Vol: 46, No.1 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 02 2018  
 

5. That the season of advent that we begin today may become a time for inner purification and growth in holiness, we pray ...R/

(Pause to pray for local and personal needs)
Cel: God our Father, we thank you for gathering us together for this celebration of the Eucharist. Give us the grace that we may not be weighed down by the difficulties and challenges that we face in life, but by fixing our gaze on Jesus, our Lord, we may firmly walk with him until we find our eternal home. We make this prayer …
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Accept, we pray, O Lord, these offerings we make, gathered from among your gifts to us, and may what you grant us to celebrate devoutly here below gain for us the prize of eternal redemption. Through Christ our Lord.
PREFACE I (Advent)
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.
 

For he assumed at his first coming the lowliness of human flesh, and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago, and opened for us the way to eternal salvation, that, when he comes again in glory and majesty and all is at last made manifest, we who watch for that day may inherit the great promise in which now we dare to hope.
And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…
COMMUNION ANTIPHON
The Lord will bestow his bounty, and our earth shall yield its increase. (Ps84:13)
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
May these mysteries, O Lord, in which we have participated, profit us, we pray, for even now, as we walk amid passing things, you teach us by them to love the things of heaven and hold fast to what endures. Through Christ our Lord.
LITURGY AND LIFE
1ST READING: MESSIANIC PROMISE *
In this passage Jeremiah speaks about the restoration of the royal house of David. He writes that when God restores the fortunes of Judah, peace and prosperity will descend upon the land and its cities. By placing this reading on the First Sunday of Advent the Church underscores that the prophecy of Jeremiah points towards the incarnation of the Son of God. Everything that Jeremiah foresees can be applied to Jesus. Jesus is the righteous branch that springs from David and he is the one fit to execute justice and righteousness in the land. Jesus’ life and ministry are centred on the theme of the kingdom of God which is a greater reality than Judah and Jerusalem. That is why the birth of Jesus has universal implications.
 
2ND READING: BE CHARITABLE*
This passage records the prayer of Paul in which he expresses his longing for the spiritual growth of the Thessalonians. Paul prays for their growth in love which must expand beyond the Church to include everyone else. Paul cites himself as an example so that his prayer functions as a means of instructing the readers as to how they should pray and how they should live. Paul also wants the Thessalonians to be blameless and holy to meet the Lord when he comes. He is not praying that they may grow blameless at some future point when the Lord comes. Rather he believes that the Lord will come very soon, and therefore he prays that God may make their hearts firm in these qualities and that they will continue in this state right until the
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