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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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With the first Sunday of Advent a new liturgical year begins: the People of God begin again on the way to living the mystery of Christ in history. Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever; history, instead, changes and requires constant evangelization; it needs to be renewed from within and the only true novelty is Christ: he is its fulfilment, the luminous future of humanity and of the world. Risen from the dead, Jesus is the Lord to whom God subjects all enemies, including death itself. Advent is therefore the propitious time to awaken in our hearts the expectation of he “who is and who was and who is to come” (Rv 1: 8). (Pope Benedict XVI)

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 24:1-3

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o you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.

d te levavi animam meam, Deus meus, in te confido, non erubescam. Neque irrideant me inimici mei, etenim universi qui te exspectant non confundentur.

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The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is not said.

Collect Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Collecta Da, quæsumus, omnipotens Deus, hanc tuis fidelibus voluntatem, ut, Christo tuo venienti iustis operibus occurrentes, eius dexteræ sociati, regnum mereantur possidere cæleste. Per Dominum.


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First Reading A reading from the book of Isaiah

2:1-5

The Lord gathers all nations together into the eternal peace of God’s kingdom.

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In the days to come the mountain of the Temple of the Lord  shall tower above the mountains and be lifted higher than the hills. All the nations will stream to it, peoples without number will come to it, and they will say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths; since the Law will go out from Zion, and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem.’

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He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples; these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war. 

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O House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm

R. I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’ I rejoiced when I heard them say: ’Let us go to God’s house.’ And now our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem. R. It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord. For Israel’s law it is there to praise the Lord’s name.

cf. Ps 121


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There were set the thrones of judgment of the house of David. R. For the peace of Jerusalem pray: ’Peace be to your homes! May peace reign in your walls, in your palaces, peace!’ R. For love of my brethren and friends I say: ‘Peace upon you!’ For love of the house of the Lord I will ask for your good. R.

Our salvation is near.

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Second Reading A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

13:11-14

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You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon ‑ let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The word of the Lord. Gospel Acclamation

Ps 84:8

R. Alleluia. Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help. R. Alleluia. Gospel A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

24:37‑44

Stay awake so that you may be ready.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.


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‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’ The Gospel of the Lord. The Creed is said.

Super oblata

Accept, we pray, O Lord, these offerings we make, gathered from among your gifts to us, and may what you grant us to celebrate devoutly here below, gain for us the prize of eternal redemption. Through Christ our Lord.

Suscipe, quæsumus, Domine, munera, quæ de tuis offerimus collata beneficiis, et, quod nostræ devotioni concedis effici temporali, tuæ nobis fiat præmium redemptionis æternæ. Per Christum.

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Preface I of Advent, p. 000.

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Prayer over the Offerings

Ant. ad communionem

The Lord will bestow his bounty, and our earth shall yield its increase.

Dominus dabit benignitatem, et terra nostra dabit fructum suum

Prayer after Communion

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May these mysteries, O Lord, in which we have participated, profit us, we pray, for even now, as we walk amid passing things, you teach us by them to love the things of heaven and hold fast to what endures. Through Christ our Lord.

Prosint nobis, quæsumus, Domine, frequentata mysteria, quibus nos, inter prætereuntia ambulantes, iam nunc instituis amare cælestia et inhærere mansuris. Per Christum.

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Communion Antiphon P s 84:13

A formula of Solemn Blessing, p. 000, may be used.


SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT The Gospel of this Second Sunday of Advent, presents to us the figure of St John the Baptist, who, a famous prophecy of Isaiah says, withdrew to the desert of Judaea and, with his preaching, called the people to convert so as to be ready for the coming of the Messiah, now at hand. The Precursor of Jesus, situated between the Old Covenant and the New, is like a star that heralds the rising of the Sun, of Christ. In the Season of Advent we too are called to listen to God’s voice, that cries out in the desert of the world through the Sacred Scriptures, especially when they are preached with the power of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, faith grows all the stronger the more it allows itself to be illumined by the divine word.

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(Pope Benedict XVI)

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Is 30:19,30

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people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.

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opulus Sion, ecce Dominus veniet ad salvandas gentes; et auditam faciet Dominus gloriam vocis suæ in lætitia cordis vestri.

The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is not said.

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Collect

Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Collecta Omnipotens et misericors Deus, in tui occursum Filii festinantes nulla opera terreni actus impediant, sed sapientiæ cælestis eruditio nos faciat eius esse consortes. Qui tecum.


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First Reading A reading from the book of Isaiah He judges the wretched with integrity.

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A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse,  a scion thrusts from his roots: on him the spirit of the Lord rests,  a spirit of wisdom and insight,  a spirit of counsel and power,  a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  (The fear of the Lord is his breath.)  He does not judge by appearances,  he gives no verdict on hearsay,  but judges the wretched with integrity,  and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.  His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless,  his sentences bring death to the wicked.  Integrity is the loincloth round his waist,  faithfulness the belt about his hips. 

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The wolf lives with the lamb, the panther lies down with the kid, calf and lion cub feed together with a little boy to lead them.  The cow and the bear make friends,  their young lie down together.  The lion eats straw like the ox.  The infant plays over the cobra’s hole;  into the viper’s lair  the young child puts his hand.  They do not hurt, no harm,  on all my holy mountain,  for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord  as the waters swell the sea.  That day, the root of Jesse  shall stand as a signal to the peoples. It will be sought out by the nations and its home will be glorious. The word of the Lord.

11:1-10


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Responsorial Psalm

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cf. Ps 71

R. In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails. O God, give your judgment to the king, to a king’s son your justice, that he may judge your people in justice and your poor in right judgment. R. In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails. He shall rule from sea to sea, from the Great River to earth’s bounds. R.

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For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless. He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor. R.

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May his name be blessed for ever and endure like the sun. Every tribe shall be blessed in him, all nations bless his name. R.

Second Reading

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A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

15:4-9

Christ is the saviour of all men.

Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope from the examples scripture gives of how people who did not give up were helped by God. And may he who helps us when we refuse to give up, help you all to be tolerant with each other, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that united in mind and voice you may give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It can only be to God’s glory, then, for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you. The reason Christ became the servant of circumcised Jews was not only so that God could faithfully carry out the promises made to the patriarchs, it was also to get the pagans to give glory to God for his mercy, as scripture says in one place: For this I shall praise you among the pagans and sing to your name. The word of the Lord


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Gospel Acclamation

Lk 3:4.6

R. Alleluia. Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight, and all mankind shall see the salvation of God. R. Alleluia. Gospel A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

3:1-12

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.

In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ This was the man the prophet Isaiah’ spoke of when he said: A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord,  make his paths straight. 

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This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, “We have Abraham for our father,” because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing‑fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing‑floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’ The Gospel of the Lord The Creed is said.


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Prayer over the Offerings

Super oblata

Be pleased, O Lord, with our humble prayers and offerings, and, since we have no merits to plead our cause, come, we pray, to our rescue with the protection of your mercy. Through Christ our Lord.

Placare, Domine, quæsumus, nostræ precibus humilitatis et hostiis, et, ubi nulla suppetunt suffragia meritorum, tuæ nobis indulgentiæ succurre præsidiis. Per Christum.

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Preface I of Advent, p. 000.

Ant. ad communionem

Jerusalem, arise and stand upon the heights, and behold the joy which comes to you from God.

Ierusalem, surge et sta in excelso, et vide iucunditatem, quæ veniet tibi a Deo tuo.

Prayer after Communion

Post communionem

Replenished by the food of spiritual nourishment, we humbly beseech you, O Lord, that, through our partaking in this mystery, you may teach us to judge wisely the things of earth and hold firm to the things of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.

Repleti cibo spiritalis alimoniæ, supplices te, Domine, deprecamur, ut, huius participatione mysterii, doceas nos terrena sapienter perpendere, et cælestibus inhærere. Per Christum.

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Communion Antiphon Bar 5:5;4:36

A formula of Solemn Blessing, p. 000, may be used.


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