a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We celebrate this Sunday the exaltation of the Holy Cross on which was crucified Our Lord Jesus Christ in order for humankind to be saved from sin and death.
Similar to a medal, the Holy Cross implies a double meaning: sacrifice and glory. For the salvation of the world, Christ offered His life on the cross and went through suffering, death and resurrection. Once He defeated the power of the Evil One, He also brought great joy and lasting life to humanity.
Let us pray to the Lord God for all Christians so that they may introduce to the world their faith in Christ Who by His Cross restored love and peace both on earth and in heaven when sinners were definitely reconciled to God the Father.
Please all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading Nm 21:4b-9
In their suffering and danger of death in the desert, the people of Israel were encouraged by the great Prophet Moses to look up to the sign of freedom and life. This sign of salvation would become a reality for all human beings when Christ was lifted up on the cross as the sin offering.
- Second Reading 2:6-11
Because of obedience to God and love for humankind, Christ humbled Himself to death on the cross. For this gesture of great virtue, Christ was exalted above all created beings present both in heaven and on earth.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Entrance: Worthy Is the Lamb (EM #88)
b) Responsorial Psalm: EM Pages 200-201
c) Offertory: Were You There (EM #82)
d) Communion: Only A Shadow (EM #196)
e) Recessional: Jesus Christ, You are My Life (EM #126)