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St. Joseph’s AcademyHIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENTMarch 24, 2010BACCALAUREATE MASSYou are enlightened by THE WORD.Soar high, Josephian!Introductory RiteCommentator:As we reached out for our diplomas today, we had reached the endof one chapter of our lives. As we stepped out the gates of our Alma Mater, Saint Joseph’s Academy, we carry on our dreams and goals as we fulfill each one ofthem, soaring high as we face a new world. The values and skills that we had acquired in this institution will forever mold us to become better Christians lived up by the Word of God as we fully become simple and Jesus-centered achiever who is always available to serve. Now, with deep gratitude to the Lord, who bestowed us all these blessings that we obtain today, let us honor Him as we rise and sing together our hymn of praise.Entrance HymnWe are YoursIn the darkness that turned to day,Lord, you made us from breath and clay.With thanksgiving and praise we say: “We are yours!”From our bondage,you set us free to discover our dignity,made us your own for the world to see that we are yours!Bridge 1:Though our journey’s uncertain, be our life and our way.Be our truth now, and show us who we are. Lord, we pray –Refrain:Gather us into your love, O Lord. Make us your people!Take us, and hold us, break us and mold us in your love,in your love! Send us your Spirit, O Lord our God.Make us your own! Seek out and find us,in your love bind us, for we are yours! We are yoursFor the triumph of love and grace,you redeemed us from sin’s embrace.To you, Lord Jesus, we lift our praise, for we are yours.With your Spirit that brings new birth,you enkindle our lives’ true worth,renewing our hearts and all the earth. We are Yours!(bridge 1 & refrain)Bridge 2:When the world lays its claim on our hearts and souls,remind us of all that is true: that our hearts are yearningand restless till our hearts rest in you! (ref 2x)Coda:We are Yours! We are Yours!We are Your, O Lord.
GreetingCelebrant:In the name of the Father, and of the Sonand of the Holy SpiritAll: Amen.Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of Godand the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.All:And also with you.Penitential RitePresider :As we prepare to celebrate the mystery of Christs love. Let us acknowledge our failures and ask the Lordfor pardon and strength.Student: (Background Music)There are times in our lives that we experience slavery, things that enslave us from the love of God.Every time we do wrong in our lives, fail to respond towhat is right, true and just.There are times when we miss the mark,failed to do good, did not follow His commandsand hurt others like our classmates, friends and even members ofour family.These remind us to rid ourselves of the things that enslave us.Now it’s time to take this journey towards freedom and love,to free ourselves from our attachments and experiencethrough God’s compassion and mercy, and the joy in His inexhaustible love.KYRIE:(Song)As we prepare for the coming of the Lord,we recall our faults and beg His mercy…Lord, have mercy (3x)Christ, have mercy (3x)Lord, have mercy (3x)Presider:May almighty God have mercy on us,forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.All:AmenOpening Prayer
Celebrant :Let us prayFather of mercy,Hear the prayers of your repentant childrenWho call on you in love.Enlighten our minds and sanctify our hearts.We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy SpiritOne God, forever and ever.All:AmenLiturgy of the WordComm: The Word of God is truly alive and powerful, it penetrates even dividingsoul and spirit and judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. With heartfelt reverence let us now turn our attention to the Word of God as it is being brought in procession to the altar.BIBLE ENTHRONEMENTHooooAdoramus te O ChristeIntroduction to the Word of God (Daniel 3: 14 – 20, 91,95)Comm:Nebuchadnezzar is amazed that the three men have survived being thrown into the fire. We think, we would have been amazed, too! One of the things we can learn from this story is that if we place our trust in God we will be vindicated. Sometimes, just to prove His power and to assure us that He is aware of oursituation; God chooses to intervene in the affairs of the world and demonstrateHis care and love. Let us now listen to the Word of God.FIRST READINGDaniel 3: 14 – 20, 91,95King Nebuchadnezzar said:“Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,that you will not serve my god,or worship the golden statue that I set up?Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,and all the other musical instruments;otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?”Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,

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