Liturgy Planning

First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2022

Year A - Lectionary [1]

First Reading

The Lord gathers all nations together into the eternal peace of God's kingdom | Isaiah 2:1-5

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In the days to come

the mountain of the Temple of the Lord

shall tower above the mountains

and be lifted higher than the hills.

All the nations will stream to it,

peoples without number will come to it; and they will say:

  ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

  to the Temple of the God of Jacob

  that he may teach us his ways

  so that we may walk in his paths;

  since the Law will go out from Zion,

  and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem.’

He will wield authority over the nations

and adjudicate between many peoples;

these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,

their spears into sickles.

Nation will not lift sword against nation,

there will be no more training for war.

O House of Jacob, come,

let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Responsorial

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’ | Psalm 121(122):1-2,4-5,6-9

  I rejoiced when I heard them say:

  ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

  And now our feet are standing

  within your gates, O Jerusalem.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

  It is there that the tribes go up,

  the tribes of the Lord.

  For Israel’s law it is,

  there to praise the Lord’s name.

  There were set the thrones of judgement

  of the house of David.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

  For the peace of Jerusalem pray:

  ‘Peace be to your homes!

  May peace reign in your walls,

  in your palaces, peace!’

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

  For love of my brethren and friends

  I say: ‘Peace upon you!’

  For love of the house of the Lord

  I will ask for your good.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

Second Reading

Our salvation is near | Romans 13:11-14

You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Acclamation

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.

Psalm 84:8 

Gospel

The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect | Matthew 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.

  ‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’

 

'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'

See Also

Psalms

Psalm 122: I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 122: Let Us Go Rejoicing
Composer: Wilcock, Christopher
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 24/25: To You, O Lord
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 33: Lord, Let Your Mercy
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP

Hymns & Songs

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Text: Janzen, Jean
Publisher: New Dawn Music
Like a Shepherd
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: New Dawn Music
My Soul in Stillness Waits
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Text: O Antiphons, Latin 9th c.
Publisher: Public Domain
O Comfort My People
Composer: Veritas Hymnal
Text: Gaelic
Publisher: Veritas Hymnal
On Jordan's Bank
Composer: Miles, Gary
Text: Coffin, Charles
Publisher: Celebration
People Look East
Composer: French Carol
Text: Farjeon, Eleanor
Publisher: Public Domain
Sing of the Lord's Goodness
Composer: Sands, Ernest
Text: Sands, Ernest
Publisher: OCP
Soon and Very Soon
Composer: Crouch, Andrae
Text: Crouch, Andrae
Publisher: Bud John Songs, Inc.
Take Comfort, My People
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Isaiah 40
Publisher: WLP
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns
Composer: Wyeth, John
Text: Brownlie, John
Publisher: GIA