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The Great O Antiphons

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ACCLAMATION   The acclamations follow the Christological titles, They share the same sublime purpose of the Magnificat: to herald the grandeur of the salvation that the Son of God will bring; You fill the universe and hold all things together; You appeared to Moses and gave him the law; You stand as an ensign for the nations; What you open no …

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ADVENT 2014

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The reflections throughout this Advent Season will be taken from the writings of Sr Patricia Mary who died in 2010. She had a great love of the Liturgical Seasons and we would like to share it with you. Advent begins the Church’s New Year, and the annual cycle of the mysteries of Christ. The two great liturgical seasons, Advent/Christmastide and …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent 2012

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Preparing to worship This last Sunday of Advent, falling so close to Christmas, is our final preparation for the great feast. The waiting is almost over and we are ready to welcome God’s greatest gift with praise, thanksgiving and worship. The letter to the Hebrews speaks of the eagerness of the incarnate Word of the Father to come among us: Here …

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Third Sunday of Advent 2012 – GAUDETE

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PREPARING TO WELCOME The readings of today’s Mass will create in us, as in the people who came to John the Baptist, a feeling of expectancy.  “…someone is coming”, “…the Lord is very near”, “…the Lord your God is in your midst”. But there is immediate preparation to be made. When a special guest is expected the house has to …

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Second Sunday of Advent 2012

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 PREPARING Today’s gospel introduces John the Baptist and identifies him as the one who “cries in the wilderness; Prepare a way for the Lord”, and who preaches repentance as the preparation that is needed. Our hearts need to be purified so that our God may come to us. Yet in the first reading, from the prophet Baruch, it is God who is …

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First Sunday of Advent 2012

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WAITING Advent is a time of waiting, but waiting does not mean sitting back until something happens. Jesus in the Gospel uses stirring words: “stand erect…watch yourselves…stay awake”! We are to be alert and vigilant in our waiting, because at any moment he can come to us in the events of life, in the person of our neighbour, or in …

Christmas Eve

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The 4 already lighted candles of this wreath have represented for us, faith, peace, love and hope. Now we light the last candle to remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. As the prophets promised so long ago, you have come to us once again; and with the shepherds, we are filled with wonder and amazement. May …

4th Week of Advent

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Preparing to worship During this final week of Advent, the Church takes us, step by step, through the Gospel events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Sunday anticipates with the account of Gabriel’s visit to Mary, which we will have again on Tuesday. Monday tells us of Elizabeth’s conception of John the Baptist, and Wednesday of Mary’s visit to …

3rd week of Advent – Gaudete Sunday

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Preparing to welcome   “Gaudete”, from the entry chant of the Mass, means “Rejoice…the Lord is near”. The sense of anticipation is mounting as the Church, the Bride of Christ, leads us to prepare for the coming of her Bridegroom. The theme of joy runs through the readings. Isaiah tells of the joy of God’s anointed one, coming to fulfil …

2nd week of Advent

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Preparing to Serve   The second week of Advent introduces St John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ. Although he had a following of his own, he always pointed others to Christ  and placed himself beneath the lowest servant, unworthy even to kneel before Jesus and loosen the strap of his sandal. Jesus himself would declare that he did not …