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Archive for November 26, 2011

Order for the Blessing of Parol ng Halina

Introductory Rites

Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Priest: Let us praise God, who enlightens every heart, now and for ever.

All: Amen.

Priest: My dear friends, today we begin the season of Advent. We open our hearts to God’s love as we prepare to welcome Christ into our lives. The star (parol) remind us that Jesus Christ came to conquer the darkness of sin and to lead us into the light of his glorious kingdom.

Reading of the Word of God

Isaiah 9:2-3,6-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

Let us listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah:

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light.

They lived in a land of shadows,

but now light is shining on them.

You have given them great joy, Lord:

you have made them happy.

They rejoice in what you have done,

as people rejoice when they harvest grain

or when they divide captured wealth.

A child is born to us!

A son is given to us!

And he will be our ruler.

He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”

“Mighty God,” “Eternal Father.”

“Prince of Peace.”

His royal power will continue to grow;

his kingdom will always be at peace.

He will rule as King David’s successor,

basing his power on right and justice,

from now until the end of time.

Psalm 80:1-2,14-15,17-18

Lord, make us turn to you, and we shall be saved.

Listen to us, O Shepherd of Israel;

hear us, leader of your flock

Seated on your throne above the winged creatures,

reveal yourself to the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.

Lord, make us turn to you, and we shall be saved.

Turn to us Almighty God

Look down from heaven at us

come and save your people

Come and save this grapevine that you planted,

this young vine you made grow so strong!

Lord, make us turn to you, and we shall be saved.

Preserve and protect the people you have chosen,

the nation you made so strong.

We will never turn away from you again;

keep us alive, and we will praise you.

Lord, make us turn to you, and we shall be saved.

Intercession

Priest: Christ came to bring salvation and has promised to come again. Let us pray that we may always ready to welcome him. For every intention, our response is:

Come, Lord Jesus

That the keeping of Advent may open our hearts to God’s love, we pray to the Lord:

Come, Lord Jesus

That the light of Christ may penetrate the darkness of sin, we pray to the Lord:

Come, Lord Jesus

That this parol ng halina may constantly remind us to prepare for the coming of Christ, we pray to the Lord:

Come, Lord Jesus

That our family may be filled with peace and joy as we strive to follow the example Jesus, we pray to the Lord:

Come, Lord Jesus

Our Father

As one family longing  for the coming of God’s reign, let us join our hands and offer our prayer to the Father….

Prayer of Blessing

Priest: God our Father

your Church joyfully awaits the coming of the Savior,

who enlightens our hearts

and dispel the darkness of ignorance and sin.

Pour forth your blessings upon us

as we light the parol ng halina

may their light reflect the splendor of Christ,

who is Lord, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Concluding Rite

Priest: May the light of Christ lead us into the joy of his kingdom, now and for ever.

All: Amen

Priest: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit

Priest: And may the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, come down on you and remain with you for ever.

All: Amen

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