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August 21, 2018

ADVENT AGAIN?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Why does the Church take us through the same advent ritual every year? Well, it is a period to contemplate the three comings of Christ in: a) History, 2000 years ago, when God stepped out of eternity to become one like us in everything but sin. b) Mystery –through his abiding presence in Word and Sacrament, grace and communion. c) Glory, when he comes at the end of time to pronounce the Last Judgment. Ours in the closing age of human history, which will culminate in Christ’s splendid Parousia, the overthrow of the present world order, and the inauguration…

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 25: l-3 To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.   COLLECT Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah…

SUNDAY READINGS – TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 1/9/2013

Sunday readings

OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, every good thing comes from you. Fill our hearts with love for you, increase our faith, and by your constant care protect the good you have given us.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus 3: 17-20. 28-29 Theme: Behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord. My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver. The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power…