a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Third Sunday of Advent is called “Rejoicing Sunday” because from the Entrance Antiphon overwhelmingly resounds Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” Therefore pink is the theme color for this Sunday’s liturgical vestment.
In fact, of the four weeks of Advent we have completed two in preparation for the Birthday of Christ. We feel the joy of meeting the Lord more active in our hearts as the world is filled with Christmas songs, Greetings and decoration.
In this Holy Mass we pray hard to the Lord for strength and determination to make straight the way of the Lord so that His Coming to us will find no hindrance.
Please all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading Is 61:1-2a.10-11
The Prophet Isaiah depicts the identity of Christ as the Anointed by the Holy Spirit Who is sent by God to bring healing, freedom, and blessing to a humanity seriously wounded by sin and imprisoned by death.
- Second Reading 1 Thes 5:16-24
Saint Paul exhorts Christians to remain faithful to the Lord’s teaching by conducting a life morally perfect, be sure that Christ will come soon to fulfil His promises.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Let Heaven Rejoice ES #120
b) Responsorial Psalm EM p. 41
c) Christify ES #219
d) Ang Katawan Ni Kristo ES #160
e) Ang Puso Ko’y Nagpupuri ES #352