ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Phil 4:4-5
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.
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…
A reading from the Book of Isaiah 61:l-2a.l0-l1
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.”
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favour. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Luke 1:46-48.49-50.53-54 (R. Isaiah 61:l0b)
- My soul shall exult in my God.
- My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. R.
- For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. R.
- He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy. R.
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 5:16-24
“May your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless.”
Brethren: Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify’ you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA Cf. Luke 4:18
Alleluia! Alleluia!! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has sent me to preach good news to the poor. Alleluia
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 1:6-8.19-28
“Among you stands one whom you do not know.”
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
They said to him then, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him “Then why are you baptising, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptise with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am worthy to untie.” This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptising.
The Gospel of the Lord.
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. IS 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.