(Usus Antiquior) First Sunday of Advent (I Classis) – Sunday, 27 November 2016 : Offertory, Secret Prayer of the Priest, Communion and Post-Communion Prayer

Liturgical Colour : Violet

Offertory

Psalm 24 : 1-3

Ad Te levavi animam meam : Deus meus, in Te confido, non erubescam : neque irrideant me inimici mei : etenim universi, qui Te exspectant, non confundentur.

 

English translation

To You, o Lord, have I lifted up my soul : in You, o my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed. Neither let my enemies laugh at me, for none of them who wait on You shall be confounded.

 

Secret Prayer of the Priest

Haec sacra nos, Domine, potenti virtute mundatos ad suum faciant puriores venire principium. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

 

English translation

Cleansing us by their mighty power, may these Holy Mysteries, o Lord, make us become more pure before You Who are their Author. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Communion

Psalm 84 : 13

Dominus dabit benignitatem : et terra nostra dabit fructum suum.

 

English translation

The Lord will give goodness, and our earth shall yield her fruit.

 

Post-Communion Prayer

Suscipiamus, Domine, misericordiam Tuam in medio templi Tui : ut reparationis nostrae ventura sollemnia congruis honoribus praecedamus. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

 

English translation

May we receive Your mercy, o Lord, in the midst of Your Temple, that with due reverence we may prepare for the coming festival of our redemption. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

(Usus Antiquior) First Sunday of Advent (I Classis) – Sunday, 27 November 2016 : Holy Gospel

Liturgical Colour : Violet

Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Lucam – Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke

Luke 21 : 25-33

In illo tempore : Dixit Jesus discipulis Suis : Erunt signa in sole et luna et stellis, et in terris pressura gentium prae confusione sonitus maris et fluctuum : arescentibus hominibus prae timore et exspectatione, quae supervenient universo orbi.

Nam virtutes caelorum movebuntur. Et tunc videbunt Filium Hominis venientem in nube cum potestate magna et majestate. His autem fieri incipientibus, respicite et levate capita vestra : quoniam appropinquat redemptio vestra.

Et dixit illis similitudinem : Videte ficulneam et omnes arbores : cum producunt jam ex se fructum, scitis, quoniam prope est aestas. Ita et vos, cum videritis haec fieri, scitote, quoniam prope est regnum Dei. Amen, dico vobis, quia non praeteribit generatio haec, donec omnia fiant. Caelum et terra transibunt : verba autem mea non transibunt.

 

English translation

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves, men withering away for fear and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world.”

“For the powers of heaven shall be moved, and then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.”

And He spoke to them a similitude, “See the fig tree, and all the trees, when they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh; so you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.”

(Usus Antiquior) First Sunday of Advent (I Classis) – Sunday, 27 November 2016 : Gradual and Alleluia

Liturgical Colour : Violet

Psalm 24 : 3-4 and Psalm 84 : 8

Universi, qui Te exspectant, non confundentur, Domine.

Priest : Vias Tuas, Domine, notas fac mihi : et semitas Tuas edoce me.

Alleluja, Alleluja.

Priest : Ostende nobis, Domine, misericordiam Tuam : et salutare Tuum da nobis. Alleluja.

 

English translation

None of those who wait on You shall be confounded.

Priest : Show, o Lord, Your ways to me, and teach me Your paths.

Alleluia, Alleluia.

Priest : Show us, o Lord, Your mercy, and grant us Your salvation. Alleluia.

(Usus Antiquior) First Sunday of Advent (I Classis) – Sunday, 27 November 2016 : Epistle

Liturgical Colour : Violet

Lectio Epistolae Beati Pauli Apostoli ad Romanos – Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans

Romans 13 : 11-14

Fratres : Scientes, quia hora est jam nos de somno surgere. Nunc enim propior est nostra salus, quam cum credidimus. Nox praecessit, dies autem appropinquavit. Abjiciamus ergo opera tenebrarum, et induamur arma lucis.

Sicut in die honeste ambulemus : non in comessationibus et ebrietatibus, non in cubilibus et impudicitiis, non in contentione et aemulatione : sed induimini Dominum Jesum Christum.

 

English translation

Brethren, knowing the time, that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is past, and the day is at hand, let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy, but put you on the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Usus Antiquior) First Sunday of Advent (I Classis) – Sunday, 27 November 2016 : Introit and Collect

Liturgical Colour : Violet

Introit

Psalm 24 : 1-3 and 4

Ad Te levavi animam meam : Deus meus, in Te confido, non erubescam : neque irrideant me inimici mei : etenim universi, qui Te exspectant, non confundentur.

Vias Tuas, Domine, demonstra mihi : et semitas Tuas edoce me.

Priest : Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper : et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

 

English translation

To You, o Lord, have I lifted up my soul : in You, o my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed. Neither let my enemies laugh at me, for none of them who wait on You shall be confounded.

Show, o Lord, Your ways to me, and teach me Your paths.

Priest : Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Collect

Excita, quaesumus, Domine, potentiam Tuam, et veni : ut ab imminentibus peccatorum nostrorum periculis, Te mereamur protegente eripi, Te liberante salvari. Qui Vivis et regnas in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

 

English translation

Bestir, o Lord, Your might, we pray to You, and come, that, defended by You, we may deserve rescue from approaching dangers brought on by our sins, and being set free by You, obtain our salvation. You Who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

Sunday, 27 November 2016 : First Sunday of Advent (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Purple/Violet
Matthew 24 : 37-44

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “At the coming of the Son of Man, it will be just as it was in the time of Noah. In those days before the Flood, people were eating and drinking, and marrying, until that day when Noah went into the Ark. Yet they did not know what would happen, until the flood came and swept them away.”

“So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man : of two men in the field, one will be taken and the other left; of two taken and the other left; of two women grinding wheat together at the mill, one will be taken and the other left. Stay awake then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

“Obviously, if the owner of the house knew at what time the thief was coming, he would certainly stay up and not allow his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.”

Sunday, 27 November 2016 : First Sunday of Advent (Second Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Purple/Violet
Romans 13 : 11-14a

You know what hour it is. This is the time to awake, for our salvation is now nearer than when we first believed; the night is almost over and day is at hand. Let us discard, therefore, everything that belongs to darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

As we live in the full light of day, let us behave with decency; no banquets with drunkenness, no promiscuity or licentiousness, no fighting or jealousy. Put on, rather, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday, 27 November 2016 : First Sunday of Advent (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Purple/Violet
Psalm 121 : 1-2, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” And now we have set foot within your gates, o Jerusalem!

There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, the assembly of Israel, to give thanks to the Lord’s Name. There stand the courts of justice, the offices of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : “May those who love you prosper! May peace be within your walls and security within your citadels!”

For the sake of my relatives and friends, I will say, “Peace be with you!” For the sake of the house of our Lord, I will pray for your good.

Sunday, 27 November 2016 : First Sunday of Advent (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Purple/Violet
Isaiah 2 : 1-5

The vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In the last days, the mountain of YHVH’s house shall be set over the highest mountains and shall tower over the hills. All the nations shall stream to it, saying, “Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and we may walk in His paths. For the Teaching comes from Zion, and from Jerusalem the word of YHVH.”

“He will rule over the nations and settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not raise sword against nation; they will train for war no more. O nation of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!”

Saturday, 26 November 2016 : 34th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of our Lady)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we heard the Word of God from the Sacred Scriptures telling us of the hope of our future inheritance, the promise of everlasting life in pure bliss and joy in the perfect realm and world God has promised before us, to all those who are faithful to Him, that He will bring all of us into paradise, to enjoy forever the fruits of His love, never to be sorrowful or sad anymore, ever again.

At the end of the Book of the Revelations of St. John the Apostle, after all the parts describing the great persecution and sufferings that will await the faithful, and subsequently what happened to the wicked, who endured the great wrath of God, and had their cities and all things destroyed, in the end, after all things have been judged, God will reveal to all the heavenly Jerusalem, the true Holy City where all the faithful ones will dwell with their God forevermore.

But the path to reach this heavenly inheritance will not be an easy one, brothers and sisters in Christ, otherwise everyone would have been easily saved and no one would have to face condemnation and hell. There will be plenty of obstacles, dangers and threats to our safety and even to our very own lives, and we should not be complacent in this matter lest we falter.

It is easy for us to be complacent if we do not live our lives with faith and be courageous in living up to what the Lord expects us to be. It is easy for us to fall into the trap of the temptations of the world, that is when we fall into the lures of pleasure of the flesh, of drunkenness and other vices and wickedness just as our Lord Jesus highlighted in today’s Gospel passage.

This is especially true in our era today, the time that we are living in, when we are experiencing daily the pressure to conform to the expectations of this world. We live in a world often obsessed with success, with fame and greed, with individualism and the ego of man, so much so that we end up being pressured to conform to these ways, which are often contrary to the ways of the Lord our God.

Take for example the abundance of materialism as a culture in and around us, through various advertisements and other means of communication. We are always inundated with so many of these messages and influences, that we are in danger of losing our focus and our way, becoming more and more attached and obsessed with the values and pursuits of worldliness rather than striving to become more faithful disciples and followers of our Lord.

We have to take note of the seriousness of this matter and prepare ourselves, brethren, for all that God had said in the Scriptures He will do in His own time, and when He comes to deliver judgment to all, we certainly will not want to end up on the wrong side, as our vices and wickedness outweigh our good deeds and virtues. We must not think that there is always time available for us, and therefore we can delay seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness until the very end.

Indeed, we do not even have the slightest idea or hint of when this will happen, and it can happen anytime. The Lord may just suddenly appear and declare His salvation to all whom He deems to be worthy, and if we are not prepared, we will be like those five foolish women who did not bring extra lamp oil with themselves. As a result, they missed the opportunity given to them, and God rejected them.

As Christians, all these readings and the readings for the past few weeks should have awakened in us the sense of great urgency to live in accordance with the ways of our Lord and at the same time, it is also a reminder for us to learn to resist worldly temptations of wealth, money and possessions. Otherwise these will easily tempted us as how they have tempted our ancestors and predecessors.

Let us all therefore strengthen our own spiritual life and connection to God through sincere and fervent prayers. Let us all put our focus and effort to serve the Lord through various means and commit ourselves day by day, by loving one another, showing charity and mercy to the poor, the weak, the ostracised, the unloved, and those who are sick and dying.

Let us all show forth our faith to others and to the whole world. Do not be afraid of ridicule, rejection and even persecution, but just do what we can do in order to remain as true Christians amidst this difficult time. God will be with us and He will guide us to Himself. Rich will be our reward when He comes again in glory and find us in our faith and worthy of Him. May God bless us all. Amen.