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Inaugural prayer service June 1_11-12

Inaugural prayer service June 1_11-12

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Archdiocesan Value EducationCentre - AVEC
Don Bosco Youth Services – Matunga, MUMBAI 400 019 Tel: 24154477 E-mail:avecmatunga@gmail.com
Inaugural Prayer Service for the Student community at the start of the New Year 2011
Theme: “Bloom Where You Are Planted” Quote: The happiest people dont necessarily haveeverything;They simply utilize all the potential in what life has tooffer….”  Symbol: LOTUS for growth in harmony
Introduction:
 
 Leader:
 
"A new year is unfolding - like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beautywithin. A new year is like an unspoiled page in one’s book of time.Let us close our eyes and look back on the past year and all that has taken place in our life.We remember each experience for the good that has come of it and for the knowledge wehave gained; the efforts made and the goals reached. We remember the love, happiness thelaughter, the joy, the hard work, and the tears we have shared. We celebrate life and learningas we are now beginning the year 2011-12.
(A Kuthuvilakku / Samai is placed on the stage with 5 wicks test lighted to ensure that they stay lit.2 test lighted candles and a matchbox for lighting the Kuthuvilakku..5 members who are informed beforehand are stationed on the stage or nearby. They could be Principal, 2 Teachers representing Secondary and Primary section, 2 students representing Secondary and Primary section probably the School Head boy/girl)
Lighting of the lamp
:Reader 1:Light represents the presence of God. Light is traditionally linked with knowledge andgoodness while darkness refers to ignorance and evil. Light also represents the direction andguidance of God.The prayer ‘asato ma sadgamaya’ (Lead me from the asat to the sat).’tamaso ma jyotirgamaya’ (Lead me from darkness to light).‘mrtyorma amrtam gamaya’ (Lead me from death to immortality)is a true prayer. The seeker admits his sense of limitedness and expresses his heartfelt cry for assistance in transcendence. It is not a prayer for the things of the world as food, shelter,health, companionship, riches, success, fame, glory or even for heaven.The essence is: "O, Guru, help me free myself from my diverse misunderstandings regardingmyself, the universe and God and bless me with true knowledge."
*Building a New Humanity Through Universal Values*PRAYER SERVICE FROM AVEC
 
 
Archdiocesan Value EducationCentre - AVEC
Don Bosco Youth Services – Matunga, MUMBAI 400 019 Tel: 24154477 E-mail:avecmatunga@gmail.com
 Leader:
Let us welcome the Divine Presence in our hearts, in our lives and in our midst as the choir and assembly sing from the Upanishad while the lamp is being lit by honoured persons………………………………………….(mention persons).
(The Choir and the Assembly sing the slok; after each line the interpretation is read aloud:
asato ma sadgamayaLead me from the asat to the sat.tamaso ma jyotirgamayaLead me from darkness to light.mrtyorma amrtam gamayaLead me from death to immortality.Reader 2:
 
Wisdom can be defined as "applications of God's holiness in all we say, do and think". Likeeverything else in the world, wisdom has a single source - God.
"For the Lord givethwisdom, and from His presence cometh knowledge and understanding" 
(Prov. 2:6)." Let usnow listen to the scripture read to us from the Book of 
Proverbs Chapter 4 versicles 5 to 9
on acquiring wisdom and being blessed.
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 4:5-9
Reader 3
:Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of mymouth. Do not forsake her and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, getunderstanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, whenyou embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of gloryshe will deliver to you."
(Allow a pause of 30 seconds.)
Ritual Of Symbol Lotus:
(Lotus flower in a pot/vase or cutout of poster paper on a display board on a stage)Reader 4:The symbolism of Lotus Flower Lotus is a water lily rooted in soil in the body of water, with leaves and flowers floating onthe water surface. The lotus flower starts as a small flower down at the bottom of a pond inthe mud and muck. It slowly grows up towards the waters surface continually movingtowards the light. Once it come to the surface of the water the lotus flower begins to blossomand turn into a beautiful flower. The lotus flower have many petals overlapping in a proportional pattern. Lotus, cherished for its tranquil beauty, is delightful to look at, as its blossoms open on the pond's surface.As the lotus flower grows up from the mud into an object of great beauty persons also growand change into something more beautiful. The Lotus symbolizes divinity, fruitfulness,
*Building a New Humanity Through Universal Values*PRAYER SERVICE FROM AVEC
 
 
Archdiocesan Value EducationCentre - AVEC
Don Bosco Youth Services – Matunga, MUMBAI 400 019 Tel: 24154477 E-mail:avecmatunga@gmail.com
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th, knowledge and enlightenment. Lotus is also symbolic of the purity of heart and mindin the struggle of life.Reader 5:The most important thing about lotus is that even whilst growing in murky waters it isuntouched by its pollution. Lotus is a symbol of transformation. Mud is transformed into themost beautiful and the most fragrant flower this planet knows about. The flower grows inmuddy waters and rises on a long stalk above the surface to bloom with an unbelievable beauty. The great feature is that at night the lotus flower closes and goes underwater, only tostand up in its splendor again at dawn. The Water Lily's leaves shade the water keeping itcool and thus allowing for more dissolved oxygen. The roots, leaves, flower and seeds areedible and have medicinal properties.Reader 6:Lotus blooms in its purity even in contaminated water inspiring and challenging us that wehave within us the potential, purpose and passion to blossom and flourish wherever we are.Let us hold on to the truth:
 
(Let some one hold the placard with the quote for all to see as you state the quote)
“The happiest people don’t necessarily have everything;They simply utilize all the potential in what life has to offer….” 
(Give time for silent reflection/assimilation while the placard is held high)
Intercessory Prayer:
(3 students from different sections or classes will read out the prayer and the final prayer will be read by the school leader or school secretary)
 Leader:
Let us pray to God our Creator & Author of every Knowledge to bless this year ahead of us.Your response after each prayer will be sung;
‘Hear us Oh Lord for we call on your nameand we ask you to be with us Lord! In our needs bless us Lord.’  Let us repeat now the chant as the choir sings …. Hear us Oh Lord for we call on your nameand we ask you to be with us Lord! In our needs blessed Lord 
Reader 7:We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy. Bless us as we start this New Year with our friends andteachers; help us to make the most of every chance we have, to start afresh. May we showlove to one another and to all. Let us pray to the Lord.
Response ( by the choir and the assembly):
Hear us Oh Lord for we call on your name and we ask you to be with us Lord! In our needs bless us Lord.
Reader 8:May the new beginning of this school year remind us that you give us chances to start allover again and again. Help us to learn and to work together. Help us to listen when we should and to use the best words when we speak .We thank you for our friends; help us to
*Building a New Humanity Through Universal Values*PRAYER SERVICE FROM AVEC

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