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ADVENT–CHRISTMAS ADVENT–CHRISTMAS 2011 2011 November November 27– 27–December December 31 31 Featuring new texts of The Roman Missal

Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus)

Luke 1:68-79


lessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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Pregnant with the Word of God  Fr. Timothy Radcliffe  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5 Teach Us to Pray: The Examen  Fr. James Martin  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7 Angelus  Fr. Columba Stewart  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8 Prayers and Blessings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10 Daily Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14 Order of Mass (Roman Missal, Third Edition)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   386 Liturgy of the Word (with Holy Communion)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   413 Guide to Lectio Divina  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   417 Hymns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   418 How to Use Give Us This Day  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   424



Sunday, December 11

Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 148:1-6 Alleluia!

(opt. hymn, pp. 418–23)

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all shining stars. Praise him, highest heavens, and the waters above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord. He commanded: they were created. He established them forever and ever, gave a law which shall not pass away. Glory to the Father .  .  . Deuteronomy 18:15-16a, 17-18 Scripture prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kindred; that is the one to whom you shall listen. This is exactly what you requested of the Lord, your God, at Horeb on the day of the assembly, .  .  .” And the Lord said to me, What they have said is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their


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kindred, and will put my words into the mouth of the prophet; the prophet shall tell them all that I command. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 417)

Antiphon The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions Creator God, we joyfully await your coming in Christ and pray: r. Come, Lord Jesus. Come, bring good news to the poor. r. Come, fill our land with peace. r. Come, spread your word across the earth. r. Our Father .  .  . May Christ, whose coming draws near, fill our hearts with joy in believing. Amen.

Mass Third Sunday of Advent Philippians 4:4-5 Entrance Antiphon Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. / Indeed, the Lord is near.

(The Gloria is omitted.)

Collect O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. 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. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah  61:1-2a, 10-11 I rejoice heartily in the Lord. he spirit of the Lord God is upon me, / because the Lord has anointed me; / he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, / to heal the brokenhearted, / to proclaim liberty to the captives / and release to the prisoners, / to announce a year of favor from the Lord / and a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the Lord, / in my God is the joy of my soul; / for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation / and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, / like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, / like a bride bedecked with her


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jewels. / As the earth brings forth its plants, / and a garden makes its growth spring up, / so will the Lord God make justice and praise / spring up before all the nations. The word of the Lord. Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 Responsorial Psalm . (Isaiah 61:10b) My soul rejoices in my God. r

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: r. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. r. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy. r. A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 5:16-24 May you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. rothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless


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for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it. The word of the Lord. Isaiah 61:1 (cited in Luke 4:18) Gospel Acclamation The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John  1:6-8, 19-28 There is one among you whom you do not recognize. man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” he admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?” He said: / “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, / make straight the way of the Lord, / as Isaiah the prophet said.” Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The Gospel of the Lord.


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Creed (p. 389) Prayer over the Offerings May the sacrifice of our worship, Lord, we pray, be offered to you unceasingly, to complete what was begun in sacred mystery and powerfully accomplish for us your saving work. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Cf. Isaiah 35:4 Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. / Behold, our God will come, and he will save us. Prayer after Communion We implore your mercy, Lord, that this divine sustenance may cleanse us of our faults and prepare us for the coming feasts. Through Christ our Lord.

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for. But I can’t imagine giving thanks for the circumstances they face, whether illness or unemployment, divorce or death. Instinctively we associate rejoicing with feelings of happiness, and giving thanks with gratitude. How can we rejoice in times of anxiety, grief, and diminishment? How can we give thanks for God’s will when all we can muster is grudging resignation? And if we can’t rejoice, if we can’t give thanks, does it mean we are quenching the Spirit? Does it mean we are drawing away from God at the very times when we most need God’s help? It doesn’t. In fact, the opposite is true. Suffering evokes God’s solicitous and tender care. The psalmist assures us that “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed” (Ps 34:19). Our body and emotions may be in turmoil but our soul can wait in joyful hope because, in all circumstances, the indwelling Holy Spirit intercedes for us “with inexpressible groanings” (Rom 8:26). We do not have to be afraid. Rachelle Linner

Reflection Rejoice and Give Thanks St. Paul tells us to pray without ceasing, and generations of Christians, from the desert monks until the present day, have found in the Jesus Prayer (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner) a way to follow that admonition. But we have no such tradition to teach us how to rejoice ­always or give thanks in all circumstances. And for good reason, since it seems impossible to imagine living this way. When I offer intercessory prayer I am often moved to gratitude for the lives, faith, and courage of the people I pray

Rachelle Linner, a freelance writer and reviewer, has a Master of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

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God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 418–23)

Psalm 139:1-10 O Lord, you search me and you know me. You yourself know my resting and my rising; you discern my thoughts from afar. You mark when I walk or lie down; you know all my ways through and through. Before ever a word is on my tongue, you know it, O Lord, through and through. Behind and before, you besiege me, your hand ever laid upon me. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge; too high, beyond my reach. O where can I go from your spirit, or where can I flee from your face? If I climb the heavens, you are there. If I lie in the grave, you are there.

2 Corinthians 3:4-8 Scripture uch confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God, who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious that the Israelites could not look intently at the face of Moses because of its glory that was going to fade, how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?

Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 417)

Antiphon The one who comes after me will baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts. In trust we pray: r. Direct our way toward you, O God.

If I take the wings of the dawn or dwell at the sea’s furthest end, even there your hand would lead me; your right hand would hold me fast.

Give us a spirit of faith. r.

Glory to the Father .  .  .

Let us be ever mindful of your love for us. r.

Teach us to forget ourselves in loving you and our neighbor. r.

Our Father .  .  . May the God of the covenant bless us with faithful hearts and loving spirits. Amen.

December 11–17 Third Week of Advent

Within the Word My Messenger “What did you go out to the desert to see?” (Luke 7:24)

With these words, Jesus questioned the crowds about their fascination with John the Baptist (see Thursday’s Gospel). Who was this man, and why did they go out into the desert to see him? John was not easily swayed by the opinions of others, nor was he socially or economically established. The people were enthralled by him because they saw him as a prophet. But Jesus said that John was more than a prophet; he was the mysterious messenger spoken of by the prophet Malachi: “Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me.  .  .  . But who will endure the day of his coming? .  .  . He will sit refining and purifying .  .  .” (Mal 3:1-3). Such was the role of John. One cannot help but wonder why this fierce man of the desert is so closely associated with Advent, the season of glorious angels and gentle shepherds. Like most of the prophets before him, Malachi called the people away from the error of their ways and back to fidelity to God. He announced a message of repentance and reparation, necessary preparation for the ultimate establishment of the reign of God. This is precisely the role that John played. He came preaching repentance and reparation in preparation for the appearance of Jesus. Both his lifestyle and his message challenged the people to leave behind whatever had drawn them away from God. John never suggested that the people should follow him or his example. On the contrary, he 164


i­nsisted: “.  .  . one mightier than I is coming” (Luke 3:16). And he warned them: “His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (3:17). John claimed that Jesus was the one who would fulfill their expectations and that Jesus himself would purify the unfaithful people. If this does not sound like an Advent message, it might be that we have overlooked what is probably the principal theme of the Advent season, namely, the dawning of the reign of God. This reign was the major content of Jesus’ teaching, and everything else served that goal. It is often the case that before Jesus can find a place in our lives, we must tear down the obstacles that prevent his coming to us. Consequently, the disturbing message from Malachi and the austere person of John do indeed belong in our Advent preparations. This is the case for us individually as well as for us as a community. The miraculous birth for which we prepare, the Incarnation of God in our midst, calls us to a new way of living. This new way will probably not be as austere as was the life of John the Baptist, but the sacredness of the marvel for which we prepare should prompt us to refine and purify our lives. John is a stark reminder of our need for reform if we hope to be transformed by the mystery of God. —Sr. Dianne Bergant Dianne Bergant, CSA, is professor of biblical studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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Monday, December 12

Sirach 24:19-22 Scripture ome to me, all who desire me, / and be filled with my fruits. / You will remember me as sweeter than honey, / better to have than the honeycomb. / Those who eat of me will hunger still, / those who drink of me will thirst for more. / Whoever obeys me will not be put to shame, / and those who serve me will never go astray.”


Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 418–23)

Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8 I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; you have heard the words of my mouth. In the presence of the angels I praise you. I bow down toward your holy temple.

I give thanks to your name for your merciful love and your faithfulness. You have exalted your name over all. On the day I called, you answered me; you increased the strength of my soul.

Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 417)

Antiphon I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God, you gave solace to the Mexican people through Our Lady of Guadalupe. With her help we pray: r. Lord, come to our aid.

The Lord is high, yet he looks on the lowly, and the haughty he knows from afar. You give me life though I walk amid affliction; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes.

Give comfort and solace to the lowly and least ones. r.

With your right hand you save me; the Lord will accomplish this for me. O Lord, your merciful love is eternal; discard not the work of your hands.

Let the roots of Christianity grow strong in Mexico and the Americas. r.

Glory to the Father .  .  .

Clear the obstacles that blind us from seeing what we need to change. r.

Our Father .  .  . May the God of Mary, our mother, and all our ancestors bless us and give us peace. Amen.

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Blessed Among Us


St. Juan Diego

Witness to Our Lady of Guadalupe (ca. 1474–1548) On the morning of December 9, 1531, a Christian Indian named Juan Diego passed a hill at Tepeyac, not far from present-day Mexico City. Hearing a voice calling him by name, he looked up to see a young Indian maiden. She instructed him to tell the bishop to construct a church on this hill, the site of an ancient shrine to the mother goddess. The bishop paid him no attention. In subsequent showings the maiden identified herself as the Mother of God and told Juan to gather roses that grew at her feet. When he returned to the bishop and opened his cape, Juan discovered a full-color image of the Lady mysteriously imprinted on the rough fabric. So was born the cult of Our Lady of Guadalupe. But the apparition truly marked the birth of the Mexican people. With her dark skin and Indian features, speaking to Juan in his native language, the Lady offered an image of divine compassion for a demoralized people. At the same time, she called the Church to heed the voice of the poor, to serve as a vehicle for their cultural and spiritual survival. Juan Diego was canonized in 2002 with a feast on December 9. The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, enshrined in Mexico City, attracts millions of pilgrims each year. “My dear Lady, I beg you to entrust your mission to one of the important persons who is well known, respected, and ­esteemed.  .  .  . I am nobody, a nothing .  .  . a pile of sticks.” —St. Juan Diego

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Feast Revelation 12:1 Entrance Antiphon A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, / with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Gloria (p. 388) Collect O God, Father of mercies, who placed your people under the singular protection of your Son’s most holy Mother, grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, may seek with ever more lively faith the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace. 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. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah  2:14-17 (alt. Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab) Rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming. ing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they shall be his people, and he will dwell among you, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. The Lord will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again choose Jerusalem. Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the Lord! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. The word of the Lord.


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Responsorial Psalm Judith 13:18bcde, 19 r. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race. Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the Lord God, the creator of heaven and earth. r. Your deed of hope will never be forgotten by those who tell of the might of God. r. Gospel Acclamation Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise; from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke  1:26-38 (alt. Luke 1:39-47) Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son. he angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called


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holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. The Gospel of the Lord. Prayer over the Offerings Accept, O Lord, the gifts we present to you on this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and grant that this sacrifice may strengthen us to fulfill your commandments as true children of the Virgin Mary. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Luke 1:52 The Lord has cast down the mighty from their thrones, / and has lifted up the lowly. Cf. Psalm 147 (146):20 Or: God has not acted thus for any other nation; / to no other people had he shown his love so clearly.

Prayer after Communion Lord God, may the Body and Blood of your Son, which we receive in this sacrament, reconcile us always in your love; and may we who rejoice in Our Lady of Guadalupe live united and at peace in this world until the day of the Lord dawns in glory. Through Christ our Lord.

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Reflection A Deed of Hope Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all women on earth .  .  . Your deed of hope will never be forgotten. (Judith 18b, 19a)

Laying eyes upon a painted replica of the Virgin of Guadalupe from New Spain, Pope Benedict XIV almost three centuries ago exclaimed (from Psalm 147), “He has not shown such favor to any other nation.” Today’s readings awaken in us this same sense of amazement and wonder. Mary embraces with courage her role in our salvation. Judith, who took valiant action on behalf of her people, prefigures the brave young village girl whose daring acceptance resounds through the centuries. Mary proves time and time again her willingness to take on our many colors and languages: to become Mother to the Body of Christ in history. Devotion to the warm-skinned, Nahuatl-speaking Our Lady of Guadalupe in what is now Mexico traditionally dates to 1531—only ten years after the Aztec Empire had been conquered. In a vivid illustration, native symbols indicate that the Virgin is pregnant with a divine Child. The words of the prophet Zechariah come alive: “See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord.” Many indigenous nations came to believe in her Son through the Virgin of Guadalupe. Whether or not one believes in apparitions, the taking root of the Gospel in American soil amidst the brutality of the Conquest really was miraculous. Today, many migrants and immigrants bear the Virgin’s image on their persons or in their hearts. They find in the Mother of God a source of abundant blessing.

This Advent, as we prepare for Christ’s coming, may today’s readings inspire our gratitude toward the Father and deepen our devotion to Mary: “Your deed of hope will never be forgotten.” Deirdre Cornell Raised in the Catholic Worker movement, Deirdre Cornell, mother of five children, writes from Highland, New York, where she and her husband work with migrants and immigrants.

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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 111:1-6, 9-10 Alleluia!

(opt. hymn, pp. 418–23)

I will praise the Lord with all my heart, in the meeting of the just and the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord, to be pondered by all who delight in them. Majestic and glorious his work; his justice stands firm forever. He has given us a memorial of his wonders. The Lord is gracious and merciful. He gives food to those who fear him; keeps his covenant ever in mind. His mighty works he has shown to his people by giving them the heritage of nations. He has sent redemption to his people, and established his covenant forever. Holy his name, to be feared. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; understanding marks all who attain it. His praise endures forever! Glory to the Father .  .  . Ephesians 4:1-7 Scripture , then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another


through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 417)

Antiphon Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions Your justice, O God, stands forever. In awe we pray: r. May we never forget your works, O Lord. You redeem the faithful. Teach everyone to fear you. r. You decree a lasting covenant. Make us faithful disciples of your word. r. You are merciful and kind. Let us be thankful in good times and in difficult times. r. Our Father .  .  . May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith and may love be the root of our lives. Amen.

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Tuesday, December 13

Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 418–23)

Psalm 77:2-4, 11-16 I cry aloud to God, cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

In the day of my distress I seek the Lord. In the night my hands are raised unwearied; my soul refuses comfort. As I remember my God, I groan. I ponder, and my spirit faints. I said, “This is what causes my grief: that the right hand of the Most High has changed.” I remember the deeds of the Lord, I remember your wonders of old; I muse on all your works, and ponder your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is in the holy place. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who works wonders. Among the peoples you showed your power. Your strong arm redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

cry of the orphan, / nor the widow when she pours out her complaint. / Do not the tears that stream down her cheek / cry out against the one that causes them to fall? / Those who serve God to please him are accepted; / their petition reaches the clouds. / The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; / it does not rest till it reaches its goal; / Nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, / judges justly and affirms the right. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 417)

Antiphon A people humble and lowly shall take refuge in the name of the Lord. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions You are our refuge, Lord. Through the intercession of St. Lucy we pray: r. Lord, come to our aid. Deepen our longing for the coming of Christ and make us steadfast in hope. r. Bestow the light of faith upon those who live in darkness and wipe every tear from their eyes. r. Give us a peace that reaches from heart to heart, from East to West, from time to eternity. r.

Glory to the Father .  .  .

Our Father .  .  .

Scripture Sirach 35:16-22 od] shows no partiality to the weak / but hears the grievance of the oppressed. / He does not forsake the

May the Lord bless us, make his light to shine upon us, and give us peace. Amen.


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Blessed Among Us


St. Lucy

St. Lucy, Memorial

Martyr (d. 304) Despite the paucity of reliable information about her life, St. Lucy is one of the most famous of the so-called “virgin martyrs” of the early Church. According to legend, she was a young woman from Sicily, raised as a Christian by her wealthy parents. At a young age she privately dedicated herself to Christ. When she refused the proposal of a suitor he angrily denounced her as a Christian. She subsequently faced a series of ordeals and unsuccessful punishments—commitment to a brothel, death by fire—until at last she was put to the sword. Because of associations between her name (Lucia) and the Latin word for light (lux), as well as gruesome tortures that feature in some of her legends, Lucy has been invoked as a patron of those who suffer from eye troubles. Her feast day in Sweden is a festival of light, celebrated by a procession of young girls wearing crowns of lighted candles. “If now, against my will, you cause me to be polluted, a twofold purity will be gloriously imputed to me. You cannot bend my will to your purpose; whatever you do to my body, that cannot happen to me.” —St. Lucy

Entrance Antiphon Behold, now she follows the Lamb who was crucified for us, / powerful in virginity, modesty her offering, / a sacrifice on the altar of chastity. Or: Blessed is the virgin / who by denying herself and taking up her cross / imitated the Lord, the spouse of virgins / and prince of martyrs. Collect May the glorious intercession of the Virgin and Martyr Saint Lucy give us new heart, we pray, O Lord, so that we may celebrate her heavenly birthday in this present age and so behold things eternal. 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. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah  3:1-2, 9-13 Messianic salvation is promised to all of the poor. hus says the Lord: / Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, / to the tyrannical city! / She hears no voice, / accepts no correction; / In the Lord she has not trusted, / to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purify / the lips of the peoples, / That they all may call upon the name of the Lord, / to serve him with one accord; / From beyond the rivers of


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Ethiopia / and as far as the recesses of the North, / they shall bring me offerings. On that day / You need not be ashamed / of all your deeds, / your rebellious actions against me; / For then will I remove from your midst / the proud braggarts, / And you shall no longer exalt yourself / on my holy mountain. / But I will leave as a remnant in your midst / a people humble and lowly, / Who shall take refuge in the name of the Lord: / the remnant of Israel. / They shall do no wrong / and speak no lies; / Nor shall there be found in their mouths / a deceitful tongue; / They shall pasture and couch their flocks / with none to disturb them. The word of the Lord. 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23 Responsorial Psalm . (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor. r

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear me and be glad. r. Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him. r. The Lord confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. When the just cry out, the Lord hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. r. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. The Lord redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. r.

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Gospel Acclamation Come, O Lord, do not delay; forgive the sins of your people. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew  21:28-32 John came and sinners believed in him. esus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.” The Gospel of the Lord.


Prayer over the Offerings May the offerings we bring in celebration of blessed Saint Lucy. win your gracious acceptance, O Lord, we pray, just as the struggle of her suffering and passion was pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Revelation 7:17 The Lamb who is at the center of the throne / will lead them to the springs of the waters of life.

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Prayer after Communion O God, who bestowed on blessed Saint Lucy a crown among the Saints for her twofold triumph of virginity and martyrdom, grant, we pray, through the power of this Sacrament, that, bravely overcoming every evil, we may attain the glory of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.

Reflection The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor Go out and work in the vineyard today.

To be a co-worker means to work along with someone, to share together in tiredness, humiliations, and shame, not only in success. Those who share everything are partners, giving love for love, suffering for suffering. Jesus, you have died, you have given everything, your life blood, all. Now it is my turn. I put everything into the field also. The common soldier fights in the way, but the devoted one tries to be near the captain to share his fate. This is the only truth.  .  .  . The only thing that matters—for it is the spirit of Christ. He wants to live his life in you, to look through your eyes, walk with your feet, love with your heart. In Christ and through Christ, hear Jesus, your co-worker speak to you. “I want you to be my fire of love among the poor, the sick, the dying, and the little children—the poor I want you to bring to me.” Blessed Mother Teresa, Total Surrender Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997) founded the Missionaries of Charity in the Archdiocese of Calcutta in 1950.

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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 418–23)

Psalm 6 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger; reprove me not in your rage. Have mercy on me, Lord, for I languish. Lord, heal me; my bones are shaking, and my soul is greatly shaken.

But you, O Lord, how long? Return, Lord, rescue my soul. Save me in your merciful love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; from the grave, who can give you praise? I am exhausted with my groaning; every night I drench my bed with tears, I bedew my couch with weeping. My eyes waste away with grief; I have grown old surrounded by all my foes. Leave me, all who do evil, for the Lord heeds the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will receive my prayer. All my foes will be shamed and greatly shaken, suddenly put to shame. Glory to the Father .  .  .

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Scripture Romans 5:6-10 or Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with ­difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath. Indeed, if, while we were enemies, we were ­reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, once reconciled, will we be saved by his life.


Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 417)

Antiphon The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, our deliverer, in faith we pray: r. Help us to place our trust in you, O God. When our patience is expended and our energy is exhausted . . . r. When violence shatters lives .  .  . r. When death is close .  .  . r. Our Father .  .  . May almighty God protect us from all harm and bless us with every good gift. Amen.

The Order of Mass ❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting A The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And with your spirit.

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therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. B Have mercy on us, O Lord.

For we have sinned against you. Show us, O Lord, your mercy. And grant us your salvation.

These or other invocations may be used.

C You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

B Grace to you and peace from God our Father

Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.

C The Lord be with you.

You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.

and the Lord Jesus Christ. And with your spirit. And with your spirit.

Penitential Rite Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. (Pause) A I confess to almighty God

and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,

  And, striking their breast, they say:

through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;   Then they continue: 386

You are seated at the right hand of the Father to   intercede for us: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚ May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. ❙❚ Amen. Kyrie

The Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy) invocations follow, unless they have just occurred in a formula of the Penitential Act.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

❙❚  Christ, have mercy. ❙❚  Christ, have mercy.

❙❚  Christe, eleison. ❙❚  Christe, eleison.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

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May the receiving of your Body and Blood, Lord Jesus Christ, not bring me to judgment and condemnation, but through your loving mercy be for me protection in mind and body and a healing remedy.

Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Deacon or lay leader:

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. If there is no singing, the communion antiphon is recited.

Prayer after Communion

Concluding Rites Final Blessing ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚ May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, W and the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Dismissal A Go forth, the Mass is ended. B Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. C Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

[With Holy Communion] Introductory Rites Introduction

We gather here to celebrate the Lord’s Day. Sunday has been called the Lord’s Day because it was on this day that Jesus conquered sin and death and rose to new life. Unfortunately, we are not able to celebrate the Mass today because we do not have a priest. Let us be united in the spirit of Christ with the Church around the world and celebrate our redemption in Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. Sign of the Cross Deacon or lay leader:

❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting Deacon or lay leader:

❙❚ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God for ever. ❙❚  Blessed be God for ever. Collect

D Go in peace.

Thanks be to God.


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418 Hymns

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 2. O come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh; to us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go.  Refrain 3. O come, thou holy Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient times did give the law, in cloud and majesty and awe.  Refrain 4. O come, thou Rod of Jesse’s stem, from ev’ry foe deliver them. From death and sin thy people save, and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.  Refrain 5. O come, thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heav’nly home, make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.  Refrain 6. O come, desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of humankind; bid ev’ry sad division cease and be thyself our Prince of peace.  Refrain


7. O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadow put to flight.  Refrain Text: O Antiphons, 12th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818–1866. Music: VENI, VENI, EMMANUEL, 88 88 with refrain, Thomas Helmore, 1811–1890, 15th cent. Plainchant, adapt.

Come, Thou Long Expected Savior


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Luke 1:46-55


y soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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