18 December 2011
4th Sunday of Advent
Open Hearts Open our Hearts God’s to God’s Presence
lives, filling them with hope and peace. But if we want to enjoy all these benefits, we must respond adequately to God’s presence in us. We do that by opening our hearts to Him with gratitude and eagerness, following the example of Mary Most Holy who declares her total availability to do whatever God wants. Let this be our disposition today as we are about to begin the Eucharistic celebration.
hough Christmas is still a few days away, today the liturgical readings already invite us to reflect on the presence of God in our midst. His presence is enlivening and reassuring. It is not the presence of the spy or of the judge that fills people with uneasiness and fear. Rather, God’s presence among us is the source of our salvation. It is an undeserved gift that transforms our
(To be recited only when no Entrance Hymn is sung.)
Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.
All –Lord, have mercy!
we may welcome Jesus with a purified heart. (Pause) P –Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of God’s kingdom. Lord, have mercy!
Greeting P –The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you! All –And also with you!
P –Lord Jesus, you fulfill the promises of the prophets of old. Christ, have mercy! All –Christ, have mercy!
Penitential Rite P –Coming together as God’s family on this last Sunday of Advent, with confidence let us ask forgiveness for all our shortcomings, that
P –Lord Jesus, you come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness. Lord, have mercy! All –Lord, have mercy!
P –May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. All –Amen!
All–Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen!
(To be recited / sung only during the Simbang Gabi Mass.)
Opening Prayer P –Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an 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 with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. All –Amen!
LITURGY OF THE WORD 1st Reading
2 Sm 7:1-5.812.14.16
The Israelites knew that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David. Such a conviction was based on the promise made by the Lord to David that He would build for him a “house” (i.e., a dynasty) that would last forever. Let us listen to the account of that very important promise. R –A proclamation from the Second Book of Samuel When King David was settled in his palace, and the Lord had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered the king, “Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the Lord is with you.” But that night the Lord spoke to Nathan and said: “Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Should you build me a house to dwell in? It was I who took you from the pasture and from the care of the flock to be commander of my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you went, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth. I will fix a place for my people Israel; I will...