(Usus Antiquior) First Sunday of Advent (I Classis) – Sunday, 2 December 2018 : 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, 2 December 2018 : 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, 2 December 2018 : Gradual and Alleluia

Liturgical Colour : Violet

Psalm 24 : 3-4 and Psalm 84 : 8

Universi, qui Te exspectant, non confundentur, Domine.

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

Alleluja, Alleluja.

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

 

English translation

None of those who wait on You shall be confounded.

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

Alleluia, Alleluia.

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

(Usus Antiquior) First Sunday of Advent (I Classis) – Sunday, 2 December 2018 : 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, 2 December 2018 : 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.

Response : 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.

Response : 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.

Saturday, 1 December 2018 : 34th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day as we come to the last day of our current liturgical year, we are yet again reminded of the importance to be always ready and be prepared to expect the coming of the Lord and the time of reckoning, which the Lord alone knows when in the exact time and age. We have to live our lives with faith, and devote ourselves, every single days of our life, to serve the Lord and to follow His will.

In the Gospel reading today, we heard from the Lord Jesus Himself warning His disciples and the people to always be on the watch of their attitudes, behaviours and actions, that they do not act foolishly or give in to the temptations of their earthly desires and the pride and ego in their hearts and minds. He reminded them of the threats and the snares of the devil that are always present in our midst, trying to pull us away from God.

The devil is always trying to tempt us with many forms of pressures, temptations and allures, more often than not, showing us the false sense of security found in his path. The path of worldliness often lead us into that form of happiness, satisfaction and pleasure, but it does not show us where the path truly leads to in the end, and that is, eternal suffering, pain and despair, when totally sundered from God’s grace and love in hell, we regret for eternity our choice.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, that is why we need to remember that the Lord’s path, while it may seem to be not as appealing, not as easy, and not as smooth as the path which Satan is showing us as an alternative, but in the end, it leads to nothing less than eternity of happiness and true joy with God, in His presence and grace, forever and ever. This is what we have heard in our first reading passage today, from the Book of Revelations when the Angel of God showed St. John what was to be in the life that is to come with God.

Today, all of us are reminded of this reality in our life, and of the choice which we indeed need to make in our respective lives, on whether we want to obey the Lord and walk in His ways, or whether we prefer instead to follow the seemingly easier, less challenging and more pleasurable path as shown to us by the devil. We are called to make a stand and to choose the path we are to take, and we should indeed not tarry in making a decision.

Why is that so? That is because our time on earth, as we are all should be aware of, is limited, and God alone knows when each and every one of us are to give an account of our life before Him. Each one of us have different span of life, different experiences and paths in life, and it is prudent that we should be ever ready to face the reckoning of our lives. We should not wait, while the opportunity is available, lest it may be too late for us to change our ways, and we regret.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, day after day, God is always reminding us through the Church, through His servants, our priests and bishops, through even our family members, relatives, friends and all those whom we encounter in our daily living, to be faithful to Him and to follow His ways and examples. We should not ignore these sometimes quiet promptings from our God, Who loves each and every one of us.

Now, are we willing to make the commitment to the Lord and devote our effort, time and attention from now on, to turn wholeheartedly towards Him? Let us all therefore be faithful children of God, loving God our Father daily, through our every deeds, our every words and actions from now on, till the time we are reunited in perfect love in His heavenly glory. May God bless us all, now and forevermore. Amen.

Saturday, 1 December 2018 : 34th Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 21 : 34-36

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “Be on your guard : do not immerse yourselves in a life of pleasure, drunkenness and worldly cares, lest that day catch you unaware, like a trap! For, like a snare, will that day come upon all the inhabitants of the earth.”

“But watch at all times and pray, that you may be able to escape all that is going to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”