Vol: 45, No.19 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( B) March 11 2018  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breasts. (Isa 66:10-11)
PENITENTIAL RITE
The liberation from the slavery in Egypt through the leadership of Moses and the return to slavery in Babylon are the two most significant events in the history of Israel. How could a people who experienced liberation from utter desperation in a foreign land could fall back into the same fate their ancestors suffered is a question worth reflecting on. The people liberated from Egypt were cared for and educated by God, and yet rebellion against and disobedience to God and his prophets brought about their downfall once again. The Babylonian exile is the reverse of the liberation from Egypt that their ancestors experienced. Yet God does not abandon his people, for he brought the exiles back to their homeland. Further, in the fullness of time God sent his only Son to save his people. What do we return to God for his love for us? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God...
COLLECT
O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten towards the solemn celebrations to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns....
 
FIRST READING
(According to the author of Chronicles disobedience to God caused the Babylonian exile. But exile ends when God inspires King Cyrus to free the people of Israel).
A reading from the Second Book of the Chronicles (36:14-16, 19-23)
All the leading priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations; and they polluted the house of the Lord, which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place; but they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words, and scoffing at his prophets, till the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, till there was no remedy.
Their enemies burned the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious vessels. He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept sabbath, to fulfil seventy years.
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the
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