20th December, 2020

Entrance Antiphon  cf. Is 45:8
Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.

Collect
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you. ..

FIRST READING
A reading from the second Book of Samuel (2 Samuel 7:1-5.8b-12.14a.16)
The kingdom of David shall be made sure for ever before the Lord.

When King David dwelt in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies round about, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart; for the Lord is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. “‘And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.”’

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM  
Psalm 89:2-3.4-5.27 and 29 (R.2a)

R/. I will sing forever of your mercies, O Lord.

I will sing forever of your mercies, O Lord;
Through all ages my mouth will proclaim your fidelity.
I have declared your mercy is established forever;
your fidelity stands firm as the heavens. R.

“With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your descendants forever,
and set up your throne through all ages.” R.

“He will call out to me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the rock of my salvation.’
I will keep my faithful love for him always;
With him my covenant shall last.” R.

SECOND READING         
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (Romans16:25-27)
“The mystery which was kept secret for long ages is now disclosed.”

Brethren: To him who is able to strengthen you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA Luke1:38

Alleluia. Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. Alleluia.

GOSPEL              
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke1:26-38)
“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son.”

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I know not man?” And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

Mary, you have won God’s favour

PRIEST:
My brothers and sisters, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has a special place in our Christian devotion because, through her humility, she found favour with God. With this in mind, let us pray that like her, through our humility, Christ may find a home in our hearts.

READER:             
For the leaders of the Church, (pause)  With Mary as their Mother, let them also follow her example of humility, and give a witness to the world that the least and last shall be the greatest and first in God’s kingdom (pause) we pray to the Lord: Lord, teach us to be humble we pray Oh Lord.

For those in high places in civil government, (pause), Let them serve with generosity the poor and the destitute of our society, because they see in them the image of God their Creator and Father. (pause) we pray to the Lord: Lord, teach us to be humble we pray Oh Lord.

For the deprived and outcasts of our society, (pause) let them understand that no one is excluded from the Lord’s kingdom who humbly seeks God our Father’s will. (pause) we pray to the Lord: Lord, teach us to be humble we pray Oh Lord.

For the spread of God’s kingdom to every corner of our universe, (pause) let all men and women come to know the saving power of the Lord whose gospel of salvation for everyone shows that nothing is impossible to God. (pause) we pray to the Lord: Lord, teach us to be humble we pray Oh Lord.

PRIEST:
God always hears the prayers of his humble servants, and in silence, we make known to him our needs.

Father, we pray to you with Mary, who found favour with you as your handmaid through her humble obedience to your will. May we have a true devotion to her and follow her example. Through Christ our Lord. Amen