Daily Mass Readings – 20 December 2015 – Sunday

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Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Micah 5: 2-4

2 (Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne, And the rest of his brethren shall return to the children of Israel.)

3 He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the LORD, in the majestic name of the LORD, his God; And they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth;

4 he shall be peace. If Assyria invades our country and treads upon our land, We shall raise against it seven shepherds, eight men of royal rank;

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19

2 Shepherd of Israel, listen, guide of the flock of Joseph! From your throne upon the cherubim reveal yourself

3 to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Stir up your power, come to save us.

15 Turn again, LORD of hosts; look down from heaven and see; Attend to this vine,

16 the shoot your right hand has planted.

18 May your help be with the man at your right hand, with the one whom you once made strong.

19 Then we will not withdraw from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.

Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 5-10

5 For this reason, when he came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;

6 holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in.

7 Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, Behold, I come to do your will, O God.'”

8 First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in.” These are offered according to the law.

9 Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.” He takes away the first to establish the second.

10 By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Gospel: Luke 1: 39-45

39 During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,

40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,

42 cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

43 And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

45 Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

December
Sun 6 13 20 27
Mon 7 14 21 28
Tue 1 8 15 22 29
Wed 2 9 16 23 30
Thu 3 10 17 24 31
Fri 4 11 18 25
Sat 5 12 19 26
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