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Inspired by the spirit of Edmund so alive in this place today,
We as colleagues in the Edmund Rice network,
Dedicate ourselves to work together in our continuing mission,
To tell the story of Edmund, to share his vision,
And to nurture the response in those who are moved by his example.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those
Oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund
As we seek to live lifes of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
[If a small group are gathered, stand over each person and bless them with one of the lines from the following. Anoint them with some oil if appropriate.]
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises. May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
From Anam Cara, by John O'Donohoe
Hymm: City of God - Dan Schutte
Edmund Rice Dedication and Blessing
Hymm: Companions on the Journey - Carey Landry
A reading from the first letter of John (3: 17-18)
If a man who was rich enough in this world's goods
Saw that one of his brothers was in need,
But closed his heart to him,
How could the love of God live in him?
My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk,
But something real and active.
Blessed Edmund Rice and his followers were united in their desire to work for justice, to free the people from the social, political and spiritual bondage of their day, by sharing from their own resources and providing opportunities for advancement of the poor through education and care.
Contributor: Aiveen Mullaly