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31 MAY 2017
at 9:00 am

I am with you always.

Mt 28:20



National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians
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When the people are gathered, the introductory comment is read.
The Religious profession is a sign of a loving encounter between the Lord who calls
and the disciple who responds by giving himself totally to God and to his brothers and
sisters. By publicly binding himself in the eyes of the Church, through whose ministry he
is more intimately consecrated to the service of God, the Salesian begins a new life,
which is lived out in a service of permanent dedication to the young (C 23). Religious
Profession is one of the highest choices a Christian can consciously make, an act which
recalls and fulfills the mystery of his baptismal covenant by giving it a deeper and fuller

The Salesian Society is made up of clerics and laymen who complement each other as
brothers in living out the same vocation (C 4). Today, we are particularly blessed to
witness a loving encounter between God and his servants, through the perpetual
profession of:

From the delegation of Indonesia: Paschal Kyaw Min Htun, SDB
Viktorius Koli Koten, SDB Paul-Peter Sai Kaung Si, SDB
From the vice-province of Myanmar: From the province of the Philippines
Andrea Maung Maung, SDB North:
Henry Go Lam Thang, SDB April Jerome S. Quinto, SDB
John Saw Shine Win, SDB From the province of the Philippines
John Te New Lian Za Uk, SDB South:
Joseph La Htoi, SDB John Quincy A. Caballo, SDB
James Mung Aung, SDB from the Vice-Province of Myanmar.

In grateful response to the gratuitous love of God, they will dedicate themselves forever
in the service of God in the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco.
(Short Pause)
As we celebrate the joyful feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her
cousin Elizabeth, let us join in the singing of the processional hymns as we welcome our
celebrant, Fr Anthony Paul Bicomong SDB, superior of the Salesians of the Philippine
North Province, together with the concelebrating priests and assisting ministers. Let us

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The Priest approaches the altar with the ministers while the Entrance Chant is sung.
When he has arrived at the altar, after making a profound bow with the ministers, the
Priest venerates the altar with a kiss and, if appropriate, incenses the cross and the altar.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit.
. Amen.

. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of

God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with
you all.
. And with your spirit.

Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge

our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the
sacred mysteries.
A brief pause for silence follows.
Then all recite together the formula of general confession:
I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
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And, striking their breast, they say:

through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
They continue:
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.
. Amen.
The Kyrie is sung.
The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is sung.

Let us pray.

lmighty ever-living God,
who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was
carrying your Son in her womb,
inspired her to visit Elizabeth,
grant us, we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of
the Spirit,
we may magnify your greatness
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with the Virgin Mary at all times.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
one God, for ever and ever.
. Amen.


FIRST READING (Zep 3, 14-18a)

The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst.

A reading from the book of the prophet Zephaniah.

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has
turned away your enemies;
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no
further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
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The LORD, your God, is in your midst,

a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.

The Word of the Lord.

. Thanks be to God.


. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
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let this be known throughout all the earth.

Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.


. Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, who believed that what
was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.

. Alleluia, alleluia!
GOSPEL (Lk 1,39-56)

And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me?

. The Lord be with you.

. And with your spirit.
A reading from the gospel according to Luke
. Glory to you, O Lord.
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ary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of
Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting
reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled."

And Mary said:

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
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the Almighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever."

Mary remained with her about three months

and then returned to her home.

. The Gospel of the Lord.

. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Please be seated.
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After the Gospel all sit. The Deacon or one of the confreres calls by name those who are
to be professed, in the following or similar words:

Today, we are particularly happy to be able to present these
brothers who, in response to Gods call, wish to give
themselves to the Lord by perpetual profession in the Salesian
They are:
Viktorius Koli Koten, SDB
Andrea Maung Maung, SDB
Henry Go Lam Thang, SDB
John Saw Shine Win, SDB
John Te New Lian Za Uk, SDB
Joseph La Htoi, SDB
Paschal Kyaw Min Htun, SDB
Paul-Peter Sai Kaung Si, SDB
April Jerome S. Quinto, SDB
John Quincy A. Caballo, SDB
James Mung Aung, SDB
Each one responds: Present.

My dear sons, what do you ask of God and of his holy
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We ask to serve God for all our lives

in the Salesian Society
so as to bring to fulfillment
our baptismal consecration.
May God our Father, who by the sacraments of
baptism and confirmation has bestowed on you the
gift of new life through the power of his Spirit, grant
that you may attain full conformity to Christ through
the special covenant he is making with you today.

. Thanks be to God.

After the homily and a brief period of silent reflection the candidates stand; the
Superior questions them about their willingness to freely and definitively offer
themselves to God and their fellow men in these words:

My dear sons, the grace of God our Father has
consecrated you through the gift of his Spirit and has
sent you to be apostles of the young. Are you now
resolved to offer yourselves definitively to God?
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I am, so as to be able to follow Christ and work with him
for the building of the Kingdom.
The Lord directed Don Bosco to the young, and
especially the poorer ones among them, as the first
and principal beneficiaries of his mission. Are you
resolved to realize the mission of our Founder for the
service of youth, by the generous offering of your
time, health and personal endowments?
I am so resolved, so as to be in the Church a witness to
the inexhaustible love of the Son of God.
To live and work together is for us salesians a
fundamental requirement and a sure way of fulfilling
our vocation; this is why we come together in
communities. Are you resolved to share everything in
a family spirit with the brothers with whom you live,
and to remain in communion with all the members of
our Society and to be members and animators of the
Salesian Family?
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I am, so that I may become for them too a sign of love

and builder of unity.
Our aim is to follow the chaste and poor Christ, who
redeemed and sanctified men by his obedience. Are
you resolved to offer definitively to God our Father
the complete availability of your obedient, poor and
chaste life after the example of Christ and Mary his
Yes, with the grace of God I am so resolved, so that I
may adhere totally to him, the one loved above all
things, with Mary as my Guide and Teacher.
Let us stand.

All rise. The Superior invites the assembly to pray together in the following words:

Let us bless the most holy Trinity for the gift
manifested in these our brothers who, after dying to
sin and being reborn to new life through baptism,
are offering themselves definitively to God by
perpetual profession, so as to live more fully and
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radically the grace of their baptism. And now let us

beseech the Father that, through the intercession of
the Virgin Mary and all the Saints, he may pour out
his blessing on these his sons, who are called to
follow Christ in the way of evangelical perfection
according to the apostolic plan of St. John Bosco,
and may confirm them in the special covenant he is
establishing with them today.
The professandi kneel or prostrate themselves. The assembly remains standing during
the litany.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Priscilla and Aquila, pray for us.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Timothy and Titus, pray for us.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Linus, Cletus, and Clement, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Verse 1. (Patriarchs)
Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Verse 3. (First Church Martyrs and Fathers)
Michael and all angels, pray for us. Lawrence and Sixtus, pray for us.
Anna, Joachim, Elizabeth, pray for us. Julius and Boniface, pray for us.
Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, pray for us. Athanasius and Basil, pray for us.
Isaac, Sarah, Abraham, pray for us. Felicity, Perpetua, pray for us.
Jacob, Joseph, Samuel, pray for us. Cosmas and Damian, pray for us.
Ruth, David and Solomon, pray for us. Ephrem and Vincent, pray for us.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, pray for us. John Chrysostom and Justin, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us. Lucy, Agatha, and Agnes, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Verse 2. (Apostles and Disciples)
Peter, Paul and Andrew, pray for us. Verse 4. (Martyrs)
Thomas, John, and all apostles, pray for us. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions, pray for us.
Mary Magdalene and Martha, pray for us. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.
Barnabas, Matthias, pray for us. Andrew Kim Taegon and Companions, pray
Stephen, Philip, and Cornelius, pray for us. for us.
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Andrew Dung Lac and Companions, pray Mary Mazzarello, pray for us
for us. Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, Michael Rua, pray for us.
pray for us. Philip Rinaldi, pray for us.
Paul Miki and Companions, pray for us. Ceferino Namuncur, pray for us.
Charles Lwanga and Companions, pray for Laura Vicua, pray for us
us. Alessandrina da Costa, pray for us.
Versiglia and Caravario, pray for us. All you holy men and women, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Verse 8.
Verse 5. (Priests and Religious) Lord, be merciful, save your people.
Jerome and Eusebius, pray for us. From all evil, save your people.
Scholastica and Benedict, pray for us. From every sin, save your people.
Ambrose, Monica, Augustine, pray for us. From everlasting damn, save your people.
Martin and Gregory, pray for us. By your incarnation, save your people.
Clare, Francis, Bonaventure, pray for us. By your death and resurrection, save your
Francis Xavier, Ignatius, pray for us. people.
Teresa of Jesus and Catherine, pray for us. By your gift of the spirit, save your people.
Thomas Aquinas and Dominic, pray for us. Have mercy on us sinners, save your people.
All you holy men and women, pray for us. Christ hear us, Lord Jesus hear our prayer.

Verse 6. (Priests, Religious and Lay) Verse 9.

Francis de Sales, pray for us. Lord, give new life, hear our prayer.
Charles Borromeo, pray for us. To these chosen, hear our prayer.
Philip Neri, pray for us. By the grace of Baptism, hear our prayer.
Martin de Porres, pray for us. O Jesus, Son of the living God, hear our
John of the Cross, pray for us. prayer.
Marie Eugenie, pray for us. Send your Spirit, hear our prayer.
Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us. In its fullness, hear our prayer.
Francisco and Jacinta, pray for us. On your beloved sons, hear our prayer.
All you holy men and women, pray for us. Who believe and profess you, hear our
Verse 7. (Salesian Saints and Blesseds) Christ hear us, Lord, Jesus, hear our prayer.
John Melchior Bosco, pray for us.

The celebrant alone rises and says, with hands outstretched:

Lord, hear the prayers of your people:
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prepare the heart and mind of these your sons to

receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,
so that purified from all sin, they may be inflamed
with the burning love of your Son, who gave himself
for us and now lives and reigns for ever and ever.
. Amen.
Please be seated.

In order to emphasize the relationship between baptism and religious profession, at this
point the symbolic presentation of the lighted candle may take place.

The Superior says:

My dear brothers,
may the sign of the living Christ, the light of the
world, which was entrusted to you on the day of your
Baptism, remind you today and always that you too
are sent to be the light of the world, and consecrated
to celebrate the liturgy of life by the total offering of
yourselves as you follow St John Bosco.
One after another the candidates approach the Superior who gives them a candle, lit by
the deacon or an acolyte from the paschal candle in the Easter season.
In presenting the candle, the Superior says to each one:
Receive the light of Christ,
and be a light for all you will meet
on your consecrated path through life.
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Two perpetually professed religious stand near the Superior to act as witnesses.
The candidates come one by one (with lighted candles in hand) before the Superior and
read the formula or profession, previously written out in their own hand.
All read the first part of the formula together:
God my Father,
You consecrated me to Yourself
on the day of my baptism.
In response to the love of the Lord Jesus Your Son,
who calls me to follow him more closely,
and led by the Holy Spirit
who is light and strength,
with complete freedom,
I offer myself totally to You.
I pledge myself
to devote all my strength
to those to whom You will send me,
especially to young people who are poorer;
to live in the Salesian Society
in communion of spirit and action with my brothers,
and in this way to share in the life and mission of Your
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Then each one continues individually (in their own native language):
And so, in the presence of my brothers,
and before Rev Fr Anthony Paul Bicomong, SDB who
takes the place of the Rector Major
of the Society of St Francis de Sales,
I, N. N. , make the vow for ever
to live obedient, poor and chaste
according to the way of the Gospel
set out in the Salesian Constitutions.
Father, may Your grace,
the intercession of Mary Help of Christians,
of St Joseph, of St Francis de Sales,
and of St John Bosco,
together with the assistance of my brother Salesians
keep me faithful day by day.
If the newly professed is holding a lighted candle hands it to the deacon and then goes
to the altar on which the sheet bearing the formula of profession is placed and signs
the official document, indicating by this gesture the close connection between the
offering of his own life and the mystery of the Passover of Christ who becomes present
on the altar. He then returns to his place.


The newly professed kneel. The celebrant, with hands extended over them, says the
prayer of blessing, using one of the following formularies; the expressions in
parenthesis may be omitted if desired.
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Let us stand.

O God, source of all holiness,
your love for man was so great
that you gave him a share in your own divine life,
calling him to be holy as you are holy;
to you be praise from every living creature.

In your providence through the centuries

you raised up from among your chosen people
men and women graced with every virtue:
foremost among them all stands Mary,
the Mother of your Son.

In the fullness of time you sent Christ

for the salvation of mankind.
He came as the splendid pattern of your holiness:
he became poor to make us rich,
a slave to set us free,
and so opened for us the way
to the true freedom of the sons of God.

Father, in your infinite goodness,

the voice of the Spirit has drawn
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countless numbers of your children

to follow in the footsteps of your Son
by the generous offering of their will,
their heart, and all they have.

Look now upon these your sons whom,

in the mysterious designs of your choice,
you have called and today consecrate for a new life.
Send them the Spirit of holiness;
help them to fulfill in faith
what you have enabled them to promise in joy.
Keep always before their eyes
Christ the divine Teacher,
and conform their lives to his example.

Renew in their heart, Father,

the pastoral charity of St John Bosco,
the father and teacher of youth,
so that in everything they may seek,
with tireless determination,
the salvation of souls and their service.

May they be resplendent in generous obedience

ungrudging poverty and radiant chastity.
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May they serve you with open and genial hearts, so

as to love you in their fellow men,
with a creative spirit.
May they be patient under trial, firm in faith, happy
and enterprising in hope,
simple and generous in their apostolic endeavour.
May they be able to educate and evangelize through
the pedagogy of kindness, following a plan for the
integral advancement of man, directed to Christ, the
perfect man.

Be you, Father, the support and guide

of these sons of yours.
When they come to leave this life,
and appear in judgement before your Son,
give them the immense happiness
of having been faithful to your call,
and grant that in the endless praise
of the glory of the saints,
they may enjoy full communion with you
as the fulfillment of the special covenant
which you have established with them today.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

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who is God, and lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.
All present manifest their participation by singing together:


Dear sons, in the name of the Church and the
Salesian Society, I welcome you among the Salesians
of Don Bosco as a confrere committed by perpetual
May the fraternal embrace we now exchange be a
sign of our communion of life.
Please be seated.

The Superior and other perpetually professed confreres welcome the newly professed
with a fraternal embrace or other suitable gesture.
While this is taking place a hymn may be sing (e.g. Psalm 132), or a discreet musical
background may be provided.


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The rite of profession concludes with the presentation of the cross bearing the image of
Christ the Good Shepherd.
The professed approach the Superior one by one; he gives to each of them the symbol
of the salesian consecration and mission, saying:

Receive the cross of Christ, the sign of resurrection

and of life: let it remind you of your constant
pastoral commitment to share in his paschal mystery
for the salvation of your fellow men.
The Professed:
If the newly professed are numerous, the Superior may say the formula once only in the
plural, then each one receives the symbolic cross while the assembly waits in silence.


While a suitable hymn is sung, the deacon and acolytes prepare the altar; some of the
newly professed or their parents may bring the bread, wine and some water for the
Eucharistic sacrifice.

The Priest, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and holding it slightly
raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice:
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received the
bread we offer you:
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fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will

become for us the bread of life.
. Blessed be God for ever.
The Deacon, or the Priest, pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly:
By the mystery of this water and wine
may we come to share in the divinity
of Christ who humbled himself to share in our
The Priest then takes the chalice and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both
hands, saying in a low voice:
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received the
wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will
become our spiritual drink.
. Blessed be God for ever.
After this, the Priest, bowing profoundly, says quietly:
With humble spirit and contrite heart
may we be accepted by you, O Lord,
and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be
pleasing to you, Lord God.
If appropriate, he also incenses the offerings, the cross, and the altar. A Deacon or other
minister then incenses the Priest and the people.
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Then the Priest, standing at the side of the altar, washes his hands, saying quietly:
Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
The people rise and reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the
praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good
of all his holy Church.


ay our offering of this saving sacrifice
be acceptable to your majesty, O Lord,
as you were pleased to accept the charity
of the most Blessed Mother of your Only
Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
. Amen.
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The Lord be with you.
. And with your spirit.
. Lift up your hearts.
. We lift them up to the Lord.
. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
. It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,

to praise your mighty deeds in the exaltation of all
the Saints,
and especially, as we celebrate the memory of the
Blessed Virgin Mary,
to proclaim your kindness as we echo her thankful
hymn of praise.
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For truly even to earths ends you have done great

things and extended your abundant mercy from age
to age:
when you looked on the lowliness of your handmaid,
you gave us through her the author of our salvation,
your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Through him the host of Angels adores your majesty

and rejoices in your presence for ever.
May our voices, we pray, join with theirs
in one chorus of exultant praise, as we acclaim:


The Celebrant:
You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.
Celebrant with concelebrants
Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray,
by sending down your Spirit upon them like the
so that they may become for us
the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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At the time he was betrayed

and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:


He shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and
genuflects in adoration.

In a similar way, when supper was ended,

he took the chalice
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:


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He shows the chalice to the people, places it on the corporal, and genuflects in

The Celebrant:
The mystery of faith.

Celebrant with Concelebrants
Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death
and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of
life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that
you have held us worthy to be in your presence and
minister to you.
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Humbly we pray
that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we
may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Celebrant or one concelebrant

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,
and bring her to the fullness of charity,
together with Francis our Pope and Jesse our Bishop
and all the clergy.

Be mindful also, Lord, of these brothers,

who have dedicated themselves today
to your perpetual service,
and grant that they may always raise
their hearts and minds to you
and glorify your name.
Celebrant or one concelebrant
Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep in the hope of the
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.
Have mercy on us all, we pray,
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that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,

with blessed Joseph her spouse, with the blessed
Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you
throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to
eternal life, and may praise and glorify you
He joins his hands.
through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Celebrant with concelebrants
Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever.
The people acclaim:


The Celebrant:
At the Saviors command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
The Celebrant with the people:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
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hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead
us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
The Celebrant:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
. For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
The Celebrant:
Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles:
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Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.
. Amen.
The Celebrant:
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
. And with your spirit.
The Celebrant or Deacon:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

Then he takes the host, breaks it over the paten, and places a small piece in the chalice,
saying quietly:
May this mingling of the Body and Blood
of our Lord Jesus Christ
bring eternal life to us who receive it.
Then the Celebrant, with hands joined, says quietly:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
who, by the will of the Father
and the work of the Holy Spirit,
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through your Death gave life to the world,

free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood,
from all my sins and from every evil;
keep me always faithful to your commandments,
and never let me be parted from you.
May the receiving of your Body and Blood,
Lord Jesus Christ,
not bring me to judgment and condemnation,
but through your loving mercy
be for me protection in mind and body
and a healing remedy.
The Priest genuflects, takes the host and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or
above the chalice, while facing the people, says aloud:
Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
And together with the people he adds once:
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.
The Priest, facing the altar, receives the Body and Blood of Christ, says quietly:
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May the Body of Christ

keep me safe for eternal life.

May the Blood of Christ

keep me safe for eternal life.




ay your Church proclaim
your greatness, O God,
for you have done great things for your
faithful, and, as Saint John the Baptist
leapt with joy
when he first sensed the hidden
presence of Christ,
so may your Church rejoice to receive
in this Sacrament the same ever-living Lord.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
. Amen.


If they are necessary, any brief announcements to the people follow here.
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Please be seated. One of the newly professed will address the assembly.

After the speech, the Commentator announces the order for the picture-taking and the
venue of the reception. In the following words:
May we remind everyone of the following:
1. Immediately after this liturgical celebration, as the recessional hymn is sung, the
picture-taking by groups will be done as guided by the commentator.
2. After this, may we invite the invited guests to proceed to the Parish Gymnasium
for lunch.
3. Let us all stand.

Then the newly professed may come before the altar, and the Superior, with hands
extended over the people, invokes upon them and on all the assembly the Lords
blessing in the following words:
The Lord be with you.
. And with your spirit.
The Deacon:
Bow down for the blessing.
May God, who inspires all holy desires,
enlighten and strengthen you,
so that you may be faithful to your promises.
. Amen.
May he enable you to follow in the joy of Christ
the narrow way of the Gospel you have chosen,
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in order to dedicate yourselves to the service of your

fellow men.
. Amen.
May the Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the
Son make you a true family,
the sign and image of good things to come.
. Amen.
And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
. Amen.

The Deacon:
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
. Thanks be to God.

Order for Picture-taking:
a. Perpetuandi with Fr Provincial and the Concelebrants
b. Perpetuandi with all the Confreres
c. Perpetuandi with Fr Provincial and their Parents
d. Perpetuandi with Fr Provincial, the Prenovices, and Aspirants
e. Perpetuandi with Fr Provincial and the Salesian Sisters
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f. Perpetuandi with the whole Salesian Family

g. Perpetuandi with their own relatives
h. Perpetuandi with their own friends and guests