Dear Brothers and sisters
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favours!”(Luke 2:13-14)
As we celebrate the birth day of the Babe of Bethlehem, I wish you “A joyous, peaceful and grace -filled Christmas and a hopeful, prosperous, and promising New Year-2015." I pen to express my greetings to you and your families. I think not only of those who live within our parish but also your family members, dear and near ones, on this special season of the year.
Christmas reminds us that our God is not a distant God but a God who is with us,-“Emmanuel.” May the Emanuel God find place in our hearts and homes. During this season, we Christians, remember and celebrate that sacred moment in human history when God entered in our world, becoming part of every one of us and the whole human race. Christmas brings us back to the source of our life and existence. God has come into the world, with His love, peace and hope that makes us joyful and rejoicing. His light has shone in our darkness and no darkness can overpower this light.
As a priest, for many years, in this parish of our lady of the Rosary, I feel privileged and so uplifted by the huge number of the dedicated parishioners who minister, in many ways, alongside us, the priests, with dedication and enthusiasm. In truth you are the heart of the parish. Working together we aim to have a parish that is inclusive where everyone is and feels welcome. This always gives a feeling of a “One Family” which Christ wants to create in us. On this special season, I wish to leave a note of gratitude for your participation, support and generosity in making this parish a 'Family'
I pray that the presence of the Christ-Child will grace your home during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year -2015. May God bless you.
With Prayers and Blessings
Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Selvaraj Arockiam OFM, Cap.
CATHOLIC CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
PALM SUNDAY YEAR B
27th MARCH – 29th MARCH 2015
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 50:4-7
My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
The Word of the Lord.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
1. All who see me scoff at me; they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads: “He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, if he loves him.” R.
2. Indeed, many dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me; They have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones. R.
3. They divide my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots. But you, O LORD, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me. R.
4. I will proclaim your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise you: “You who fear the LORD, praise him; all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him; revere him, all you descendants of Israel!” R.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 2:6-11
Christ humbled himself. Because of this God exalted him.
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Word of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory! Christ became obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!
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CELEBRANT: We pray now to our Lord Jesus who in his deep love went all the way and saved us by his death and resurrection. Let us say:
R/ Lord, heal your people.
Jesus, by the food and drink of the Eucharist, accompany us on the road of life, be our strength and joy, we pray you: R/
Jesus, by your agony in the garden assist all the dying in their hour of struggle and give to all the courage to do the Father's will, especially when it is very difficult, we pray you: R/
Jesus, by your unjust imprisonment and condemnation remember those jailed for their convictions or condemned by corrupt judges, we pray you: R/
Jesus, betrayed and deserted by your friends, be near to all those who are lonely; give your people the capability of making friendships, we pray you: R/
Jesus, by your way of the cross, lighten the burdens of all who suffer and make them mild and understanding of others, we pray you: R/
Jesus, by your death on the cross and your glorious resurrection forgive all sin, give life to all, we pray you: R/
CELEBRANT Lord Jesus, let the flow of your forgiveness and life come down on all of us and bring us your lasting joy and happiness in your kingdom that will stand for ever.