green, 3=Blue, 6=R-Gd, 7=G-Gd,
8=B-Gd, 9=Sync-Gd, 11=Gdd for Colour, 13=H-Sync, 14=V-Sync
The Composite Video (RCA) Connector:-
The Indian Television Standard
for Colour picture uses PAL 4.43, 625 lines encoding. The Composite video
signal is composed of the Monochrome video information, Colour
information and Synchronisation signals also known as the CVBS signal
(Colour, Video, Blanking and Sync). This Composite Video can be
connected from any video source viz. Video Camera, DVD Player, etc. to
LCD projectors. Composite video RCA connector are usually yellow in
colour. RCA connectors are easy to connect and give good connectivity with
proper shielding. In some of the older projectors the more robust BNC
connectors are used for the composite video input.
 
RCA
Connectors
4. Projector – Settings
 
The settings of the LCD projector can be done by using the set of buttons on the top side of its body (known as
the front panel) or by using its Remote Control (RC).
After the power chord is connected and it is switched ON, the standby LED lights up. Press the power ON
button on the front panel or (red in Hitachi & green in Sony) on the RC.
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Projector Front Panel
Projector Remote
Control
i. Input Selections:
After the Projector is switched ON the projector output slowly fades-in with a
blue colour screen, at the bottom center of the screen it displays the earlier selected input mode.Use the front panel or the Remote button to select the VGA (or computer) input.
ii. Zoom and Focus Setting:
On the Projectors body there are two large rings on the light Output lens
which has to be physically rotated to adjust the Zoom and Focus. Zoom helps to increase or reduce
the size of the display area on the screen as required. Focus helps to sharpen the image.
iii. Keystone Correction Setting: 
When the projector is not place exactly at the centre of the display
screen and is off-set from the center then the closer part of the screen has a smaller size display
and the further side has a larger size display giving the picture a trapezoidal shape or keystone
shape. This picture distortion can be adjusted using the front panel or the remote control by
entering into the menu, selecting Keystone setting and adjustments can be made using the +/ - or,
______ arrow buttons.
 
5. Signal Distribution Amplifiers, Processors and Selectors
 
The output of any Video source, be it the Lap-top, DVD
Player or the Video Camera, etc. can be easily
connected to a single Projector (or any display unit like
Monitor, TV or a Recorder) directly by using an
appropriate cable. This is a very straightforward set-up.
Single Connection Set-up
1-In 4-Out VGA Distribution Amplifier
1- In 8-Out Video Distribution Amplifies
But when additional Display devices have to be
connected to a single video source then the Video
output signal from the source has to be split and fed to
all the required Projectors (or any display unit like
Monitors, TVs or a Video Recorder). Video signal
cannot be split straight away just by joining the
connecting cables together as the picture will get
distorted and lose clarity. When a passive splitter is
used the signal level drops at each of the split output
and picture will become dull and loses clarity. Hence
before splitting the signal by a passive splitter an
amplifier is used to increase the signal level to
compensate the splitter loss and distributed to various
display devices eliminating picture distortion and loss
of clarity. Video and VGA Distribution Amplifiers
takes in one input signal and gives 2 or more output
signals without reducing the Pictures signal level or
clarity.
 
VGA to PAL Converter:
 
Colour Picture Signals: Colour TV pictures are transmitted using various encoding techniques and are
displayed after being decoded by a Television, Projector or a Monitor. USA& Japan uses the NTSC 3.58, 525
lines for their television pictures and incidentally all computer outputs and monitors works in NTSC mode. In
European countries and in India Colour TV pictures are transmitted by PAL 4.43, 625 lines encoding. PAL
system is the most stable colour video transmission encoding. Moreover the VGA connector as shown above
has 15 pins and the colour information is transmitted by sending separately the Red, Green, Blue, signals, the
Horizontal and Vertical Sync signals and other information on each of the separate pins of the VGA connector.
Composite Video Signal distribution (from DVD Player or the Video Camera) to various Display
devices is done by a single shielded conductor using the RCA connector. Hence in a fixed installation as
inside the Church and the Community Hall the Projectors have a separate VGA and Composite Video signal
cable connected to their respective inputs and using the Remote Control the required source is selected and
displayed. (refer notes on input selection above)
Whereas in a temporary installations, as when we have a Eucharistic Celebration conducted in the
Church Grounds it would be difficult to change all the projectors input selection each time a Video Camera is
displayed or the Computer signal is displayed. Moreover it would be necessary to have network of both the
VGA and the Composite Video Signal cable laid around which is more expensive and cumbersome. Hence
either a network of VGA signal distribution has to be setup or a network of Video signal distribution has to be
setup. If the network of VGA distribution is setup, the Video signal from the Video Camera (which is CVBS)
has to be converted to VGA signal using a TV tuner device. Also the VGA cable and connectors are good for a
fixed installation systems, but in a temporary setup where every time the cables have to laid - remove - re-laid,
the connector pins can become lose or the connections can break, and repairing or replacing the 15 pin VGA
connector is very difficult. So it is simpler to use the Composite Video signal cable using the RCA connectors
for the signal distribution. Here the Lap-top’s VGA is converted to Composite Video signal using a ‘VGA to
PAL’ converter and a switcher is used to select either the video camera or the Lap-top signal to be displayed in
all the display devices. And in case of a connector failure, replacement can be done very easily and quickly.
VGA to PAL (Composite Video) converter
TV Tuner (Video to VGA converter)
 
6. Computer Settings – For displaying Hymns.
 
1) Control Panel Settings
 
After connecting the Laptop to a Projector
go to the Control Panel Settings and Click
on “Connect to a projector or other
external display”
Alternately, press ?P(?+P)’ or ‘Fn+F4’.
 
2) Extended and Duplicate Display:
 
To Effectively work with the Zionworx songs worship software or MS PowerPoint in the Presenter
View, use the Extended Display setting.
This allows Zionworx to show a different screen on the
operator computer from the external LCD projectors. If
at any point you run a PowerPoint without Zionworx
then in PowerPoint click Slide Show/Set up show then
change Monitor to “Monitor 2”.
LCD Songs Projection System
 
 
7. HYMNS DISPLAY SOFTWARE
 
 
 
St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road
As mentioned in the introduction Worship Hymns display using OHP and Slide projector have become
obsolete due to its non-versatility. Microsoft Power point presentation software to is flexible only upto a
certain extent. While using MS Power Point the slides& the Service list needs to be prepared and edited in
advance and no changes can be made during the Church service which makes it also rigid. Whereas it is
required that the Service list is prepared in advance of the selected hymns and the hymns do not require any
further editing but quite often during the service some additional hymns needs to be added or removed or
edited.
There are many such softwares that are available which are specifically designed keeping in mind the
Worship scenario and the most popular among them are: Easy Worship, Worship Him, ZionWorx, etc. These
Worship softwares not enable editing the songs, service list on the fly but also help us in changing the
background images as required. All these softwares also enables the use of animated or video backgrounds to
be used during hymns display. Unfortunately they happen to be very costly licensed softwares. ZionWorx 2.0
and many other Worship software that allows only non-animated or still images to be used as backgrounds are
available as Freeware and can be downloaded from the internet (from www.zionworx.org.uk website). Our
church of St. Joseph’s, Mira Road have opted to use ZionWorx 2.0 freeware for the hymns Display for the
LCD projection.
 
7. b. Zionworx
 
 
ZionWorx is a powerful, professional yet easy-to-use song display program, designed to meet the needs of
churches that want to use multimedia in worship. Many churches today, from all denominations, are
experiencing the benefits that technology can bring when it is applied to worship in a sensitive and unobtrusive
way - and this is where ZionWorx helps. Unlike similar commercial worship software, ZionWorx 2.0 is
absolutely free. The software is being developed in England, but now has a substantial user base throughout
the world, and is currently being used by churches all over the world.
 
OPERATING ZionWorx
 
 
1) Starting ZionWorx
a) On the desktop, look for the ZionWorx 2.0 shortcut icon. Move the mouse pointer over the
icon and gently double click on the icon. Alternatively, locate the start button (on the bottom
left side of screen) start >Programs >ZionWorx>ZionWorx
b) ZionWorx 2.0 should now start and you will be presented with a ZionWorx main window
as follows:
Figure 4:Zionworx 2.0 Main Screen
 
2) Zionworx Main Screen Components:
 
+ Left hand column – Songs database
Available songs (List of song titles). This is the complete list of song title available in the
database. Double clicking on the song title here will cause the title to be transferred to the
Service list window. Song title may be clicked and dragged using the mouse to the
appropriate position in the Service list.
Search List. Typing any character will cause the listing in the Available songs window to
scroll to any matching song title(s), eg, typing G will cause the Available songs window
to scroll to songs starting with G. As more characters are entered, it will cause further
zooming in to the matching title(s).
+ The Centre/Middle column – Service List & Display screen that’s sent to the LCD Projector
Service list. This window displays the sequence of songs to be used in a worship celebration.
As songs were selected from the Available songs window, the song title will be listed in
this window.
Display monitor. This window shows what is to be projected onto the external LCD projector.
+ Right hand column – Displays all the paragraphs of the selected current song.
Current Song. This window shows the lyrics (verses) of the song currently being displayed on the
projector. Verses in green font are those currently being projected; red font is next to be
projected.
Tip: - Page Up or Page Down keyboard key may be used to position the next verse to be displayed.
- Do not use the arrow keys
 
 
3) Zionworx Menu Components:
 
Figure 5: Zionworx menu & Icons Descriptions (Shortcuts in Parenthesis)
Step 1. Start a new Service List
Step 2. Open an existing service list
Step 3. Save the current service list
Step 4.Print option (Print current song lyrics;
Service list; Available song titles)
Step5. Write quick note (messages/announcement)
D1-D4 – Database related icon: Add, edit, delete
song, unlock database (F5, F6, F7, Ctrl-K)
F1-F9 – Display properties: font size, colour,
backdrop colour, etc
P1 – Blank output on the projector (F10)
P2 – Display only the background image (F11)
P3 – Display background and lyrics on the
projector (F12)
Z1 – Setting ZionWorx preferences. Need to restart
ZionWorx in order to take effect.
H1 – On-line help New Service List (Ctrl + N)
 
4) Creating & saving a new Service list:
 
 
• Look for the songs in the database. Type the first letter of the song title will display all the songs
beginning with the letter. You can search for the song by entering the first few word(s) of the
title in the Search for field.
• Point to the song selected and double click on the song to place it into your Service list (middle
column). You can also drag and drop or simply hit enter on the highlighted title.
• If the song is not there then add in the new song (see Section 4 below), and repeat the above
• To edit the song go to Section 5.
• To re-order the Service list entry, use the Up and Down button; to delete the song, click the X
button.
• It is important to save the Service list regularly. To do this, use either the File > Save or click the
Diskette button (3 in Figure 5). If saving for the first time, you need to key in a name for the
Service list. Please save in the Service list folder and use the standard naming convention -
yymmdd name e.g. 041114 AM.
• You may save the Service list to the removable handy drive if you are not using the church
computer. Remember to copy the service list to the church computer before worship
celebration. Note: service list has the file extension bin.
• You may exit ZionWorx and shut down the computer at any time and come back later to
continue your work. But first ensure you have saved the Service list. To return to where you
have left off, use the File > Open menu item or click icon 2 above.
 
5) Adding songs to the database
 
• To add a new song to the database, you need to unlock the database with a password. To enter the
password, click the Key button (icon D4) or use the Database > Unlock menu items. Ask
Pastor or the Church Secretary for the password. Note: Do NOT change the password!
• Next click on the Add New Song button (icon D1 or press F5). Add song window is now
displayed.
• Enter the Title and the Lyrics of the song.
• When finished, click ok and the new song is now added to the database.
• You can merge songs from other ZIONWORX database into our own database using the
Database > Import function – but remember that the database must first be unlocked.
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6) Editing a song in the database
 
• Click the appropriate song title in Available Songs.
• Click D2, or press F6 or Database > Edit Song menu item.
• Edit Song window is now displayed with the song details and editing may now take place.
 
7) Delete a song from the database.
 
• Click on the song title and click the Delete (X) button.
Important note: You must exit ZionWorx in order to save what you have updated (add, edit, delete)
in the song database. Failing to exit properly will cause all your updates to be lost!
 
8) Controlling the external display on the LCD projector and the monitors
 
• Remember the LCD projector shows only what is on the display monitor (centre column bottom
screen). To display on the projector, you must first click the show background and text (P3).
• Then double click on the song in the Service list. This will send the song immediately to the
external display. However, if you find that the projector is still blank, try to press F12 or click
and click on the green tick
• Tapping the spacebar or hitting Enter will automatically go the next verse. To skip a verse or
jump to another verse, use the PgDn and Pg Up key. The verse to be projected next will be
highlighted in red font. Alternatively use the Up or Down arrow buttons on the bottom
of the right column screen.
• To go to the next song press F4 and to go to the previous song press F3. Hint: remember 4 is to
go 4ward.
• It may be useful to repeat the chorus in a song in between verse so that it is easier for the
Operator to operate. He/she only needs to hit Enter or tap the spacebar to play the song.
• It is important not to display too many lines on the projector at any one time. A logical break will
be a verse or a chorus. But exceeding 8 lines is discouraged. To break it up, insert a blank line.
• To temporary project a blank/black screen, click the Fade to black icon (P1).
• To display just the background without the song, hit the Show background only icon (P2).
• To display both text and background again, hit the Show Background and text icon (F12).
 
9) To change the background of the display
 
• Click the Images tab on the bottom left of the screen
• Click the Down arrow button under Category. Select any of the various background pattern or
images (photos) by double clicking on the selected background.
 
10) To show PowerPoint slides:
 
First click on the PowerPoint tab:
Note: If you do not see PowerPoint tab below Available songs window,
you must first enable it. Click the Set preferences button or hit
Ctrl-P, click PowerPoint tab and enable Support for Microsoft
PowerPoint. Shutdown ZionWorx and restart.
Then go to the top right of the screen and under Active Presentation, click on the Openpresentation
button (right button). Load the presentation.
To go forth and back of the slide, use the
Green arrow. As a tip, you can adjust the
PowerPoint preview window so you can see
more previews slide by dragging and pulling
the left column window bar.
• When finished with PowerPoint, click the Stop (square) button to return to ZionWorx
(IMPORTANT - else ZionWorx cannot continue).
• As a recommendation, PowerPoint slide’s fonts size must be at least size 24 – else the
congregation will not be able to see the wordings from the back of the worship hall.
 
11) To insert a quick note -
 
Sometime you may want to insert a quick note for the audience. Do
this using the Write-quick-note button. This can beused to insert Bible passage or make an
announcement.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What happens if the Lap-top PC or the LCD projector breaks down?
A: If the Lap-top PC or the LCD projector breaks down then, first try a second projector or another Lap-top. If
all else fails, revert to the old Hymn sheets/book system.
Q. Do you have any tips to tell us?
A. there are a few useful tips for you to know: As you use the system more often, I am sure you will learn
more.
First of all, the Lap-top is equipped with a “Extended Desktop” display mode capability. There are some
“shortcut” keyboard actions which can make life very much faster for you. These are especially useful when
you copy songs into the Zionworx database
 
 
8. As-Built Schematic Diagrams:
a. Church LCD control Box.
b. Community Hall LCD Control Box.
c. Outdoor Services. (Christmas, New Year, Holy Week & Other Celebrations
 
 
Setting Up the LCD Projectors and the Lap-Top
St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road
Switching ON/OFF the LCD Projector
a) To switch ON, press the ON/OFF button (clearly marked on the projectors)
b) To switch OFF, press the ON/OFF button on the Projector or on the Remote Control (Twice on
most of the projectors). The Power LED on the Projector will be blinking, only when it is steady
put OFF the power at the main switch.
IMPORTANT - DO NOT SWITCH OFF AT THE POWER MAINS BEFORE POWERING DOWN
PROPERLY!!!
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The 15 Pin Sub-D Connector or the VGA Connector:
The Church Songs Display uses the VGA connection from the Laptop to connect to the LCD Projector.
This connector needs preferably to be connected before switching on the LCD projector and the Laptop
though not essential. Certain Laptop loaded with Windows Vista or Windows 7 detects the projector on
switch-ON and automatically does the setting.
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Operating the Laptop
1) Powering On and Off the Laptop
a) ON button (Oval silver button just above the keyboard on the top left)
b) To power off, click the start > Shutdown > Turn off computer sequence
c) To shut down for a short while, use the Start > Shutdown > Standby sequence
2) Setting Up the Lap-Top
 
 
Control Panel Settings
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3)Extended and Duplicate Display
 
HYMNS DISPLAY SOFTWARE
ZIONWORX 2.11
1. Prepare the Service hymns list.
2. Select the Hymn to be displayed
by double clicking on the desired
hymn in the list.
3. Select the Display button or F12
button to ‘fade in’ the words in GREEN.
4. Select the Paragraph to be
displayed by clicking the mouse and
change paragraphs by mouse or by
pressing Enter.
 
 
SUMMARY: There can be only 3 reasons why the LCD projector will not display viz.:
a) The Projector is not ON and the VGA cable is not connected.
??Check if the projector is ON and the VGA mode of the Projector is selected.
b) If the VGA cable is connected and it still does not displays then the VGA cable is defective
??Replace the VGA cable
c) The Lap-Top is not set for ‘Connect to External Display’ mode.
??Press ‘?%_’ or ‘Fn+F4’ and select the desired ‘Duplicate’ or ‘Extended Display’ mode.
There are times ‘the system hangs’ or the Display gets stuck ie the slides don’t change in such a case
shut-down the Lap-top only and restart it and start the application (PowerPoint or the ZionWorx).
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 
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 March 24th, 2019
EX 17:3-7
Thought of the day
    March 24th, 2019 EX 17:3-7 Third Sunday of Lent – Year A Readings Lectionary: 28 Reading In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?" So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? a little more and they will stone me!" The LORD answered Moses, "Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink." This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel. The place was called Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled there and tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD in our midst or not?" Responsorial Psalm PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9. R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him. R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Oh, that today you would hear his voice: "Harden not your hearts as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the desert, Where your fathers tempted me; they tested me though they had seen my works." R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Reading 2 ROM 5:1-2, 5-8 Brothers and sisters: Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For Christ, while we were still helpless, died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Verse Before The Gospel CF. JN 4:42, 15 Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world; give me living water, that I may never thirst again. Gospel JN 4:5-42 Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" —For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.— Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, ' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." Jesus said to her, "Go call your husband and come back." The woman answered and said to him, "I do not have a husband." Jesus answered her, "You are right in saying, 'I do not have a husband.' For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true." The woman said to him, "Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one speaking with you." At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, "What are you looking for?" or "Why are you talking with her?" The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, "Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Christ?" They went out of the town and came to him. Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." So the disciples said to one another, "Could someone have brought him something to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, 'In four months the harvest will be here'? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest. The reaper is already receiving payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work." Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me everything I have done." When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world." Or JN 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42 Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" —For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.— Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, ' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water. "I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking with you." Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him. When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."
     
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