a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, good morning!
Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans.
Born 8 centuries ago, Saint Dominic is still preaching to us the saving truth of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Indeed, the message of the Gospel brought to the world by the First Preacher, Who claims to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life, has been transmitted and explained faithfully by Saint Dominic’s children.
We thank God for the gift of Saint Dominic and his preaching community. We pray in this Holy Mass for the grace of courage which the preachers of truth badly need, particularly in this time of crisis when “people will not tolerate sound doctrine”, so as God’s Word would not be chained.”
Please all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading Is 52:7-10
The Prophet Isaiah offers us so beautiful a picture of the preacher who, on his mission trip through many and different places, brings the Good news of God’s saving love to all peoples and nations.
- Second Reading 2 Tim 4:1-8
Saint Paul urges his disciple, Bishop Timothy, to be persistent and patient in proclaiming the Word of salvation. This message becomes more timely than ever in our world when more false teaching can be found than true one.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Entrance: Here I Am, Lord (English Missal #279)
b) Responsorial: Dominique
c) Offertory: Blest Are You, Lord (Song Book #147)
d) Communion: O beauty, Ever Ancient (English Missal #264)
e) Recessional: O Light of the Church