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Prayer Service for Diwali

Prayer Service for Diwali

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PRAYER SERVICE FOR DIWALI
IntroductionWelcoming
– The faithful is received with sandal paste. The priestis welcomed with an
 Arathi.
Bhajan
Celebrant:
 The people who walk in darkness have seen a dazzlingbrightness. A great light has dawned in the east, mocking the sunand the moon, putting the stars of heaven Christ the Lord. “In hislight we see light”. Enter without pretensions into this joyfulencounter with Him.May the eyes of the Father rest upon your eyes, the love of the Son throb in your heart and all its movements and thecomradeship of the Spirit walk with you.
All:
Amen.
Commentator:
Myriad little lamps illumining millions of our homesproclaim the festival of lights. We rejoice with all the people of ourland and bring to the altar our own little lamps. Indian traditionattributes the origin of Diwali to the coronation of Rama, as the kingof Ayodhya. On that night, it is said, there was illumination all overthe country. Another legend attributes the feast to the coronation of the good king Vikramaditya. According to another legend, the feastmarks the destruction by Vishnu of the demon
Naraka
. All thesetraditions reveal an underlying theme: Diwali is rejoicing at thevictory of good over the forces of evil,
 jnana
over
ajnana
,
sat 
over
asat.
Penitential Rite:
 The faithful accuse themselves of their being thecause of darkness.
Commentator:
As an expression of our deep sorrow for ourinfidelities to the covenant with the lord, yearning for full fellowshipwith him and others, and determined to make a total commitmentof ourselves to the designs of the lord let us do the
 panchanga pranama
.
Celebrant:
May the god of peace who brought from the dead ourlord Jesus enable you to stand before him face to face. In his light,there is no darkness. Bask in its shadow it is brighter than sun. Mayits flames lick the hearth of your soul and purify it of dross and
 
decay, equipping you with everything that is good through JesusChrist to whom be the glory for ever and ever.
All:
Amen.
Exchange the sign of peace.Commentator:
In the beginning when god created the universe,the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that coveredeverything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God wasmoving over the water. God commanded “let there be light andthere was light.God was pleased with what he saw. Then heseparated the light from darkness and he named the light ‘day’ andthe darkness night.Lord, it is night. A sea of darkness engulfs us. Terror,ignorance, unbelief, worries, poverty, sin and death. Destroy allpowers of darkness. Let the light of your resurrection shine and letis be day.
Bhajan
Liturgy of the Word:
Homage is paid to the Bible with double
arathi.(pushpa and dhupa).
Celebrant:
Fountain of truth, knowledge and bliss, he who drinks of your stream will not thirst. May he who quickens the intellect andkindles the heart strengthen you with his power to proclaim thesaving word.
Commentator:
As a sign of our openness to receive God’s wordinto our life. We shall keep our palms open and turned upwardsresting on our knees.
First reading
: 1 Jn: 1/5-10.
Bhajan
Gospel:
Mt: 5/14-16 or Jn: 8/12.
Homily Prayer of the Faithful
Celebrant: Jesus is the true light that enlightens every person. As wecelebrate the Feast of Lights let us ask Jesus the light of life topenetrate our life.
Response:
Jesus our light, guide us.
(Spontaneous prayers).
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