ST. ARNOLD’S FEASTDAY
4:00 PM, January 13, 2008
AJSC-PHIL., QUEZON CITY
Prayer Service by Sr. Joy M. Climaco SSpS
THE LOVE OF GOD SHINES IN RAINBOW COLORS
It is just 99 years since the death of St. Arnold Janssen. Usually we
would not even remember, let alone celebrate, a person’s death anniversary
after such a long time, since no one alive now could have known the
person. To celebrate someone’s death in this way implies that she or he is
one whose life made a difference in the world. Arnold certainly made a
difference. And we too can make a difference, if the burning passion of
the Spirit that inspired his life burns in us also.
Love for the Holy Spirit was the source of his missionary enthusiasm.
He used various images to describe the effect of the Holy Spirit in our
lives. The image we will take this evening is specially beautiful. When
the sun’s rays shine through raindrops, wrote Arnold, the sky lights up
with rainbow splendor. Similarly does the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love,
shine in our hearts with rainbow colors and helps us to appreciate this
beauty in ourselves and in others - if only we gaze with the eyes of the
heart. How much our darkened hearts and world need the sunlight of the
In our prayer service now we wish to thank God for the life of St.
Arnold of Steyl and pray that the Spirit that inspired him will touch our
hearts too. And so we pray:
May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the
light of the Word, and may the Spirit of Grace brighten our hearts with
rainbow colors. Amen.
CUTTING OF THE RIBBON AND BLESSING:
Let us now light our candles to signify our joyful gratitude for the
life of St. Arnold as well as that of our Founding Generation and for the
spiritual heritage we have received from them. Together we ask the FATHER,
SON and HOLY SPIRIT to bless this room that keeps the different
significant symbols and remembrances of our spiritual legacy. We pray that
the SPIRIT who is burning LOVE and who inflamed the sparks of HER Fire in
their hearts will urge us on to spread the Sparks of Fire to our
communities and to all people.
Sprinkling of Holy Water
PROCESSION to the Conference Room:
Each one offers her/his candle before the picture of St. Arnold and
says a silent prayer
HYMN: IN THE LIGHT OF THE WORD
READING: John 1: 1-5, 9b, 14, 16, 18
In the beginning was the WORD: the WORD was with GOD and the WORD was
GOD. He was with GOD in the beginning. Through Him all things came into
being, not one thing came into being except through HIM. What has come
into being in HIM was life, life that was the light of people; the light
shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it. The WORD was
the real light that gives light to everyone; HE was coming into the
world. The WORD became flesh, HE lived among us, and we saw HIS glory,
the glory that HE has from the FATHER as only SON of the FATHER, full of
grace and truth. Indeed, from HIS fullness we have, all of us, received
– one gift replacing another, for the Law was given through Moses, grace
and truth have come through JESUS CHRIST. No one has ever seen GOD; it
is the only SON, who is close to the FATHER’S heart, who has made HIM
JESUS CHRIST, the only SON who is close to the FATHER’S heart has
made HIM known to each one of us personally by the gift of HIS SPIRIT.
In a very special way HE has made it known to St. Arnold and St. Arnold
has shared with us the SPARKS OF THE FIRE in his heart. Through the
years as SSpS or as SVD we, too have experienced this Spark of Fire,
God’s love shining in our hearts.
THE LOVE OF GOD SHINES IN RAINBOW COLORS
(Based on a Reflection by Fr. Peter McHugh, SVD)
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Sharing in Small Groups according to your Color:
Reflection Guide: (You may choose one or two points from the following
- Name some rainbow colors (bright and dark ones) of God’s love in
- Like St. Arnold, how did you experience like being the wrong person,
in the wrong place and at the wrong time? What kept your fire sparking
in spite of these experiences?
- What St. Arnold began in Steyl continues today… how are you keeping
the spark of fire burning in your present community and ministry? How is
the SPIRIT working in us and through us “poor instruments of grace”?
- “Love of neighbor finds its highest expression in spreading the
Gospel,” was the basis of St. Arnold’s missionary enthusiasm, of his
burning passion. What is yours?
- Capture in a word or two your experiences of God’s love shining in
rainbow colors as you have shared in your group. Kindly write your
word(s) on the colored paper and hang them on the rainbow banner..
- Close your sharing with a short thanksgiving prayer.
You may agree on a short presentation for the socialization: dance,
skit, or song after dinner.