Catholic Mass for December 3rd, 2017: The First Sunday of Advent

By | September 1, 2019

(“The King Shall Come
When Morning Dawns”) ♪ The King shall come
when morning dawns ♪ ♪ And light triumphant breaks ♪ ♪ When beauty gilds
the eastern hills ♪ ♪ And life to joy awakes ♪ ♪ Not as of old a little child ♪ ♪ To suffer and to die ♪ ♪ But crowned with
glory like the sun ♪ ♪ That lights the morning sky ♪ – In the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] 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 the hope of
this Advent season let us begin by
acknowledging our sins ever confident of the mercy and grace of God to
restore and heal. Come Father and
Redeemer forever. Lord, have mercy.
– Lord, have mercy. – Come Savior and Shepherd
and gather us in God’s peace. Christ, have mercy.
– Christ, have mercy. – Come Spirit of grace
and restore us to hope. Lord, have mercy.
– Lord, have mercy. – May Almighty God have mercy
on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to
everlasting life amen. Let us pray. Grant your faithful
we pray, Almighty God the resolve to run forth
to meet your Christ with righteous
deeds at his coming so that gathered
at his right hand they may be worthy to
possess the Heavenly kingdom through our Lord
Jesus Christ your Son 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. You Lord our Father our Redeemer you
are named forever. Why do you let us wander
O’ Lord from your ways and harden our hearts
so that we fear you not? Return for the sake
of your servants the tribes of your heritage. O’ that you would
rend the Heavens and come down with the
mountains quaking before you while you wrought awesome
deeds we could not hope for such as they had not
heard of from old. No ear has ever heard. No eye has ever
seen any God but you doing such deeds for
those who wait for him. Would that you might
meet us doing right that we were mindful
of you in our ways. Behold you are angry
and we are sinful. All of us have become
like unclean people. All our good deeds are
like polluted rags. We have all withered like leaves and our guilt carries
us away like the wind. There is none who
calls upon your name who rouses himself
to cling to you. For you have hidden
your face from us and have delivered
us up to our guilt. Yet O’ Lord you are our Father. We are the clay and
you are the potter. We are all the
work of your hands. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (“Responsorial Psalm”) ♪ Lord make us turn to you ♪ ♪ Let us see your face ♪ ♪ And we shall be saved ♪ ♪ Lord make us turn to you ♪ ♪ Let us see your face ♪ ♪ And we shall be saved ♪ ♪ O shepherd of Israel hearken ♪ ♪ From your throne upon
the cherubim shine forth ♪ ♪ Rouse your power ♪ ♪ And come to save us ♪ ♪ Lord, make us turn to you ♪ ♪ Let us see your face ♪ ♪ And we shall be saved ♪ – A reading from
the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. Brothers and
sisters, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to you my
God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed
on you in Christ Jesus. That in him you were
enriched in every way with all discourse
and all knowledge as the testimony to Christ
was confirmed among you so that you are not lacking
in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation
of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you
firm to the end, irreproachable on the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful and by him you were
called to fellowship with his Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – The Lord be with you.
– And with your spirit. – A reading from the holy
gospel according to Mark. – [Congregation]
Glory to you, Lord. – Jesus said to his disciples
be watchful, be alert. You do not know when
the time will come. It is like a man
traveling abroad. He leaves home and
places his servants in charge each with his own work and orders the gatekeeper
to be on the watch. Watch therefore. You do not know when the
Lord of the house is coming whether in the
evening or at midnight or at cock crow
or in the morning. May he not come suddenly
and find you sleeping. What I say to you I say to all. Watch. Gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation] Praise
to you, Lord Jesus Christ. – These days most
people keep vigils because they’re anxious. Perhaps this year more than ever we’re aware of that in
Las Vegas as we remember all the prayer
vigils that happened after the tragedy
of October the 1st. But we also keep vigils
in hospital corridors waiting for news
of a sick relative. A parent stays up with an
infant who might be teething or have a high temperature, we might even sit
by the phone waiting to be reassured that a
loved one is safe and well, or that we’ve passed
an exam or gotten a job most of these occasions
are highly stressed vigils. But some of the younger among
us some of the more hearty sometimes keep vigils filled
with excited expectations like those you see positioned
in front of the Apple Store days before the release
of the latest iPhone or waiting for tickets for
a sports game or a concert. It was not so long ago
however that vigils were a much more common
feature of people’s lives. We often used to keep
vigil with the dead. We used to keep all
night vigils of prayer. The church has enshrined the
experience of keeping vigil through the vigil mass
on Saturday night, the vigil ceremony
in the funeral rites, and most importantly the
great vigil at Easter. This tradition starts
again today in the gospel where we are exhorted to
be alert, to keep awake, and to wait for
the Lord to return. In a sense this
might sound strange as we prepare for Christmas but it’s linked to the first
preface of Advent which reads: Now we watch for the day hoping that the salvation
promised us will be ours when Christ our Lord
will come in glory. Our attention is then directed
to a great future event not the future
feast that we’re all thinking about
celebrating December 25th but a far off future
event and this is unique. The other feasts of the
church we usually remember a past event like
Holy Week or Pentecost or we have feasts that
proclaim a present reality like Trinity Sunday but not
on the first Sunday of Advent. Here we talk about the return of the Lord
at the end of time and it’s a bridge between the
last days of the church here which we’ve already been
celebrating over recent weeks and the first day of
the church’s new year. How does the church ask
us to approach this feast? As a vigil but not
as a vigil of anxiety where we never want
to hear the worst news or not as a vigil of
excited anticipation where we pin our
happiness on a event but a vigil of hope where we wait and trust in a
person who has shared our lot, who understands our frailties, and who loved us even to death. We place our hope
in Jesus the Christ, our brother, our
Savior, our friend and this first Sunday of Advent we look beyond Christmas
to the final moment when Heaven and
Earth will be united and our vigil will be complete. On that day we believe
the sun will have dawned once and for all on the world. Now don’t you think
that’s something worth being alert
and awake to see? The first Sunday of Advent
is like the first days of other vigils where
we pitch our tents and begin to wait to
make sure that we have front row seats for what is
going to be when it arrives. Over the last three weeks
the passages in Matthew 25 were reminders about our
continuing to prepare for the coming of the kingdom. This week with the
beginning of Advent it’s the gospel of Mark
that also reminds us we can’t take that
kingdom for granted that we must remain vigilant in working to
realize the kingdom. This vigilance
needs to be applied to nurturing our own faith as well as to
making a difference in the lives of those around us especially the most
needy in our society. Rather than stay awake maybe some of us need
to be told to wake up. It’s never too late to pay
closer attention to faith. Perhaps this Advent season
is the ideal time to do that. The season of Advent
begins this week and continues through the
four Sunday’s of Advent and ends on Christmas Eve. This first week of
Advent focuses on the
return of the Lord and the following
weeks more specifically focus on anticipation
of the birth of Jesus. Rather than simply commemorating
an historical event Advent is a time to prepare
our hearts to receive Jesus into the world each year. Let us profess our faith. – [Congregation] I believe in
one God, the Father Almighty 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 and 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 and his kingdom
will have no 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 sins and I look forward to the
resurrection of the dead and the life of
the world to come. – No ear has ever heard
nor eye has ever seen greater wonders than
what God has done for us with confidence then we pray. – That our ministries
of compassion and care may reveal God’s
presence in our midst we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That all nations and
peoples may work together to protect and nurture
the vine of justice and peace that God has planted we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord hear our prayer. – That this Advent
season may be a time of restoring the lost and forgotten and healing the
broken and shattered we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That Christ will bring
into his Father’s presence the souls of our deceased
relatives and friends we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – You O’ Lord are the potter and we are the clay
the work of your hands shape us in your ways
of justice and mercy form us in your peace and craft us in your love we ask these things
in the name of Jesus Emmanuel God with us. – Amen.
– Amen. (soft piano music) – Pray now sisters and
brothers that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable
to God our Almighty Father. – [Congregation] May the
Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the
praise and glory of his name for our good and the good
of all his holy church. – Accept we pray O’
Lord these offerings we make gathered from
among your gifts to us and may what you grant us to
celebrate devoutly here below gain for us the prize
of eternal redemption through Christ our Lord amen. The Lord be with you.
– And with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts.
– 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
Almighty and Eternal God through Christ our Lord. For he assumed at
his first coming the lowliness of human flesh and so fulfilled the
design you formed long ago and opened for us the
way to eternal salvation. That when he comes again
in glory and majesty and all is at last made manifest we who watch for that day may inherit the great promise in which we now dare to hope and so 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 O’ 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 O’ 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 that
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
co-heirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your Son Jesus Christ. ♪ Through him and
with him and in him ♪ ♪ O’ God Almighty Father in
the unity of the Holy Spirit ♪ ♪ All glory and honor is
yours forever and ever ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ – At the Savior’s command
informed by divine teaching we dare to say– – [Congregation] 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 and 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, 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 graciously grant
her peace and unity in accordance with your will who live and reign
forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – Peace of the Lord
be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other a sign of peace. – [Congregation] Lamb of God
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. – [Congregation]
Lord, I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof but only say the word and
my soul shall be healed. (“In Every Age”) ♪ Long before the
mountains came to be ♪ ♪ And the land and sea
and stars of the night ♪ ♪ Through the endless
season of all time ♪ ♪ You have always been ♪ ♪ You will always be ♪ ♪ In every age ♪ ♪ Oh God you have
been our refuge ♪ ♪ In every age ♪ ♪ Oh God you have
been our hope ♪ ♪ In every age ♪ ♪ Oh God you have
been our refuge ♪ ♪ In every age ♪ ♪ Oh God you have
been our hope ♪ – Let us pray. May these mysteries
O’ Lord in which we have participated
profit us we pray. For even now as we walk
amid passing things you teach us by them to
love the things of Heaven and hold fast to what endures
through Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – We invite you to help keep
this ministry on the air by watching the message
on the screen at the end. The Lord be with you.
– And with your spirit. – May Almighty God
bless you the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.
– Amen. – Go in peace.
– Thanks be to God. (“Find Us Ready”) ♪ Find us ready Lord ♪ ♪ Not standing still ♪ ♪ Find us working and loving ♪ ♪ And doing your will ♪ ♪ Find us ready Lord ♪ ♪ Faithful in love ♪ ♪ Building the kingdom ♪ ♪ That’s here and above ♪ ♪ Building the kingdom ♪ ♪ Of mercy and love ♪ – 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
worshiping community to give praise to Christ and so I ask you
in your goodness to
continue your support and generous support of
our television ministry here in the diocese of Las Vegas and may God bless you
for your generosity. (soft music)

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