DECEMBER 21. Mass and readings.


DECEMBER 21
Mass and readings.

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
Modo véniet Dominator Dóminus, et vocábitur nomen euis Emmánuel quia Nobíscum-Deus.
The Lord and Ruler will be coming soon, and his name will be Emmanuel, because he will be God with us.
[–» Greeting]

COLLECT
Hear in kindness, O Lord, the prayers of your people, that those who rejoice at the corning of your Only Begotten Son in our flesh, may, when at last he comes in glory, gain the reward of eternal life. Through our Lord.

READING I
Sgs 2:8–14 

Hark! My lover, here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! “For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance. Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!

“O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, let me see you, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and you are lovely.”

Or:

Zep 3:14–18a

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R.  Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
Exultáte, iusti, in Dómino; cantáte ei cánticum novum.

Give thanks to the Lord on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness. R.


But the plan of the Lord stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. R.

Our soul waits for the Lord,
who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust. R.

ALLELUIA
Come, Emmanuel, God’s presence among us, our King, our Judge: save us, Lord our God!
Emmánuel, rex et légifer noster: veni ad salvándum nos, Dómine Deus noster.

GOSPEL
Luke 1:39–45

Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Be pleased, O Lord, to accept the offerings of your Church, for in your mercy you have given them to be offered, and by your power you transform them into the mystery of our salvation. Through Christ our Lord.
[–» Eucharistic Prayer]
[–» Preface II of Advent]

COMMUNION ANTIPHON
Beáta quæ credidísti, quoniam perficiéntur ea quæ dicta sunt tibi a Dómino.
Blessed are you who have believed, that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
[–» Communion]

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Lord, may participation in this divine mystery provide enduring protection for your people, so that, being subject to your glorious majesty in dedicated service, they may know abundant health in mind and body. Through Christ our Lord.
[–» Concluding Rite]

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