Environment:  candle, flowers
Opening Prayer:
We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, in all your churches throughout the whole world and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

From “Testament,” page 124-125, #5 in Francis Assisi: Early Documents Vol. 1, edited by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM Cap., J.A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., William J. Short, OFM. New York: New City Press, 1999. Used with permission.

Reading Suggestions:
              Song of Songs 2:8-14
            Song of Songs 8:6-7
            Hosea 2:16, 21-22
            Luke 1: 46-55
            1 Corinthians 1:22-31
            Philippians 3:8-14
            Colossians 3:1-4
            Colossians 3:12-17
Response: All sing a familiar version of the alleluia.
Te Deum:  Prayed antiphonally.
Side 1: You are God:
Side 2: we praise you.
Side 1: You are the Lord:
Side 2: we acclaim you;
Side 1: You are the eternal Father;
Side 2: all creation worships you.
Side 1: To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
            Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Side 2: Holy, holy, holy Lord,
            God of power and might,
            heaven and earth are full of your glory.
All:       The glorious company of apostles praise you.
            The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
            The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Side 1: Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
            Father, of majesty unbounded,
            your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
            and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
Side 2: You, Christ, are the King of glory,
            the eternal Son of the Father.
Side 1: When you became human to set us free
            you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
Side 2: You overcame the sting of death,
            and opened heaven to all believers.
Side 1: You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
All:       We believe that you will come,
            and be our judge.
            Come then, Lord,
            and help your people,
            bought with the price of your own blood,
            and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

                                    Adaptation of the Te Deum.

All sing a familiar version of the alleluia.
Concluding Prayer:
Ever-faithful God,
who has called each of us by name
to follow in the footprints of Francis of Assisi,
encircle this community gathered here in your tender embrace.
We lift up to you: our jubilarian ___________,
all who are lonely, those who are homeless, hungry, or oppressed, those who are sick and those who care for them,
and all who rely on our prayers.
Fill our hearts with joy and peace
as we celebrate your faithfulness. 
May a song of praise and thanksgiving be ever on our lips
and may your will be always fulfilled in our actions. 
This we ask in the name of Jesus, your Son and our Brother,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.
            All sing a familiar version of the alleluia.