a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church, on the first day of the New Year 2017, for the Holy Mass celebration in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
The Church strongly believes and loudly professes the truth that Jesus Christ is at the same time true God and true man. Therefore, the Blessed Virgin Mary, when conceiving and bearing the human nature of Jesus, conceived and bore the divine nature of Christ, too.
As we celebrate the divine motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we also announce our faith in Christ, the Son of God and God Himself.
Kindly all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading: Nm 6:22-27
The Lord God listens to the prayer of those who call upon His Holy Name and blesses them with His gifts of protection and peace.
- Second Reading: Gal 4:4-7
God had a plan from eternity that His Only Son would be born of the Blessed Virgin Mother in order to save the human race from sin and death.
B. Hymns for the Holy Mass
a) ES #354 – Hail, Holy Queen
b) EM pages 50-51
c) ES #49 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
d) ES #62 – The First Nowell & #60 – Hang Bê-Lem
e) Hail Mary