First Sunday of Advent (A)
November 27, 2022
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.


 

(Beginning this Sunday, I will be including the proper chants of the Mass in Latin and English as found in the Roman Gradual – the source for the official music of the Latin rite of the Catholic Church.  The propers include the entrance chant (Introit), the response to the first reading (Gradual), Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion chant.  These will be accompanied by brief comments from the magistral work of Bl. Ildefonso Schuster, The Sacramentary.)

Introit

 

 

Unto you have I lifted up my soul. O my God, I trust in you, let me not be put to shame; do not allow my enemies to laugh at me; for none of those who are awaiting you will be disappointed.  V/. Make your ways known unto me, O Lord, and teach me your paths.

“The Introit Ad te levavi, with its continuation from Psalm xxiv, gives eloquent expression to the feelings of humanity, cast down, yet full of hope, and begs the Saviour to bring it back into the path which leads to Bethlehem, along the way of truth and justice.”

Kyrie

 

Collect

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,
the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ
with righteous deeds at his coming,
so that, gathered at his right hand,
they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading  Is 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD's house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
"Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths."
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Responsorial Psalm  Ps 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R/. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

 

I rejoiced because they said to me,
"We will go up to the house of the LORD."
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.

According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
May those who love you prosper!
May peace be within your walls,
prosperity in your buildings.

Because of my brothers and friends
I will say, "Peace be within you!"
Because of the house of the LORD, our God,
I will pray for your good.

Gradual

 

They will not be disappointed, O Lord, all those who are awaiting you. Make your ways known unto me, O Lord, and teach me your paths.

“The sacred Liturgy, during this time, gathers from the Scriptures all those passages which are most forcible and best adapted to express the intense and joyful longing with which the holy patriarchs,the prophets and the just men of the Old Testament hastened by their prayers the coming of the Son of God.”

Second Reading Rom 13:11-14  

Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light;
let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,
not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

 

 

Show us, Lord, your love; * and grant us your salvation.

 “The alleluiatic verse... expresses our desire that the Father will now show us his pity and his salvation—which is Jesus Incarnate.”

Gospel Mt 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
"As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

Reflection Questions

How do you hope to walk more steadily in the light of the Lord this Advent?

How might you fortify yourself against “works of darkness” with the “armor of light” this Advent?

How might you be better prepared for the coming of Christ this Advent?

Catena Nova

It is…Jesus Christ himself who is the source as well as the object of the liturgy; and hence the ecclesiastical year…is neither more nor less than the manifestation of Jesus Christ and His mysteries, in the Church and in the faithful soul. It is the divine cycle in which appear all the works of God, each in its turn….what the liturgical year does for the Church at large, it does also for the soul of each one of the faithful that is careful to receive the gift of God (Abbot Prosper Guéranger).

We preach not one coming only of Christ, but a second also, far more glorious than the first. The first revealed the meaning of his patient endurance; the second brings with it the crown of the divine kingdom.  Generally speaking, everything that concerns our Lord Jesus Christ is twofold. His birth is twofold: one, of God before time began; the other, of the Virgin in the fullness of time. His descent is twofold: one, unperceived, like dew falling on the fleece; the other, before the eyes of all, is yet to happen. In his first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in the manger. In his second coming he is clothed with light as with a garment. In his first coming he bore the cross, despising its shame; he will come a second time in glory accompanied by the hosts of angels.  It is not enough for us, then, to be content with his first coming; we must wait in hope of his second coming (St. Cyril of Jerusalem).

Unless the Lord comes to my soul beforehand and makes his home with me, unless Christ lives in me and speaks his word in my heart, it is useless for me to know if and when his coming will take place. Only if Christ is already living in me and I in him will it go well with me when he comes in judgment (Paschasius Radbertus).

You therefore, Brethren, to whom as to little children, God reveals what He has hidden from the wise and the prudent, dwell in earnest reflection upon the things that are truly salutary, and diligentlyseekoutthereasonofthisseason of Advent, asking namely: Who is itthatiscoming;whenceHecomes and how He comes; to what purpose;when,andwhere,doesHe come? Praiseworthy indeed is this curiosity, and most salutary: nor would the universal Church commemorate so devoutly this present time of Advent unless that there was contained within it some deep significance, some sacredmystery (St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

O my God, Word of the Father, Word made flesh. For the love of us, You assumed a mortal body in order to suffer and be immolated for us. I wish to prepare for Your coming with the burning desires of the prophets and the just who in the Old Testament sighed after You, the one Savior and Redeemer… O Lord, send Him whom You are going to send… As you have promised, come and deliver us! I want to keep Advent in my soul, that is, a continual longing and waiting for this great Mystery wherein You, O Word, become flesh to show me the abyss of Your redeeming, sanctifying mercy. O sweetest Jesus, You come to me with Your infinite love and the abundance of Your grace; You desire to engulf my soul in torrents of mercy and charity in order to draw it to You. Come, O Lord, come! I, too, wish to run to You with love, but alas! my love is so limited, weak, and imperfect! Make it strong and generous; enable me to overcome myself, so that I can give myself entirely to You (St. Teresa of Avila).

No moment, be it ever so sublime, is totally fulfilled; in fact, whenever it does seem fulfilled, it is always because it is full of promise, pointing beyond itself to what is beyond all time, to what is eternal. For the most part, however, things slip away unexplored, undone, unexhausted, unlived; beings touch and feel each other but without recognition, without penetrating one another. And what is more frightening, lovers fall apart again; they cannot maintain their love; habit and familiarity cause life to turn to stone. Time proves the most genuine avowals of faithfulness to be false. All that is transitory is shipwrecked on the sandbanks of reality, whither the waves of time draw it, to be smashed to pieces (Hans Urs von Balthasar).

Advent is the season of the secret, the secret of the growth of Christ, of divine Love growing in silence. It is the season of humility, silence, and growth. For nine months Christ grew in his Mother’s body. By his own will she formed him from herself, from the simplicity of her daily life. She had nothing to give him but herself. He asked for nothing else. She gave him herself. Working, eating, sleeping, she was forming his body from hers. His flesh and blood. From her humanity she gave him his humanity (Caryll Houselander).

Homily

 

Creed

 

Intercessions (Mary Grace Melcher)

 

For the whole church, summoned again
to wake from sleep, to throw off the
works of darkness and to put on the
armor of light, that we may respond
joyously to this message.

That the Lord’s house may be established
on the highest peak, and all nations stream
toward Him for instruction and counsel.

That we may stay awake, ready and
watching for the coming of our Lord
and Master, that His arrival may not be a
disruption of our lives, but the goal of all
our desires.

For the grace to keep our souls in silence and
vigilance, alert to the many small arrivals
of the Lord that come through events and
circumstances, and through those we love.

For those whose Advent is full of pain,
illness, loneliness, hunger, and poverty,
that we may be willing to reach out to them
and assist them in their every need.

For our faithful departed, who have set foot
within the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem,
that they may enjoy everlasting peace.

God of majesty and power,
amid the clamour of our violence
your Word of truth resounds;
upon a world made dark by sin
the Sun of Justice casts his dawning rays.
Keep your household watchful
and aware of the hour in which we live.
Hasten the advent of that day
when the sounds of war will be for ever stilled,
the darkness of evil scattered,
and all your children gathered into one.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen. (ICEL; 1998)

Offertory Chant

 

To thee, Lord, I have lifted up my soul: my God, in thee is my confidence, I shall not be made to blush; neither let my enemies scorn me, for none shall be ashamed that wait for thee.

“The Offertory also is borrowed from Psalmxxiv—the typical psalm of the first Sunday of Advent—and shows clearly the reason of such a choice in the words :He who with watchful trust waits upon the Lord shall never be confounded.”

Offertory Hymn (Latin, ca. 7th cent)

 

O heavenly Word, eternal Light,
begotten of the Father's might,
who in these latter days wast born
for blessing to a world forlorn.

Pour light upon us from above,
and fire our hearts with ardent love,
that, as we hear thy truth today,
all wrong desires may burn away;

And when, as judge, thou drawest nigh
the secrets of our hearts to try,
to recompense each hidden sin
and bid the saints their reign begin.

O let us not, for evil past,
be driven from thy face at last,
but with thy saints for evermore
behold thee, love thee, and adore.

To God the Father, God the Son,

And God the Spirit, ever One,

Praise, honor, might and glory be

From age to age, eternally.

Communion Chant

 

The Lord will bestow his loving kindness, and our land will yield its fruit. Ps. O Lord, you have favored your land, *and brought back the captives of Jacob. You forgave the guilt of your people, *and covered all their  sins. You averted all you rage; *you turned back the heat of your anger.

“The Communion is a song of gladness and thanksgiving, takenf rom Psalmlxxxiv,from which we have also the alleluiatic verse. OurLord has given us in theEucharist a pledge of his infinite goodness, and our hearts, so long rendered arid and sterile by sin, but now refreshed by the dews of grace, are about to bring forth fruit in due season.”

Closing Hymn Text: Lawrence Tutiette (1825-1897)

O quickly come, great Judge of all,
For glorious will Your coming be.
All shadow from the truth will fall,
O come and heal that we may see!
O quickly come! for doubt and fear
Dissolve like cloud when You are near.

O quickly come, true Life of all;
Death's mighty pow'rs do still abound;
In ev'ry place sin's shadows fall,
On ev'ry heart sin's mark is found:
O quickly come! for grief and pain
Shall never cloud Your marvelous reign.

O quickly come, O come and save!
Reign all around us and within.
Let sin no more our souls enslave,
Let pain and sorrow die with sin.
O quickly come! for You alone
Can make Your scattered people one.

 

 

 

 

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