3~~~ Welcome ~~~ Dear Parents, It is my privilege to welcome you today. A privilege to be present at the ceremony when your child takes the body of Christ for the first time. This is a very important step in the life of every Christian; it is from this point on that every Christian adheres to a central tenet of the Catholic Faith. Let us remember the importance of the faith in our own lives. Without it the essential spiritual dimension would be missing from our lives. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to make this day so special for the children on their First Communion day.
4Please Remember to… Switch off all phones. Not to take photos or videos during the Mass.Join in the singing.
5Sunday 25th of May 2008 Parish of St Luke (Twinbrook) First Holy CommunionSunday 25th of May 2008Parish of St Luke (Twinbrook)
7This Is The Day Sing! Sing! Sing alleluia. This is the day the Lord has made.Dance! Dance! Dance alleluia.
81. Let us rejoice and be glad. This is the day the Lord has made.Let us rejoice and be glad.This is the day.Sing! Sing! Sing alleluia.Dance! Dance! Dance alleluia.
92. Play music to honour his name, This is the day the Lord has made.Sing psalms and songs of praise.This is the day.Sing! Sing! Sing alleluia.Dance! Dance! Dance alleluia.
10GreetingPriest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.All: Amen.Priest: The Lord be with you.All: And also with you.Introduction & Welcome
11Words of WelcomeChildren, you are very welcome, this is your day, you are ready now to make your First Holy Communion and we are all very glad.Parents, you are very welcome also. Seven years ago when your child was baptised you were given a lighted candle and entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the light of Faith alive in your child’s life. Over the years you have kept that flame burning. Indeed, the good work you have been doing is bearing fruit in a beautiful and wonderful way here today.
12Teachers, you are especially welcome Teachers, you are especially welcome. From your rich storehouse of faith and knowledge you have been supporting the parents in the task of maturing your children’s faith. You are blessed for it.To all the children’s parents and relatives, I extend a very warm welcome. The people of God assemble in joy today to celebrate the children’s First Holy Communion.
13Entrance ProcessionVarious gifts will now be brought to the altar in procession while commentators, two children, explain the significance of each gift.ClockSchool UniformStorybookBibleArtworkClass ListAlive-O Text BookFirst Communion Scrap Book
14ReflectionThe priest invites the children to close their eyes and reflect on the times that they did not live their lives as Jesus did.So. Girls and boys, as we gather today let us close our eyes and remember our time together as we prepared for this day:We remember the year we have spent together. (Pause)We remember all that we have learned. (pause)
15We remember the stories we have heard about Jesus. (Pause) We give God thanks for the gift of life in ourselves and the gift of life that we share with others.We give God thanks for all those who love us and who help us to grow and to learn.We give thanks especially for Jesus who showed us how much God loves us and all people.
16Penitential RitePriest: My brothers and sisters to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries let us call to mind our sins.Child: You raised to life the dead in the Spirit. Lord have mercy.All: Lord have mercy.
17Child: You bring pardon and peace to the sinner. Christ have mercy. All: Christ have mercy.Child: You bring light to those in darkness. Lord have mercy.All: Lord have mercyPriest: May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to life everlasting.All: Amen.
18Gloria Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly king.Almighty God and Father,We worship you, we give you thanks,We praise you for your glory,Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,Lord God, Lamb of God,
19You take away the sin of the world: Have mercy on us:You are seated at the right hand of the Father:Receive our prayerFor you alone are the holy One,You alone are the Lord,You alone are the most high Jesus Christ,With the Holy SpiritIn the glory of God the Father.Amen.
20Opening Prayer Priest: Let us pray (for the First Communicants) Lord our Father, you are indeed our Father.You watch over us with gentle care. We who are your people, today joyfully present these boys and girls for their First Holy Communion. We pray that in the years ahead they may often return to be nourished and fed at the Lord’s table. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.All: Amen.(All sit.)
22First reading A reading from the Acts of the Apostles The followers of Jesus spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together.Everyone was amazed at the many miracles and wonders that the apostles worked. All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had.
23They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved.The Word of the Lord.All: Thanks be to God.
24Responsorial Psalm Do Not Be Afraid Do not be afraid for I am with you.I have called you by your name,you are mine.
25When you walk through the waters, I’ll be with you. You will never sink beneath the waves. Do not be afraid for I am with you.I have called you by your name,you are mine.When the fire is burning all around you,You will never be consumed by the flames.
26When the fear of loneliness is looming, Then remember I am at your side. Do not be afraid for I am with you.I have called you by your name,you are mine.You are mine, O my child; I am your father,And I love you with a perfect love.
27Second readingA reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians (11:23-26 )Saint Paul wrote this letter to tell us what happened at the last supper.Brothers and sisters:I have already told you what the Lord Jesus did on the night before he was betrayed. And it came from the Lord himself.
28He took some bread in his hands He took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given up for you. Eat this and remember me.”After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.” The Lord meant that when you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about his death until he comes.The Word of the Lord.All: Thanks be to God.
29Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! ‘I am the living breadCome down from heaven’,says the Lord.‘Whoever eats this breadwill live forever’.
30Gospel Priest: The Lord be with you. All: And also with you. Priest: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (19:13-15).All: Glory to you O Lord.
31People were bringing little children to him for him to bless them People were bringing little children to him for him to bless them. But the disciples turned tem away.When Jesus saw what was happening he said, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; bring them to me. Do you not know that they are among God the Father’s closest friends.” The children were brought to him. He greeted them warmly and gave them his blessing.Priest: This is the Gospel of the Lord.All: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
33Prayer of the FaithfulPriest: God our Father has given us His word that He will not be far from those who call upon His in prayer. Let us ask Him, in faith and hope and love to graciously hear us now.Child: We pray for all the children who are making their First Holy Communion today. May they grow closer to you each day.Lord Hear Us.All: Lord graciously hear us.
34Child:. We ask God our Father to bless our Child: We ask God our Father to bless our parents on this happy day for the love and peace they give to us, their children. We pray that they may always teach us to love Jesus in Holy Communion.Lord Hear UsAll: Lord graciously hear us.Child: We pray for our teachers who day after day share their, time, their energy and their lives with us. We ask for a blessing on our teachers.
35Child:. We pray for our priests that they may Child: We pray for our priests that they may lead us to know and love God. May they always bring us the Body of Jesus in Holy Communion.Lord Hear UsAll: Lord graciously hear us.Child: We pray for peace. We pray that we will be spared the evils of violence and know the joy of peace.
36Child:. We pray for all the people in our Child: We pray for all the people in our community especially those who are feeling sad and lonely.Lord hear us.All: Lord graciously hear us.…Prayer for the deceased…Priest: God our Father These are our prayers we make them with confidencethrough Christ our Lord.All: Amen.
38Offertory ProcessionVarious gifts will now be brought to the altar in procession while commentators, two children, explain the significance of each gift.White Altar Cloth.Two candles.Communion bread.Communion wine.The weekly collection is taken up at this time.
39We Come To You Lord Jesus to say our thanks to you.And in our Mass we bring ourselvesand ev’rything we do.We love you Lord Jesus,stay with us we pray.Help us to be more like you each day.
402. We bring the bread, we bring the wine, we bring them now to you.We bring our work, we bring our play,and ev’rything we do.We love you Lord Jesus,stay with us we pray.Help us to be more like you each day.
413. Your love for us, our love for you, we celebrate today.Oh fill our hearts with peace and joy.Be with us Lord we pray.We love you Lord Jesus,stay with us we pray.Help us to be more like you each day.
42Preparation of the gifts Priest: Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.All: May the Lord receive the sacrifice from your hands, for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of His church.
43Paidir Os Cionn Na Nofrálacha Priest: God our Father, we come before you with gladness and joy on this most blessed day. Accept the gifts we bring of bread and wine; beautiful gifts from your earth. Through sharing the bread of live, help us to live in love of one another and of you. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.All: Amen.(All kneel.)
44Children’s Eucharistic Prayer III Priest: The Lord be with you.All: And also with you.Priest: Lift up your hearts.All: We lift them up to the Lord.Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.All: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
45We thank you God our Father We thank you God our Father. You made us live for You and for each other. We can see and speak to one another, and become friends, and share our joys and sorrows.And so Father we gladly thank you with everyone who believes in You; with the saints and angels, we rejoice and praise You, singing:
46 Sanctus Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory,Hosanna in the highest.Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.Blessed is he, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
47Yes Lord, you are holy: you are kind to us and to all men Yes Lord, you are holy: you are kind to us and to all men. For this we thank you. We thank, above all for your Son, Jesus Christ.You sent him into this world because people had turned away from you and no longer loved each other. He opened our eyes and our hearts to understand that we are brothers and sisters and you are Father of us all.He now brings us together to one table and asks us to do what he did.
48TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU AND EAT IT. Father we ask you to bless these gifts of bread and wine and make them holy. Change them for us into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son.On the night before he died for us, he had supper for the last time with his disciples. He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread and gave it to his friends saying:TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU AND EAT IT.THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
49TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU , AND DRINK FROM IT. In the same way. He took a cup of wine. He gave thanks and handed the cup to his disciples saying:TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU , AND DRINK FROM IT.THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL,SO THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN.Then he said to them:DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
50God our Father, we remember with joy all that Jesus did to save us God our Father, we remember with joy all that Jesus did to save us. In this holy sacrifice which he gave as a gift to his church, we remember his death and resurrection. Father in heaven accept us together with your beloved Son. He willingly died for us, but you raised him to life again.We thank you and say:All: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST
51Jesus now lives with you in glory, but he is also here on earth, among us. We thank you and say:All: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHESTOne day he will come again in glory and in his kingdom there will be no more sadness.
52Father in heaven, you have called us to receive the body and blood of Christ at this table and to be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Through this sacred meal give us the strength to please you more and more.Lord, our God, remember Benedict our Pope; Patrick, our Bishop, and all other Bishops. Help all who follow Jesus to work for peace and to bring happiness to others. Bring us all together, at last, with Mary, the Mother of God, and all the saints, to live with you and to be one with Christ in Heaven.
53Doxology & Great Amen Priest: Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,all glory and honour is Yours,Almighty Father,for ever and ever.All: Amen alleluia, forever and everForever alleluia, forever and ever.Amen.The children come out to stand at the altar.
54Communion RitePriest: Jesus taught us to call God our Father. So we have the courage to say:All: Our Father, who art in heaven,hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven..Give us this day our daily breadand forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.
55Priest:. Deliver us Lord, from every evil and Priest: Deliver us Lord, from every 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 Saviour, Jesus Christ.All: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.
56Priest:. Lord Jesus, you said to your apostles, I Priest: Lord Jesus, you said to your apostles, I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins but on the faith of our Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live forever and ever.All: Amen.Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always.All: And also with you.Priest: Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
57Agnus DeiLamb of God you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world,Grant us your peace, Grant us your peace.
58Fracio Panis / Breaking of Bread Priest: This is the Bread of Life.It is the lamb of God.Come and receive Him in your first Holy Communion.Happy are those who are called to his Supper.All: Lord I am not worthy to receive you,but only say the word and I shall be healed.
59Prayer Before Communion Lord Jesus, come to me.Lord Jesus, give me your love.Lord Jesus, come to me and give me yourself.Lord Jesus, friend of children, come to me.Lord Jesus, you are my Lord and my God.Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.The children will now receive their first communion from the priest. After they have returned to their places everyone else who is to receive comes forward to the priest or one of the extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
60Holy CommunionThe first communicants now receive Holy Communion from the priest. After they have returned to their places everyone else comes forward to the priest or one of the extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Anyone who for whatever reason is unable to receive communion is invited to receive a blessing from the priest. They should indicate that they wish to receive a blessing rather than Communion by crossing their arms across their chest as they come forward. Christians of other denominations or children who have not yet made their First Holy Communion may come forward for a blessing in the same way.
61Eat This Bread Eat this bread, drink this cup, come to me and never be hungry.trust in me and you will not thirst.Anyone who eats this breadwill live forever
62I Am The Bread Jesus said: ‘I am the bread. Blessed and broken, word of God spoken’.My body I give. Eat and live’.1. We your peoplegather around your table to be fed.‘Do this in memory of me.Take this my body, my bread.’
63I Am The Bread Jesus said: ‘I am the bread. Blessed and broken, word of God spoken’.My body I give. Eat and live’.2. We your peoplegather around your table to be fed.Thank you for your presence in the world,in people, in priest, in bread.
64I Am The Bread Jesus said: ‘I am the bread. Blessed and broken, word of God spoken’.My body I give. Eat and live’.‘I am the Bread, Bread of Life.’
65Prayer After Communion Lord Jesus I love and adore you.You are a special friend to me.Welcome, Lord Jesus, O Welcome.Thank you for coming to me.Thank you, Lord Jesus, O thank you,For giving yourself to me.Make me strong to show your loveWherever I may be
66Prayer After Communion Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stayclose by me forever and love me, I pray.Bless all the children in your loving careand bring us to heaven to live with you there.I’m ready now, Lord Jesus,to show how much I care.I’m ready now to give your loveat home and everywhere. Amen.
67Marian ProcessionA number of children, will now bring some flowers to Our Lady’s Shrine while a Marian hymn, ‘As I kneel before you’ is sung and the ‘Hail Mary’ is then recited.
68 As I Kneel Before You As I kneel before you, as I bow my head in prayer,Take this day make it yoursand fill me with your love.Ave maria, gratia plena,dominus te cum, benedicta tu.
69All I have I give you,every dream and wish are yours mother of Christ, mother of mine. Present them to my lord.Ave maria, gratia plena,dominus te cum, benedicta tu.As I kneel before youand I see your smiling face. Every thought, every wordis lost in your embrace.
70Concluding Prayer Priest: Let us pray Loving God, each day we see signs of your love and goodness all around us. Bless these children who have shared in the Bread of Life today. May they know your love and protection. May they learn from the love and life of Jesus, your son. We ask this through Christ our Lord.All: Amen.
72Blessing And Dismissal Priest: The Lord be with you.All: And also with you.Priest: May Almighty God bless you;the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.All: Amen.Priest: The Mass is ended. Go in peace.All: Thanks be to God.
73Go now in peace Go now in peace together today. Jesus is here in a very special way.Tell all you meet that he is gentle and kind.Praise him and love him in body, soul and mind.Go in peace! Go in love!Go in joy ev’ry girl and boy.
74Go now in peace Bring all the love we’ve had here today. Share it around, don’t let it fade away.Love one another as Jesus Christ loves you.Praise him and love him in everything you do.Go in peace! Go in love!Go in joy ev’ry girl and boy.