Posted 21 January 2019 09:42 PM
Below is the text of the Blessing read by Fr. Willy Ong.
BLESSING OF NEW MULTI-PURPOSE ARTIFICIAL TURF FIELD IN SOUTHRIDGE
All praise to You, heavenly Father,
Lord of all creation: You have gathered us all together here in this place to praise You by our words and works.
Christ Jesus made manifest the great dignity of labor when he himself as the father's Word made flesh deemed it worthy to be called a son of the carpenter & to work with his own hands by which he took away the ancient curse of sin & made the work of human beings the source of blessing. MAN HAS BEEN CREATED BY GOD TO WORK.
We come to Southridge almost everyday to work or study faithfully as You planned & we present to you Almighty God our activity of sanctifying ourselves continuing the work of creation in our endeavor, helping the needy & joining Christ the Redeemer in fulfilling his love as taught by our St. Josemaria Escriva.
Let us then ask God to shower his blessing upon us all who had taken up work to start & to finish this project.
PRAYER OF BLESSING:
Bless Lord + this new Multi-purpose Artificial Turf field which will be used for the sports programs of our young boys.
Bless Lord this beautiful field to be instruments in :1)Producing not only saintly gentlemen but althletic saintly gentlemen & 2)Fostering the school motto Viriliter Agite, that is, to be manly with all the virtues needed in sports.
After a long deliberations of people concerned for this Turf project, we thank you Lord for having guided us the right direction for by having this Turf field: we will produce fields of virtues where our athletes will grow in human and supernatural virtues especially charity, humility, fortitude, brotherhood, manliness, toughness and playing not merely to win but to play for the glory of God. It doesn't matter whether the team wins or loses as long as everyone strives for sportsmanship.
Lord, Bless all those who contributed to the realization and success of this project and all those who will play in this Turf field.
May Southridge school always be a home of truth and wisdom, of faith and good will toward all.
Through the intercession of St. Josemaria, may this school help our society build Your kingdom of justice, light, and peace.
God, the Father & the source of goodness, entrusted each one to the care of others so that in all things people may help each & everyone as brothers & sisters. May You bless this new football field with your presence & look with kindness upon all who come here to play & to watch the games.
Loving Father, listen to our prayer,which we offer through Christ our Lord, in Your Holy Spirit: all glory to You, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
And may Almighty God bless you, the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit. Amen.