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Don Bosco’s Bicentenary Celebrations

30 luglio 2014

For the Students : Prayer Service I

Prayer service and hoisting of the flag for the opening of Don Bosco’s Bicentenary Celebrations (August 16, 2014- August 16, 2015)

Prayer Dance/ Choreography (theme- Thanksgiving)

Introduction: Dear friends, as we open the Bi-centenary year of Don Bosco’s birth, we the family members are privileged to rejoice and thank God for the gift of Don Bosco to the Church and to the Congregation in particular.
Don Bosco was a man of God, mystic, blessed abundantly with gifts of nature and of grace, deeply human, alert and opens to the signs of the times. He was known as the living saint of the nineteenth century whom the Lord had chosen and sent to announce the good news, that the young might become friends of God. With the heart of a father and teacher, Don Bosco worked untiringly for the salvation of the young through the direct intervention of Mary our Mother. He became all things to all people in order to lead the young especially the poor and the abandoned to God.

Today, the work and the life of Don Bosco are being carried out all over the world by his sons and daughters. The Charism of Don Bosco is still very relevant, active, alive and very much seen in our own time. So dear friends, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco’s birth, let us renew our faithfulness to his spirit and to take a fresh account of our responsibility, to live ever more intensely the Gospel values as Don Bosco, our Father and Founder once lived.

Hymn to DB

Commentator : Light represents God. Where there is light everything is illumined and the path is made visible to reach one’s destination. In the light of God everything is made clear and therefore we need the light of God to guide us, to enlighten us that all of us may be a light to one another.
Lighting of the Lamp (By different representatives)

Spontaneous prayers of thanks and praise: Our God is worthy of all praise and thanksgiving. We recall all his graces and blessings he has bestowed on us. He continues to work wonders in our lives through persons, events and situations. Today we specially want to thank God for the gift of St. Don Bosco and his followers who continues to carry out his mission in the fields of education. Let us now spontaneously express our prayer of praise and thanks.

A song of praise and thanksgiving/ Dance
Response: We Praise and thank you Lord.
• For the gift of St. John Bosco
• For the gift of Salesian Family
• For the gift of Salesian institutions
• For the gift of our Superiors
• For our Fathers, sisters, Teachers …
• For the gift of the Rector Major—
• For the gift of Mother General—
• Hymn:

Symbolical prayers:

Response: Lord hear our prayer
Books: Lord as we offer this book, we pray for increase of knowledge and wisdom that we may know your design for each one of us. We also pray for the institute of the Salesian Fathers and Sisters that they continue to be the instruments of knowledge and wisdom to many people especially the young. Res
Ball: Don Bosco educated the young through games and sports. Lord as we offer this ball, we pray for the educators especially the Salesian family that his system of education may continue to be qualitative and effective among the young. Res

Flowers: Lord as we offer this vase of flowers, we pray for all the young people that they may continue to strive for betterment each day and bloom their lives to be channels of peace, joy and hope. Res

National Flag: Don Bosco said, “Education is the matter of the heart” through this he aimed to inculcate in the heart of his pupils to be a good and honest citizen. Lord as we offer our National flag we pray for all of us present here and others that we may respect one another and honor our country. Res

Chain: Lord we pray for unity as we offer this chain which is the symbol of unity that we may experience unity in the family, community, society and the world at large. Res

Dove: Lord as we offer this symbolic dove we pray for peace in our trouble world. After your resurrection your first parting gift to your apostles was ‘peace’ May your peace reign in the heart of all. Res
Globe: Lord as we offer this globe we pray for our world that it may know you and accept you as their Lord and Saviour. Res

Hoisting of the Flag by the chief guest & the speech
Commentator: We shall now hoist the Bi-Centenary Flag and open this mega event.
Sharing of experiences: Two or three Past Pupils/ Present pupils etc. share briefly their Salesian educational experiences.

Hymn: We thank you O Lord for Don Bosco.

Slogans:
 Long Live-Don Bosco
 Don Bosco-Long live
 Don Bosco-We love you

Pledge: We, the students of Salesian School, promise that we will try our best to exemplify the principles that we have learned from our school (institution/centre) and commit ourselves to uphold, respect and follow the standards set out by our school.

Following the example of Don Bosco, We pledge ourselves to live as one family, regardless of our race, language and religion to build a nation that respects each and every individual.
We further promise that we will give our best and strive constantly for excellence, preserving our academic integrity by maintaining the highest ethical standard in our studies, and valuing the relationships with the management, teachers and among ourselves. In every instance we will prove ourselves as Salesian pupils following the footsteps of Don Bosco.

Hymn to Don Bosco

Releasing of 200 balloons
With great joy and gratitude in our hearts we recall to our mind the great St. John Bosco whose 200th Birth day we celebrate today. Each of these balloons represent an year he lived and the years his followers continue to live, giving hope to the millions of young people around the world. These 200 balloons with messages inside will be released to symbolize the Salesian presence around the world. Let us with joy and gratitude release them and spread the message of love, peace and joy in our society and in the world.

Hymn to Don Bosco

For the Community : Prayer Service II

Bicentenary Celebrations (August 16, 2014- August 16, 2015)
Evening Prayer Service for the Community / Adoration Service

Hymn: I will bless your name or any other appropriate hymn

Introduction: Dear friends, as we open the Bi-centenary year of Don Bosco’s birth, we the family members are privileged to rejoice and thank God for the gift of Don Bosco to the Church and to the Congregation in particular.
Don Bosco was a man of God, mystic, blessed abundantly with gifts of nature and of grace, deeply human, alert and opens to the signs of the times. He was known as the living saint of the nineteenth century whom the Lord had chosen and sent to announce the good news, that the young might become friends of God. With the heart of a father and teacher, Don Bosco worked untiringly for the salvation of the young through the direct intervention of Mary our Mother. He became all things to all people in order to lead the young especially the poor and the abandoned to God.

Today, the work and the life of Don Bosco are being carried out all over the world by his sons and daughters. The Charism of Don Bosco is still very relevant, active, alive and very much seen in our own time. So dear friends, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco’s birth, let us renew our faithfulness to his spirit and to take a fresh account of our responsibility, to live ever more intensely the Gospel values as Don Bosco, our Father and Founder once lived.

Thanksgiving Hymn:

Commentary: “I have promised God that to my last breath I will live for my poor boys”, said Don Bosco. We Salesians are called to dedicate our lives for the young. Let us thank God for the gift of our vocation and pray that the Lord may bless us with strength and courage to follow Him in the footsteps of Don Bosco our Father and Founder.

Sharing of experiences by 2 or 3 Persons.

Spontaneous prayers of thanks and praise: Our God is worthy of all praise and thanksgiving. We recall all his graces and blessings he has bestowed on us. He continues to work wonders in our lives through persons, events and situations. Today we specially want to thank God for the gift of St. Don Bosco and his followers who continues to carry out his mission in the fields of education. Let us now spontaneously express our prayer of praise and thanks.

Response: We Praise and thank you Lord
• For the gift of St. John Bosco
• For the gift of Salesian Family
• For the gift of Salesian institutions
• For the gift of the Rector Major etc.

Hymn: We thank you O Lord for Don Bosco.

Prayer of intercessions:

Commitment by the Community

O Father of youth and teacher of holiness, we follow your footsteps to be an educator among the young people. We commit ourselves to be prophets in today’s world to proclaim the kingdom of God to all the young people, especially the lonely, the defenseless and the poor. We want to re-dedicate our lives once again to serve God and the young more zealously and to accept with joy the sacrifices that ensue. We furthermore promise that we will unselfishly place at the disposal of our community our time, energy and talents for building up the kingdom of God.

Comment: As we pray our Father let us ask God to bless us so that we persevere in our vocation, to carry out generously God’s plan in our lives. May we imbibe the indefatigable zeal of Don Bosco for the salvation of souls.
Our Father:

Concluding Prayer

Hymn to the blessed Sacrament

Prepared by, PCI. Youth Pastoral Sector, 2014

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