Vol: 46, No.3 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 16 2018  
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: Both Zephaniah and Paul exhort us to rejoice in the Lord. Zephaniah asks the people to rejoice because the Lord has driven out their enemies. Paul tells us to rejoice because the Lord is near to us. He also asks us to place our supplications before God. Hence, let us place our requests before God, saying,
Response: Lord, hear our supplications.

1. For the pope, the bishops, the priests and the religious, that as shepherds and spiritual leaders in the Church they may radiate the Christian joy that they are called to, we pray ...R/
2. For the terminally ill, the elderly, the homeless and the poor that they may not lose hope, or despair however desperate the situation they find themselves in, but by putting their faith in Christ they may move on with life, we pray ...R/
3. That we may become more charitable and come to the assistance of people who are in need in our parishes and neighbourhoods thereby actualizing the words of Jesus who has taught us, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’, we pray ...R/
4. For Catholic institutions such as old age homes, orphanages and care homes that the inmates who live in these charitable houses may experience the love of Jesus who concentrated his attention on the abandoned, the marginalized and the sick, we pray ...R/
5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that enlightened by the Word of God we may keep away from anxieties

and worries and live our lives in joy and happiness, 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 whose birth we await. Your Son brought joy to innumerable people who encountered him during his earthly days, and today continue to experience it in faith. Give us the grace that we may preserve the gift of discipleship and live it joyfully. We make this prayer …
May the sacrifice of our worship, Lord, we pray, be offered to you unceasingly, to complete what was begun in sacred mystery and powerfully accomplish for us your saving work. 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…
Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. Behold, our God will come, and he will save us. (Isa 35:4)
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