a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Sunday brings us the joyful celebration of the Holy Mass resounding Saint Paul’s urging voice: “Gaudete!” This is a Latin word which means “rejoice/be glad”. In the Second Reading, the Great Apostle writes: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.”
Yes, we have good reasons to be happy. First, it is because the birthday of Christ is near. Besides, we have completed one haft of the preparation time for the first coming of Christ in our human nature. This would pave the way for us to be ready for His second coming in glory.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading: Zep 3:14-18a
The Prophet Zephaniah announces the good news of the coming of a leader who will bring the Chosen people of God freedom from their enemies.
- Second Reading Phil 4:4-7
Saint Paul tells Christians to rejoice and be glad because the Savior is near. Those who meet Him will receive heavenly peace surpassing anxieties and fears.
a) Entrance: ES #30 (26) - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
b) Responsorial Psalm: EM page 41
c) Offertory: ES #167 (157) - “One Bread, One Body”
d) Communion: ES #33 (30) - “Waiting In Silence”
e) Recessional: ES #38 (38) - “The Whole World Is Waiting For Love”