Reading for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year C. Liturgical Colour: violet

¤First Reading: (Micah 5: 1-4a) ¤Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19 (4)) ¤Second Reading: (Hebrews 10: 5-10) ¤Gospel: (Luke 1: 39-45) First Reading: (Micah 5: 1-4a) Now shalt thou be laid waste, O daughter of the robber: they have laid siege against us, with a rod shall they strike the cheek of the judge of Israel. AND THOU, BETHLEHEM Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going…

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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT (2)

YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: MARY GAVE THANKS TO THE LORD …..”My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior!” BY: Fr. Francesc PERARNAU i Cañellas HOMILY: Today’s Gospel presents for our consideration the Magnificat Canticle, with which the Virgin Mary, full of joy, greets Elizabeth, her relative, mother of John the Baptist, in her home. Mary’s words remind us of other Biblical canticles and songs She knew quite well and had so often, recited and…

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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT (1)

YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: PERFECT EXAMPLES BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon HOMILY: (Lk. 1:46-56) Seventh Day of Simbang Gabi, December 22, 2018 In today’s readings we have two women of different eras but uttering similar praises to God. Hannah, in the first reading, was a barren woman who pleaded to God for a child, Samuel, and was granted one. She promised to consecrate the child to the Lord. The first reading makes an account of the fulfillment of that promise while the…

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Reading for Saturday of the 3rd Week of Advent Year A. Liturgical Colour: violet

¤First Reading: (1 Samuel 1: 24-28). ¤Responsorial Psalm: (1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd) ¤Gospel: (Luke 1: 46-56) First Reading: (1 Samuel 1: 24-28). And after she had weaned him, she carried him with her, with three calves, and three bushels of flour, and a bottle of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord in Silo. Now the child was as yet very young: And they immolated a calf, and offered the child to Heli. And Anna said: I beseech thee, my lord, as thy…

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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT (3)

YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: Mary, the Mother of God. BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu HOMILY: “And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’” * (Luke 1:41-42)* Our first reading today is from the Song of Songs and from a passage that talks about the beloved leaping upon the…

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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT (2)

YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY…..” Blessed are you who believed” BY: Fr. Àngel CALDAS i Bosch HOMILY: Today, the text of the Gospel corresponds to the second joyful mystery: the «Visitation of the Blessed Virgin to Her Cousin, St. Elizabeth». It certainly is a complete mystery! A silent inburst of profound and intense joy as History has never ever narrated! It is Mary’s joy that has just become a mother, because it is fitting that…

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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT (1)

YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: GOD’S LOVE FOR MANKIND BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon HOMILY: (Lk. 1:29-35) Sixth Day of Simbang Gabi, December 21, 2018 (also Sg. 2:8-14) In today’s First Reading we have a beautiful poem coming from a lover for the beloved. It tells the story of how the lover seeks, awaits, and longs for the beloved. It is romantic but also sincere and committed. It speaks of human loving and invitation to love. It is believed to be referring to…

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Reading for Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent. Memorial: Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Liturgical Colour: violet

First Reading: (Songs 2: 8-14 or Zephaniah 3: 14-18a) Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 33: 2-3, 11-12, 20-21) Gospel: (Luke 1: 39-45) First Reading: (Songs 2: 8-14 or Zephaniah 3: 14-18a)Songs 2: 8-14 The voice of my beloved, behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills. My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart. Behold he standeth behind our wall, looking through the windows, looking through the lattices. Behold my beloved speaketh to me: Arise, make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come. For…

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YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (3)

YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT  HOMILY THEME: Living Tabernacles BY: Fr. Mike Lagrimas  HOMILY: Lk 1:39-45  When we pray the Rosary, we also recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Perhaps many of us may find some of the titles of Mary rather vague and strange. Let me mention a few: House of Gold, Tower of David, Tower of Ivory, Spiritual Vessel, Vessel of Honor, Singular Vessel of Devotion, and Ark of the Covenant. These titles may sound unfamiliar to many of us, but they have…

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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT (3)

YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT  HOMILY THEME: Behold I am the Handmaid of the Lord. BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu  HOMILY: “And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.’” (Luke 1:30-31) Our Gospel passage presents us with the scene of the Annunciation; the announcement to Mary by the same Angel Gabriel who had earlier on visited Zechariah.…

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