Vol: 46, No.3 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 16 2018  
 
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. R/
Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the nations, proclaim that his name is exalted. R/
Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitants of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel… R/
SECOND READING
(The theme of joy which is characteristic of this Letter comes again emphatically in this passage. Anxiety has no place in the lives of Christians because they can take all their concerns to God in prayer).
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians (4:4-7)
Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Word of the Lord
ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, Alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has sent me to preach good news to the poor. Alleluia! (Lk 4:18)
GOSPEL
(John the Baptist issues instructions to different groups of people regarding the right way of living. People belonging to ordinary class must show generosity to
 
one another. Tax collectors and soldiers must act honestly and justly).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (3:10-18)
The multitudes asked John, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than is appointed you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”
As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John whether perhaps he were the Christ, John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people.
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 is seated at the right hand of God the
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