Fourth Sunday of Advent|
Introit: Isaias xiv: 8
down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the
just one: let the earth be opened and bud forth a
Savior. [Ps.viii] The
heavens show forth the glory of God, and the firmament
declares the work of His hands. Glory be.... Drop down....
The Gloria in excelsis is omitted in
Masses of the Advent season.
Stir up Thy power and come,
we pray Thee, O Lord, and with great might succor us; that our
deliverance, which our sins impede, may be hastened by the help of Thy grace and
the forgiveness of Thy mercy.
of the Season
Epistle: 1 Corinthians iv: 1-5
A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the
Apostle to the Corinthians:
Brethren: Let a man so account
of us as of the ministers of Christ and the dispensers
of the mysteries of God. Here now is
required among the dispensers that a man be found faithful. But to me it
is a very small thing to be judged by you or by a human tribunal:
but neither do I judge my own self. For I am not
conscious of any fault, yet I am not thereby justified. But He
that judges me is the Lord. Therefore judge not before the time,
until the Lord comes; who both will bring to light the hidden things of
darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of hearts. And then shall
every man have praise from God.
Gradual: Psalm cxliv: 18 & 21
Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him: to all that
call upon Him in truth. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord:
and let all flesh bless His holy name.
Alleluia, alleluia. Come, O Lord, and
tarry not: forgive the sins of Thy people Israel. Alleluia.
Luke iii: 1-6
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius
Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being
tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother
tetrarch of Iturea and the country of
Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilinia, under the high-priests Annas
and Caiphas; the word of the Lord was given unto John, the son of
Zachary in the desert. And he came into the
region about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the
remission of sins, as it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias
the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the desert,
'Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and
hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the
rough ways made plain, and all flesh shall see the salvation of
Offertory: Luke i: 28
Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Look down favorably
upon these sacrifices, O Lord, we beseech Thee: that they may
be profitable to our devotion and salvation.
Prayers of the Season
Preface of the
Trinity on Sundays
Common Preface on ferial
Communion: Isaias vii: 14
a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his
name shall be called Emmanuel.
Having received Thy gifts, we
beseech Thee, O Lord, that with the frequentation of the mystery, the work of
our salvation may increase.
Prayers of the Season
"Benedicamus Domino" replaces "Ite, Missa est" in all Masses (except Requiem Masses) in which the "Gloria in excelsis" is