SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Baccalaureate Mass 2009

Most Rev. Ramon Villena, DD
Bishop Presider Rev. Fr. Remeo Nimez, CICM Homilist Fr. Tonus Gymnasium Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya 7 April 2009 7:30 A.M.

SENT TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD Baccalaureate Mass 2009 CALL TO SILENCE PROCESSIONAL/ENTRANCE SONGS: I WILL SING FOREVER I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord I will celebrate the wonder of Your name For the Word that you speak is a song of forgiveness And a song of gentle mercy and of peace Let us wake at the morning and be filled with Your love And sing songs of praise all our days For Your love is as high as the heavens above us And Your faithfulness, as certain as INTRODUCTION: Commentator: We celebrate today a new beginning. In this special occasion we offer to God the gift of ourselves as we cherish the joys ans expectations of the present moments. Let us then look back and reminisce the toils and travails of times past. Let us not forget our parents, mentors and other persons whose passion, dedication and guidance have molded us to become gifted individuals as well as faithful citizens of the Kingdom. As we commence our journey to build a better world, let us remember the cherished tradition our beloved Alma Mater: competence, creativity, community supportiveness and Christian discipleship. How good it is to celebrate this moment of joy and this season of grace. Blessed indeed is the God of life and love! GREETING Presider: All: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen the dawn I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord for You are my refuge and my strength You fill the world with Your lifegiving spirit Who speaks Your word Your word of mercy and of peace Coda: And I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord Yes, I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord

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The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you.

PENITENTIAL RITE Presider: Jesus Christ, our Lord, we come to You in sorrow for our sins, and confess to You our weakness and unbelief. (silence) At times in our journey, we have only lived by our own strength and not by the power of Your resurrection. Lord have mercy. All: Presider: All: Presider: All: Presider: All: Lord, have mercy (sung, interspersed). We have only lived by the light of our own eyes, lacking faith and trust in You. Christ have mercy. Christ, have mercy. (sung) We have only lived for the toils and cares of this present world, and have not prepared enough for our permanent abode. Lord have mercy. Lord, have mercy. (sung) May the God of love and mercy forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by His Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

OPENING PRAYER: Presider: Let us pray. God our Creator, we believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Open our ears to listen to His word. Open our hearts that we may experience His message as a call addressed personally to each one of us to go out and do our part making this world a better place to live in. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen


FIRST READING (Sirach 1: 1, 4-11) Reader: A Reading from the Book of Sirach The word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God



A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians. The Word of the Lord.


Thanks be to God

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Aleluya (Marcelo) (verse) GOSPEL READING (Lk 4: 16-21) The Good News of our Lord, Jesus Christ. HOMILY GENERAL INTERCESSIONS Presider: As Christ was sent to the world, we, Marians, are also sent to build a better world. Let us pray for the graces we need for this mission. Let us pray: SEND US AND BE WITH US, LORD. (School of Business)For the Church, the People of God, that with the Gospel it proclaims, it may be a voice and force promoting love and justice among peoples and among nations, we pray to the Lord: (SOEA)For all those in position of authority and leadership, that they may not become arrogant or dishonest or merely seek their own interest, that they may love the people entrusted to them, we pray to the Lord: (CSIT)For our parents who have responded and are still responding to God’s call to bring forth life, may the force of God’s love enable them to carry on their responsibility of caring their families and nurturing love that never ends, we pray to the Lord: (Accountancy)For our administrators, our teachers and all other employees of our university that they may continue to share their talents and ability in order to build a community according to God's plan, we pray to the Lord: (AS) For the world in which we live, that all people of goodwill may work together to put an end to war and hatred, oppression and injustice; and to seek peace, freedom and justice. Let us pray to the Lord: (Law)For all of us, graduates, that we may never forget to look back and be grateful to all who have touched our lives; may the Marian spirit enlighten our hearts and minds and guide our endeavors as we embark on a journey to build

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the better world, we pray to the Lord: Presider: Father, source of our life, You know our needs. As we continue our mission to build a better world, may we be held by Your hands and walk more readily in Your ways. We ask You this through Jesus Christ, our Lord now and forever. Amen.

OFFERTORY SONG: Take and Receive (with Offertory Dance) Presider: All: 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 for the good of all His Church.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS: Presider: God of compassion, may the food and drink which Jesus gives us change us into gifts to one another, that we may become each other’s bread and wine, life and joy. Let unselfish love and service be our offering to one another and to You, today and everyday, on account of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


EUCHARISTIC PRAYER (Sacramentary) SANCTUS: Santo (MVF) AMEN: 7-Fold Amen LORD’S PRAYER: Ama Namin (Jazz) Presider: 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 Lord, Jesus Christ. For the Kingdom the power and the glory are Yours, now and forever. 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 peace and unity of Your Kingdom where You live for ever and ever. Amen The peace of the Lord be with you always And also with you. Let us offer each other the sign of peace

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LAMB OF GOD: Kordero ng Diyos (MVF) (Kordero ng Diyos na nag-aalis ng mga kasalanan ng mundo Maawa Ka sa amin Kordero ng Diyos, maawa Ka ) 2x Kordero ng Diyos na nag-aalis ng mga kasalanan ng mundo Ipagkaloob Mo sa amin ang kapayapaan Presider: All: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are we who are called to partake in this banquet Lord I am not worthy to receive You but only say the word and I shall be healed. COMMUNION SONGS: SMU Choral Society PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION Presider: Lord our God, we thank You for trusting us so much that You have entrusted to us the very mission of Your Son to the world that yearns for well-being and integrity. May our loving service and unselfish giving show that Christ is alive and His Spirit is continually present in the life of the world. We ask You this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

COMMISSIONING OF THE GRADUATES BATCH 2009 Commentator: We will now witness the Send-Off Ceremony, the commissioning of our graduates to proclaim the Good News in words and deeds as Marians are sent to build a better world. The assigned representatives come before the altar. The Presider lights the candle of each representative from the altar candle. The song “Pass It On” is sung. After all the candles are lighted the Presider says: Presider: May your lighted candles remind you of Christ’s words, “You are the light of the world.” Let your light shine before men and women that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Amen.


Commentator: We request the parents and the teachers to extend their right hand as a sign of blessing for the graduates as we sing the hymn of Irish Blessing


(Sung) May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand PRAYER OF THE GRADUATES:


Lord Jesus Christ,/ You know us and You call us by our name/even before we could know and love You./ May we hear and heed Your word as You call/ and send us to build a better world Make our spirit of love and service contagious / that it may inspire people/ and attract them to You,/ our living and loving Savior./ Let Your life and message inspire us/ to voice out the truth/ and to bring liberation/ to each and every one in our communities,/ especially the least of our brothers and sisters. Lord, as we let our light shine,/ help us to accept the challenge of true renewal./Bring to all around us / the light and warmth You bring to this world./ May we have the courage/ to proclaim Your love / in the language of our time / as we strive to work as competent,/ creative,/ and community supportive Christian professionals. All this we ask You/ for You are the Holy One/ who lives and reigns with God the Creator/ in communion with the Holy Spirit/ one God for ever and ever./ Amen.

FINAL BLESSING Presider: All: Presider: All: Presider: All: The Lord be with you And also with you. May the Almighty God bless you all, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen The Mass is offered, go and be witnesses of God’s love as you help build a better world. Thanks be to God

Commentator: As we sing the final hymn, the graduates may offer their corsage and the lighted candle to their parents as the sign

of their unending and deepest gratitude. FINAL HYMNS:

1. One of Heart and One of Soul 2. At the Beginning

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