a) to the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church for the celebration of our Sunday Holy Mass on the Third Week of Advent, in the Liturgical Year A.
As we are waiting for the coming of the Lord, we are also encouraged to be patient the way farmers are working on the fields for a better harvest. In His faithfulness to what He has promised, and mercy on short-tempered human beings, the Lord teaches us how to recognize the signs of His power always active in the world, in our everyday life in particular.
We pray in this Holy Mass for the grace of perseverance in faith in the Lord, the Master of history, and in charity works for the good of our neighbors, in order to speed up Christ’s coming in glory.
Please all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) to the Readings
- First Reading Is 35:1-6 a
Amidst difficulties and suffering, particularly when having nothing to hope for and no one to rely on, people always think of a hero, a savior powerful enough to rescue them from all forms of evil. God of love and compassion never lets humanity await in vain His salvation plan. This belief having been proven true in the history of Israel in the Old Testament time surely continues its effectiveness in our present days.
- Second Reading Jas 5:7-10
The Apostle of the Lord, Saint James, teaches Christians this reality that the more patiently and humbly they wait for the time of the Lord, the stronger their faith becomes, and the worthier their prayer.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) ES #33: “Waiting in Silence”
b) EM page 42
c) Response to the Universal Prayer: “Come, Lord Jesus, Maranatha!”
d) ES #219: “Christify”
e) ES #212: “There Is A Longing”
f) ES #273: “Age to Age”
The Holy Spirit Choir