Friday 18th December, 2020

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18/12/2020 Day 353

Jeremiah 23:5-8; Matthew 1:18-24

Friday, Third week of Advent
Readings on p.95 of Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon

Christ our King is coming, he is the Lamb foretold by John.

First Reading: Jeremiah 23:5-8

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,
when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
and he shall reign as king and deal wisely,
and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved,
and Israel will dwell securely.
And this is the name by which he will be called:
‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,
says the Lord,
when men shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives
who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’
but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up
and led the descendants of the house of Israel
out of the north country
and out of all the countries where he had driven them’
Then they shall dwell in their own land.”

The word of the Lord.

 

 

 

Responsorial psalm: Ps 72:1-2.12-13.18-19

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm beginning and ending with the response:

R/. In his days shall justice flourish,
and great peace forever.

O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice,
and your poor in right judgement.

For he shall save the needy when they cry,
the poor, and those who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak and the needy,
and save the lives of the needy.

Blest be the Lord, God of Israel,
who alone works wonders,
ever blest his glorious name.
Let his glory fill the earth. Amen! Amen!

R/. In his days shall justice flourish,
and great peace forever.

 

Please stand for the Gospel
Alleluia, Alleluia.
O Leader of the house of Israel! You gave the law to Moses on Sinai: come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.
Alleluia.

 

 

 

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

The birth of Jesus Christ[k] 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; 19
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.

Communion Antiphon
His name will be called Emmanuel, which means God-with-us.

 

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