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Introit: Philippians iv: 4-6
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men, for the Lord is nigh. Be not solicitous, but in everything by prayer let your petitions be made known to God. [Ps.] Lord, Thou has blessed Thy land. Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be.... Rejoice in the Lord....
The Gloria in excelsis is omitted in Masses of the Advent season.
Incline Thine ear to our prayers, we beseech Thee, O Lord; and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who livest and reignest....
Epistle: Philippians iv: 4-7
A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the
Apostle to the Philippians:
Gradual: Ps. lxxix: 2-3 & 2
O Lord, that sittest upon the Cherubim, stir up Thy might and
come. Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel; that rulest Joseph like a
Gospel: John i: 19-23
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John.
Offertory: Ps. lxxxiv: 2-3
Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land. Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people.
May the sacrifice of our devotion, we beseech Thee, O Lord, be always offered unto Thee; that it may both fulfill the end for which Thou didst institute this sacred Mystery, and wonderfully work in us Thy salvation.
Communion: Isaias xxxv: 4
Say to the fainthearted, take courage and fear not. Behold, our God will come and He will save us.
We implore Thy mercy, O Lord, that these divine Mysteries, by atoning for our sins, may prepare us for the coming festival. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with the Holy Ghost and Thee livest and reignest, one God, world without end.
"Benedicamus Domino" replaces "Ite, Missa est" in all Masses (except Requiem Masses) in which the "Gloria in excelsis" is omitted.