a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church for the Holy Mass celebration in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
We have solemnly welcomed into our human family Jesus Christ, Son of God and God Himself on December 25 last week. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mother and born of Her.
Today, we profess the truth that the Mother Who bore Jesus in His human nature also bore Him in His divine nature, for the two natures of Jesus are forever united inseparably in one divine Person.
Therefore, the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Jesus of Nazareth and is at the same time the Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and God Himself.
Today, the New Year Day and the World Day of Peace, we pray for a grace-filled New Year as the fruit of dedicated and selfless services of God and neighbor.
Kindly all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading: Nm 6:22-27
The Lord God told Moses, the great Prophet, to bless in His Holy Name the People of Israel and they would surely receive many divine favors.
- Second Reading: Gal 4:4-7
Saint Paul in his Letter to the Galatians assures us Christians of this truth that Christ Jesus, the Son of God, was born of the Blessed Virgin Mother in order for us to become adoptive children of God. So we are allowed by Jesus to pray to God, addressing the Creator of heaven and earth “Abba, Father!”.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass:
a. Entrance: ES #48 (verses 1 and 4)
b. Responsorial Psalm: EM pages 57-58
c. Response to Universal Prayer: “Holy Mary/ Mother of God/ pray for us sinners/ now and at the hour of our death/ Amen!”
d. Offertory: ES #291: “The God of All Grace”
e. Communion: ES # 214: “In Him Alone”
f. Recessional: ES # 354: “Hail, Holy Queen”
The Holy Spirit Choir