Sunday 23 December 2018 4th Sunday of Advent Year C

God our redeemer,

who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of your Son:

grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,

so we may be ready to greet him

when he comes again as our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Micah 5.2-5a

2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,

who are one of the little clans of Judah,

from you shall come forth for me

one who is to rule in Israel,

whose origin is from of old,

from ancient days.

3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time

when she who is in labour has brought forth;

then the rest of his kindred shall return

to the people of Israel.

4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,

in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great

to the ends of the earth;

5 and he shall be the one of peace.

If the Assyrians come into our land

and tread upon our soil,

we will raise against them seven shepherds

and eight installed as rulers.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Magnificat

Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

1            My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;  •

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2            From this day all generations will call me blessed;  •

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name.

3            He has mercy on those who fear him,  •

from generation to generation.

4            He has shown strength with his arm  •

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5            Casting down the mighty from their thrones  •

and lifting up the lowly.

6            He has filled the hungry with good things  •

and sent the rich away empty.

7            He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,  •

to remember his promise of mercy,

8            The promise made to our ancestors,  •

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

or Psalm 80.1-8

1  Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, •

you that led Joseph like a flock;

2  Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, •

before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.

3  Stir up your mighty strength •

and come to our salvation.

4  Turn us again, O God; •

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

5  O Lord God of hosts, •

how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?

6  You feed them with the bread of tears; •

you give them abundance of tears to drink.

7  You have made us the derision of our neighbours, •

and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

8  Turn us again, O God of hosts; •

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Hebrews 10.5-10

5Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,

but a body you have prepared for me;

6 in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings

you have taken no pleasure.

7 Then I said, “See, God, I have come to do your will, O God”

(in the scroll of the book it is written of me).’

8When he said above, ‘You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sin-offerings’ (these are offered according to the law), 9then he added, ‘See, I have come to do your will.’ He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Luke 1.39-45 [46-55]

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’[

46 And Mary said,

‘My soul magnifies the Lord,

47   and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

50 His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

51 He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

and lifted up the lowly;

53 he has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’]

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Heavenly Father,

who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of the promised saviour:

fill us your servants with your grace,

that in all things we may embrace your holy will

and with her rejoice in your salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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