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Vol: 46, No.4 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 23 2018  
 
secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And this shall be peace.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (80)
Response: God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hear us, shine forth from your cherubim throne. O Lord, rouse up your might, O Lord come to our help. R/
God of hosts, turn again, we implore, look down from heaven and see. Visit this vine and protect it, the vine your right hand has planted. R/
May your hand be on the man you have chosen, the man you have given your strength. And we shall never forsake you again: give us life that we may call upon your name. R/
SECOND READING
(Many Old Testament writers call attention to the powerlessness of animal sacrifices in pleasing God. The author of Hebrews argues that the sacrifice that Christ offered with his own blood is a sacrifice far superior to the sacrifices of old).
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (10:5-10)
Brethren, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,’ as it is written of me in the roll of the book.” When he said above, “Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Lo, I have come to do
 
thy will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
The Word of the Lord
ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Alleluia! (Lk 1:38)
GOSPEL
(Mary and Elizabeth meet each other. Mary takes the initiative to meet Elizabeth, and the latter responds with some inspired speech).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (1:39-45)
Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/the Father almighty,/Creator of heaven and earth,/ and in Jesus Christ,/his only Son,/ our Lord,/who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,/born of the Virgin Mary,/suffered under Pontius Pilate,/was crucified,/died and was buried;/he descended into hell;/on the third day he rose again from the dead;/he ascended into heaven,/and
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