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Epiphany

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STUDENTS
In nomine patris
Et filus
Et spiritus sancti
Introibo ad altere dei
Amen

PRIEST
I want to welcome all of you back
I hope Christmas was a time of great joy for you and your families
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany
The celebration of the arrival of the three wise men
To pay homage to the baby Jesus
I want you to imagine what that journey must have been like
A journey resting entirely on fate
That they would know where they were going once they arrived
Imagine what a joy it must have been for them
To finally reach their destination
Seniors, you're coming to an end of your time at St. Cecelia's
You've lived together, studied together
And most importantly, prayed together
Strength for the journey
We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Let us take a moment now to call to mind those times
When we have fallen from God's grace
I confess...

STUDENTS
...to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault.
In my thoughts and in my words, in what I have
done and in what I have failed to do.
And I ask the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Yes, pray for him, to the Lord, your God !

One of these boys just ain't like the others
Loathes his female singers, loves to cook
Looks around in gym, it pleases him
Thoughts enslave him
Somebody save him

'Cause he knows that he is taking chances
And he knows that his romance is doomed
He sacrificed his soul to feed his vice
Heaven severed, hell is forever

Dig down deep and save your soul
Grave mistakes will take their toll
Every sin is entered in
Heaven comes with discipline

PETER
But it doesn't all make sense what I feel is real

STUDENTS
No more dodging, God is watching
His eye is on the lowly sparrow
The road is long, the path is narrow

And his mother, God how she will suffer
Will your father break to bare the shame?
Yes you were a force in their divorce!
Trust the shepherd; God make an effort!
Will you drag that poor boy down there with you?
He's unsure and you can't change his mind!
If you love him so, you'll let him go!
Life is choices lead by our voices!

Dig down deep and save your soul
Grave mistakes will take their toll
Every sin is entered in
Heaven comes with discipline

PETER
But it doesn't all make sense, if the love is strong!

STUDENTS
No more dodging, God is watching
His eye is on the lowly sparrow
The road is long, the path is narrow

CLAIRE
Our first reading today is the story of how,
Despite the best efforts of a single mother
A child can still go horribly, horribly wrong
For his eighth birthday, Peter asked for an Easy Bake Oven
His father asked for a divorce
To me, the link between those two events was as strong
As Peter's attraction to my makeup table
We sent him to Catholic boarding school, thinking it might help
But, when he met his roommate Jason, the two of them locked eyes
And I said to myself, 'Claire, you wanted grandchildren?
Instead you're going to get ambiguous Christmas cards from South Beach

DIANE
Please join us in singing our offertory hymn, number 279, 'A Bender Among Us'
There's a bender among us, he must be exposed
Or he'll kidnap our children and take off their clothes
There's a bender among us, there's pink in our flock
A boy without conscience, whose led by his...

CLAIRE
Cockamamie, pure cockamamie that this isn't a choice!
Don't do this to me, Peter?

PRIEST
The peace of the Lord be with you always
And also with you
Let us offer each other a sign of Christ's peace
This is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
Happy are those who are called to this table

PETER
Lord I am not worthy to receive you
But only say the word and I shall be?

STUDENTS
Lord he is not worthy to receive you?

PETER
Father ?

PRIEST
Not at a funeral, Peter.

MATT
I'd like to start with just a...
If we could take a moment...
If maybe we were silent...
Or we had spoken...

PETER
Mom? What is it?
Ivy? Nadia? Matt?
Is it I? Lord, is it I?

STUDENTS
Timothy, Romans, Corinthians, Leviticus?
Hate the sinner, hate the sin! Created in his image?
Abomination! Bear, the cross!

PRIEST
Let us go forth in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

STUDENTS
Thanks be to God.