on 2nd Reading]
be God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.
May his peace and love be always with you.
& Litany of Praise
to the Holy Child - Santo Nino
- is the oldest and one of the most popular feasts in the Philippines.
[According to tradition, when Legazpi landed on the island of Cebu
one of his soldiers found an image of the Child Jesus. It is believed
to be the same statue Magellan had given many years earlier to the
of the local chieftain after her baptism.]
[The Holy See has granted us special permission to celebrate this
every year on the 3rd Sunday of January.]
In today's Gospel Jesus declares
that in order to enter the kingdom of heaven
we must become humble… like children.
when you became a member of the human family
you sanctified all families:
Lord, have mercy.
you grew up in Nazareth and worked in a carpenter's shop:
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, you accepted to live
under the authority of Mary and Joseph:
God, guardian of our homes,
when you entrusted your Son
to the care of Mary and Joseph,
you did not spare them the pains
that touch the life of every family.
[Teach us to rely on your word,
that in our trials as in our joys
we may be clothed in gentleness and patience
and united in love. ]
Make us ever thankful
for the blessings you give us
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.
of the Word
heaven rejoice..' verses 5 & 6
In response to God's word we sing:
Ref. Let heaven
rejoice and earth be glad; let all creation sing.
proclaim through ev'ry land: "Hosanna to our King."
Nations tremble, wise men amazed, a child has been born this night.
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, a Father, Prince of Peace. Ref.
Songs of angels, "Glory on high, and peace to all on earth.
I bear glad tidings; born this day, your Savior and your God"
The Word of God became flesh
and came to dwell among us..
He enabled us to become the children of God.
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
this feast of the Santo Nino, let us pray with confidence
to the Father… for
we are all his children. Let us say together:
confidence we pray:
Lord, listen to the
prayers of your children. (Please
children who beg or scavenge for food or sell their bodies; (pause)
May their hope for a better tomorrow sustain them
amid the difficulties they face each day, we pray:
caring adults and committed organizations
may attend to the needs of children from broken homes
and those who suffer because of irresponsible parents, we pray:
parents and grandparents: (pause)
that like Mary and Joseph they may be models
of upright living for the young, we pray:
our devotion to the Santo Nino may help us
to grow in "wisdom and grace" before God and humankind,
the victims of the Tsunami. …
and the on-going war in Iraq; (pause)
that with the help of others they can re-build their lives.
Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]
Lord, grant that we may praise rather than criticize,
so that our homes
may become places where love and peace reign.
We ask this through
Christ our Lord. AMEN.
over the Gifts
of All Creation,
we are mindful that these gifts of bread and wine
have already been blessed by sun, earth and rain.
And we are grateful for all the Blessings of Life
that you have given us.
We pray that in our families
we may be nurtured by forgiveness and understanding
and nourished by friendship and care.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN
to the Lord’s Prayer
union with the family of all the children of God
we pray the prayer taught to us by our Brother, Jesus: Our Father
us, Lord, from every evil
and let the peace of Christ
live in our hearts and our homes.
Give us compassion, gentleness and humility
that we may prepare in hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
"Whoever becomes humble like this little child
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Look not upon our sins of pride
but rather on the trust of your children
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.
May the peace and joy of the Santo Nino be always with you.
We are the family God has chosen as his own.
Let us recognize Christ in each other as we offer a sign of his peace.
Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
When we break this Bread and share this
we declare that
we are willing to see all people
as our sisters and
With God as our
we are all members
of his one family:
A LAMB OF GOD.....
Christ Jesus, the Son of the Virgin Mary.
Blessed are we who are invited
to the banquet of the children of God.
Lord, I am not worthy…
you have nourished us at the banquet
in honor of your Son Jesus.
We pray that, like him,
we may grow in wisdom and works of service,
so that we may find favor in your sight.
Grant this through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.
St Paul I pray:
'May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory,
give you a spirit of wisdom and insight to know God clearly".
God enlighten your inmost vision
so that you may know the great hope to which he has called you."
you also know
what are the riches of Christ's glorious heritage
to be distributed among the members of the church".
And may the blessing of our loving God,
+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
come down upon you and remain with you for ever. AMEN.
celebration is ended.
Go and live lives of humble service.