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LITURGY FOR THE FIRST COMMUNION

Procession of the 1st Communicants with their parents Reader: Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ. Our theme for todays mass is: LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME. Our celebrant for todays mass is Rev. Fr. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Introductory Rites ENTRANCE HYMN : Come Build My Church PRIEST ALL PRIEST ALL Penitential Rites PRIEST : As we prepare to celebrate the mystery of Christs love, let us acknowledge our failures and ask the Lord for pardon and strength. : In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit : Amen. : The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. : And with your spirit.

(pause for a silent reflection) ALL : I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and I what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my grievous fault: therefore I ask blessed Mary ever Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. : Lord have mercy on us Glory to God in the highest : Let us pray. Lord God on this solemn occasion, you give us the blessed joy of thanking you for all the gifts we have received. We pray for the Holy Spirit to enlighten and bless us. This we ask through Christ our Lord. : Amen.

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: Let us all sit down and listen to the first reading.

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: A reading from the book of Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15 There in the desert they all complained to Moses and Aaron and said to them, We wish that the Lord had killed us in Egypt. There we could at least sit down and eat meat as much as other food we wanted. But you have brought us out into this desert to starve us all to death. The Lord said to Moses Now I am going to cause food to rain down from the sky for all of you. The people must go out everyday and gather enough for that day. In this way, I can test them to find out if they will follow my instructions. I have heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them that at twilight they will have meat to eat, and in the morning they will have all the bread they want. Then they will know that I, the Lord, am their God. In the evening a large flock of quails flewin, enough to cover the camp, and in the morning there was dew all around the camp. When the dew evaporated, there was something thin and flaky on the surface of the desert. It was delicate and frost. When the Israelites saw it, they didnt know what it was and asked each other. What is it? Moses said to them, This is the food that the Lord has given you to eat. : Thanks be to God.

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RESPONSORIAL PSALM READER : For the responsorial Psalm, Let our response be: Do not be afraid I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home. I Love You and you are mine. : Do not be afraid I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home. I Love You and you are mine. : I will come to you in the silence. I will lift you from all your fear. You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice Be still and know Im here : Do not be afraid I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home. I Love You and you are mine. : I am hope for al who are hopeless. I am eyes for all who long to see. In the shadows of the night, I will be your light Come and rest in me. : Do not be afraid I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home. I Love You and you are mine. : I am strength for all the despairing Healing for the ones who dwell in shame. All the blind will see,

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The lame will all run free And all will know my name. RESPONSE : Do not be afraid I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home. I Love You and you are mine. : I am the word that leads all to freedom. I am the peace, the world cannot give. I will call your name, Embracing all your pain Stand up now walk and live. : Do not be afraid I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home. I Love You and you are mine. : A reading from Pauls first letter to the Corinthians For I received the Lord the teaching that I passed on to you; that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me. In the same way, after supper, he took the cup and said, This cup is Gods new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me. This means that every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup proclaim the Lords death until he comes. This is the word of the Lord. RESPONSE COMMENTATOR : Thanks be to God. : Let us all stand to honor the Holy Gospel : O Magnify the Lord

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GOSPEL ACCLAMATION PRIEST ALL PRIEST ALL

: The Lord be with you : And with your spirit : A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark : Glory to you, O Lord

(AFTER THE READING) PRIEST ALL HOMILY PRIEST : Parents shortly after the birth of your children, you brought them to church to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. This made them children of God and members of his chosen people. You make your constant : This is the Gospel of the Lord. : Praise to you O Lord Jesus Christ.

care to bring them up in practice of their faith, so that the divine life, which God gives, is kept safe from the poison of sin and made them grow in their hearts. He will now ask your children to renew the promise when they were baptized. (The children will stand and selected teachers will light their candles) PRIEST : Light the candle that is the light of Christ and may this guide our life as Christians. My dear children, you will renew the promise in Baptism made by your parents and godparents, in yout name, our Holy Mother, the church is asking the same question but now you will answer with all faithfulness. : Do you reject Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises? : Yes, we do. : Do you believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible? : Yes, we do believe. : Do you believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, suffered death and was buried, rose again and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? : Yes, we do believe. : Do you believe in one Holy, catholic and apostolic church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come? : Yes, we do believe. : This is our faith. This is the faith of the Catholic Church. We are proud to confess it in Jesus Christ our Lord. : Amen.

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL PRIEST : Lord look with favor on this community, especially the communicants, who are gathered here today in the spirit of joy and thanksgiving. Hear the prayers they pour forth. : Let our response be LORD, WE BESEECH YOU, HEAR US 1. To us communicants, that this sacrament we can receive today would give us Gods abundant graces that would help us grow in the true Christian way. Let us pray to the Lord. RESPONSE : Lord we beseech you, hear us.

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2. To the parents that they may continue to become good models to their children to lead a life of love, faith and service to God and his people. Let us pray to the Lord. RESPONSE : Lord we beseech you, hear us. 3. To the teachers that they may always have the hearts to serve, to guide, and to mold their pupils according to the right Christian values and principles. Let us pray to the Lord. RESPONSE : Lord we beseech you, hear us. 4. To our school, Holy Child School, may it continue to become an instrument a good Christian Education that would help build and realize a God-loving and God-fearing community. Let us pray to the Lord. RESPONSE : Lord we beseech you, hear us. 5. To our presider, Rev. Fr. ________________________________________________ that he may always be Gods faithful servant in proclaiming his good news of salvation to all people. Let us pray to the Lord. RESPONSE : Lord we beseech you, hear us. 6. To all of us here, that we may always receive Gods constant blessings and graces. Let us pray to the Lord. RESPONSE PRIEST : Lord we beseech you, hear us. : Our Father in heaven, your son told us, ask and you shall receive. We trust in you. We believe in you. With assurance, we move on with peace of mind of knowing that you also love the people we love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. : Amen.

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OFFERTORY PROCESSION: (CANDLES, FLOWERS, IN-KIND, CERTIFICATES, WATER AND WINE, BREAD, CHALICE) OFFERTORY SONG LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST PRIEST : Blessed are you Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness, we have this bread to offer which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life. : Blessed be God forever. : Blessed are you Lord God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of the human hands. It will become our spiritual work. : Blessed be God forever.

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: Pray brothers and sisters, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father. : May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy church. : Let us pray. O Lord, accept this sacrifice with your gratitude. Grant it to be a living sign of our constant trust and confidence in your saving and loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord. : Amen.

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EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II PRIEST ALL PRIEST ALL PRIEST ALL PRIEST : The Lord be with you : And with your spirit : Lift up your hearts : We lift them up to the Lord : Let us give thanks to the Lord our God : It is right and just. : Father, it is your duty and salvation, always and everywhere we give you thanks through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. He is the word through whom you made the universe, the Savior you sent to redeem us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, he took flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary. For our sake he opened his arms on the cross, he put an end to death and revealed the resurrection. In this he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people. And so we join the angels and saints in proclaiming your glory as we say: : HOLY. HOLY : Please kneel. : Lord you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness. Let your spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the body and blood of Lord, Jesus Christ. Before he was given up to death, a death he freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: Take this all of you, and eat it. This is my body which will be given up for you. When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again, he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples and said: Take this all of you and drink from it. This is the cup of my blood of new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all men so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me. : The mystery of faith.

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: We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again. : In memory of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Father, this life-giving bread, this saving cup. We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. May all of us who share in the body and blood f Christ be brought in unity by the Holy Spirit. Lord, remember your church throughout the world: make us grow in love together with Pope Benedict XVI, our Pope Msgr. Elenito Galindo, our Apostolic Administrator, and all his clergy. Remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again: bring them and all of the departed into the light of your presence. Have mercy of us all, make us worthy to share eternal life with Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, with the apostles, and with all the saints who have done your will throughout the ages. May we praise you in union with them, and give your glory through your son, Jesus Christ. Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father, forever and ever. : Amen.

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: Let us pray with confidence to the father in the words our savior taught us. : OUR FATHER (to be sung) : Deliver us Lord, from evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ. : For the kingdom... (to be sung) : Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live, forever and ever. : Amen. : The peace of the Lord be with you always. : And with your spirit. : Let us offer each other the sign of peace : Peace be with you : Lamb of God ...

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COMMUNION PRIEST ALL : Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. : Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

COMMUNION SONG PRIEST : Let us pray, God our father, in this spiritual food you have given back to us, the sacrifice we offered in thanksgiving, the saving sacrament of Christ, your son. By theses gifts of strength and joy, sustain us in your service and bring us to your gift of eternal life, grant this through Christ our Lord. : Amen.

ALL CONCLUDING RITE PRIEST ALL SOLEMN BLESSING PRIEST ALL PRIEST ALL PRIEST ALL PRIEST ALL

: The Lord be with you : And with your spirit

: Bow down your heads and pray for Gods blessing. May God bless you with every good gift from on high : Amen. : May he keep you pure, faithful and holy in his sight at all times : Amen : May he bestows the richness of his grace upon you and always fill with his love for all men : Amen. : Go in peace to love and serve the Lord : Thanks be to God.

(The priest goes to where the certificates are located) RECESSIONAL HYMN...