a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church for the celebration of the 24th Sunday in the Ordinary Time, Year C.
The message of the Word of God that we are about to listen to tells us the truth that God is really a loving, merciful and forgiving Father. No matter how many and how serious our sins are, God remains slow to anger and rich in mercy.
The only one requirement for us to be worthy of Divine Mercy and Pardon is that we need to repent of our sins and go back to our God and ask Him for forgiveness, “Father! Forgive me, for I have sinned against your love!”
Please all stand and join in the singing of the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading (Ex 32:7-11.13-14):
The Lord God, moved by the suffering of the people of Israel under slavery in Egypt, delivered them from the hands of their oppressors and led them to the Promised Land. Against this great love and care, the people committed the grave sin of idolatry when they made a golden calf and worshipped it as their lord and savior.
When the people were about to be severely punished for their ingratitude, the great Prophet Moses appealed to God for mercy on those sinful children and his pleading prayer was granted.
- Second Reading (1 Tim 1:12-17):
Saint Paul urges his disciple, Bishop Timothy, to be confident in God’s love and mercy manifested in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who forgave the former’s wrongdoing before his conversion to the Church. This should be the very way of life for Christians to follow up in order to deserve eternal life.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Entrance: ES #138: “Now As We Gather”
b) Responsorial Psalm: EM page 213
c) Response to the Prayer of the Faithful: “Hear us, O Lord!”
d) Offertory: ES #153: “Our Blessing Cup”
e) Communion: ES #284: “Prayer of Saint Francis”
f) Recessional: ES #261: “Love Goes On”
The Holy Spirit Choir