Vol: 44, No.1 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( A) November 27 2016  
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame. (Ps 24:1-3)

Today we enter into the joyful Season of Advent. Obviously the Catholic liturgical calendar follows a year with its own ‘opening’ and ‘closing’ which are related to the history of salvation. We begin the year today – on the first Sunday of Advent – and end it on the Solemnity of Christ the Universal King. Through the year we move from the awaiting and expectation of the coming of the King to the proclamation of Him as the King of the universe, the one who will come at the at the end times to judge the nations. Significantly this ‘Second Coming’ is also part of the expectation contained in the season of Advent. Thus by entering into the Season of Advent we are given a preview of the Salvation history which will unfold before us. As we begin the season with this Eucharistic Celebration let us do so in a fitting manner by an examination of our own sins and short-comings. (Pause)

I Confess to almighty God.....
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
(This oracle depicts the true eminence of Zion because the Lord dwells in her as the universal King. The prophet speaks of an ideal future which will be devoid of wars and conflicts).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (2:1-5)
The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come let us walk in the light of the Lord.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (121)
Response: I rejoiced when I heard them say: “Let us go to God’s house.”
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