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December 11, 2005, Third Sunday of Advent
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FIRST READING: Is. 61: 1-2, 10-11
"I exult for joy in the Lord."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Lk. 2 "My soul rejoices in my God."

SECOND READING:
1 Thess. 5: 16-24 "May you all be kept blameless, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Is. 61: 1 (Lk. 4: 18) "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he sent me to bring Good News to the poor."

GOSPEL: Jn. 1: 6-8, 19-28
"There stands among you, unknown to you, the one who is coming after me."


FOCUS: "Rejoice, for the Lord is near!" We, like John the Baptist and the prophets, are called through the Holy Spirit to proclaim God's saving presence in our lives.

REFLECTION: "So, brethren, "rejoice in the Lord," not in the world. That is, rejoice in the truth, not in the wickedness; rejoice in the hope of eternity, not in the fading flower of vanity. That is the way to rejoice. Wherever you are on earth, however long you remain on earth, "the Lord is near," do not be anxious about anything."
St. Anthony of Egypt


"I am so washed in the tide of His measureless love that I seem to be below the surface of a sea and cannot touch or see or feel anything around me except its water."
St. Catherine of Genoa






Third Sunday of Advent Cycle B"May you all be kept blameless, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: If the sprinkling rite is used, an introduction could emphasize our need for renewal in order to rediscover Christ in our lives.
Penitential rite: Third form with third set of sample invocations
Introduce the opening prayer by proclaiming that a voice cries out in the wilderness to be attentive to the word and actions of God. We too are commissioned by Christ to bring light to the people in our lives.
Sample General Intercessions:
Introduction: My brothers and sisters, the Lord is near. Let us rejoice:
For the Holy Church of God and for her leaders, that through the Holy Spirit, we, the church, may move towards a renewal of living in and for Christ;
For all people in all cultures, that the Lord bless us all with peace and love;
For all those deprived of freedom to worship, and all who are oppressed because of their holiness, may the message of Christ, the Good News of God's love, comfort them;
For our families and local community, through the Holy Spirit, may we bring the Good News of God's presence to those around us.

Introduce the Lord's Prayer: God "fills the starving with good things."
or
The Lord's Prayer: See fourth sample invitation
Solemn Blessing in Advent
or
Prayers over the People: First or Fifth

Rejoice in the Lord
Rejoice for the Lord is near

Faith Formation
John the Baptist went beyond preaching a repentance of sins:he proclaimed the coming of a new era, the coming of the Lamb of God, the mediator. In this mediator we find a link between us and the eternal. Advent and Christmas are about this link. We are commissioned in baptism to become prophets, that is to learn how to read the signs of the times. In "seeing" we learn to discern our connectedness with God and what we should do about it.
Jesus came to "heal the broken hearted." And how can he do that? By his infinite love for us, that's how. Jesus loves us! Jesus is near! Yes, Lord! My God, how I love you!
Song suggestions:
Lord, Come and Show Us the Path of Life
CCH, GC, GTR
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel BB,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2,
WP

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Christmas is a great celebration, with lots of good food, presents for everyone, singing and dancing and having a good time. And there is nothing wrong with that. It is a time of rejoicing, and God wants us to rejoice. But we must never forget what it is we are celebrating. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus, the bringing of the Good News to earth, to us, the Good News that God loves us and wants us to love him and all his children. The birth of Jesus brought a new kind of love to earth, merciful love, love of God in his creation.
Rejoice. Smile. God loves you.
GATHERING SONG:
A Voice Cries Out (Joncas) BB, JS2, S&S
Advent Gathering (Cooney) G2, GC
Be Light for Our Eyes (Haas) GC, G2, GTR
Bless the Feast (Hansen) BB, CCH, G2, GC,
JS2, S&S
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus BB,
CCH, SS, WP
Every Valley (Dufford) BB, CBW III,
GP, GPCOMP, S&S
Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CBW III,
CVH, CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, SM,
SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Great Is the Lord (Toolan) BB, CCH, JS2
In the Lord, I'll Be Ever Thankful
(Berthier) G-325, G2-396, RS-703
Lord, Come and Save Us (Kendzia) BB,
GPCOMP, JS2
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel BB,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2,
W&S, WP
Come, O Lord(Dameans) BB, GPCOMP, JS2
Enter in the Wilderness SM, W&S
Psalm 25: I Will Wait For You (Hansen)
9141 OCP, S&S
Rain Down, Blessings (Forman) G-3198
Save Us, O Lord (Dufford) BB/MI, CCH,
GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Search for the Lord (Inwood) BB, 9287 STM
Song of Good News (Jabusch) ACH,
CBW III, CVH, PMB, WCH
The Carpenter (Foley) G2, GC
The Church's One Foundation ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, S&S, WCH, WP
The King of Glory (Jabusch) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, S&S, WCH, W&S, WP
The Spirit of God (Deiss) PMB2, WCH

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Luke 1: Magnificat (Marcus) MSM 80-721
My Soul Rejoices (Alstott) BB
Luke1: My Soul Proclaims (Toolan) BB, JS2
Luke 1: Magnificat (Jones) BB, S&S
Luke 1: Magnificat (Rubalcava) BB, JS2
Magnificat (Farrell) BB, S&S
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (Joncas) CCH,
G2, GC
Magnificat / Luke 1: My Soul Rejoices
(Guimont) CCH
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary/Luke 1:46-55
(Chepponis) G2, GC
Magnificat/Canticle of the Turning
(Cooney) G2, GC, RS
Magnificat: Holy Is Your Name/Luke
1:46-55 (Haas) GC

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
Canticle of Zechariah (Quinn/Joncas)
PMB2, SM, SS, WCH
Come, Lord of Life (Miffleton) WCH, W&S
Let There Be Peace on Earth BB, CCH,
GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, SM, S&S, W&S,
WCH
Mary's Song (Joncas, Oosterhuis) BB/MI, GPCOMP, JS2, SM, S&S, W&S
Mary's Song (Rieth) BB/MI, S&S
My Soul Rejoices (Alstott) BB/MI, JS2
My Soul Rejoices (Dameans) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2
My Soul Magnifies the Lord CCH, CVH,
GPCOMP, SS, W&S
Come, Promised One (Becker) BB, JS2,
8978 OCP
Creator of the Stars of Night BB, CCH,
CBW III, CVH, S&S, SS, WP
Herald In the Desert, from The Advent of
our God (Hansen) 9216 OCP
Hold Us in Your Mercy: Penitential
Litany G2
Lord, Come and Save Us CCH, GC, GTR
On Jordan's Banks the Baptist's Cry
(Monteverdi) G-2834
Patience, People (Foley) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2
Prepare the Way of the Lord MSM-9803
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (Moore)
G-2880
Psalm 85: Show Us Your Kindness (Hurd)
JS2, 9874 OCP
Song of the Promise MSM 50-0008
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S, WCH,
W&S
The Day is Near (Huijbers) CCH, GC, GTR,
S&S
The King Shall Come BB, CCH, GPCOMP,
PMB2, SS, W&S, WP
Wait for the Lord (Berthier) CBW III, CCH,
GC, GTR, RS, TAIZE, W&S
We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH, BB,
CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, W&S,
WCH
When the King Shall Come Again SS, WP
Word of God, Come Down on Earth
BB, CBW III, CVH, JS2, PMB2, RS, WP

COMMUNION:
Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, G2,
GTR, JS2, RS, WCH, W&S
Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS
God In Our Faith (Lisicky) GC, 8537 WS
God of Day and God of Darkness
(Haugen) BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC,
GTR, RS, WCH
Good News LMGM, SS
Hold Me in Life (Huijbers, Oosterhuis)
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GTR, JS2, S&S
Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates BB,
CCH, SS, WP
Lo! He Comes (Leaf) 11-2191
Maranatha! Alleluia! (Berthier) CCH, GTR,
SS, TAIZE, WP
May We Praise You (Foley) BB/MI, GC,
GPCOMP, GP, GTR, JS
O Antiphons (Dameans) BB, GPCOMP
O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide (Olien)
G-3192
Open Our Hearts (Ward) SM, W&S,
7674 WS
Prepare the Way of the Lord (Berthier)
CCH, SS, TAIZE II, WP
Savior of the Nations, Come BB, CCH,
CVH, JS2, SM, SS, WP
Suo-Gan (Guest) 8602 PPMO
When the King Shall Come Again CCH,
GC, WP

SONG OF PRAISE:
Canticle of Zechariah (Mudd) PMB2, SM,
W&S
Canticle of Zechariah (Quinn) CVH, SS,
WCH
Go Up to the Mountain (Norbet) BB, GP,
JS2, S&S
Lord, Come and Show Us the Path of Life
GC, GTR, G2
Mary's Song of Praise PMB2, W&S
My Soul in Stillness Waits (Haugen) GC,
GTR, G2
Psalm 80/85/Luke 1: Lord, make us turn
(Haugen) CCH, GTR, G2, GC
Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (from Corum
Deo) MSM 55-9825
Take Comfort, God's People CCH, PMB2,
SS, W&S, WP

CLOSING SONG:
A Season of Light (Lisicky) CCH, GC, SM, W&S, 7988 WS, WCH
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, G2,
GTR, JS2, S&S
And the Father Will Dance (Landry) BB/
MI, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
City of God (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
G2, JS2, RS, S&S, SS, W&S, WCH
Come to Set Us Free (Farrell) BB/MI,
CCH, GC, GTR, G2, JS2, S&S
God Has Chosen Me (Farrell) G2-488, GC-
682, HM, JS2
Let the King of Glory Come (Joncas)
BB, GPCOMP, S&S
Lord, Come and Save Us PMB2, W&S
O Come, Divine Messiah BB, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, JS2, PMB2, SS, WP
O Heavens, Send Your Rain Upon Us
CVH, SS
On Jordan's Bank BB/MI, CBW III, CCH,
CVH, JS2, PMB2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S,
WCH, WP
People, Look East BB/MI, CBW III, CCH,
CVH, JS2, PMB2, S&S, SS, W&S, WCH,
WP
Prepare! The Lord is Near BB, JS2
Ready the Way (Hurd) BB, S&S
Sing Out, Earth and Skies (Haugen)
CCH, GC, GTR, SM, WCH, W&S
Song of the Body of Christ / Cancion del
Cuerpo BB, CCH-450, SS
The Voice of God Goes Out CBW III,
CCH, SS, WP
Send Dew, O Clouds PMB2, SM, W&S
The Steadfast Love (Foley) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S