Vol: 46, No.4 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 23 2018  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour. (Isa 45:8)
PENITENTIAL RITE
“Behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.” These words spoken by the angel to Mary is a proof to her that nothing is impossible with God. Once Mary is convinced nothing can stop her. She immediately takes up the long and hazardous journey to visit Elizabeth. The Spirit-filled Mary evokes such a response in Elizabeth that the child in her womb leaps for joy and Elizabeth too becomes alive in the Spirit. The joy emanating from the Spirit is contagious. A happy and contented person can make another person joyful and self-reliant. The Lord’s presence which we experience while listening to his Word and celebrating the Eucharist makes us joyful. Do we try to generate joy in other persons? What makes us bitter and gloomy people? May this communitarian celebration of the Eucharist bring about a change in our attitude as the feast of Christmas approaches. (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my
 
fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
COLLECT
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
FIRST READING
(Micah says that God will make a fresh start by choosing Bethlehem as the birthplace of the future King).
A reading from the Book of Micah
(5:2-5a)

The Lord says this: “You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in travail has brought forth; then the rest of his brethren shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell
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