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Sunday Morning

 

Advent One

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Halleluia.

 
 

Acclamations For Reflection

Week 1.     Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming,
   His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Look, the most high King is coming with great power to save the nations, Halleluia.
 
  • O Lord, You have been our refuge through all generations. Have pity on Your servants!

 

 

 

  • Make my steps steadfast in Your paths, that my feet may not falter. Incline Your ear to me; hear my word. Show Your wondrous kindness, O Lord, O Saviour of those who trust in You.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your justice rescue me and release me, incline Your ear to me, make haste to deliver me! Halleluia.

 

  • I will go round and offer in His tent, sacrifices with shouts of gladness; I will sing and chant praise to the Lord.
 
 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.
 

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

 

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 
 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.
 

Happy are the blameless in life’s way, who will walk in the law of the Lord.

Happy are those who observe his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart. Who do no wrong, but walk in his ways.

You have given us your precepts to be jealousy observed.

O that my conduct may be steadfast in observing your statutes.

Then I shall not be put to shame when I have regard for all your commandments…

How can a youth lead a pure life? By heeding your words.

 

I seek you with all my heart; let me not wander from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes…

I will meditate on your precepts, I will regard your ways. I will take pleasure in your statutes:

I will not forget your words.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 
 

Reading — From St. Luke 21: 25 — 36

 

 Wanting to find us prepared, our Lord and Redeemer
pictures the calamities that will signal the final age of the world.
He hopes thus to put shackles on our love for it.
He makes known the great catastrophes which will precede its end,
so that if we refuse to fear God when times are calm,
at least the shock of one disaster after another may
fill us with dread of His approaching judgement.

[ From a Sermon by St. Gregory the Great (6th Century) ]

 

 

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.

Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees.

When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.

Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

  • The Way Ahead Is By Unceasing Prayer
  • Unceasing Prayer : What Is It?
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Hymn as a Prayer

 

1. The Baptist’s message of rebuke rings loud and clear through all the world of darkness: Away with dreams of darkness. Jesus the light is shining in the sky.

2. Let the slothful soul now arise and no longer lie earth-bound, for a new sun is now shining, Christ, who will take away every sin.

3. Behold the Lamb is sent to us to pay freely the debt we owe. Therefore let all of us together, with tears of sorrow, ask for His pardon.

 

4. So that when He comes in glory at the end of time and causes fear in all our hearts, He will not then punish us, as our sins deserve. but in His pity be our protector.

5. Strength, honour, praise, glory be to God the Father together with the Son and Holy Paraclete for ever and ever. Amen.

R.   Let the earth be opened and bud forth the Saviour. 

R.   Make straight His paths.

 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, Mary; do not fear, for in your womb you shall bear the Son of God, Halleluia.

   
       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

 
 
 

O Lord, we implore You, stir up Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins, and to be saved by Your deliverance. Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V.   Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R.   Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.
Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection