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23/12/2021 Day 357

Malachi 3:1-4; 4:5-6; Luke 1:57-66


23 December in Advent.
Readings on p. 107 and Antiphons on p. 106 of the Daily Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.
A child shall be born for us, and he will be called God, the Almighty; every tribe of the earth shall be blest in him.

 

First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4; 4:5-6

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Malachi.

Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me,
and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple;
the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight,
behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.
But who can endure the day of his coming,
and who can stand when he appears?

“For he is like a refiner’s fire
and like fullers’ soap;
he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi
and refine them like gold and silver,
till they present right offerings to the Lord.
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
will be pleasing to the Lord
as in the days of old and as in former years.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.
And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children
and the hearts of children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the land with a curse.”

The Word of the Lord.

 

 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5ab.8-9.10 & 14 (R. see Luke 21:28)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Look up and raise your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.

O Lord, make me know your ways.
Teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God of my salvation.

Good and upright is the Lord;
he shows the way to sinners.
He guides the humble in right judgment;
to the humble he teaches his way.

All the Lord’s paths are mercy and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and commands.
The Lord’s secret is for those who fear him;
to them he reveals his covenant.

R/. Look up and raise your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia. Alleluia.
Come, O King of the nations and cornerstone of the Church!
Come and save man, whom you formed from the clay of the earth.
Alleluia.

 

 

Gospel: Luke 1:57-66

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

The time came for Elizabeth to be delivered,
and she gave birth to a son.
And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard
that the Lord had shown great mercy to her,
and they rejoiced with her.
And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child;
and they would have named him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said, “Not so;
he shall be called John.”

And they said to her,
“None of your kindred is called by this name.”
And they made signs to his father,
inquiring what he would have him called.

And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote,
“His name is John.”
And they all marvelled.
And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed,
and he spoke, blessing God.

And fear came on all their neighbours.
And all these things were talked about
through all the hill country of Judea;
and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts,
saying, “What then will this child be?”
For the hand of the Lord was with him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, I will come into him, and dine with him, and he with me.

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