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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 14, n. 3)

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR B

December 17, 2017

“JESUS SAVIOR: In Him We Rejoice in the Lord”

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: An Advent song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

WORDS OF JEAN CARDINAL DANIELOU 

            As John the Baptist was the Lord’s precursor even before his birth, so also he was the forerunner of Christ’s public life. After the desert period came the crowning moment of a life spent preparing the way for Christ … A witness is someone who has first been granted an inner vision. God has introduced him to the divine viewpoint so that he can pass on what he has seen to others. So it is with John the Baptist. God first admitted him to his own counsel, revealing to him the mystery of the divine plan, drawing him into the desert to share with him his own joy. Then came the essential part of his vocation: he was a witness to Christ, that is to say he was the one who pointed out Christ to the people.”

 

SILENT ADORATION 

OPENING PRAYER

(Adapted from Cl. Bernard, Chant E 193 // cf. Days of the Lord, vol. 1, Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1991, p. 115) 

Assembly: You are the Other for whom we wait,

Jesus, Word and response,

you are our only song,

Emmanuel in our silences.

Reader: Are you the one who is to come

to make our desert bloom,

to free our hearts,

to bring our seeds to life

by the waters of the Jordan?

Assembly: You are the Other for whom we wait,

Jesus, Source of living water,

you are the springtime for the grain,

Emmanuel in our deserts.

Reader: Are you the one who is to come

and who comes each day

to free our lives,

to stir up our breath

by the movement of your own?

Assembly: You are the Other for whom we wait,

Jesus, the world’s strength,

you are the Living One who returns,

Emmanuel, God-with-us.

  

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

 

FIRST READING: Is 61:1-2a, 10-11

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

GOSPEL READING: Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

PERSONAL REFLECTION

In today’s Old Testament reading (Is 61:1-2a, 10-11), the joy-giving mission of the Messiah is depicted with lyrical beauty and poetry:  "The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God".  The Christian tradition has seen in this prophetic passage the figure of the Messiah long expected, Jesus the anointed One.  The prophetic passage delineates, moreover, in terms of nuptial imagery, the salvation and joy that would result from the messianic intervention of the consecrated one:  "I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels".  The bride Jerusalem celebrates the fulfillment of love between herself and Yahweh, and this fruitful love is expressed poetically as the earth bringing forth its plants and a garden with its fresh growth. 

The recipients of the messianic mission are the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the prisoners and those who mourn.  The poor or the anawim, encapsulates all the others.  The anawim are people bowed down in helplessness and dire need, acknowledging the benevolent kindness of Yahweh whose help they humbly seek and await.  God intervenes on their behalf through the spirit-filled Messiah resulting in abounding joy and exultation.

  

SONG: An Advent song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

Leader: We open our hearts to listen to the promptings of the living Word. Let us ask ourselves with limpid honesty:

1. Are we the precursors and witnesses of Christ in today’s world, a prophetic voice “crying out on the desert, make straight the way of the Lord”?

2. Do we allow ourselves to be the recipients of the compassionate saving acts of Jesus, the Servant of Yahweh, whose mission is thus delineated in the “Third Isaiah”: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has appointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God” (Is 61:1-2a)?

3. Are we open to the grace of God and the gift of his joy? What do we do to make this Sunday truly a “Gaudete Sunday”?

 

 AN ADVENT PSALM

(Courtesy of Fr. Raymond Bodson, CICM of the CICM Justice, Peace, and Integration of Creation Commission, Philippines)

 Awaken, my heart,

God’s reign is near.

The Peaceable Kingdom is in my hands.

If the wolf can be the guest of the lamb,

and the bear and cow be friends,

then no injury or hate can be a guest

within the kingdom of my heart.

Eden’s peace and harmony will not only return

when first,

in my heart, there hides no harm or ruin;

for the Peaceable Kingdom is in my hands.

Isaiah’s dream became Jesus’ vision:

“Come, follow me.”

Emmanuel’s echo rings,

“Reform your life, recover Eden’s peace.”

For only then will salvation appear.

For Advent’s dream is the healing of earth,

when the eagle and bear become friends,

the child and the serpent playmates.

Arise, awaken, my heart,

the Peaceable Kingdom is in your hands.

 

SONG: An Advent song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

  

PERSONAL PRAYER

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

(Adapted from the Liturgy of the Hours)

 

Leader: To our Redeemer who came to bring good news to the poor, let us earnestly pray:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of December: that the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming new generations. We pray: (R.)

2. Show yourself to those who have never known you; let them see your saving work. We pray: (R.)

3. Let your name be preached to the ends of the earth, that all may find the way to you. We pray: (R.)

4. You first came to save the world, now come again and save those who believe in you. We pray: (R.)

5. You brought freedom to us by saving us; continue to save us and make us free. We pray: (R.)

6. You came once as a man; you will return in judgment; bring eternal reward to those who have died. We pray: (R.)   

(Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER  

CONCLUDING PRAYER

 Leader: Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

ever faithful to your promises

and ever close to your Church:

the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming

and looks forward with longing

to his return at the end of time.

Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness

that hinders us from feeling the joy

which his presence will bestow,

for he is Lord forever and ever.

 Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: An Advent song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung

  

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

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