ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. IS 30: 19. 30
O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.
Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you.
A READING FROM THE Book of Baruch 5:1-9.
Theme: “God will show your splendour.”
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on robe of the righteousness from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting. For God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven. For your name will for ever be called by God, “Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness.”
Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height and look towards the east, and see your children gathered from west and east, at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them.
For they went forth from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God’s command. For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 126:1-2ab. 2ab. 2cd-3. 4-5. 6 (R. cf. 3)
- What great deeds the Lord has worked for us! Indeed, we were glad.
- When the LORD brought back the exiles of Sion, we thought we were dreaming. Then was our mouth filled with laughter; on our tongues, songs of joy. R.
- Then the nations themselves said, ‘What great deeds the LORD worked for them!” What great deeds the LORD worked for us! Indeed, we were glad. R.
- Bring back our exiles, O LORD, as streams in the south. Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap. R.
- They go out, they go out, full of tears, bearing seed for they sowing; the come back, they come back with a song, bearing their sheaves. R.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 1:4-6. 8-11
Theme: “Be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”
Brethren: Always in every prayer of mine for you all I make my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
The word of the Lord.
Alleluia. R. Alleluia
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight: all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 3:1-6
Theme: “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice of the one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Be pleased, O Lord, with our humble prayers and offerings, and, since we have no merits to plead our cause, come, we pray, to our rescue with the protection of your mercy. Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON BAR 5:5;4:36
Jerusalem, arise and stand upon the heights, and behold the joy which comes to you from God.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Replenished by the food of spiritual nourishment, we humbly beseech you, O Lord, that, through our partaking in this mystery, you may teach us to judge wisely the things of earth and hold firm to the things of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.