a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Just right after Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the family of the Son of God made man.
This event sends to the whole humanity a clear message that God had also prepared a family in which His Son was born and grew up as a true human being. For this reason the human family was blessed by God in order for Christ to become human.
We pray in this Holy Mass for the holiness, stability and happiness of our own families and the human family.
Please all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3
For Abraham, the great figure of the Old Testament, the family can be complete only when it is composed with not parents alone but children, too. His earnest prayer for the blessing of having a child was answered by God.
- Second Reading Heb 11:8. 11-12.17-19
The faith which the patriarch Abraham put in God was proved to be fruitful when he turned from a childless parent into the father of a numerous and powerful people.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Entrance: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (EM #44)
b) Responsorial Psalm: EM #57
c) Offertory: Silent Night, Holy Night (EM #40)
d) Communion: O Come, All Ye Faithful (EM #46)
e) Recessional: Joy to the World (EM #47)