Second Sunday of Advent 2015

Masses this week

Sunday 6th December – Second Sunday of Advent (V): Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Monday 7th December – St Ambrose (W): Mass at 7.30pm
Tuesday 8th December – Immaculate Conception of the BVM (W): Solemn Mass at 7.30pm
Wednesday 9th December – Feria (V): Mass at 7.30pm
Thursday 10th December – Translation of the Holy House of Loreto (W): Mass at 7.30pm
Friday 11th December – No Mass
Saturday 12th December – Feria (V): No Mass

All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962

Introit (Isaiah 30:30)

People of Sion, behold the Lord shall come to save the nations: and the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard, in the joy of your heart. (Ps 79:2) Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Glory be… People of Sion…

Collect

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Thine only-begotten Son: that through His coming we may attain to serve Thee with purified minds. Who liveth and reigneth…

Epistle (Romans 15:4-13)

Bretheren, for what things soever were written, were written for our learning: that through patience and the comfort of the scriptures, we might have hope. Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ: That with one mind, and with one mouth, you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath received you unto the honour of God. For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name. And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and magnify him, all ye people. And again Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse; and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.

Gradual (Ps 49: 2-3, 5)

Out of Sion the loveliness of His beauty: God shall come manifestly. Gather ye together His Saints to Him, Who have set His covenant before sacrifices.

Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 21:1) I rejoiced at the things that we said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord. Alleluia.

 Gospel (Matthew 11:2-10)

St John the BaptistAt that time, when John had heard in prison the works of Christ: sending two of his disciples he said to him: Art thou he that art to come, or look we for another? And Jesus making answer said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me. And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are clothed in soft garments, are in the houses of kings. But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.Creed

Offertory (Ps 84:7-9)

Thou wilt turn, O God, and bring us to life, and Thy people shall rejoice in Thee: show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and grant us Thy salvation

Secret

Be appeased, we beseech The, O Lord, by the prayers and sacrifices of our humility: and where we lack pleading merits of our own, do Thou, by Thine aid, assist us. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface of the Most Holy Trinity

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the Oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one Substance. For what by Thy revelation we believe of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation; so that in confessing the true and eternal Godhead, in It we should adore distinction in Persons, unity in Essence, and equality in Majesty: in praise of which Angels and Archangels, Cherubim also and Seraphim, day by day exclaim, without end and with one voice, saying:Sanctus

Communion (Baruch 5:5, 4:3, 6)

Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and behold the joy that cometh to thee from thy God.

Postcommunion

Filled with the food of spiritual nourishment, we humbly entreat Thee, O Lord, that by our partaking of this Mystery, Thou woulds teach us to despise the things of earth, and to love those of heaven. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…


Thought for the Week

Today’s Gospel informs us that Saint John the Baptist, while in prison where he had been thrown by Herod’s command, sent two of his disciples to Jesus Christ to ask him whether he is the Messiah. This gave Jesus Christ the opportunity to praise Saint John before the people; he ended by saying that John is the man of whom it was written: I am sending my angel before you, to prepare for you the path where you will walk. You too, as well as Saint John, are angels sent by God to prepare a path for him, so that he can enter your heart and the hearts of your disciples. For this purpose you need to do two things: first, you must resemble the angels by your interior and exterior purity. Like the angels, you must be entirely detached
from your body and from the pleasures of the senses, so that nothing seems to be left in you but your soul, which you are concerned about exclusively and which is the only object of your care. For you are destined by God to apply yourselves, like the holy angels, only to what refers to his service and to the care of souls. In you, as Saint Paul says, the outer man must decay, so that the inner man may be renewed day by day. You must become like the angels and like them, as the same Apostle says, not consider things that are visible but only those that are invisible, for, he continues, the former are temporary and pass away, whereas the latter are eternal and will be forever the object of our affection.

—St John Baptiste De La Salle, Meditations for the Sundays of Advent

As we continue through the Season of Advent, let us all remember in our prayers those who are suffering or who have died as a result of terrorist atrocities throughout the world; especially those murdered in San Bernadino, California and Paris; let us also pray for all those who are suffering, both Christian and Muslim, in Syria and Iraq at the hands of the D’aesh terrorists and their murderous mediæval ideology.

Let us also pray that through the efforts of not just our own security services but those of our allies the world may be kept safe from the scourge of terrorism and religious fanaticism.

‡ Peter.


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