Readings & Homily: Advent Week 4, Sunday 18th December

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent – Cycle AReadings and Antiphons on p. 86 of the Daily Missal and on p. 33 of the Sunday Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.

Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One, let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.

First Reading: Isaiah 7: 10-14

A reading from the Book of Isaiah.

In those days:
The Lord spoke to Ahaz, 
“Ask a sign of the Lord your God;
let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 

But Ahaz said,
“I will not ask,
and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 
And he said,
“Hear then, O house of David!
Is it too little for you to weary people,
that you weary my God also? 
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.”

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 24: 1-2, 3-4ab, 506 (R. see 7c, 10c)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm 

R/. Let the Lord enter; he is the King of glory.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world, and those who dwell in it.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the rivers he made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The clean of hands and pure of heart,
whose soul is not set on vain things.

Blessings from the Lord shall he receive,
and right reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the people who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

R/. Let the Lord enter; he is the King of glory.

Second Reading: Romans 1: 1-7

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
called to be an apostle,
set apart for the Gospel of God 
which he promised beforehand through his prophets
in the holy scriptures, 
the gospel concerning his Son,
who was descended from David according to the flesh 
and designated Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
by his resurrection from the dead,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
through whom we have received grace and apostleship
to bring about the obedience of faith
for the sake of his name among all the nations, 
including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;

To all God’s beloved in Rome,
who are called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Word of the Lord.

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia. Alleluia.
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name shall be called Emmanuel: God is with us.
Alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew 1: 18-24

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph,
before they came together
she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 
and her husband Joseph, being a just man
and unwilling to put her to shame,
resolved to send her away quietly. 
But as he considered this,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David,
do not fear to take Mary your wife,
for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 
she will bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus,
for he will save his people from their sins.” 
All this took place to fulfil
what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and his name shall be called Emmanuel”

(which means, God with us). 
When Joseph woke from sleep,
he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Homile

Communion Antiphon.

Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel.

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