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December 18, 2005, Fourth Sunday of Advent
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FIRST READING:
2 Sam. 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 "The Lord will make the house of David secure for ever."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Ps. 89 "I will sing forever of your love, O Lord."

SECOND READING:
Rom. 16: 25-27 "The mystery kept secret for endless ages is now made clear."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Lk. 1: 38 "I am the servant of the Lord: may his will for me be done."

GOSPEL: Lk. 1: 26-38
"You will conceive and bear a son."


FOCUS: "You shall conceive and bear a son, and he shall be called Jesus." Mary's awesome role as mother of the Son of God is revealed as well as the coming of the Son of the Most High.

REFLECTION: "Glory of virgins, the joy of mothers, the support of the faithful, the diadem of the Church, the model of the true Faith, the seat of piety, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit."
Proclus of Constantinople

"So you have begun to realize what real peace means. Glory be to God! Then what is the matter? Now you must advance into the realm where this peace is to be found. Seek Paradise lost, in order to sing the praise of Paradise regained. That is all that matters. Everything outside and apart from this peace is emptiness. And this peace is not far, it is almost within your grasp, although you must desire it, and to desire is not so easy. May the Mother of God and your Guardian Angel help you!"
Theophane the Recluse










Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle B
Thou shalt no more have the sun for thy light by day,
Neither shall the brightness of the
moon enlighten thee.
But the Lord shall be unto thee an
everlasting light,
And thy God shall be thy glory.

Thy sun shall go down no more,
And thy moon shall not decrease.
For the Lord shall be unto thee an
everlasting light,
And the days of thy mourning
shall be ended.
Isaiah Ch. 60

"The mystery kept secret for endless ages is now made clear."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy: The birth of Jesus brings the new creation that bridges the distance between God and humankind. The birth of Jesus enables us all to live forever with God.
Opening Prayer: Alternate
Introduce the profession of faith with the idea that with faith like that of Mary anything is possible.

Sample General Intercessions:
An appropriate response to the general intercession today is "The Lord is with you."

Introduction: My sisters and brothers,
rejoice, for nothing is impossible with God. Let us offer our prayers to God who has done great things among people:
For people everywhere, that the Holy Spirit impregnate our souls with his love;
For those who work with the poor and suffering, may we be strengthened in our efforts to be among them;
For those suffering from loneliness and for those who are dying (that is, all of us), that we recognize God's presence in our lives;
For our community and our families who welcome Christ into their lives, that we may learn to receive God in the poor and suffering of the world;
For each of us, may God's love for us inspire us to reach for greater heights of love of God.

Preface: Second for Advent
Memorial Acclamation: Second or
third
The Lord's Prayer: See fourth sample invitation
Prayers over the people: Third
or
Solemn Blessing in Advent

Faith Formation
The Old Testament books of Samuel are included in the books of Kings in older bibles; they concern King David and the settling of the tribes in what is now Israel, and the building of King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.
Today's readings deal with the mystery of the incarnation: Why was it necessary for God to become a human being? Not only to show us how to live, and love, but to be a sacrifice to God, a human sacrifice, to make humans sacred.

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Jesus coming to earth through Mary shows us once again that God works through people. In some people it is easy to see God at work, for instance Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In others it may be harder to see God, but he is there.
GATHERING SONG:
Advent Candle Song (Clyde) 11-2408
Come, Lord of Life (Miffleton) SM, WCH,
W&S
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus BB,
CCH, CBW II, JS2, SS, WP
Creator Alme Siderum PMB2, SM
I Am for You (Cooney) G2, GC
I Say "Yes," Lord / Digo "Si," Senor (Pena)
CCH, G2, GC, RS
Immaculate Mary BB, CCH, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2, SM, SS,
S&S, WCH, W&S, WP
Mary's Song (Joncas, Oosterhuis) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S, W&S
O Come, Divine Messiah BB, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, JS2, PMB2, W&S, WP
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel BB, CCH,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2,
SM, SS, S&S, WCH, W&S, WP
Praise We the Lord This Day SS, WP
Save Us, O Lord (Dufford) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Savior of the Nations, Come BB, CCH,
CVH, SS, TM, WP
Sing of Mary BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH,
GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, S&S,
W&S, WCH, WP
Song of God Among Us (Huijbers) BB/MI,
GC, GTR, JS2, S&S
Song of Good News (Jabusch) BB, CBW III,
CVH, JS2, PMB2, S&S, SS, W&S, WCH
The Advent of Our God CBW III, CVH, SS
The King of Glory (Jabusch) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2,
PMB2, RS, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP
The Lord Is My Light LMGM, SS
The Coming of Our God BB, JS2, PMB2
The King Shall Come BB, CCH, GPCOMP,
PMB2, SM, SS, WP
O Lord of Light LMGM, PMB2, SM, W&S,
WCH

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 89: Forever I Will Sing
(Schoenbachler) BB, JS2
Psalm 89: Forever I Will Sing (Ridge) BB,
S&S
Psalm 89: For ever I will sing (Guimont)
CCH-487, RS-117
Psalm 89: The son of David (Guimont)
CCH-740
Psalm 89: For ever I will sing (Haugen)
GTR, G2-76, GC-82
Let Heaven Your Wonders Proclaim (Bell)
G2-385, GC-538
Psalm 89: The Son of David (Currie) RS

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
All That is Hidden (Farrell) BB/MI, JS2,
S&S
All the Ends of the Earth (Kreutz) BB/MI,
JS2
All the Ends of the Earth (Murray) PMB2,
W&S, WCH
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (Haugen)
GTR, GC
An Angel Came to Nazareth ACH, SS
Be It Done Unto Me (Hurd) BB, JS2, S&S
Great Is the Lord (Inwood) BB/MI, JS2,
S&S
Canticle of Mary (Joncas) CCH, CVH, GTR,
RS
Canticle of Mary (Marchionda) PMB2,
SM, W&S, WCH
Canticle of Our Lady (Vermulst) PMB2,
W&S
Canticle of Zechariah (Quinn/Joncas)
PMB2, W&S, WCH
Come, Lord of Life (Miffleton) WCH
Creator of the Stars of Nights (Praetorius)
G-2903
Dear Maker of the Starry Skies PMB2, SM
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (Landry) BB,
CCH-416, G2-564, GC-782, JS2, S&S
King of Glory (Tamblyn) BB, JS2, 7121 STM
Litany of Loretto (Hughes) 7985 WS
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus (Warner)
7221 WLP
O Mary, of All Women PMB2, WCH
O Queen of Heaven BB/MI, JS2, PMB2,
RS, WCH, WP
Psalm 25: I Will Wait For You (Hansen)
JS2, 9141 OCP
Psalm 85: Show Us Your Kindness (Hurd)
BB, S&S, 9874 OCP
She Will Show Us the Promised One
(Jabusch) PMB2, WCH
The Day is Near (Huijbers) BB, GC, GTR,
RS, S&S
The King Shall Come (Jones) SM, W&S,
WCH

COMMUNION:
At the Name of Jesus AF-33-99-163,
BB/MI, CCH, CBW III, CVH, JS2, W&S,
WCH, WP
Ave Verum (Mozart) HL-28903
Ave Verum CVH, SS, WP
Come, O Come (Cromie) 312-41077
Creator of the Stars of Night BB, CCH,
CBW III, CVH, SS, W&S, WP
Gabriel's Message (Jackson) 8803 PPMO
God In Our Faith (Lisicky) SM, WCH,
8537 WS
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Joncas) BB/MI, GPCOMP, GC, GTR
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Walker) BB/MI, GP2, JS2, S&S
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming BB, CCH,
CVH, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, WP
Lord, Receive Your Servant SM, WCH
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
My Soul Gives Glory GTR, SS, WP
My Soul Magnifies the Lord BB, CVH,
GPCOMP, SS, S&S
My Soul in Stillness Waits (Haugen)
CCH, GTR, RS
My Soul Is At Rest (Berthier) TAIZE II
Ostende Nobis Domine (Berthier) TAIZE
Sion, Sing (Deiss) RS
Something Which Is Known (Norbet)
BB, GP, JS2
The Lord Is My Light (Berthier) TAIZE II
The Lord Is My Light (Kreutz) PSALMS
When Came in Flesh th'Incarnate Word
(Guest) 8602 PPMO

SONG OF PRAISE:
Gabriel's Message MSM-55-9825
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
CVH, PMB2, SS
I Sing of a Maiden (MacMillan) 8804
PPMO
Jesu, Son Most Sweet and Dear (Spearing)
8805 PPMO
Lo, a Virgin Shall Be with Child
(Morales) 1635 WS
Take, Lord, Receive (Foley) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, GP2, JS2, S&S

CLOSING SONG:
A Season of Light (Lisicky) GC, SM, W&S, WCH, 7988 WS
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS2, S&S
All the Ends of the Earth (Haas/Haugen)
BB/MI, CCH, GC, GTR, RS
All the Ends of the Earth (Hurd) BB/MI,
JS2, S&S
Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn
GC, GTR, PMB, SM, S&S, W&S
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him PMB2, SM
O Jesus, Bless Us (Franck) 11-2432
Hills of the North, Rejoice SS, WP
Canticle of Zechariah (Mudd) PMB2
Come to Set Us Free (Farrell) BB/MI, GC,
CCH, GTR, JS2, S&S
Creator of the Human Race SM, W&S
Creator of the Stars of Night BB, CBW III,
CVH, SS, W&S, WP
Great Is the Lord (Toolan) BB/MI, CBW III,
GP2, JS2, S&S
Hail, O Favored One (Schalk) 11-2565
Let Heaven Rejoice (Dufford) BB/MI,
CBW III, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
O Come, Divine Messiah BB, CBW III,
CVH, PMB, WP
People, Look East BB, CBW III, CCH,
CVH, PMB2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH,
WP
Send Dew, O Clouds PMB2, SM
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
ACH, CBW III, SS, WP
Tota Pulchra Es Maria (Palestrina) 312-
42008
We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, GC, G2, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, SM,
SS, W&S, WCH
Welcome the Glorious King (Berger) 11-
2235