a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church for the Sunday Holy Mass celebration.
As today we are celebrating the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, the message of the Word of God comes to us bringing encouragement and assurance which we, believers in Christ, really need to survive this time of crisis of faith and morals.
In fact, we are confronting a world torn by violence, hatred, lies, division and all forms of evil. People get confused, lost amid of rampant lawlessness. The Christian community is not spared from the test of the forces of evil.
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul”, Christ our Lord strongly tells us.
Our Lord also tells us that “No greater love than to lay down one’s own life for one’s friend.”
It is our great honor to serve the Lord to the last breath.
We have no reason to doubt that Christ always stays with us as He has so promised, to the end of the age.
Kindly all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading: Jer 20:10-13
Those who trust in God would stand firm even in time of severe trials for they are sure that the Lord listens to their cry for help and comes to rescue them from all harms.
- Second Reading: Rom 5:12-15
Saint Paul sees suffering and death as evil consequences of sin spread to all through the transgression of one man. But salvation brought about to all humanity of all times and in all places has proved to be much more powerful and effective through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) ES #122
b) EM page 164
c) ES #219
d) ES #230
e) ES #206