Consecration of the Church

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as we begin and until we conclude.
May mercy and compassion be poured forth upon us
in this world and the next.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory for ever.
O Lord,
in your love visit your holy Church.
Suppress heresies and schisms
and confirm her in faith and love.
Protect her children from trials and misfortunes
and unite her in bonds of love and peace.
For you are all-merciful
and glory is due to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Peace be with the Church and her children.
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Praise the Lord all you nations,
glorify him all you peoples,

for steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
God of mercy,
pour out your grace on all those who honor your Church
on the feast of its sanctification.
Enlighten them with your word,
guide them to knowledge of you
and obtain for them the true bread.
Pour out your mercy on them in this world
and grant them eternal life in the next,
so that they may praise you,
your Father and your Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Antiphon: I rejoiced when they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the Lord.”

Psalm 122
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the Lord.”

And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem—

Jerusalem, built as a city
the tribes of the Lord,

According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
May those who love you prosper!

May peace be within your walls,
prosperity in your buildings.

Because of my relatives and friends
I will say, “Peace be within you!”

Because of the house of the Lord,
our God,
I will pray for your good.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to
the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

Antiphon: I rejoiced when they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the Lord.”

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
O Lord,
guard the foundations of your holy Church,
which you have saved by your victorious cross.
Establish her on the rock of the true faith.
May she always be a living testimony to your resurrection
and may her children be adorned with justice, honor and
the glory of the upright.
May your cross of life guide her in the way of light
that she might attain paradise and enter into your heavenly joy, singing glory and praise to your holy name,
your Father, and your Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

The Light of the just and joy of the upright in Christ Jesus,
our Lord.
Begotten of the Father, he manifested Himself to us.
He came to rescue us from darkness and to fill us with the
radiance of his light.

Day is dawning upon us; the power of darkness is fading away.
From the true Light there arises from us the light which illumines our darkened eyes.
His glory shines upon the world and enlightens the very depths of the abyss.

Death is annihilated, night has vanished, and the gates of Sheol are broken.
Creatures lying in darkness from ancient times are clothed in
The dead arise from the dust and sing because they have a Savior.

He brings salvation and grants us life.
He ascends to his Father on high.
He will return in glorious splendor and shed his light on those gazing upon him.

Our King comes in majestic glory,
Let us light our lamps and go forth to meet him.
Let us find our joy in him, for he has found joy in us.
He will indeed rejoice us with his marvelous light.

Let us glorify the majesty of the Son and give thanks to
the almighty Father, who,
in an outpouring of love, sent him to us, to fill us with
hope and salvation.

When he manifests himself, the saints awaiting him in
weariness and sorrow,
will go forth to meet him with lighted lamps.

The angels and guardians of heaven will rejoice in the
glory of the just and upright people of the earth;
together, crowned with victory, they will sing hymns and psalms.

Stand up then and be ready!
Give thanks to our King and Savior, who will come in great
glory to gladden us with his marvelous light in his kingdom.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
guard the Church with your grace
and protect her with your commandments,
that she may observe all your laws’
and raise to you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit,
unceasing hymns of glory
and sing you songs of praise and thanksgiving,
now and for ever.
Psalm 148

Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights;

Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created;

He established them forever and ever;
he gave them a duty which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all depths;

Fire and hail, snow and midst,
storm winds that fulfill his word;

You mountains and all you hills,
you fruit trees and all you cedars;

You wild beasts and all tame animals,
you creeping things and you winged fowl.

Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princess and all the judges of the earth,

Young men too, and maidens,
old men and boys,

Praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;

His majesty is above earth and heaven,
and he has lifted up the horn of his people.

Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
from the children of Israel, the people close to him.

Psalm 149:1-6
Sing to the Lord a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.

Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.

Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing joy upon their couches;

Let the high praises of God be in their throats.

Psalm 150
Praise the Lord in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.

Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.

Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp.

Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.

Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.

Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord!

Psalm 117
Praise the Lord, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!

For steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

Praise, glory and honor to the true Light who illumines all
In his loving kindness he has opened our eyes and led us on the way that leads to him,
that we might adore him in spirit and in truth.
He made the Church, the light of the world, in his image;
John announced her and the martyrs gave witness to her.
She was founded on the firm rock,
saved by the life-giving cross,
and purified by the blood of forgiveness which flowed from
the side of Christ on Golgotha.
With her children the Church adores his holy name.
To the Good One is due glory and honor this morning,
and all the days of our lives,
now and for ever.
Glory to you, heavenly spouse
you betrothed yourself to the holy Church,
enriched her with the gifts of your Spirit,
and made her a mystery for all ages and generations.
You have invited the nations to the wedding feast,
promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against her,
and established her on the rock of faith.
You gave her the keys of the kingdom saying:
“All that you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.”
She does not fear those who wish her evil,
for the Lord has armed her with his victorious cross and
purified her with the water of baptism.
Lord God,
hep her avoid the abyss of worldly passions, and guard
her from divisions and heresies,
that she may always sing hymns and psalms to you.
We pray also for those who have died in the faith,
whom you have saved from sin:
grant them rest in your paradise and join them in your elect.
your Father, and your Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

Holy are you, O God, you sent the Son who chose the holy
Church for his spouse.

Holy are you, O Strong One, you purified your flock from vain

Holy are you, O Immortal One, by your death you saved your
Church from death.

Today, the children of the Church honor your body and blood
and receive them for the forgiveness of their sins saying:

Blessed are you who have chosen the holy Church for your glorious
spouse and marked her with your blood.

you are the living peace
who has reconciled heaven and earth.
May your tranquility and peace reign in all nations.
Remember the dead so that all people may offer
praise and glory to you,
your Father, and your Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
O Church, “Rise up and be clothed in light!” says Isaiah to the bride who has been chosen by the King’s Son.

Let it ring from the mountain tops: “Rise up and be clothed in light, because your light has come!” May the praise of the Lord be sung in memory of the consecration of the Church.

Our Lord established the Church on the rock of faith, set its
foundations on Simon and through the call of Paul, has
made it firm.

A Reading from the First Book of Samuel`
1 Samuel 17:11-15
Saul and all the men of Israel, when they heard this challenge of the Philistine, were dismayed and terror-stricken.
David was the Son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. He had eight sons, and in the days of Saul was old and well on in years. The three oldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to war; these three sons who had gone off to war were named, the first-born Eliab, the second son Abinadab, and the third Shammah. David was the youngest. While the three oldest had joined Saul, David would go and come from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and joy-filled hope to all.
We praise you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord and Creator, King of heaven, God the Father almighty,
Lord God, only Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son and Word of the Father,
you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sin of the world, hear us and receive
our prayer.
You are seated in glory at the right hand of your Father,
for give us and have mercy on us;
For you alone are holy,
you alone are the Lord, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.
At all times, and all the days of our lives, we worship
you and praise your holy and blessed name,
which is and has been from age to age.
Blessed are you, Lord almighty, God of our fathers.
May your name be glorified, praised and exalted for ever.
To you be glory, praise and exaltation, God of all,
Father of truth, with the only Son and the living and Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

O God,
you are before all ages and exist from age to age;
you are resplendent and glorified in unsearchable light;
through your word, you bring forth light and give us a new day.
O radiant Day and source of light,
we glorify you, adore you and offer you praise night and day;
accept our praise and answer our prayer.
Send us your abundant blessings, through the mercy of your
To him, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be glory, honor and power,
now and forever.