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First Sunday of Advent Mass- Sunday Nov 27/11 Mass
LIVE AIRING: 1930-2000 Nov 27,2011
Introduction: Rev. Dr. Joel Lamoure RPH., DD, FASCP, OSM, OSF
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Keeping the Christ in Christmas
Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent
Enter the Church
(Within the comfort of our Life and House):
Enter Church, that they take the Holy Water and cross Self
Having found their places, ---- kneel and say some simple prayer-- "O my GOD, I am only a child: help me to be attentive, and to pray with all my heart, during this Holy Mass."
"I adore and bless Thee, O Lord Jesus CHRIST, Who, by Thy Cross, hast redeemed the world." Pater, Ave." Ref 7
Hymn and Reflection:
"Imagine a choir of timid singers, barely daring to raise their voices. A few of the choir members are actually hiding behind the person in front of them, and some of the tenors are simply mouthing the words. Now compare that image to a regal chorus belting out the "Hallelujah Chorus" in a great cathedral. Which one would you rather listen to?
Of course, we'd prefer the bold chorus. We like the sound of strong voices blending together in beautiful worship. And that's the kind of singing this week's hymn calls to mind. It repeats the words "Alleluia, Amen" again and again. And those words mean "Praise the Lord, Indeed!"--a phrase that demands jubilant voices!
Such praise comes easily in our church sanctuaries. Our hearts soar as the congregation joins together in this hymn. But somehow, it's more difficult to express that kind of worship in everyday life. We live among skeptics who raise eyebrows at such expressions of praise. Even among other believers, "Praise the Lord!" doesn't always feel like a natural phrase when it comes to day-to-day activities.
Yet as Christians, we should never be timid about praise. When we're blessed with a bright, sunny day, we should sing "Praise the Lord, Indeed!" When a daughter receives excellent grades on her report card, we should echo the words again. Family times, work success, good health--they're all reasons to boldly praise God because those everyday blessings come from him.
As you go through this week, look for God's little blessings in your everyday activities. And then sing out loud. Because each of these things gives a great reason to "Praise the Lord, Indeed!"" Ref5
Hymn: Come Christians Join to Sing
"Throughout Advent, the Church prescribes readings from the greatest of the prophets, the Prophet Isaiah, whose writings foreshadow the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
On the first Sunday of Advent, we read the beginning of the book of Isaiah, where the prophet speaks in the voice of God and calls the people of Israel to repentance, to prepare them for the coming of His Son. But the Old Testament people of Israel also represents the New Testament Church, so the call to repentance applies to us as well. Christ has already come, at the first Christmas; but He is coming again at the end of time, and we need to prepare our souls.
We need to "cease doing evil, and learn to do good," and Isaiah mentions specific acts of charity that we might take to heart this Advent season: help those who are oppressed, by poverty or injustice; relieve the orphaned; care for widows. Our works flow from our faith, and are a sign of that faith. But, as the Apostle James declared, "Faith without works is dead."" Ref4
Isaiah 1:1-18 (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amos I which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Ozias, Joathan, Achaz, and Ezechias, kings of Judah.
Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath spoken. I have brought up children, and exalted them: but they have despised me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel hath not known me, and my people hath not understood.
Woe to the sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a wicked seed, ungracious children: they have forsaken the Lord, they have blasphemed the Holy One of Israel, they are gone away backwards.
For what shall I strike you any more, you that increase transgression? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart is sad. From the sole of the foot unto the top of the head, there is no soundness therein: wounds and bruises and swelling sores: they are not bound up, nor dressed, nor fomented with oil.
Your land is desolate, your cities are burnt with fire: your country strangers devour before your face, and it shall be desolate as when wasted by enemies.
And the daughter of Sion shall be left as a covert in a vineyard, and as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, and as a city that is laid waste. Except the Lord of hosts had left us seed, we had been as Sodom, and we should have been like to Gomorrha.
Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom, give ear to the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrha.
To what purpose do you offer me the multitude of your victims, saith the Lord? I am full, I desire not holocausts of rams, and fat of fatlings, and blood of calves, and lambs, and buck goats. When you came to appear before me, who required these things at your hands that you should walk in my courts? Offer sacrifice no more in vain: incense is an abomination tome. The new moons, and the Sabbaths, and other festivals I will not abide, your assemblies are wicked. My soul hateth your new moons, and your solemnities: they are become troublesome to me, I am weary of bearing them. And when you stretch forth your hands, I will turn away my eyes from you: and when you multiply prayer, I will not hear: for your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes: cease to do perversely, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow.
And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool.
"Sweet JESUS, Example of obedience, help me to love Thy holy law, and keep it faithfully all the days of my life. Blessed are they, O Lord, who hear Thy words and keep them."
Offertory and Orate Fraters
""The Priest offers to Thee, great GOD, bread and wine, to be made for us the Body and Blood of JESUS CHRIST. I offer Thee my heart, change it and make it like unto the Sacred Heart of JESUS, meek and humble and full of love of Thee, and of my neighbor."
"I Wash, O Lord, my faults away in the Precious Blood of JESUS; make me pure and holy, and fit to praise Thee in Thy Holy Church." Gloria Patri.
" Orate Fratres" (Pray, brethren) and continues in a low voice saying, " that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to GOD the Father Almighty," answer:--
"The Lord receive this Sacrifice at thy hands to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His Holy Church."" ref7
""We therefore pray Thee, most merciful Father, to bless and accept this Holy Sacrifice, which we offer Thee for Thy honour and glory, and to obtain for ourselves all graces. Bless Thy Holy Catholic Church, our Chief Bishop, our Bishop, and our Priests. Convert this country and all poor sinners and unbelievers throughout the world: heal the sick: comfort the sorrowful."" ref7
""O Eternal Father, look upon the Face of Thy dear Son, Whom we present to Thee, receive this Holy Sacrifice of His Body and Blood for . . . the pardon of my sins and for all I love and all for whom He died."
The Holy Souls must be commemorated, so
"Remember, also, O Lord, the souls of the Faithful departed, especially our relations, benefactors and friends. To these and to all that rest in Christ, grant a place of refreshment, light and peace, through the same Christ our Lord."" ref7
"Receiving Holy Communion, instruction about Sacramental Communion.
The Act of Spiritual Communion.” My JESUS ... I believe . . . that Thou art present ... in this Most Holy Sacrament . . . I adore Thee ... I love Thee ... I am sorry I have offended Thee . . . come to my poor soul and unite Thyself to me. + I thank Thee, O JESUS. O never, never leave me."" ref7
Final Reflection and Ablution and Contrition
"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34
This Hymn reflects that of need for sight of God and not sight of Money
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise: Thou mine inheritance…
All those who call themselves Christians claim to put God at the top of their priorities. Jesus said:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength.
These words become the first—and greatest commandment, when a person puts on their ‘marching boots’ and begins to follow Jesus.
St. Paul, the great Apostle of the first century, helped to reinforce this single-minded commitment to God. When, after surveying past achievements of education, religious heritage and social prestige, wrote that he abandoned them all for Someone else:
I consider everything a loss when compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…Philippians 3:8
Centuries before Paul, the Psalmist took inventory of his possessions. He lifted his eyes upward and affirmed his perspective on life’s priorities:
Who have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. Psalm 73:25
The writer of Be Thou My Vision refers to God by many descriptive titles. Some of them are taken directly from the Bible while others, not found in Scripture, are consistent with Biblical teaching:
Vision, Lord, Best thought, Wisdom, Word, Great Father, High King, Inheritance, Treasure, Sun, Ruler, Heart and others as we" ref6
Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
"BLESSED be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true GOD and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the great Mother of GOD, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Blessed, praised and hallowed be JESUS CHRIST on His throne of glory, and in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar." ref7
Giving of thanks for attendance