I. To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, good morning!
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church for the Sunday Holy Mass celebration.
This first Sunday after Christmas the Church urges Christians to turn their hearts and minds to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as the best model for all Christian families.
From the creation of humanity, God blessed marriage, the union in mutual self-giving and undivided love, between a man and a woman, making it the ever solid foundation for human family life.
The family is, therefore, the natural and beneficial environment for the human person to fully and perfectly develop.
Son of God and God Himself, Jesus was born, raised and grew up in a human family to become like us in all aspects, except sin, as taught by Saint Paul in his Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 4, verse 15, and to advance in wisdom, and age and favor before God and man, as reported in the Gospel according to Luke, Chapter 2, verse 52.
We pray in this Holy Mass for Christian families to be fashioned after the Holy Family where husbands and wives, parents and children can learn from Jesus, Mary and Joseph how to fulfill their respective roles in the building of authentic Christian families the center, the heart and the soul of which should doubtless be Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Kindly all stand for the entrance hymn.
II. To the Readings
a) First Reading: Sir 3:2-6.23-14
The Book of Sirach gives clear instructions on the important and indispensable roles of fathers and mothers in family life. God surely blesses those children who love and obey their parents.
b) Second Reading: Col 3:12-21
In his Letter to the Colossians, Saint Paul amazingly teaches members in a Christian family how to perform their duties based on their faith in Christ, putting the Words of His Good News into practice.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Entrance: ES #48: “Angels We Have Heard on High”
b) Responsorial Psalm: EM pages 55-56
c) Response to Universal Prayer: “May Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless our families!”
d) Offertory: ES #219” “Christify”
e) Communion: ES #56: “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
f) Recessional: ES #60: “Hang Bê-lem”
The Holy Spirit Choir