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  • Thursday of the First Week of Advent

    Reading I Is 26:1-6

    On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah:

        “A strong city have we;
            he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.
        Open up the gates
            to let in a nation that is just,
            one that keeps faith.
        A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;
            in peace, for its trust in you.”

        Trust in the LORD forever!
            For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
        He humbles those in high places,
            and the lofty city he brings down;
        He tumbles it to the ground,
            levels it with the dust.
        It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
            by the footsteps of the poor.

    Responsorial Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a

    R.    (26a)  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, 
        for his mercy endures forever.
    It is better to take refuge in the LORD
        than to trust in man.
    It is better to take refuge in the LORD
        than to trust in princes. 
    R.    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Open to me the gates of justice;
        I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
    This gate is the LORD’s;
        the just shall enter it.
    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
        and have been my savior.
    R.    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    O LORD, grant salvation!
        O LORD, grant prosperity!
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
        we bless you from the house of the LORD.
        The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
    R.    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Alleluia Is 55:6

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Seek the LORD while he may be found;
    call him while he is near.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 7:21, 24-27

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
    will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
    but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

    “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
    will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 
    The rain fell, the floods came,
    and the winds blew and buffeted the house. 
    But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. 
    And everyone who listens to these words of mine
    but does not act on them
    will be like a fool who built his house on sand. 
    The rain fell, the floods came,
    and the winds blew and buffeted the house. 
    And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

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    Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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  • Jueves de la primera semana de Adviento

    Primera Lectura Is 26, 1-6

    Aquel día se cantará este canto en el país de Judá:
    “Tenemos una ciudad fuerte;
    ha puesto el Señor, para salvarla,
    murallas y baluartes.
    Abran las puertas para que entre el pueblo justo,
    el que se mantiene fiel,
    el de ánimo firme para conservar la paz,
    porque en ti confió.
    Confíen siempre en el Señor,
    porque el Señor es nuestra fortaleza para siempre;
    porque él doblegó a los que habitaban en la altura;
    a la ciudad excelsa la humilló,
    la humilló hasta el suelo,
    la arrojó hasta el polvo
    donde la pisan los pies, los pies
    de los humildes,
    los pasos de los pobres”.

    Salmo Responsorial Sal 117, 1. 8-9. 19-21. 25-27a.

    R.(26a) Bendito el que viene en nombre del Señor.
    Te damos gracias, Señor, porque eres bueno,
    porque tu misericordia es eterna.
    Más vale refugiarse en el Señor
    que poner en los hombres la confianza;
    más vale refugiarse en el Señor,
    que buscar con los fuertes una alianza.
    R. Bendito el que viene en nombre del Señor.
    Ábranme las puertas del templo,
    que quiero entrar a dar gracias a Dios.
    Ésta es la puerta del Señor
    y por ella entrarán los que le viven fieles.
    Te doy gracias, Señor, pues me escuchaste
    y fuiste para mí la salvación.
    R. Bendito el que viene en nombre del Señor.
    Libéranos, Señor, y danos tu victoria.
    Bendito el que viene en nombre del Señor.
    Que Dios desde su templo nos bendiga.
    Que el Señor, nuestro Dios, nos ilumine.
    R. Bendito el que viene en nombre del Señor.

    Aclamación antes del Evangelio

    R. Aleluya, aleluya.
    Busquen al Señor mientras lo pueden encontrar,
    invóquenlo mientras está cerca.
    R. Aleluya.

    Evangelio Mt 7, 21. 24-27

    En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “No todo el que me diga: ‘¡Señor, Señor!’, entrará en el Reino de los cielos, sino el que cumpla la voluntad de mi Padre, que está en los cielos.

    El que escucha estas palabras mías y las pone en práctica, se parece a un hombre prudente, que edificó su casa sobre roca. Vino la lluvia, bajaron las crecientes, se desataron los vientos y dieron contra aquella casa; pero no se cayó, porque estaba construida sobre roca.

    El que escucha estas palabras mías y no las pone en práctica, se parece a un hombre imprudente, que edificó su casa sobre arena. Vino la lluvia, bajaron las crecientes, se desataron los vientos, dieron contra aquella casa y la arrasaron completamente’’.

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    Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de septiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados. Debido a cuestiones de permisos de impresión, los Salmos Responsoriales que se incluyen aquí son los del Leccionario que se utiliza en México. Su parroquia podría usar un texto diferente.

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Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Spiritual Communion Prayer

At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.

Servant of God Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val

Anima Christi Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from Christ’s side, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malicious enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee.
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints.
Forever and ever. Amen.


Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. 

May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and growth in the power to do good. May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.

And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas

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Solemnity of Christ the King

Sunday, November 20th

PROCESSIONAL

MAJESTIC (Lincoln Brewster)

Lord, oh Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Lord, oh Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

The heavens declare your glory
The oceans cry out to You
The mountains, they bow down before You
So I’ll join with the earth and I’ll give my praise to You

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

PSALM 122 (Curtis Stephan)
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS

WORTHY IS THE LAMB (Darlene Zschech, Hillsong Worship)

Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame in love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail-pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow, now all I know
Is Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb seated on the throne
We crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious
High and lifted up, Jesus Son of God
The Treasure of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb, worthy is the Lamb

COMMUNION

TO HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE (Debbye C. Graafsma)

To him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb
To him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb
Be blessing and glory and honor and power forever
Be blessing and glory and honor and power forever

POST-COMMUNION MEDITATION

O THE BLOOD (Mary E. Miller and Thomas Miller)

O the blood, crimson love
Price of life’s demand
Shameful sin placed on Him
The Hope of every man

O the blood of Jesus washes me
O the blood of Jesus shed for me
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes, the blood, it is my victory

Savior Son, Holy One
Slain so I can live
See the Lamb, the great I Am
Who takes away my sin

Oh the blood of the Lamb!
Oh the blood of the Lamb!
Oh the blood of the Lamb!
The precious blood of the Lamb!
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes, the blood, it is my victory

Oh what love, no greater love
Grace, how can it be?
That in my sin, yes even then
He shed his blood, his blood for me

RECESSIONAL

MY REDEEMER LIVES (Hillsong)

I know He rescued my soul
His blood covered my sin
I believe I believe

My shame He’s taken away
My pain is healed in His name
I believe I believe
 
I’ll raise a banner
Cause my Lord has conquered the grave

My Redeemer lives my Redeemer lives
My Redeemer lives my Redeemer lives


You lift my burdens
And I rise with You
I’m dancing on this mountain top
To see Your Kingdom come

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