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NEW YEAR’S EVE / DAY
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

E P I P H A N Y - Year ABC

 


 

NEW YEAR’S EVE / DAY
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Attn: Presiders:
Please inform the Organist which of the Formats for the GLORIA (page 2) you intend to use.

CM Welcome to Malate Church.
As we begin this New Year we join Mary and Joseph on their way to the Temple to have their child circumcised. And we sing, O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL.



Greeting
A Our lives are made of place and TIME,
of days and nights,
of seasons and years,
for we are part of a universe of suns and moons and planets. v We celebrate endings…. and we make beginnings…..
in all, we praise God. (pause)
May the Lord of the Universe be with you.

B Brothers and sisters in Christ:
As we begin this new year allow me to greet you
and pray for you in the words of St Paul:
“May God fulfill all your needs out of the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” [Phil 4:19]
May God be with you.




Introduction
On this day, as we celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of God, we commemorate the occasion on which her Son was circumcised and given the name JESUS “which is above all other names”.



Litany of Praise
Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God and Son of Mary:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are Word made flesh and radiance of God’s glory.
Lord, have mercy.



GLORIA
A Let us praise the Lord of TIME….. of days and seasons and years,
as we sing, “Glory to God in the highest.”

or
B. TODAY…

This alternative Format is designed to replace the GLORIA.
Legend: P – Presider; Ay – Assembly

P. Today the angels sing in the heavens -
sing with them!
Ay Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

P. Today the shepherds come to Bethlehem -
come with them!
Ay Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

P. They seek and find Joseph, Mary and the newborn child -
seek with them!
Ay Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

P. They marvel and give glory to God for all that they have seen and heard -
give glory to God!
Ay Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!
P. The Virgin Mary treasures all these things in her heart -
pray with her!
Ay Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

P. On the eighth day Jesus was circumcised and was given the name Jesus -
call him Jesus!
Ay Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

Opening Prayer
A. Eucharistic Liturgies - 1969

Grateful for the blessings in the year gone by,
and filled with hope as a new year begins, let us pray:
[pause]

Father, with you there is no beginning and no end
for you are the origin and goal of all creation.
Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth;
you have founded the world in all its fullness.

We open this New Year with a prayer
and look ahead with confidence
knowing that we have a companion on the journey,
Jesus Christ -
- the same yesterday, today and forever.

We ask all this in his name. AMEN.

B. ICEL 1997
Most high God,
you come near to us this Christmas season
in the child born of the Virgin Mary.
In darkness, she gave birth to light;
in silence, she brought forth the Word.

Grant that we who ponder these things in our hearts
may recognize her child
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
living with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.




First Reading
The text listed in the Ordo, (Numbers 6: 22-27 ),will be used as the Final Blessing.

In its place, we use one from the Book of Ecclesiastes – found overleaf.

First Reading
A Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes
[ Eccl.3: 1-8, 11,14]

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven;

a time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to break down,
and a time to build up;
a time to mourn,
and a time to dance;
a time to seek,
and a time to lose;
a time to keep,
and a time to throw away;
a time to tear,
and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence,
and a time to speak;
a time to love,
and a time to hate;
a time for war,
and a time for peace.

God has made everything suitable for its time;
moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds,
yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

I know that what whatever God does endures forever;
nothing can be added to it;
nor anything taken from it;
God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.

The Word of the Lord.




‘Responsorial Song’ 'Let heaven rejoice..' verses 6 & 8

CM Together we sing::
Ref. Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad; let all creation sing.
Let children proclaim through ev'ry land: "Hosanna to our King."

6. Songs of angels, "Glory on high, and peace to all on earth.
I bear glad tidings: born this day, your Savior and your God" Ref.

8. Joseph, Mary, after eight days, in obedience to the law
named him ‘Jesus’ in the temple, and had him circumcised. Ref.



Second Reading
A Reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Church in Galatia

Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
in order to redeem those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as children.

And because you are children,
God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying, “Abba! Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a child,
and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Word of the Lord.


Celtic Alleluia!
Alleluia.
Down through the years God has spoken
a message of love through the prophets;
and God still speaks today through Christ his Son.
Alleluia


Gospel

A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.
[Luke 2: 16-21]

The shepherds went with haste to Bethlehem
and found Mary and Joseph,
and the child lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known what had been told them about this child;
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured all these words
and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen,
as it had been told them. [pause]

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child:
and he was called Jesus,
the name given by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

The gospel of the Lord.


GENERAL INTERCESSIONS
P Let us give glory to Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. In him we have become children of the heavenly Father and have the confidence to pray:

CM Jesus, Son of Mary, hear us!

1 For a Church that will be renewed from within by the Holy Spirit,
a church that is a leaven of renewal for the whole world. (pause)
Let us pray:

2 For leaders of nations: (pause)
may they dedicate this New Year to a more intensive search for peace.
Let us pray:

3 For all mothers and all who care for children: (pause)
may they be rewarded for their love and selflessness.
Let us pray:

4 For all Christians: (pause)
that encouraged by the example of Mary, we will be faithful to our calling
and so lead others to know and love Jesus, her Son.
Let us pray:

[ The Presider may add a petition that is relevant / local ]

P In your mercy, Lord, you have brought us to this New Year.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother,
guide us on the road to your Peace.
We ask this through Christ your Son and our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Lord of All Creation,
as we begin this New Year,
we present you with the bread and wine,
that you have already blessed through sun, rain and earth.

Let us never stop saying thanks
for all the Blessings of Life
that you have given us.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Optional Intro to the Eucharistic Prayer
St. Luke tells us that Mary gave praise and thanks to God when she said:
“The Lord has done great things for me”
Let us reflect for a moment …. asking ourselves this question:
‘What has God done in my life during the Year 20__ that makes me want to give thanks during this Mass’ ?

After about ½ minute the Presider continues……
Let us now join the shepherds in glorifying and praising God
for all that we have seen and heard.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God
as we celebrate the divine motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit,
she became the virgin mother of your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is for ever the light of the world.

Now, with the angels and archangels
and the whole company of heaven,
we sing the unending hymn of your praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts….

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.

[Christmas and its Octave:
We gather here together before you
in communion with the whole church,
and we celebrate the most holy day
when Mary, in her glorious virginity,
gave birth to the Savior of the world.
Through him, our Redeemer and our Lord, we pray:]

Send down your Spirit upon these gifts
to make them holy
that they may become for us
the body + and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed
and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and,
giving thanks,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT:
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the cup
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith.
A We proclaim your death, O Lord…..
B When we eat this bread and drink this cup…..
C Save us, Savior of the world……

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
giving thanks
that you have deemed us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Humbly we pray that,
partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ,
we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,
and bring her to the fullness of love,
together with N., our Pope,
N., our bishop,
and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep
in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints,
who had found favor with you throughout the ages,
we may share eternal life with them
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever. AMEN.



Invitation to the Lord's Prayer
Through the Spirit of Jesus,
we, his brothers and sisters, pray with him to our Abba, Father:


Deliver us
Lord, as we begin this new year,
deliver us from every evil.
In your mercy keep us free
from violence and war,
from disease and accidents,
and help us prepare in hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus, at your birth the angels sang:
'Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.'
Look not on our sins in the year that has passed
but rather on the hope we have for the future.
For we are no longer slaves but your children
and heirs to the kingdom where you live for ever and ever.


Invitation to share the gift of peace
We are the adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus,
so let us now offer each other a sign of his peace.
e.g. Happy New Year!


LAMB OF GOD...
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Invitation to Communion
Behold Mary’s child, the promised Savior,
of whose fullness we have all received.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Post Communion Prayer
Creator God,
you crown the year with your goodness.

May the Bread of Life which we have received
bring healing and peace to us
and to all in our broken world.

Send the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
so that we can be instruments of your peace
and heralds of the Good News.
All this we ask in the name of him who is our brother -
Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.



Solemn Blessing [Taken from the first official reading for January 01] [It may be sung by the Choir]
CM The Lord spoke to Moses:
“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying,
‘Thus you shall bless the Israelites:
you shall say to them:

P May the Lord bless you and keep you. AMEN.

P May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you. AMEN.

P May God look upon you with kindness, and give you his peace. AMEN.

And may God bless you……

Dismissal
A [Presider’s own words]

B Rejoicing in EMMANUEL, God-is-with-us,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

 

 

E P I P H A N Y - Year ABC

Before the celebration begins the Presider
• arranges with Sacristans if he plans to have Incensation
e.g. before the Presentation of the Gifts he could go to the BELEN and incense the Wise Men etc
before the Washing of the hands he could incense the Altar-Table.
• indicates to the Organist which format he will use for the GLORIA

CM Welcome to Malate Church.
We invite you all to accompany the Wise Men as they make their way towards Bethlehem as we sing: 'We wise men from Orient are...'



Greeting
Praise be to God the FATHER who today reveals his SON as a Light to the nations. May God’s light and love be with you all.




Introduction & Litany of Praise
A Today we hear again the story of the Wise Men who, guided by the light of a star, came to Bethlehem to honor the Christ-child. We too are on a journey, a journey to that heavenly Bethlehem where we hope to meet the Lord face to face. We are guided, not by the light of a star, but by the light of faith. Let us ask the Lord to strengthen our faith.


Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world.
Lord, have mercy:


Lord Jesus, those who follow you will always have the light of life.
Christ have mercy:


Lord Jesus, you lead us through the darkness of this world
to the radiant light and joy of our eternal home.
Lord, have mercy:


B The Wise Men were searching for Christ. When they found him, they worshipped him and offered him gifts. Millions of people have followed their footsteps and have found Christ. With them we now open our hearts so that we can find Christ in this Eucharist. (pause)


Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of God's kingdom. Lord, have mercy:


Lord Jesus, you reveal to us the love of the Father.
Christ, have mercy:


You are the WORD MADE FLESH and radiance of God's glory.
Lord, have mercy:


The Presider selects one of the following Texts:


The Traditional ‘GLORIA’

or


TODAY……


P Let us now join the Wise Men in giving glory to God.


P. Today the wise men come to Bethlehem.
With them, Lord, we come to render homage to you.
Ay Glory to God in the highest, Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan! and peace to God’s people on earth.

P Today the star leads them to the manger.
With them, Lord, we wish to let ourselves be led by your light.
Ay Glory to God in the highest, Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!
and peace to God’s people on earth.


P Today they see the little child and Mary his mother.
With them, Lord, we wish to discover you in our brothers and sisters.
Ay Glory to God in the highest, Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!,
and peace to God’s people on earth.


P Today they prostrate themselves before you and adore you.
With them, Lord, we wish to adore you and follow you.
Ay Glory to God in the highest, Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!
and peace to God’s people on earth.


P Today they offer their gifts to the Christ-child.
With them, Lord, we wish to offer you our own lives as a gift.
Ay Glory to God in the highest, Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!,
and peace to God’s people on earth.



Opening Prayer
A. ICEL – 1997


Lord God of the nations,
we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendor.
The radiance of your incarnate Word
pierces the darkness that covers the earth
and signals the dawn of peace and justice.


Illuminate the lives of your people
with that same brightness,
and beckon all the nations
to walk as one in your light.


We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
in the splendor of eternal light,
God for ever and ever. AMEN


B Eucharistic Liturgies – 1969


Grateful for the light of Christ which today touches our lives,
let us pray: [pause]


Father, we your people rise up in splendor,
for your light has come;
your glory now shines upon us.
We are grateful for this light,
who is Jesus Christ, your Son.
Open our eyes that we may recognize you
in all the events and people we meet.


All glory be to you, FATHER,
through your SON Jesus Christ,
that together with the SPIRIT
we might give you praise,
forever and ever. AMEN.




1st Reading Isaiah 60:1-6
Resp. Psalm Let Heaven Rejoice by Bob Dufford SJ
CM Today we join the whole of creation as we sing:

Ref. Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad; let all creation sing.
Let children proclaim through ev'ry land: "Hosanna to our King."

6. Songs of angels, "Glory on high, and peace to all on earth.
I bear glad tidings; born this day, your Savior and your God" Ref.

5 Nations tremble, wise men amazed, a child has been born this night.
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, a Father, Prince of Peace. Ref.


2nd Reading Eph 3: 2-6
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia
We saw the star at its rising
and have come to do him homage;
we offer gifts to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Alleluia




The GOSPEL
[Matthew: 2: 1-12]
[Legend: P - Presider; N – Narrator (Better if this part is read by a woman); H – Herod; B - Balthazar; G - Gaspar; M – Melchior; CP - Chief Priests; S – Scribes]

[Ideally, all the participants - with the exception of the Narrator – would learn off their parts so that there would be live proclamation.
If this is not possible then the speaking parts could be recorded before-hand. The participants would familiarize themselves with the script and lip-sync their lines during the presentation. All directions can be modified to suit the particular church building.

The Narrator stands at the Ambo.
When the participants are ready she asks the Assembly to rise and face the center Aisle.]


P. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW.

[ The wise men, carrying suitable gifts, begin their journey. B, equipped with a handheld microphone, starts from the Main door; at the first door he is joined by G who enters from a side door; at the 2nd door they are joined by M who comes from the opposite side. They walk, talking quietly as they go, occasionally looking up and pointing to the sky. When the three approach the sanctuary the Narrator gives her signal (no words please) for the Assembly to sit – so that everyone can see - and says,]

N In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking,

[The wise men face the Assembly and B asks them]
B. Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?

[G adds]
G. We observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.
[At the base of the sanctuary they move slightly to the Right and stand there in a huddle]

[Herod emerges from back of Sanctuary; looks frightened, scratches his head etc.
Through a servant he summons the CPs and Ps from pews near organ and inquires from them]
N. When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

[A CP comes forwards and speaks]
CP. In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

[A Scribe takes a scroll from his pocket/tunic, unfolds it, holds it out and reads the quotation]
S. “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel”

[ Herod sends a Chief Priest and Scribe to summon the Wise Men; he talks secretly to them]
N. Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying,

[ Herod gesticulates with his hands - sending them away and requesting them to report back]
H. Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.

[The Wise Men set off slowly towards the Belen; they acknowledge the presence of the star.]
N. When they had heard the king they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

[The Wise Men approach the Belen; one by one each kneels, offers, and then places his gift.]
On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

[The impatient Herod paces back and forward in the Sanctuary]

[The Wise Men cross in front of Sanctuary and exit through Sacristy while the Narrator concludes]
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod they left for their own country by another road.

[Herod, followed by his Servant, now walks angrily from the scene.]

P. THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD.



PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
P Let us intercede with our heavenly Father who today reveals his Son as Light to all nations. With faith and confidence, we pray:

CM Lord, shine on us today.

1 For the universal Church. (pause)
May she bring together men and women from near and far and lead them to the light of Christ’s Gospel. We pray:

2 For church leaders and missionaries. (pause)
May they gather into the community of the People of God the rich diversity of peoples, cultures, gifts and ministries. We pray:

3 For all who look for a star to guide them. (pause)
May they discover the goodness of the Lord in people of faith and love. We pray:

4 For all travelers, refugees, and people who are away from home. (pause)
May God keep them in his care and deliver them from all dangers. We pray:

5 For this eucharistic community. (pause)
May we faithfully offer Christ the gold of a living faith, the incense of our worship

and the myrrh of compassion for others. We pray:

[ The Presider may add a petition that is relevant / local]

P Source of light and life,
today you revealed your Son as the light of all peoples.
May we follow him and come to the light that shines for ever.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. AMEN.


PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
[If the Presider has planned to have the Rite of Incensation he may now -
- incense the BELEN and / or
- the Altar-Table]


Prayer over the Gifts
By the light of a star, O God of the universe,
you guided the nations to the Light of the world.
Accept these gifts from your people;
the GOLD of our faithfulness,
the INCENSE of our prayer,
and the FRAGRANCE of our lives.
All this we do through Jesus,
who is Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.


Preface # EPIPHANY and EP #2
It is truly right and just, our duty and salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

Today you revealed in Christ
your eternal plan of salvation
and showed him as the light of all peoples.

Now that his glory has shone among us
you have renewed humanity in his immortal image.
Now, with angels and archangels
and the whole company of heaven,
we sing the unending hymn of your praise:

Holy… Holy...

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.

We gather here before you,
and in communion with the whole church
we celebrate the most holy day
on which your only Son
who shares your own eternal glory
appeared before us as a Light to the Nations.
Through him, our Redeemer and our Savior, we pray:

Send down your Spirit upon these gifts
to make them holy
that they may become for us
the body + and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed
and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and,
giving thanks,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT:
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

in a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the cup
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.


The mystery of faith.

A We proclaim your death, O Lord…..

B When we eat this bread and drink this cup…..

C Save us, Savior of the world……

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life
and the cup of salvation,
giving thanks
that you have deemed us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Humbly we pray that,
partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ,
we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,
and bring her to the fullness of love,
together with N., our Pope,
N., our bishop,
and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep
in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints,
who had found favor with you throughout the ages,
we may share eternal life with them
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him,
and with him,
and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever. AMEN.


Introduction to the Lord's Prayer

Let us now pray to the God and Father of all nations
in the words Jesus gave to us:


Deliver us

Deliver us, Lord, from selfishness
that closes our hearts and hands
to the needs of the people around us.

Help us to serve them
with the gifts of wisdom, love and compassion
that we may prepare for the full coming
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
let the star of your peace rise today
on all who believe in you.
In its light,
may we lead to you those who do not yet believe
so that together
we can share the peace and joy of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

May the light and peace of the Child of Bethlehem be with you all.


Sign of Peace

Let us share with one another the gift of peace.

OPTIONAL Prayer to accompany the Breaking of the Bread.
We break BREAD
so that by sharing this meal
we meet Christ the Lord.
In him all peoples will sit down at table
as brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God.

LAMB OF GOD….


Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus the LIGHT of all nations,
the one the Wise men sought… found… and adored.
Blessed are we because we have found the same Jesus.
Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb.



Prayer after Communion

By the light of a star, O God of the universe,
you guided the nations to the Light of the world.

May we, who have broken bread together,
be signs of your light and peace in a world
that is caught up in the darkness of violence and war.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.



Solemn Blessing

God has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
May you experience his kindness and blessings. AMEN

Because you are followers of Christ,
may he make you a light to your sisters and brothers. AMEN.

The wise men followed the star,
and found Christ who is ‘light from light.’
May you too find the Lord when your pilgrimage is ended. AMEN


DISMISSAL

Our Celebration is ended.
Go and witness to the Light of Christ.

 

 


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