THE LORD’s DAY CELEBRATION The Lighting of the Candle Blessing of the Wine Blessing of the Bread Thanksgiving Menu
The Lighting of the Candle Opening Song ISAIAH 60 Refrain Arise, shine out, for your light has come The glory of Yahweh is rising on you Though night still covers the earth And darkness the peoples, above you Yahweh now rises; above you His glory appears, arise…..
The Lighting of the Candle I And kings to your dawning brightness Singing the praise of Yahweh Bringing gold and incense Lift up your eyes and look around you All are assembling and coming toward you Your sons from far away and your daughters Being tenderly carried this day (Refrain)
The Lighting of the Candle II They bring your sons from far away and their silver and gold with them For the name of Yahweh your God the Holy one of Israel No more shall violence be heard in in your country nor devastation within your frontiers You will call your walls “Salvation” and your gates “Praise” (Refrain)
The Lighting of the Candle III No more will the sun give you day light nor moon light shine on you But Yahweh will be your eternal light your God will be your splendor Your sun will set no more nor your moon wane But Yahweh will be your eternal light And your days of mourning will pass from your sight. (Refrain)
Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 The Lighting of the Candle Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. For through Him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through Him and for Him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with Him all things have their proper place.
Reading continued… The Lighting of the Candle He is the head of His body, the church; He is thesource of the body’s life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that He alone might have the first place in all things. For it was by God’s own decision that the Son has in Himself the full nature of God. Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to Himself. God made peace through His Son’s blood on the cross and so brought back to Himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.
The Lighting of the Candle Leader: Lord of the Universe, in honor of Your Son, Light of the World and Author of Life, I am about to perform the duty of kindling the light. For the Lord’s Day, even as it is written: “ and you shall call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy day of the Lord honorable”, may the effect of our fulfilling this commandment be, that the stream of abundant life and heavenly blessing flow in upon us; that You may be gracious unto us and cause Your Holy Spirit to dwell more richly among us…
The Lighting of the Candle Leader: Father of mercy, O continue Your loving kindness towards us. Make us worthy to walk in the way of Your son, loyal to your teaching and unwavering in love and service. Keep far from us all anxiety, darkness and gloom; and grant that peace, light and joy ever abide in our home; for in You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. Response: Amen.
The Lighting of the Candle Responsorial Prayer Leader: Let us welcome the Lord’s Day. Response: May its radiance illuminate our hearts as we enkindle this candle. Leader: Light is the symbol of the Lord Jesus. Response: The Lord is my light and my salvation Leader: Light is the symbol of the Lord’s presence with us. Response: He is the true light that enlightens every man
The Lighting of the Candle Responsorial Prayer continued… Leader: Light is the symbol of the Lord’s purpose and ways. Response: His word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path. Leader: Light is the symbol of the mission to which the Lord has called us. Response: You are the light of the world; let Your light so shine before men that they may see Your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
The Lighting of the Candle Blessing of the Lord’s Day Light Leader: Therefore, remembering the Lord Jesus who is the source of all light and life, and united with all our brothers and sisters and with all the angels and saints, we enkindle this light. (Candle is lit by assistant) Assistant: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has hollowed us by Your loving word and taught us to kindle the light for the Lord’s Day.
The Lighting of the Candle SONG: In Your Light, We See Light I How priceless is your steadfast love O Lord far more than life itself In the shadow of your wings shall all who seek find refuge and help. REFRAIN For in You is the fountain of life In your light do we see light
The Lighting of the Candle II Through the abundance of your steadfast love we come into Your holy place in the fear of you, we worship at your throne of mercy and grace. (REFRAIN) III We feast on the abundance of your house as on the richest food from the river of delights We drink our fill of all that is good (REFRAIN
The Lighting of the Candle Blessing of the Lord’s Day Light Leader: Father,You have glorified the world by the light of Your Risen Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him You sent Your Spirit into the world to enkindle in us the fire of Your love. Grant that we, who are gathered in His Name, may so live together in the light of His truth that our love for one another may continue to grow each day.
Blessing of the Wine Leader: Come let us welcome the day of the Lord in joy and peace. Like a Bride, radiant and joyous, come the day of the Lord. It brings blessings to our hearts; workday thoughts and cares are put aside. The brightness of the Lord’s Day Light shines forth to tell that the Divine Spirit of Love abides within our home. In that light all our blessings are enriched, all our griefs and trials are softened.
Blessing of the Wine Leader: At this hour, God’s messenger of Peace comes and turns our heart towards one another, strengthening the bond of devotion to that pure and lofty ideal of brotherhood and sisterhood that is found in Holy Scripture. (Wine is poured to the cup.)
Blessing of the Wine Leader: Lord, through Your Goodness we have this wine, symbol of joy. As we enter into this Lord’s Day celebration, we thank You forthe blessings of this past week; for life, health, and strength; for home, love and friendship; for the discipline of our trials and temptations through which we are strengthened; for the fruit that has come out of our labors. You have ennobled us O Lord, by the blessing of work, and in your love and kindness You have made us holy by the blessing of rest according to your commandment: ‘Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Response: Amen.
Blessing of the Wine Leader: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has created the fruit of the vine. (Thecup/wine is now passed around.)
Blessing of the Bread Leader: Lord, through your Goodness we have this bread. It is a symbol of our brotherhood and unity, since this one bread comes from many grains of wheat. It is a sign of Your daily provident care and love. As we have this one bread may we also share completely our lives together through the power of Your Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life. Response: Amen.
Blessing of the Bread Leader: Blessed are You. O Lord our God , King of the Universe. Who causes the earth to yield food for all. (The bread is now passed around.)
Thanksgiving Participants may now give thanks for particular blessings received. THE LORD’S DAY GREETING Leader: This is the Lord’s Day – let us be glad and rejoice in it. Response:Amen
CONCLUDING PRAYER Leader: God has given us unto one another as special gifts. He calls us to be true children of God. He calls us to live lives that are truly Christ-like. So that we may experience the fullness of the life of Jesus Christ, I now pray that God will bless us and empower us to live in holiness and honor all the days of our lives. Response:Amen Leader: I now call upon us all the blessing which God commanded that Aaron should pray over the chosen people. --- May the Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make His face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. The Lord lift up His countenance upon us and give us peace. Response:Amen
Thanksgiving/Concluding Song GIVE THANKS Give thanks with a grateful heart, Give thanks to the holy one, give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son... Give thanks with a grateful heart, Give thanks to the holy one, give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
Thanksgiving/Concluding Song And now let the weak say "I am strong" Let the poor say "I am rich" because of what the Lord has done for us. And now let the weak say "I am strong" Let the poor say "I am rich" because of what the Lord has done for us. Give thanks, give thanks, give thanks
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