Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Saviour
Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by angel the coming of your Son as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns….
A reading from the second book of Samuel 7, 1-5, 8b:11- 16
Theme: The kingdom of David will always stand secure before the face of the Lord.
Once David had settled into his house and the Lord had given him rest from all the enemies surrounding him, the king said to the Prophet Nathan, “Look, I am living in a house of cedar while the ark of God dwells in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go and do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you.” But that very night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus the Lord speaks: Are you the man to build me a house to dwell in? I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel; I have been with you on all your expeditions; I have cut off all your enemies before you. I will give you fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth. I will provide a place for my people Israel; I will plant them there and they shall dwell in that place and never be disturbed again; nor shall the wicked continue to oppress them as they did, in the days when I appointed judges over my people Israel; I will give them rest from all their enemies. The Lord will make you great; the Lord will make you a House. Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever.’
This is the word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 88 2-5.27.29 v.2
Response: I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.
- I will sing forever of your love, O Lord; through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth. Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever, that your truth is firmly established as the heavens R.
- ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: I will establish your dynasty for ever and set up your throne through all ages.’ R.
- He will say to me: ‘You are my father, my God, the rock who saves me.’ I will keep my love for him always; for him my covenant shall endure. R.
A reading from St. Paul to the Romans 16,25-27
Theme: A mystery kept secret for endless ages is now clear.
Glory to him who is able to give you the strength to live according to the Good News I preach, and in which I proclaim Jesus Christ, the revelation of my mystery kept secret for endless ages, but now so clear that it must broadcast to pagans everywhere to bring them to the obedience of faith. This is only what scripture has predicted, and it is all part of the way the eternal God wants things to be. He alone is wisdom; give glory therefore to him through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.
This is the word of the Lord.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Luke 1:38
I am the handmaid of the Lord: let what you have said be done to me. Alleluia!.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38
Theme: You are to conceive and bear a Son
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a Virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the Virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, “Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, “Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?” “The Holy Spirit will come upon you” the angel answered “and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.” “I am the handmaid of the Lord,” said Mary “let what you have said be done to me.” And the angel left her.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Lord, may the power of the Spirit, which sanctified Mary the mother of your Son, make holy the gifts we place upon this altar.
The Virgin is with child and shall bear a son, and she will call him Emanuel.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Lord, in this sacrament we receive the promise of salvation; as Christmas draws near make us grow in faith and love to celebrate the coming of Christ our Savour, who is Lord for ever and ever.