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December 4, 2005 Second Sunday of Advent
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Journey into Self Discovery

FIRST READING: Is. 40: 1-5, 9-11
"Make straight in the desert the way of the Lord."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 85 "Let us see O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help."

SECOND READING:
2 Pet. 3: 8-14 "We wait for new heavens and a new earth."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Lk. 3: 4, 6 "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all mankind shall see the salvation of God."

GOSPEL: Mk. 1: 1-8
"Prepare a way for the Lord."


FOCUS: "Make ready the way of the Lord." The herald cries for us to reform our lives and respond to the word of God.

REFLECTION: "Dearly beloved, the truest and most sincere wish I can offer you is only this: Turn yourselves into saints, make yourselves holy...
The message we preach is not the wisdom of this world but the words of life that seem like foolishness to the unspiritual man...
If it is true that sin in a certain sense shuts man off from God, it is likewise true that remorse for sins opens up all the greatness and majesty of God's love, to man's conscience." Pope John Paul II

"Your time here is short, very short; take another look at the way in which you spend it . . . Every action of yours, every thought, should be those of a person who expects to die before the day is out . . . Then why not keep clear of sin, instead of running away from death? If you aren't fit to face death today, it's very unlikely you will be by tomorrow, and you have no guarantee that there will be any tomorrow, for you." St. Thomas ˆ Kempis

"If thou wish to reach the prefection of love, it befits thee to set thy life in order." St. Catherine of Siena

"We wait for new heavens and a new earth."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy by proclaiming that a voice cries out in the wilderness of our lives, calling us to harken to God's love. This is a time of hearing and understanding, of seeking and finding, of sensing and responding to God's presence in our lives. The prayers of the faithful could focus on our need to level the mountains of pride and fill in the valleys of fear from which injustice springs forth.
Penitential rite: Third form with second set of sample invocations
Opening Prayer: See Alternate

Sample General Intercessions:
My sisters and brothers, we are called to make straight the path to God. Let us abandon pride, which sets us above God, and fear, which doubts God's promise to us (that we can earn eternal life by loving Him and his creation). Let us ask the Lord to guide us on this straight and narrow path to eternal life:
• For our world leaders, that Jesus the Christ enrich them with spiritual gifts;
• For all peoples of the world, that hunger for peace and love motivate us all towards action;
• For those who suffer from oppression, that Jesus gather and lead them to the Father;
• For the aged and infirm who hunger for consolation, that they receive the joyful message that our God is here among us;
• For our families and community who are trying to straighten the highways of our lives, that God will bring us all to a fuller understanding of how to live the way God wants us to live.

Memorial Acclamation: Second or third
The Lord's Prayer: With fourth introduction
Prayers over the people: First
or
Solemn Blessing in Advent

Faith Formation
John the Baptist urged people to repent of their sins, to prepare for the coming of the Lord. How can you straighten out your life? What are you engaged in that takes you down a path away from God?
Reflect on the need to level the mountains of pride, arrogance and narrow-mindedness that are within us all.
God is merciful. Are you merciful? Contemplate the awesome majesty of God's love.


Children's Liturgy of the Word
The readings today speak of making straight the crooked path. What does that mean? Well, it means something like this: If you want to be worthy to live in heaven with God forever, then it would be worthwhile to take a straight path to that goal. A crooked path would take longer, and it might not ever get you there. A straight path is living a life of love and mercy, of honesty and beauty. A crooked path is living a life of lies, theft, greed, and hatred.

GATHERING SONG:
A Voice Cries Out (Joncas) BB, JS2, S&S
Advent Gathering (Cooney) CCH, G2 ,GC
Await the Lord with Hope (Hurd) BB, JS2,
S&S
Awake, Arise, Lift Up Your Voice CVH,
SS
Awake, Awake and Greet the Morn RS,
WP
Awaken, My Heart (Deiss) BB, GP, S&S
Behold, the Lord Comes W&S, WCH
Christ Is Coming, Prepare the WayLMGM
City of God (Schutte) BB, CCH, GP
GC, GTR, JS2, S&S, W&S
Come, O Long-awaited Savior CBW III,
PMB2, SM, WCH, W&S
Come to Set Us Free (Farrell) BB, CCH,
GC, GTR, JS2, S&S
Come, O Lord (Dameans) BB/MI, CCH,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Come, Thou Savior of Our Race GC, WP
Justice Shall Flourish (Marchionda) SM,
WCH, W&S
Let the King of Glory Come (Joncas)
BB, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
O Come, Divine Messiah BB, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, PMB2, SM, SS, WP
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel BB, CCH,
CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2, SS, WP
On Jordan's Bank BB, CBW III, CCH,
CVH, PMB2, JS2, SM, S&S, SS, W&S, WP
Prepare Thyself, Zion MSM 50-0415
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord LMGM
Prepare! The Lord is Near BB, JS2, S&S
Prepare the Way of the Lord (Berthier) RS,
W3-369
Rain Down Justice (Barr) BB, JS2
Ready the Way (Hurd) BB, JS2, S&S
Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI, CCH,
CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2,
RS, S&S
Sing a New Song to the Lord (Dudley-
Smith) CBW III, CCH, GC, GTR, RS, WP
The Dawn of Day (Deiss) BB/MI, GP,
S&S, WCH, W&S
They Who Do Justice BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Wake, Awake CBW III, PMB2, SM, W&S

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness
(Peloquin) G-2596
Psalm 85: Let Us See Your Kindness
(MacAller) BB, JS2
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness GC, GTR
Psalm 85: Let Us See Your Kindness
(Hurd) BB, JS2, S&S
Psalm 80/85/Luke 1: Lord, make us turn
(Haugen) CCH-31, GC-75
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness
(Guimont) CCH-481, RS-107
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness
(della Pica) PARM A
Psalm 80: Lord, Make Us Turn to You
(Keil) BB, S&S
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness
(Dameans) G2, GC, RS
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness
(Carroll) RS, WP
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
Await the Lord with Hope (Hurd) BB, JS2
Awake, Awake, Fling Off the Night
CBW III, SS, W&S
By Name I Have Called You (Landry) BB/
MI, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Canticle of Zechariah (Quinn/Joncas)
PMB2, SM, WCH
Come, O Long Expected Jesus CCH, WP
Comfort My People CVH, SS
Comfort, Comfort, O My People BB, CCH,
GC, JS2, S&S, TM, WP
Creator of the Stars of Night BB, CCH,
CBW III, CVH, RS, SS, W&S, WP
In the Day of the Lord (Ridge) BB, 9889
OCP, S&S
Let the Valleys Be Raised (Schutte) BB,
GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates
BB, CCH, SS, WP
Maranatha! Alleluia! (Berthier) GC, GTR,
TAIZE, RS, WP
O Antiphons (Dameans) BB, GPCOMP
On Jordan's Banks the Baptist's Cry
(Monteverdi) G-2834
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (Moore)
G-2880
Prepare, O Children of the Lord
(Buxtehude) 11-0359
Rorate Caeli 8742 WLP
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2,
SM, S&S, W&S
The Day is Near (Huijbers) GC, GTR, JS2
Wait for the Lord (Berthier) CBW III,
CCH, GTR, GC, RS, TAIZE, W&S

COMMUNION:
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him PMB2, SS
Come to the Water (Foley) BB/MI, CBW
III, GC, GPCOMP, GP, GTR, JS2, S&S
Come, O Come (Cromie) 312-41077
Harvest of Justice GC, GTR
I Will Praise You, Lord (Inwood) BB/MI,
GC, GTR, JS2, S&S
Justice Shall Flourish (Marchionda) SM,
W&S, WCH
Let There Be Peace on Earth BB/MI,
CCH, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, S&S, W&S,
WCH
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming BB, CCH,
CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2, S&S, W&S, WP
People of the Night (Haas) CCH, GC, GTR
Prepare the Way of the Lord (Berthier)
CCH, TAIZE II, SS, WP
Proclaim the Joyful Message PMB2, SM,
W&S, WCH
Rise Up, Jerusalem (Foley) BB, GP, S&S
Savior of the Nations, Come BB, CCH,
CVH, JS2, SS, WP
Suo-Gan (Guest) 8602 PPMO
Take Comfort, God's People PMB2, SM,
WCH, W&S, WP
Take Comfort, My People (Warner) SM,
W&S, WCH 8653 WLP
The Coming of Our God BB, PMB2, S&S
The River Will Rise (Conry) BB, GTR, GC,
JS2, S&S
Walk in the Reign (Cooney) BB, G2, GC
Who Has Known (Foley) CBW III, GP2, JS2

SONG OF PRAISE:
Canticle of Zechariah (Mudd) PMB2, SM
Comfort, Comfort Ye My People
(Goudimel) G-2893
Herald In the Desert, from The Advent of
our God (Hansen) 9216 OCP, S&S
Like a Shepherd (Dufford) BB, CCH, CBW
III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
Lover Us All (Schutte) ACH, BB, JS2, S&S
My Soul in Stillness Waits (Haugen) GC,
GTR, SS
Song of the Promise MSM 50-0008
The Isaiah Song (Ward) SM, WCH, W&S

CLOSING SONG:
Alleluia! Hurry, the Lord Is Near BB, JS2,
S&S
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, S&S, SS, W&S, WCH,
WP
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS2, S&S
Be Light for Our Eyes (Haas) CCH, GC,
GTR, G2
Come, Ever Gracious Son of God (Handel)
362-00523
Come, Promised One (Becker) BB, JS2,
8978 OCP
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus BB,
CCH, SM, WP
Every Valley (Dufford) BB, CBW III,
GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
God Is Working His Purpose Out RS, W3
Isaiah's Song (Baker) 11-0357
Make Straight the Way (Conry) BB, HM,
JS2, S&S
O Sun of Justice CCH, SS, WP
Out of Darkness (Walker) BB/MI, GC, JS2,
S&S
People, Look East BB, CBW III, CCH,
CVH, JS2, PMB2, SM, S&S, W&S, WP
Prepare the Way of the Lord CCH, SS,
W&S, WP
Prepare the Royal Highway CVH, SS
Rain Down, Blessings (Forman) G-3198
Send Dew, O Clouds PMB2, W&S
Sing Out, Earth and Skies (Haugen) CCH,
GTR, GC, WCH, W&S
Sing to the Lord (Dameans) BB, GP, JS2,
S&S
The Advent of Our God CBW III, CVH,
SS
The River Will Rise CCH, GC, GTR
The Spirit of God (Deiss) PMB2, SM,
WCH
We Will Rise Again (Haas) BB, CCH, GC
When John Baptized by Jordan's River (Dudley-Smith) CCH, SS, WP