1º De Enero 2019 – Solemnidad de Santa María, Madre de Dios

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La misa es a las 10:00 am

Solemnidad de Santa María, Madre de Dios
Leccionario: 18

Sunday Bulletin 2018-12-30[255]

Primera lectura

Nm 6, 22-27
En aquel tiempo, el Señor habló a Moisés y le dijo:
“Di a Aarón y a sus hijos:
‘De esta manera bendecirán a los israelitas:
El Señor te bendiga y te proteja,
haga resplandecer su rostro sobre ti y te conceda su favor.
Que el Señor te mire con benevolencia
y te conceda la paz’.

Así invocarán mi nombre sobre los israelitas
y yo los bendeciré”.

Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 66, 2-3. 5. 6 y 8
R. (2a) Ten piedad de nosotros, Señor, y bendícenos.
Ten piedad de nosotros, y bendícenos;
vuelve, Señor , tus ojos a nosotros.
Que conozca la tierra tu bondad
y los pueblos tu obra savadora.
R. Ten piedad de nosotros, Señor, y bendícenos.
Las naciones con júbilo te canten,
porque juzgas al mundo con justicia;
con equidad tú juzgas a los pueblos
y riges en la tierra a las naciones..
R. Ten piedad de nosotros, Señor, y bendícenos.
Que te alaben, Señor , todos los pueblos,
que los pueblos te aclamen todos juntos.
Que nos bendiga Dios
y que le rinda honor el mundo entero.
R. Ten piedad de nosotros, Señor, y bendícenos.

Segunda Lectura

Gal 4, 4-7
Hermanos: Al llegar la plenitud de los tiempos, envió Dios a su Hijo, nacido de una mujer, nacido bajo la ley, para rescatar a los que estábamos bajo la ley, a fin de hacernos hijos suyos.

Puesto que ya son ustedes hijos, Dios envió a sus corazones el Espíritu de su Hijo, que clama “¡Abbá!”, es decir, ¡Padre! Así que ya no eres siervo, sino hijo; y siendo hijo, eres también heredero por voluntad de Dios.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Heb 1, 1-2
R. Aleluya, aleluya.
En distintas ocasiones y de muchas maneras
habló Dios en el pasado a nuestros padres, por boca de los profetas.
Ahora, en estos tiempos, nos ha hablado por medio de su Hijo.
R. Aleluya.

Evangelio

Lc 2, 16-21
En aquel tiempo, los pastores fueron a toda prisa hacia Belén y encontraron a María, a José y al niño, recostado en el pesebre. Después de verlo, contaron lo que se les había dicho de aquel niño, y cuantos los oían quedaban maravillados. María, por su parte, guardaba todas estas cosas y las meditaba en su corazón.

Los pastores se volvieron a sus campos, alabando y glorificando a Dios por todo cuanto habían visto y oído, según lo que se les había anunciado.

Cumplidos los ocho días, circuncidaron al niño y le pusieron el nombre de Jesús, aquel mismo que había dicho el ángel, antes de que el niño fuera concebido.

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God – January 1, 2018

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 Holy Day of Obligation, Mass is at 10:00 AM at St. Elizabeth’s. (Error in bulletin says mass is at 9:00)

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Sunday Bulletin 2018-12-30[255]

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Lectionary: 18

Reading 1NM 6:22-27

The LORD said to Moses:
“Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
and I will bless them.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8.

R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R. May God bless us in his mercy.

Reading 2GAL 4:4-7

Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
As proof that you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a son,
and if a son then also an heir, through God.

AlleluiaHEB 1:1-2

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

30 de Diciembre 2018 – Fiesta de la Sagrada Familia

Fiesta de la Sagrada Familia
Leccionario: 17

Primera lectura

1 Sm 1, 20-22. 24-28
En aquellos días, Ana concibió, dio a luz un hijo y le puso por nombre Samuel, diciendo: “Al Señor se lo pedí”. Después de un año, Elcaná, su marido, subió con toda la familia para hacer el sacrificio anual para honrar al Señor y para cumplir la promesa que habían hecho, pero Ana se quedó en su casa.

 

Un tiempo después, Ana llevó a Samuel, que todavía era muy pequeño, a la casa del Señor, en Siló, y llevó también un novillo de tres años, un costal de harina y un odre de vino.

Una vez sacrificado el novillo, Ana presentó el niño a Elí y le dijo: “Escúchame, señor: te juro por mi vida que yo soy aquella mujer que estuvo junto a ti, en este lugar, orando al Señor. Éste es el niño que yo le pedía al Señor y que él me ha concedido. Por eso, ahora yo se lo ofrezco al Señor, para que le quede consagrado de por vida”. Y adoraron al Señor.

O bien:

Sir 3, 3-7. 14-17a

El Señor honra al padre en los hijos
y respalda la autoridad de la madre sobre la prole.
El que honra a su padre queda limpio de pecado;
y acumula tesoros, el que respeta a su madre.

Quien honra a su padre,
encontrará alegría en sus hijos
y su oración será escuchada;
el que enaltece a su padre, tendrá larga vida
y el que obedece al Señor, es consuelo de su madre.

Hijo, cuida de tu padre en la vejez
y en su vida no le causes tristeza;
aunque se debilite su razón, ten paciencia con él
y no lo menosprecies por estar tú en pleno vigor.
El bien hecho al padre no quedará en el olvido
y se tomará a cuenta de tus pecados.

Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 83, 2-3. 5-6. 9-10
R. (cf. 5a) Señor, dichosos los que viven en tu casa.
Anhelando los atrios del Señor
se consume mi alma.
Todo mi ser de gozo se estremece
y el Dios vivo es la causa.
R. Señor, dichosos los que viven en tu casa.
Dichosos los que viven en tu casa,
te alabarán para siempre;
dichosos los que encuentran en ti su fuerza
y la esperanza de su corazón.
R. Señor, dichosos los que viven en tu casa.
Escucha mi oración, Señor de los ejércitos;
Dios de Jacob, atiéndeme.
Míranos, Dios y protector nuestro,
y contemplo el rostro de tu Mesías.
R. Señor, dichosos los que viven en tu casa.

 

O bien:

Salmo 127, 1-2. 3. 4-5

R. (cf. 1) Dichoso el que teme al Señor.
Dichoso los que teme al Señor
y sigue sus caminos:
comerá del fruto de tu trabajo,
será dichoso, le irá bien.
R. Dichoso el que teme al Señor.
Su mujer, como vid fecunda,
en medio de tu casa;
sus hijos, como renuevos de olivo,
alrededor de su mesa.
R. Dichoso el que teme al Señor.
Esta es la bendición del hombre que teme al Señor.
“Que el Señor te bendiga desde Sión,
que veas la prosperidad de Jerusalén
todos los días de tu vida.”
R. Dichoso el que teme al Señor.

Segunda lectura

1 Jn 3, 1-2. 21-24

Queridos hijos: Miren cuánto amor nos ha tenido el Padre, pues no sólo nos llamamos hijos de Dios, sino que lo somos. Si el mundo no nos reconoce, es porque tampoco lo ha reconocido a él.

Hermanos míos, ahora somos hijos de Dios, pero aún no se ha manifestado cómo seremos al fin. Y ya sabemos que, cuando él se manifieste, vamos a ser semejantes a él, porque lo veremos tal cual es.

Si nuestra conciencia no nos remuerde, entonces, hermanos míos, nuestra confianza en Dios es total. Puesto que cumplimos los mandamientos de Dios y hacemos lo que le agrada, ciertamente obtendremos de él todo lo que le pidamos.

Ahora bien, éste es su mandamiento: que creamos en la persona de Jesucristo, su Hijo, y nos amemos los unos a los otros, conforme al precepto que nos dio. Quien cumple sus mandamientos permanece en Dios y Dios en él. En esto conocemos, por el Espíritu que él nos ha dado, que él permanece en nosotros.

O bien:

Col 3, 12-21

Hermanos: Puesto que Dios los ha elegido a ustedes, los ha consagrado a él y les ha dado su amor, sean compasivos, magnánimos, humildes, afables y pacientes. Sopórtense mutuamente y perdónense cuando tengan quejas contra otro, como el Señor los ha perdonado a ustedes. Y sobre todas estas virtudes, tengan amor, que es el vínculo de la perfecta unión.

Que en sus corazones reine la paz de Cristo, esa paz a la que han sido llamados, como miembros de un solo cuerpo. Finalmente, sean agradecidos.

Que la palabra de Cristo habite en ustedes con toda su riqueza. Enséñense y aconséjense unos a otros lo mejor que sepan. Con el corazón lleno de gratitud, alaben a Dios con salmos, himnos y cánticos espirituales; y todo lo que digan y todo lo que hagan, háganlo en el nombre del Señor Jesús, dándole gracias a Dios Padre, por medio de Cristo.

Mujeres, respeten la autoridad de sus maridos, como lo quiere el Señor. Maridos, amen a sus esposas y no sean rudos con ellas. Hijos, obedezcan en todo a sus padres, porque eso es agradable al Señor. Padres, no exijan demasiado a sus hijos, para que no se depriman.

O bien:

Col 3:12-17

Hermanos: Puesto que Dios los ha elegido a ustedes, los ha consagrado a él y les ha dado su amor, sean compasivos, magnánimos, humildes, afables y pacientes. Sopórtense mutuamente y perdónense cuando tengan quejas contra otro, como el Señor los ha perdonado a ustedes. Y sobre todas estas virtudes, tengan amor, que es el vínculo de la perfecta unión.

Que en sus corazones reine la paz de Cristo, esa paz a la que han sido llamados, como miembros de un solo cuerpo. Finalmente, sean agradecidos.

Que la palabra de Cristo habite en ustedes con toda su riqueza. Enséñense y aconséjense unos a otros lo mejor que sepan. Con el corazón lleno de gratitud, alaben a Dios con salmos, himnos y cánticos espirituales; y todo lo que digan y todo lo que hagan, háganlo en el nombre del Señor Jesús, dándole gracias a Dios Padre, por medio de Cristo.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Cfr Hechos 16, 14b
R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Abre, Señor, nuestros corazones,
para que aceptemos las palabras de tu Hijo.
R. Aleluya.

 

O bien:

Col 3, 15a. 16a

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Que en sus corazones reine la paz de Cristo;
que la palabra de Cristo habite en ustedes con toda su riqueza.
R. Aleluya.

Evangelio

 
Lc 2, 41-52
Los padres de Jesús solían ir cada año a Jerusalén para las festividades de la Pascua. Cuando el niño cumplió doce años, fueron a la fiesta, según la costumbre. Pasados aquellos días, se volvieron, pero el niño Jesús se quedó en Jerusalén, sin que sus padres lo supieran. Creyendo que iba en la caravana, hicieron un día de camino; entonces lo buscaron, y al no encontrarlo, regresaron a Jerusalén en su busca.

 

Al tercer día lo encontraron en el templo, sentado en medio de los doctores, escuchándolos y haciéndoles preguntas. Todos los que lo oían se admiraban de su inteligencia y de sus respuestas. Al verlo, sus padres se quedaron atónitos y su madre le dijo: “Hijo mío, ¿por qué te has portado así con nosotros? Tu padre y yo te hemos estado buscando llenos de angustia”. Él les respondió: “¿Por qué me andaban buscando? ¿No sabían que debo ocuparme en las cosas de mi Padre?” Ellos no entendieron la respuesta que les dio. Entonces volvió con ellos a Nazaret y siguió sujeto a su autoridad. Su madre conservaba en su corazón todas aquellas cosas.

Jesús iba creciendo en saber, en estatura y en el favor de Dios y de los hombres.

Christ Among the Doctors – Giotto, Scrovengi (Arena) Chapel, Padua, Italy

December 30, 2018 – Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Lectionary: 17

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Reading 1SIR 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

 

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
—a house raised in justice to you.

Or1SM 1:20-22, 24-28

In those days Hannah conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son
whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.
The next time her husband Elkanah was going up
with the rest of his household
to offer the customary sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vows,
Hannah did not go, explaining to her husband,
“Once the child is weaned,
I will take him to appear before the LORD
and to remain there forever;
I will offer him as a perpetual nazirite.”

Once Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him up with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
“Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”
Hannah left Samuel there.

Responsorial PsalmPS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.

R. (cf. 1) Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
who walks in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

 

OrPS 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10.

R. (cf. 5a) Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
Happy they who dwell in your house!
Continually they praise you.
Happy the men whose strength you are!
Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer;
hearken, O God of Jacob!
O God, behold our shield,
and look upon the face of your anointed.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Reading 2COL 3:12-21

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.

Or COL 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Or1 JN 3:1-2, 21-24

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
And so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,
because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
and the way we know that he remains in us
is from the Spirit he gave us.

AlleluiaCOL 3:15A, 16A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

OrCF. ACTS 16:14B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 2:41-52

 

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.
Christ Among the Doctors – Giotto, Scrovengi (Arena) Chapel, Padua, Italy

December 25, 2018 – The Nativity of the Lord, Mass during the Day

MerryChristmas

The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass During the Day
Lectionary: 16

Sunday Bulletin 2018-12-23[254]

Reading 1IS 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!”Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
for they see directly, before their eyes,
the LORD restoring Zion.
Break out together in song,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the LORD comforts his people,
he redeems Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations;
all the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6.

R.(3c) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
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. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
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. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing praise to the LORD 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. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
O Come Let Us Adore Him

Reading 2 HEB 1:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe,
who is the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.
When he had accomplished purification from sins,
he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
as far superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.For to which of the angels did God ever say:
You are my son; this day I have begotten you?
Or again:
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me?
And again, when he leads the firstborn into the world, he says:
Let all the angels of God worship him.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A holy day has dawned upon us.
Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
For today a great light has come upon the earth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A 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.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

Or JN 1:1-5, 9-14

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

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After mass we enjoyed a Coffee Service with holiday table laden with delicious sweets and savories! Merry Christmas! 

 

25 de diciembre 2018 – La Natividad del Señor (Navidad) Misa del día

La Natividad del Señor (Navidad)
Misa del día
Leccionario: 16

Primera lectura

Is 52, 7-10
¡Qué hermoso es ver correr sobre los montes
al mensajero que anuncia la paz,
al mensajero que trae la buena nueva,
que pregona la salvación,
que dice a Sión: “Tu Dios es rey”!Escucha: Tus centinelas alzan la voz
y todos a una gritan alborozados,
porque ven con sus propios ojos al Señor,
que retorna a Sión.Prorrumpan en gritos de alegría, ruinas de Jerusalén,
porque el Señor rescata a su pueblo, consuela a Jerusalén.
Descubre el Señor su santo brazo
a la vista de todas las naciones.
Verá la tierra entera
la salvación que viene de nuestro Dios.

Salmo Responsorial

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R. (3cd) Toda la tierra ha visto al Salvador.
Cantemos al Señor un canto nuevo,
pues ha hecho maravillas.
Su diestra y su santo brazo
le han dado la victoria.
R. Toda la tierra ha visto al Salvador.
El Señor ha dado a conocer su victoria,
y ha revelado a las naciones su justicia.
Una vez más ha demostrado Dios
su amor y su lealtad hacia Israel.
R. Toda la tierra ha visto al Salvador.
La tierra entera ha contemplado
la victoria de nuestro Dios.
Que todos los pueblos y naciones
aclamen con júbilo al Señor.
R. Toda la tierra ha visto al Salvador.
Cantemos al Señor al son del arpa,
suenen los instrumentos.
Aclamemos al son de los clarines
al Señor, nuestro rey.
R. Toda la tierra ha visto al Salvador.

Segunda Lectura

Hb 1, 1-6

En distintas ocasiones y de muchas maneras habló Dios en el pasado a nuestros padres, por boca de los profetas. Ahora, en estos tiempos, nos ha hablado por medio de su Hijo, a quien constituyó heredero de todas las cosas y por medio del cual hizo el universo.

El Hijo es el resplandor de la gloria de Dios, la imagen fiel de su ser y el sostén de todas las cosas con su palabra poderosa. Él mismo, después de efectuar la purificación de los pecados, se sentó a la diestra de la majestad de Dios, en las alturas, tanto más encumbrado sobre los ángeles, cuanto más excelso es el nombre que, como herencia, le corresponde.

Porque ¿a cuál de los ángeles le dijo Dios: Tú eres mi Hijo; yo te he engendrado hoy? ¿O de qué ángel dijo Dios: Yo seré para él un padre y él será para mí un hijo? Además, en otro pasaje, cuando introduce en el mundo a su primogénito, dice: Adórenlo todos los ángeles de Dios.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Un día sagrado ha brillado para nosotros.
Vengan naciones, y adoren al Señor,
porque hoy ha descendido una gran luz sobre la tierra.
R. Aleluya.

Evangelio

Jn 1, 1-18
En el principio ya existía aquel que es la Palabra,
y aquel que es la Palabra estaba con Dios y era Dios.
Ya en el principio él estaba con Dios.
Todas las cosas vinieron a la existencia por él
y sin él nada empezó de cuanto existe.
Él era la vida, y la vida era la luz de los hombres.
La luz brilla en las tinieblas
y las tinieblas no la recibieron.Hubo un hombre enviado por Dios, que se llamaba Juan.
Éste vino como testigo, para dar testimonio de la luz,
para que todos creyeran por medio de él.
Él no era la luz, sino testigo de la luz.Aquel que es la Palabra era la luz verdadera,
que ilumina a todo hombre que viene a este mundo.
En el mundo estaba;
el mundo había sido hecho por él
y, sin embargo, el mundo no lo conoció.Vino a los suyos y los suyos no lo recibieron;
pero a todos los que lo recibieron
les concedió poder llegar a ser hijos de Dios,
a los que creen en su nombre,
los cuales no nacieron de la sangre,
ni del deseo de la carne, ni por voluntad del hombre,
sino que nacieron de Dios.

Y aquel que es la Palabra se hizo hombre
y habitó entre nosotros.
Hemos visto su gloria,
gloria que le corresponde como a unigénito del Padre,
lleno de gracia y de verdad.

Juan el Bautista dio testimonio de él, clamando:
“A éste me refería cuando dije:
‘El que viene después de mí, tiene precedencia sobre mí,
porque ya existía antes que yo’ “.

De su plenitud hemos recibido todos gracia sobre gracia.
Porque la ley fue dada por medio de Moisés,
mientras que la gracia y la verdad vinieron por Jesucristo.
A Dios nadie lo ha visto jamás.
El Hijo unigénito, que está en el seno del Padre,
es quien lo ha revelado.

O bien:

Jn 1, 1-5. 9-14

En el principio ya existía aquel que es la Palabra,
y aquel que es la Palabra estaba con Dios y era Dios.
Ya en el principio él estaba con Dios.
Todas las cosas vinieron a la existencia por él
y sin él nada empezó de cuanto existe.
Él era la vida, y la vida era la luz de los hombres.
La luz brilla en las tinieblas
y las tinieblas no la recibieron.

Aquel que es la Palabra era la luz verdadera,
que ilumina a todo hombre que viene a este mundo.
En el mundo estaba;
el mundo había sido hecho por él
y, sin embargo, el mundo no lo conoció.

Vino a los suyos y los suyos no lo recibieron;
pero a todos los que lo recibieron
les concedió poder llegar a ser hijos de Dios,
a los que creen en su nombre,
los cuales no nacieron de la sangre,
ni del deseo de la carne, ni por voluntad del hombre,
sino que nacieron de Dios.

Y aquel que es la Palabra se hizo hombre
y habitó entre nosotros.
Hemos visto su gloria,
gloria que le corresponde como a unigénito del Padre,
lleno de gracia y de verdad.

Dec. 24, 2018 The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Vigil Mass

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December 25, 2018 – The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – At the Vigil Mass

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Our creche manger is empty as we await the arrival of the Prince of Peace! Wishing Christmas blessings to everyone!

Cruz might be the littlest kid in the parish, but that doesn’t stop him from fighting his way to lead the line!

Noel

It Came Upon Upon a Midnight Clear:

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

Hear the Bells of Christmas

What Child is This

Gabriel’s Message

Reading

Lullaby of the Dove

Gesu Bambino

Gaudete

Advent Joy

I Saw Three Ships

Presentation of the Infant Jesus

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O Holy Night

The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – At the Vigil Mass
Lectionary: 13

Reading 1IS 62:1-5

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines forth like the dawn
and her victory like a burning torch.Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the LORD.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall people call you “Forsaken,”
or your land “Desolate,”
but you shall be called “My Delight,”
and your land “Espoused.”
For the LORD delights in you
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.

Responsorial PsalmPS 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29.

R. (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
He shall say of me, “You are my father,
my God, the rock, my savior.”
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2ACTS 13:16-17, 22-25

When Paul reached Antioch in Pisidia and entered the synagogue,
he stood up, motioned with his hand, and said,
“Fellow Israelites and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the
land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out of it.
Then he removed Saul and raised up David as king;
of him he testified,
‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.’
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'”

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Tomorrow the wickedness of the earth will be destroyed:
the Savior of the world will reign over us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile,
fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel, 

which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

OR MT 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

Thank you Scott from St. Colman’s who provide the children’s toys – they were a big hit! Yo-yos, paddle balls, and Jax were really a treat for the kids! (They are seen in the video above taken on Christmas Eve.)

Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 23, 2018

Thank you everyone for helping to decorate the church after mass today! It looks beautiful! Thank you Gail Culverwell for sending photos!

 

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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 12

Sunday Bulletin 2018-12-23[254]

Reading 1MI 5:1-4A

Thus says the LORD:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
and the rest of his kindred shall return
to the children of Israel.
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
and they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.

R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Reading 2HEB 10:5-10

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.'”First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.”
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, :Behold, I come to do your will.”
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

AlleluiaLK 1:38

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:39-45

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
We hope you find this Commentary for the Proper Prayers of Advent from the Roman Missal will help you in your Advent journey. http://usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/commentary-on-advent-proper-prayers.cfm#2nd

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Collect

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

COMMENTARY

  • Many will be familiar with this prayer from the Angelus, which commemorates the incarnation of Christ.
  • The prayer comes from the seventh century Papal practice at Rome where it was assigned to March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, when the angel appeared unto Mary when she conceived Christ, for the 1970 Latin edition of the Roman Missal the prayer was transferred to the last Sunday before the birth of our Lord.
  • The Angel announcing the birth of Christ refers not only to the Angel that appeared to Mary in the Annunciation but also to the Angels that appeared to the shepherds who came to do homage to the new-born babe.
  • The prayer does not refer explicitly to the death of Christ, but rather subtly refers to Christs Passion and Cross. As disciples of Christ, our way of life is often described as taking up our cross. The prayer also subtly refers to our future glory, already revealed in our history when Christ appeared in glory to the disciples. The Christian way of life, then, is characterized by carrying our cross and already sharing in the glory of the resurrection.
  • This prayer preserves an early insight that the whole mystery of Christ from his incarnation, passion, death and resurrection and his continuing presence in his body the Church is one integral mystery. The specific moments of this mystery in salvation history are mapped out over the course of the church year, but this prayer reminds us that every Sunday, every liturgy celebrates the whole mystery and our share in it. 

Prayer over the Offerings

May the Holy Spirit, O Lord,
sanctify these gifts laid upon your altar,
just as he filled with his power the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Through Christ our Lord.

COMMENTARY

  • In the opening prayer the Angel made known the Incarnation, which was accomplished in the sanctifying power of the Spirit according to this prayer. The incarnation and the consecration of the bread and wine are connected in this prayer by the working of the Spirit.
  • The Roman Sacramentaries representing both the Papal and parish practices of the city were widely diffused North of the Alps where the two traditions and local practices were conflated in numerous ways. From that creativity this prayer first appears in Francia during the eighth century and eventually became part of the Roman tradition.
  • At St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, over the altar there stands a monumental baldachin, a canopy supported by four corkscrew columns of Bronze by Bernini. On the underside of the canopy directly over the place on the altar where the gifts of bread and wine are placed is an image of the Holy Spirit. The entire baldachin is, indeed, an architectural expression of the role of the Spirit in the transforming the gifts of bread and wine laid upon the altar. Many older churches have such an expression of the Holy Spirit above the gifts.
  • We prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ with this reference to the incarnation, that is to the Annunciation of the Angel to the Virgin Mary when she conceived our Savior. The Spirit active in the mystery of the incarnation is also active now in the transformation of the bread and wine. In many churches as we approach the altar to receive communion, we come to stand under a dome with the image of the Spirit at its peak. So too the Spirit sanctifies the assembly engaged in the liturgy and brings unity to the Church.

Prayer after Communion

Having received this pledge of eternal redemption,
we pray, almighty God,
that, as the feast day of our salvation draws ever nearer,
so we may press forward all the more eagerly
to the worthy celebration of the mystery of your Son’s Nativity.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

COMMENTARY

  • Having already received the pledge of eternity, we pray to celebrate worthily the beginning of that pledge in the nativity of Christ.
  • Newly composed for the 1970 Latin edition of the Roman Missal, the first part of the prayer comes from the mass booklet for the feast of St. Lawrence that was included in a sixth century compilation of Roman mass booklets. The second half was adapted from a prayer assigned to Friday of the third week of Lent in seventh-century Papal practice.
  • This prayer reflects on the rite of communion it concludes and uses the language of commerce to speak about the Eucharist as a pledge or a down payment or a guarantee of eternal redemption.
  • This prayer also looks forward to the coming week in which we celebrate the Nativity of Christ. We prepare to celebrate Christmas by preparing presents, meeting social commitments, decorating the home and preparing the festive meal. This prayer suggests that we consider our preparations in light of the mystery we are preparing to celebrate. The Nativity is also called the feast day of our salvation. The prayer challenges us to discern how our many commitments arise from this mystery of our salvation and to judge wisely the many ways of preparing for the feast according to their worthiness to the mystery we celebrate.
  • As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of Christ, so we have already received the foretaste of the wedding feast of the lamb, the heavenly banquet. While the Church year maps the life of Christ over the course of a cosmic year, each liturgy celebrates the whole mystery of our salvation in Christ. So too the Christmas holiday gives opportunity to celebrate this mystery of God’s love among us not only on Christmas day but also at every meal and on every day.

Christmas Dinner at Highland Dell Dec. 16, 2018

Thank you to our pastor, Fr. Luis, for gathering us together for this traditional Christmas dinner. Thank you to all who participated. What a joyful event this is – thank you especially to those who donated extra funds to cover the costs of dinner for people who would otherwise be unable to attend! We provided 11 complimentary meals due to your generosity.

This beautiful old inn on the Russian River provides an ideal ambiance for a Christmas dinner and the food was delicious. Thank you to our Choir for leading us in carols, and to Sharilyn Parmeter who produced the beautiful book of carols.

 

 

Mass of the Americas – a new mass commissioned by Archbishop Cordileone

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https://sfarchdiocese.org/mass-of-the-americas?mc_cid=29f0c36ddb&mc_eid=41783c2002

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone commissioned this mass for the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Saturday before December 12th, which happened to be Dec. 8!

EWTN provided live broadcast of the mass which is preserved on the link above. On that same page, please enjoy the interview of the archbishop with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, in which Archbishop Cordileone explains the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Liturgy whose two pronged effort serves teaching chant and sacred music to schools and providing parishes with resources to improve their liturgy and music.

The composer is Frank La Rocca and you can find his beautiful sacred works on YouTube.

 

Third Sunday in Advent – December 16, 2018

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We hope to see you at the Christmas Dinner. Friday, Dec. 14th is the last day to order tickets as we must give the hotel a final count. Call the office by end of day Friday at (707) 869-2107 if you need to order!

Third Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 9

Gaudete Sunday is a joyous celebration of the coming of Christ, marked by lighting the rose colored candle and wearing of rose colored vestments.

Sunday Bulletin 2018-12-16[214]

Reading 1ZEP 3:14-18A

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has removed the judgment against you
he has turned away your enemies;
the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
he will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.

Responsorial PsalmIS 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.

R. (6) Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

Reading 2PHIL 4:4-7

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia IS 61:1(Cited In Lk 4:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia. 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
R. Alleluia, alleluia. 

GospelLK 3:10-18

The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
“Teacher, what should we do?”
He answered them,
“Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
Soldiers also asked him,
“And what is it that we should do?”
He told them,
“Do not practice extortion,
do not falsely accuse anyone,
and be satisfied with your wages.”Now the people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
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.”
Exhorting them in many other ways,
he preached good news to the people.We hope this Commentary on the Proper Prayers for Advent from the Roman Missal, taken from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website, will assist you in your Advent journey of faith. http://usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/commentary-on-advent-proper-prayers.cfm#2nd

 Let the King of Glory Come

 

Third Sunday of Advent

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.

COMMENTARY

  • In this prayer our attention shifts toward the coming feast of the Lord’s Birth or Nativity.
  • The prayer is drawn from a fifth- to sixth-century scroll, originally from Ravenna, that contains forty prayers. Over a dozen of its prayers were included in the Advent  Christmas cycle of the 1970 Latin edition of the Roman Missal and thereafter.
  • In this prayer we are aware that God is looking at us, as we look forward to the approaching feast of the Lords Nativity. So this prayer gives us the opportunity to consider how the members of the Sunday assembly look forward to Christmas.
  • This prayer is offered by the whole Church, which includes children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Yet, both the prayer and the feast of the Lord’s Nativity have different meaning for a person over the course of ones lifetime.
  • Children may be introduced to this mystery by celebrating the birthday of Jesus. This prayer does not focus on the historical birth of Christ, but on its meaning for us today, much as a child’s birthday celebrates the life of the child with us.
  • As we mature in life we may begin to discover new subtleties in this prayer. As adolescents begin to appreciate the ways in which we are saved, they come to name and to celebrate the joys of our salvation in Christ.
  • Adults, through their commitments to others and professional contribution to society may come to share in many ways in the generativity of this feast and may learn from the humility of the Savior.
  • Seniors may reflect upon the many Christmas feasts they have celebrated to realize that they have indeed attained the joys of their salvation. They may become aware that all is gift and as of yet incomplete.

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.

COMMENTARY

Our sacrifice of worship brings to completion the divine plan of salvation in Christ and accomplishes God’s saving work in us.

Originally assigned to a Mass for the September fast in a sixth-century Roman collection of Mass booklets, by the seventh century it was transferred to the Advent season for use in the Roman parish tradition.

The phrase sacrifice of our worship evokes the evening offering of incense and prayer recorded in Psalm 141:2: Let my prayer be incense before you; my uplifted hands an evening sacrifice (New American Bible). Using incense during the preparation of the gifts reinforces this image of offering a sacrifice of praise.

The phrase also evokes a familiar line from Eucharistic Prayer III, which is drawn from the word of the Lord recorded in the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi 1:11: “For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, my name is great among the nations; And everywhere they bring sacrifice to my name, and a pure offering” (New American Bible).

The letter to the Hebrews, 13:15, mentions the sacrifice of praise: “Through him (then) let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.” This prayer does just that when it gives the divine name, Lord.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church also describes the Eucharist as a “‘sacrifice of praise’, spiritual sacrifice, pure and holy sacrifice” (n.1330).

When we offer a sacrifice of worship the Lord works in us and accomplishes in us our salvation thereby completing in us the sacred mystery. We offer our sacrifice of worship unceasingly, that is, during the liturgy and in daily life. 

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.

COMMENTARY

This prayer suggests how the whole liturgy helps us to prepare to celebrate the coming feasts.

In seventh-century Roman parish practice, this prayer, which then included a reference to fasting, was assigned to Tuesday of the second week of Lent, but the Roman papal practice of the same time assigned this prayer, without the reference to fasting, to its current place on the third Sunday of Advent.

The divine sustenance refers most immediately to the Communion we share in the body and blood of Christ. We share one loaf and one cup and are made into one Body in Christ. This sustenance, then, is also our communion with one another in the Church.

The Prayer After Communion, however, not only concludes the Communion rite, but it also concludes the whole liturgy. In this light, the divine sustenance also refers to the Word of God proclaimed in the scriptures and followed by personal reflection in silence and a common reflection in the homily. The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and accomplishes its task. We prepare for the coming feasts by gathering as the Body of Christ, by reflecting on the word of God proclaimed in the liturgy, and especially by the Communion we share.

This divine sustenance  the body and blood of Christ, our communion as Church, reflecting on the word of God proclaimed  these all cleanse us of our faults. We prepare for the coming feasts by being cleansed of our faults and by making amends for our faults. Many parishes provide the opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance in preparation for Christmas.