Catholic Mass for December 18th, 2016: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

By | August 30, 2019

(“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”) ♪ O come, O come Emmanuel ♪ And ransom captive Israel ♪ That mourns in
lonely exile here ♪ Until the Son of God appear ♪ Rejoice ♪ Rejoice ♪ Emmanuel ♪ Shall come to you Israel – In the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
– Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the
Holy Spirit be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – In today’s gospel an angel
visits Joseph in a dream and tells him not
to fear taking Mary into his home as his wife. As we prepare to celebrate, we reflect on the times we have not allowed God to direct our own lives. Lord Jesus, you were conceived
in Mary by the Holy Spirit. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus you are
Emmanuel, God is with us. Christ have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus, you are
the savior of the world. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – May all mighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
bring us to everlasting life. – [Congregation] Amen. – Let us pray. Pour forth we beseech you, Lord, your grace into
our hearts that we, to whom the incarnation
of Christ your Son was made known by the
message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory
of the resurrection, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. – A reading from the book
of the Prophet Isaiah. The Lord spoke to Ahaz saying, “Ask for a sign from
the Lord your God. “Let it be deep
as the netherworld “or high as the sky.” But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask. “I will not tempt the Lord.” Then Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David, “is it not enough for
you to weary people? “Must you also weary my God. “Therefore, the Lord himself
will give you this sign. “The virgin shall conceive “and bear a Son “and shall name him Emmanuel.” The word of the Lord. – Thanks be to God. ♪ Let the Lord enter ♪ He is king of glory ♪ Let the Lord enter ♪ His is king of glory ♪ The Lord is the
Earth and its fullness ♪ The world and
those who dwell in it ♪ It is he who set it on the sea ♪ On the rivers he made it firm ♪ Let the Lord enter ♪ He is king of glory – A reading from the letter
of Saint Paul to the Romans. Paul, a slave of Christ
Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for
the gospel of God, which he promised previously through his prophets
in the holy scriptures the gospel about his Son, descended from David
according to the flesh but established a
Son of God in power according to the
spirit of holiness through resurrection
from the dead Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we have received
the grace of apostleship to bring about the
obedience of faith for the sake of his name
among all the gentiles, among whom are you also who are called to
belong to Jesus Christ. To all the beloved
of God in Rome called to be holy, grace to you and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The word of the Lord. – Thanks be to God. ♪ Hallelujah ♪ Hallelujah ♪ Hallelujah ♪ Hallelujah ♪ Hallelujah ♪ Hallelujah ♪ Hallelujah ♪ Hallelujah – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – A reading from the holy
gospel according to Matthew. – [Congregation]
Glory to you, Lord. – This is how the birth of
Jesus Christ came about. When his Mary was
betrothed to Joseph but before they lived together, she was found with child
through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband since
he was a righteous man yet unwilling to
expose her to shame decided to divorce her quietly, such was his intention. When behold the
angel of the Lord appeared to him in
a dream and said, “Joseph, Son of David, “do not be afraid to
take Mary, your wife, “into your home. “For it is through
the Holy Spirit “that this child has
been conceived in her. “She will bear a Son. “You are to name
him Jesus because “he will save his
people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said
through the prophet. Behold the virgin shall
conceive and bear a Son. They shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us. When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the
Lord had commanded him, and took his wife into his home. Gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation] Praise
to you, Lord Jesus Christ. – You might think that
this isn’t the angel we’re used to coming in Advent. We’re used to Mary
hearing the angel proclaim you have
found favor with God. You are to bear a son. Her perplexity
turning to her yes, turning to the Magnificat. That all happens
in Luke’s gospel. But Matthew’s gospel spends time with Joseph and the birth stories. We see some things about Joseph especially that he had
choices in this story. The first thing that Matthew
tells us about Joseph is that he was a righteous man. That might inform us that Joseph was a keeper of the law. Joseph knew right from wrong, knew what his religion and his society expected. He had waited till his
young bride was old enough, and yet now he’s confronted
with a real problem. Justice suggest
that the young girl should be exposed or humiliated, and Joseph would be exonerated. No doubt even some financial
accommodation made by Mary’s family for
the damage of his well being and reputation. The problem is what
if Joseph loves Mary? What if instead of
just thinking about what the prescription
of the law was he really, really loved Mary. The second thing we hear
about Joseph is that Joseph was unwilling to expose
Mary to public disgrace, so he had a plan. Dismiss her quietly.
Don’t talk about it. That plan meant that
instead of justice Joseph was seeking mercy, rather than humiliate her. When you see or know a person facing public disgrace, does your heart jump
to justice or mercy? We see that played out in
our society all the time. We might be quick
to condemn someone accused of something, and yet we have Joseph who tells us that love calls for mercy sometimes instead of that righteous anger and call for justice. So what does Joseph do? He’s got choices.
He’s got a plan. He does what a lot of people do when they have a problem. They go to sleep. Maybe when I wake up things will seem better. Of course what
happens in his sleep Joseph gets a visitor that tells him the part of the
story he doesn’t know that it was of the Holy Spirit that this child was
conceived, that Joseph and the most common word a
messenger from God has is do not be afraid. Do not be afraid, Joseph, to take Mary into your house. So Joseph has to revise
the plan he’s made. He’s gotta revise what
he thought was normal because it’s not gonna be like life is ever going
to return for him. He’ll never be a father,
always a godfather. This is another crucial moment
in the story for Joseph, the crucial moment
in the story for us, this is the moment
when we have to decide if we’re going to be
a righteous person, a person of justice,
or perhaps even mercy or whether we’re actually
going to be a Christian. It’s the moment
when Joseph chooses, which story he’s gonna be in. He’s not gonna be
in the justice story ’cause he doesn’t wanna
expose Mary to humiliation. He’s not gonna be in
the jealousy story because he loves
Mary, and he knows what else has happened. So instead he realizes that he’s not even the main
character of the story. That the story’s
really about God and about how God
was being present in saving his people. He just didn’t
realize that till now. It’s amazing he might think I get to be a
godfather to the child who’s father is God. I know my life will
never be normal again. I know no one will
ever fully comprehend my side of the story. I know Mary is one of
the most special people there ever was. I’ll always feel
small beside her. But I want to live a life
open to God’s spirit. I want to live a life that’s really ready to be
turned up side down by God. I want to be a person at whom others point and say that’s what grace can do. So Joseph chooses
the grace story. It’s a really
interesting passage because it gives us lots
of fruit to think about. What choices do we
make in a situation? Do we rush to justice, or think about mercy? Do we allow ourselves not to
be the center of the story and allow us to be a supporting
character in God’s story, choosing grace. What is it we do in the face of injustice, illness,
disappointment, betrayal, financial
crisis, or big decisions? Which story is it gonna
be that we’ll be living? Will it be envy and jealousy that we want others to have and keep a tight hold of? Will it be righteousness
and justice to just do the proper thing? Will it be mercy taking onto yourself
the sins of others and recognizing
fragility of humanity. Or just possibly
will it be grace, the grace that lets God
take over your story, grace that makes you
realize you were always a small part of the story that it was truly
a story about God, grace that melts envy, and heals jealousy,
and transcends justice and extends mercy, and grace that finally
turns your whole life into the worship of
God revealed in Jesus. Joseph chose grace, and the rest of the
story we call gospel this fourth Sunday of Advent now it’s your turn. Let us profess our faith. I believe in one God, the Father all mighty, maker of Heaven and Earth of all things visible
and invisible. I believe in one
Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God born of the Father
before all ages, God from God, light from light, true God from true
God begotten not made consubstantial with the Father. Through him all
things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from Heaven. By the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the virgin Mary
and became man. For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death
and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with
the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the
right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living
and the dead. His kingdom will have to end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the
Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken
through the prophets. I believe in one Holy
Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for
the forgiveness of sin. I look forward to the
resurrection of the dead life in the world to come. Let us present our needs to the God who dwells among us. – That all members of the
church actively participate in God’s plan of salvation
through the way they live we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That all people of the world respond with faith filled yes to whatever God asks of them. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That those feeling
desolate or alone encounter the God who
is always with us. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That each of us
respond faithfully to the Holy Spirit,
who over shadows us that we may give birth to
the presence of Christ. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – Ever present God, your Son was made
incarnate in the virgin through the power
of the Holy Spirit. Hear these our prayers and grant that
through that same Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, amen. (soft piano music) – Praise, sisters and brothers, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, our all mighty Father. – [Congregation] May the
Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and the glory of his name for our good and the
good of all his church. – May the Holy Spirit, Lord, sanctify these gifts
laid upon your altar just as he filled with
his power the womb of the blessed virgin Mary through Christ our Lord amen. The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregation] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God. – [Congregation] It
is right and just. – It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation always and everywhere
to give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, all mighty and eternal
God through Christ. For all the oracles of
the prophets foretold him. The virgin mother longed for him with love beyond all telling. John the Baptist
sang of his coming and proclaimed his
presence when he came. It is by his gift that
already we rejoice at the mystery of his nativity. So that he may find
us watchful in prayer and exultant in praise. With angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, with all the hosts
and powers of Heaven we sing the hymn of your glory as without end we acclaim. ♪ Holy, holy, holy ♪ Lord God of hosts ♪ Heaven and Earth
are full of your glory ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ Blessed is he ♪ Who comes in the
name of the Lord ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ Hosanna in the highest – You are indeed holy, Lord the fount of all holiness. Make holy therefore
these gifts we pray by sending down your
spirit upon them like the dew fall, so that they may become
for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly
into his passion, he took bread and
giving thanks broke it and gave it to his
disciples saying, “Take this all of
you and eat of it “for this is my body, which
will be given up for you.” In a similar way
when supper was ended he took the chalice, and
once more giving thanks he gave it to his
disciples saying, “Take this all of you
and drink from it. “For this is the
chalice of my blood, “the blood of the new
and eternal covenant “which will be poured
out for you and for many “for the forgiveness of sins. “Do this in memory of me.” The mystery of faith. ♪ We proclaim your death, Lord ♪ And profess your resurrection ♪ Until you come again ♪ Until you come again – Therefore, as we
celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection,
we offer you Lord, the bread of life and
the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you
have held us worthy to be in your presence
and minister to you. Humbly we pray the
partaking of the body and blood of Christ we may be gathered into
one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your church
spread throughout the world, bring her to the
fullness of charity together with Francis, our Pope, Joseph, our Bishop
and all the clergy. Remember also our
brothers and sisters who’ve fallen asleep in the
hope of the resurrection and all who have
died in your mercy. Welcome them into the
light of your face. Have mercy on us all. We pray that with the
blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, with
blessed Joseph her spouse, with the blessed apostles, and all the saints who have
pleased you throughout the ages we may merit to be
coheirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your Son Jesus Christ. Through him, and
with him, and in him God, all mighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor is
yours forever and ever. ♪ Amen ♪ Amen ♪ Amen – Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Deliver us, Lord, we
pray from every evil. Graciously grant
peace in our days that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our
savior Jesus Christ. – [Congregation] For the
kingdom and the power, and the glory are
yours now and forever. – Lord Jesus Christ, who
said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you,
my peace I give you” look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and graciously grant
her peace and unity in accordance with your will who live and reign
forever and ever. Peace of the Lord
be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other a sign of peace. – Lamb of God you take
away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God you take away
the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God you take away
the sins of the world. Grant us peace. – Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away
the sins of the world. Blessed are those called
to the supper of the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter
not into my roof. But only say the word and
my soul shall be healed. ♪ Creator of the stars of night ♪ Your people’s
everlasting light ♪ Christ redeemer of us all ♪ We pray you hear
us when we call ♪ Come Lord and bring your light ♪ Radiant star our
heart’s delight ♪ God we us, Emmanuel ♪ With your love and dark dispel ♪ In sorrow that
the ancient curse ♪ Should dawn to
death a universe ♪ You came O Savior to set free ♪ Your one and glorious liberty ♪ Come Lord and bring your light ♪ Radiant star ♪ Our heart’s delight ♪ God with us Emmanuel ♪ With your love and dark dispel – Let us pray. Having received this pledge
of eternal redemption we pray all mighty God
that as the feast day of our salvation
draws ever nearer, so we may press forward
all the more eagerly to the worthy celebration
of the mystery of your Son’s nativity, who lives and reigns
forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord with be you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May all mighty God bless you the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – Go and announce the
gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Soon and very soon ♪ We are going to see the king ♪ Soon and very soon ♪ We are going to see the king ♪ Soon and very soon ♪ We are going to see the king ♪ Hallelujah, hallelujah ♪ We’re going to see the king ♪ No more crying there ♪ We are going to see the king ♪ No more crying there ♪ We are going to see the king ♪ No more crying there ♪ We are going to see the king ♪ Hallelujah, hallelujah ♪ We’re going to see the king (congregation applauding) – Today I’m certainly
sure you appreciate the celebration of Mass, and how much it means to you and means to so many
in the community to be the heart of a
worshipping community, to give praise to Christ. I ask you in your goodness to continue your support
and generous support of our television
ministry here in the diocese of Las Vegas. May God bless you
for your generosity. (soft piano music)

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