Liturgy Planning

Third Sunday of Advent

December 11, 2022

Year A - Lectionary [7]

First Reading

God himself is coming to save you | Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10

Let the wilderness and the dry-lands exult,

let the wasteland rejoice and bloom,

let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil,

let it rejoice and sing for joy.

The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it,

the splendour of Carmel and Sharon;

they shall see the glory of the Lord,

the splendour of our God.

Strengthen all weary hands,

steady all trembling knees

and say to all faint hearts,

‘Courage! Do not be afraid.

‘Look, your God is coming,

vengeance is coming,

the retribution of God;

he is coming to save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

the ears of the deaf unsealed,

then the lame shall leap like a deer

and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy

for those the Lord has ransomed shall return.

They will come to Zion shouting for joy,

everlasting joy on their faces;

joy and gladness will go with them

and sorrow and lament be ended.

a name which means “God-is-with-us.”’


Come, Lord, and save us. or Alleluia! | Psalm 145 (146):6-10

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,

  who is just to those who are oppressed.

It is he who gives bread to the hungry,

  the Lord, who sets prisoners free,

Come, Lord, and save us. or Alleluia!

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,

  who raises up those who are bowed down,

the Lord, who protects the stranger

  and upholds the widow and orphan.

Come, Lord, and save us. or Alleluia!

It is the Lord who loves the just

  but thwarts the path of the wicked.

The Lord will reign for ever,

  Zion’s God, from age to age.

Come, Lord, and save us.



Second Reading

Do not lose heart; the Lord's coming will be soon | James 5:7-10

Be patient, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! You too have to be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon. Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor.

Is 61:1(Lk 4:18)


'A greater than John the Baptist has never been seen' | Matthew 11:2-11

John in his prison had heard what Christ was doing and he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?’ Jesus answered, ‘Go back and tell John what you hear and see; the blind see again, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised to life and the Good News is proclaimed to the poor; and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.’

  As the messengers were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the people about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the breeze? No? Then what did you go out to see? A man wearing fine clothes? Oh no, those who wear fine clothes are to be found in palaces. Then what did you go out for? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet: he is the one of whom scripture says:

‘Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;

he will prepare your way before you.

‘I tell you solemnly, of all the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.’


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


Psalm 146: I Will Praise the Lord All My Days
Composer: Isele, David Clark
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 146: Lord, Come and Save Us
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 24/25: To You, O Lord
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 63: Your Love Is Finer Than Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

Bring Us Hope
Composer: Ruth Elaine Schram
Christ, Our Light
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Psalm 24
Creator of the Stars of Night
Text: Conditor alme siderum, Latin 9th c.
Publisher: WLP
Like a Shepherd
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: New Dawn Music
Maranatha, Lord Messiah
Composer: Kathy Powell
Text: "Gracious God of Wisdom, who hears your people’s cry, teach us ways of prudence, O Breath of God Most High. Maranatha, Lord Messiah, long awaited from afar. Come and make your home among us. Let us see your birthing star."
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
On Jordan's Bank
Composer: Miles, Gary
Text: Coffin, Charles
Publisher: Celebration
On That Holy Mountain
Composer: Joe Mattingly
Publisher: WLP
People Look East
Composer: French Carol
Text: Farjeon, Eleanor
Publisher: Public Domain
Take Comfort, My People
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Isaiah 40
Publisher: WLP
Wait for the Lord
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Within Our Hearts Be Born
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: GIA