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Vol: 46, No.4 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 23 2018  
is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;/from there he will come to judge the living and the dead./I believe in the Holy Spirit,/the holy catholic Church,/the communion of saints,/the forgiveness of sins,/the resurrection of the body,/and life everlasting. Amen.
Cel: Mary and Elizabeth are examples of what Spirit-filled people do. Both are recipients of divine favours and they do not keep them for themselves but share them in a most dignified manner. Let us pray that the gift of the Spirit that we too have received may make us instruments in the hands of God, saying
Response: Lord, make us joyful.

1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that as people specially chosen they may become messengers of the Good News of salvation that Jesus announced, we pray ...R/
2. For the sick, the elderly and the homebound that they may encounter Christ through the reception of the Holy Communion which may be brought to them without fail, we pray ...R/
3. For couples who on account of the physical condition are unable to have children that they may accept their condition and live their lives in joy and happiness, we pray ...R/
4. That Christians living in countries where they are a minority such as our country that through their orderly lives they may bear witness to Christ and the gospel, we pray ...R/
5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that enlightened by the Word of God we may share in the joys and sorrows of our brothers and sisters, we pray ...R/

(Pause to pray for personal and community needs)
Cel:God, our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who through his life and ministry opened the way to our salvation. Grant that with your grace we too may become messengers of the Good News as Mary and Elizabeth did. We make this prayer …
May the Holy Spirit, O Lord, sanctify these gifts laid upon your altar, just as he filled with his power the womb of Blessed Virgin Mary. Through Christ our Lord.
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 all the oracles of the prophets foretold him, the Virgin Mother longed for him with love beyond all telling, John the Baptist sang of his coming and proclaimed his presence when he came.
It is by his gift that already we rejoice at the mystery of his Nativity, so that he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise.
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…
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel. (Isa 7:14)
Having received this pledge of eternal redemption, we pray,
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