The Season of Advent 2018

Lord God, bless this wreath and bless us as well. May this wreath remind us of the hope and joy that Jesus brings into the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

1st Of Advent

December 2nd

Year C.

Jr. 33:1416; 1 Th. 3:12-4:2; Lk. 21:25-28, 34-36

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the season of preparation to celebrate the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming.

 

Today we bless the Advent wreath and light the first candle.

Lord God, Your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Saviour.

Who enlightens our hearts and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin. Pour out your blessings upon us as we light the candles of this wreath;

May their light be a comfort to those who suffer today,

May their light give us hope in these dark days,

May their light reflect the love of Christ who is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Lord, open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from embracing Christ with joy. May the glow of this Winter Light guide us on our Advent journey. We ask this in the Spirit, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. Amen.

2nd Of Advent

December 9th

The Second Sunday of Advent

Ba. 5:1-9; Ph. 1:4-6, 8-11; Lk. 3:1-6

 

This week the Gospel reading invites us to think about John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus…John’s preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John’s message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming. We respond to John’s message by repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives the coming of the Lord, as John did. (Source: www.loyolapress.com)

 

Christ is coming, the day is near: in our Eucharist today let us look forward with hope and joy.

Father of light, we praise you!

 

God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

3rd Of Advent

December 16th

The Third Sunday of Advent

Zp. 3:14-18: Ph. 4:4-7; Lk. 3:10-18

 

The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” This name is taken from the entrance antiphon for Sunday’s Mass, which is also echoed in today’s second reading from the Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Some people mark this Sunday by lighting a pink candle instead of a purple one on their Advent wreath. It is a reminder that the Advent season is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.

 

Father, you have given us the grace of looking forward to the coming of your Son:

Send us your loving kindness.

 

Send your Son to those who wait in hope: let no one search for you in vain.

Send us your loving kindness.

 

Bless us as we work: give us faith until the end, when your Son will come in glory.

Send us your loving kindness. Amen.

4th Of Advent

December 22nd

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mi. 5:1-4; Heb. 10:5-10; Lk. 1:39-45

 

On this the last Sunday before Christmas, the Gospel turns our attention to John the Baptist and his parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah. The Gospel reading recalls Mary’s actions after the announcement of Jesus’ birth by the angel Gabriel. Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, her cousin, who is also with child. Elizabeth greets Mary with full recognition of the roles that they and their unborn children will play in God’s plan for salvation.…

 

Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit and sings Mary’s praise because she bears the Lord. We sing these words of praise to Mary in the Hail Mary. Even John the Baptist, the unborn child in Elizabeth’s womb, is said to recognize the presence of the Lord and leaps for joy.

 

It is appropriate in this season of Advent that we consider the role of Mary in God’s plan of salvation. Elizabeth describes Mary as the first disciple, as the one who believed that God’s word to her would be fulfilled. Mary’s faith enabled her to recognize the work of God in her people’s history and in her own life. Her openness to God allowed God to work through her so that salvation might come to everyone. Because of this, Mary is a model and symbol of the Church. May we be like Mary, open and cooperative in God’s plan for salvation. (Source: www.loyolapress.com)

 

As today we hear the scriptures, heralding the coming of your Son,

may our minds and hearts be touched by your Word.

Father of light, we praise you!

 

United in one body, may we pursue the things that make for peace,

and build up our life together until Christ comes.

Father of light, we praise you!

Christmas Day

Is. 62:11-12; Ti. 3:4-7; Lk. 2:15-20 (Dawn Mass)

 

O God, whose mighty Son was born in Bethlehem those days long ago, lead us to that same poor place, where Mary laid her tiny child. And as we look on in wonder and praise, make us welcome him in all new life, see him in the poor, and care for his handiwork the earth, the sky and the sea. O God, bless us again in your great love. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness be our gift and good desires with every greeting. We pray for this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

God our Father, this morning we eagerly greet the birth of Jesus, our brother and Saviour. He is the Daystar from on high, the light-bearer who brings the dawn to us, who wait patiently for his coming.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among all.

 

Father, bless on this holy day the Church all over the world.

May she light afresh in our hearts the lamps of hope and peace.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among all.

 

Your Son has come to us in the fullness of time:

let those who wait for him recognize his coming.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among all.

 

His birth bound heaven to earth in harmony and peace.

Establish that same peace among nations and men of today.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men.

 

With Mary and Joseph we rejoice in the birth of Jesus.

May we welcome Christ as they did.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among all.

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