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Year 25 No. 39
Year 25 No. 39

January 15, 2012


Year 25 No. 39 issalette January 15, 2012 AMBUHAY S T P A U L S

ST PAULS MEDIA pastoral ministry

Feast of the Sto. Niño (B) — White / 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) — Green

In the Current of Faith

I n our effort to expand our annual St. Paul Bible Quiz

coverage, I went to Cebu for the Central Visayas eliminations last July. While waiting for the conduct of the exam that happened on a

Sunday, I had the opportunity to go to the Cathedral of the Santo Niño of Cebu and was struck by the numerous Sunday Mass goers. Such was a sight for an ordinar y Sunday. I could not imagine the pilgrims there today as our nation celebrates the Feast of Sto. Niño. At the facade of the cathedral,

I found an elderly who was selling

candles of different colors. Each color is for a specific petition. I bought one that is for general prayers, as the woman said, even

if I had particularly wanted to express gratitude for the blessings

I received for the past twenty-five

years of my religious profession, and to ask God that my beloved dead have a peaceful repose and that my siblings’ children pursue better education. Sinulog, they described of the ritual pray-ers perform. With the candle in her hand, she raised her arm, shaking as if wiping the air with the candle in hand while her

feet moved with the rhythm of the sulog, water current, surrounding the island. Earlier, I deliberately asked her to pray for me, and she did. I prayed with her, and suddenly it dawned on me that

I felt connected to the “river of

the faithful” flowing towards the fullness of God’s reign. Paul in our Second Reading today stresses the need for praying for one another so that “the eyes

the need for praying for one another so that “the eyes of your hearts be enlightened”

of your hearts be enlightened”

(Eph 1:18). Paul beautifully says it, “ I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease in giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” When we ask the saints and holy

Mary to pray for us, we, like Paul, acknowledge our common bond with Christ: God has adopted us to himself in Christ (Eph 1:5). In the Gospel, Jesus further stresses this message with one situation: letting the child come into the circle of faith. Mark singles out the conflict. The disciples rebuke the people who are bringing their children that Jesus may touch them. Is not this also a beautiful scene reminding us how children, literally children, give life and color to our lives? Is not this a powerful image of promoting a culture of life by

welcoming children in our midst? But the other level is that there are newly initiated Christians in the community of Mark who have to be accompanied as they grow in their faith. And if one

believes that one is mature in the Christian faith, one must not be a source of discouragement for these new believers. Instead, one must welcome and support the other. A good example. In fact, one must also have the attitude like that of a child that is without prejudice, without judgment in accepting the kingdom of God so that its unfolding happens truly in our midst (Mk 13:15). This is what God has done to us. Paul reminds us that the God who has blessed us in Christ “chose us in him, before the foundation of the world” (Second Reading). This choice makes us, people walking in darkness, see “a

great light

a son is given us; upon

his shoulder dominion rests… Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace” (Is 9:1, 5). In the figure of the Santo Niño we see these qualities of a God who has chosen us first, who is willing to live among us so that we realize our being brothers and sisters (adopted children of God), that “all the ends of the

earth have seen the saving power of God” (Ps 98:4b). Our national bible quiz bee champions last year came from that island of Cebu. And as I marveled at how they showed their knowledge of scriptures and how that woman pray-er also made me pray fervently that Sunday, I thought of Jesus’ actions today vibrantly taking the children:

“Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them” (Mk 10:16).

— Bro. Hansel B. Mapayo, SSP

“Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them” (Mk 10:16). —

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Entrance Antiphon (Is 9:6)

(Recited when there is no opening song)

A child is born for us, a son

given to us; dominion is laid on his shoulder, and he shall be called Wonderful- Counselor.


(The sign of the cross is made here)

P — Blessed be the God and

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens. May his peace and love be always with you. All — And also with you.


P — Dear brothers and sisters:

Every third Sunday of January, we, Filipinos, celebrate the feast of the Santo Niño as a sign of our special devotion to the Child Jesus. The feast brings to our attention the mystery of childhood. In today’s Gospel, Jesus commands the disciples to let the children come to him. Like Jesus, we should have a special love for the “little ones”: the humble, the poor, the defenseless, those who rely only on God for their support. Even more important, Jesus invites us to become like little children. Let us accept the Kingdom and the Lord’s gifts without reservation. Let us forsake cunning, deceit, and cold calculation. It is only by responding to his invitation that we can go beyond mere sentimental devotion to the Child Jesus.

Penitential Rite

P — As we prepare to celebrate

the mystery of Christ’s love, let

us acknowledge our failures and ask the Lord for pardon and strength. (Pause)

P — Lord Jesus, you are mighty

God and Prince of Peace: Lord, have mercy. All — Lord, have mercy.

P — Christ Jesus, you are Son

of God and Son of Mary: Christ, have mercy. All — Christ, have mercy.

P — Lord Jesus, you are Word

made flesh and splendor of the Father: Lord, have mercy. All — Lord, have mercy.

P — May almighty God have

mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. All — Amen.


All — Glor y to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the

sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Opening Prayer

P — Let us pray. (Pause)

Almighty Father, your only Son, begotten from all ages, humbled himself as a child in Nazareth and became subject to Mary and Joseph. Grant that we may learn from his example to embrace your will in all things and, holding fast to the dignity of all, serve our lowly brothers and sisters with open hands and gentle heart. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. All — Amen.




First Reading [Is 9:1-6] (Sit)

Isaiah prophesies that through the child who shall be called Prince of Peace, God will grant peace and rejoicing to his people.

A reading from the Book of

the Prophet Isaiah

THE PEOPLE who walked in darkness have seen a great

light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great

rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as people make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder- Counselor, God-Hero, Father- Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever.

The zeal of the L ord of hosts will do this!

— The word of the Lord. All — Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm (Ps 98)

R — All the ends of the earth

have seen the saving power

of God.





All the ends of the earth have




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seen the sa-ving po-wer of God.

1. Sing to the Lord a new song,/ for he has done wondrous deeds;/ his right hand has won victory for him,/ his holy arm. (R)

2. The L ord has made his salvation known:/ in the

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sight of the nations he has revealed his justice./ He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness/ toward the house of Israel. (R)

3. All the ends of the earth have seen/ the salvation by our God./ Sing joyfully to the Lord , all you lands;/ break into song; sing praise. (R)

4. Sing praise to the L ord with the harp,/ with the harp and melodious song./ With trumpets and the sound of the horn/ sing joyfully before the King, the Lord. (R)

Second Reading (Eph 1:3-6, 15-18)

God loves us and has made us his adopted children in Christ. Paul reminds us to live up to our dignity by leading a holy and blameless life.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

BLESSED be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones.

— The word of the Lord. All — Thanks be to God.

Alleluia [Jn 1:14] (Stand)

All — Alleluia, alleluia! The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Alleluia, alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 10:13-16)

P — The Lord be with you.

All — And also with you.

P — A reading from the holy

Gospel according to Mark. All — Glory to you, Lord.

PEOPLE wer e bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God

belongs to such as these. Amen,

I say to you, whoever does not

accept the Kingdom of God like

a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

— The Gospel of the Lord. All — Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Homily (Sit)

Profession of Faith (Stand)

All — I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the

third day, he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the Faithful

P — As we celebrate the feast

of the Holy Child, let us give thanks to the Father who has made us his beloved children in

Christ and given us the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. Let us remember in a special way all the children of the world. Let our response be:

R — Listen to the prayers of

your children, Lord.

C — For our Holy Father,

bishops, and Church leaders:

May they continue to proclaim, by word and example, that God’s kingdom belongs to children, to the poor, and the

humble. We pray: (R)

C — For children who beg,

scavenge for food, or are forced into labor: May our civil leaders work to give them hope for a better tomorrow. We pray: (R)

C — For children of broken

homes and those who suffer because of neglectful and uncaring parents: May adults

take their responsibility toward them seriously, love and care for them, and show them the beauty of life. We pray: (R)

C — For adults: May they

never lose the spirit of a child

and so live with one another in friendship, freedom, and openness. We pray: (R)

C — For all our families: May

we take the challenge to face the problems connected with the promotion of the family and

marriage so that our children may grow up in a healthy, happy, and religious environment. We pray: (R)

C — (The urgent concerns of

the community are prayed here.)

P — Father, hear the petitions

of your children. Give us the heart of a child so that we may welcome God’s kingdom

among us and receive the reward promised to the humble. We ask you this through Christ your Son and our Lord. All — Amen.




Presentation of the Gifts


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P — Pray, brethren…

All — May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.

Prayer over the Gifts

P — God, our Creator, we

offer the gifts of bread and wine to recall the childhood of your only Son. Let our offering become the sacrifice of him who brought forgiveness and peace to the world. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

All — Amen.

Preface (Christmas II)

P — The Lord be with you.

All — And also with you.

P — Lift up your hearts.

All — We lift them up to the Lord.

P — Let us give thanks to the

Lord our God. All — It is right to give him thanks and praise.

P — Father, all-powerful and

ever-living God, we do well always and ever ywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. Today you fill our hearts with joy as we recognize in Christ the revelation of your love. No eye can see his glory as our God, yet now he is seen as one like us. Christ is your Son before all ages, yet now he is born in time. He has come to lift up all things to himself, to restore unity to creation, and to lead humankind from exile into your heavenly kingdom. With all the angels of heaven we sing our joyful hymn of praise:

All — Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. (Kneel)

Acclamation (Stand)

All — Christ has died, Christ

The ChurCh renewed : A Vatican II Catechesis Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM

The ChurCh renewed:

A Vatican II Catechesis

Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM

Paul VI: Faithful Servant

Pope Paul VI, elected on June 21, 1963, immediately pledged to

continue the Second Vatican Council. He served as supreme pontiff

for 15 years (1963-1978), laboring tirelessly to complete the Council

and to implement the vision and mandates of Vatican II.

When the Council reconvened on September 29, 1963, Paul

VI named four priorities: a better understanding of the nature

and mission of the Church, continued reforms within the Church, advancement of Christian unity, and better dialogue with the world. He purposely chose the name Paul to indicate that his pontificate would focus on a renewed worldwide mission to spread Christ’s message. He was the first pope to travel by airplane; he visited the Philippines in November 1970. Paul VI died on August 6, 1978. Church historians regard Paul

VI favorably, especially for the deft manner in which he guided the

Council-inspired renewal of the Church.


The Lord’s Prayer

All — Our Father…

P — Deliver us, Lord…

All — For the kingdom, the

power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.

Invitation to Peace

Invitation to Communion (Kneel)

P — This is the Lord Jesus who

invites children and all of us to come to him. Happy are we who are called to his banquet.

All — Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Prayer after Communion (Stand)

P — Let us pray. (Pause)

Loving Father, you have nourished us at the banquet in honor of the Child born of the Virgin. We pray that we may advance in wisdom and grow daily in faith and works of love, so that we may find favor in your sight. Grant this through Christ


P — The Lord be with you.

All — And also with you.

Solemn Blessing

P — Bow your heads and pray

for God’s blessing. (Pause) “Let the children come to me,” says Jesus. May you experience his grace and bles- sing all the days of your life. All — Amen.

P — “The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” May you be childlike in your trust in God and in others. All — Amen.

P — The Lord Jesus embraces

and blesses the children. May you be instruments of his love and care for all children.

All — Amen.

P — May almighty God bless

you, (†) the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All — Amen.


P — The Mass is ended. Go

and live as worthy children of the Father. All — Thanks be to God.


risen, Christ will come

our Lord.


All — Amen.