December 20: Fourth Sunday of Advent

And we gather in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. And with your spirit As we gather here today as God’s family with confidence we call upon our heavenly Father knowing of his mercy and of his compassion May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us of our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen. And let us pray Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection For he lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen This passage refers to the ark of God which was a wooden chest overlaid by gold, where the stones of tablets of the Ten Commandments were kept King David, rich and comfortable in his own palace, felt the ark deserved to be housed in similar splendor God will tell David that a physical building is not as important as the house, that is the dynasty, of David And Christians have seen this prophecy fulfilled in Christ who was born of the house of David Today’s passage concludes Paul’s long letter to the Romans

It is one sentence long and is very much like a toast offered to God In effect, Paul is saying that it all comes down to this: We should give thanks to God, but salvation is available to all people through faith in Jesus Christ The Lord be with you And with your spirit

Glory to you, O Lord No matter how many times a messenger, even a heavenly messenger, tells you, Do not be afraid, these are still frightening events because in Mary’s world and in our world, virgins do not become pregnant kings are not born to peasants, and angels bringing news of our salvation don’t usually make house calls And yet, we’re told this is how the birth of Christ came about Now it’s tempting to look back on that moment when the word became flesh and see it as an amazing story that happened to Mary a plaster statue with palms that never sweat, whose knees never buckled, whose heart never pounded with terror or with joy Yet, this story cannot be controlled or contained neatly in the past For like Mary, we are invited to help give birth to Christ in our world by working for justice even when it’s just easier to walk away by speaking the truth even when it’s more safe to remain silent It’s a challenge guaranteed to make our hearts pound and our palms sweat

We look at Mary and see in her a wonderful role model for our own lives We can only imagine what went through her mind on that extraordinary day or the following days of her pregnancy and all that came afterwards All we know is that she placed herself in God’s service and that God found her to be a worthy vessel to carry God’s son As we heard in our first reading, the mighty King David was not permitted to provide a home for the Lord but the Virgin Mary was chosen instead She was not to build a temple for God but to be the temple of God And we can see that God asks us to do more than build a house for his presence. He calls us to be the house of his presence God calls us to radiate his love, to radiate his love to a world that looks for a savior, that longs for a savior Gabriel spoke to Mary and waited for her response God speaks to each and every one of us throughout our lives And our God is waiting for our response And together, now, let us stand as we make our Profession of Faith I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen And filled with that Advent joy, we have the courage to make known our needs and our desires to our God For the Church: that our hearts may be an authentic dwelling place for God and thus enable us to bring God’s presence to all whom we encounter, We pray to the Lord Lord, hear our prayer For peace and justice: that the advent of the Prince of Peace may enlighten minds and hearts to resolve disputes with words and open new pathways of justice, We pray to the Lord Lord, hear our prayer For the gift of wisdom: that like Mary, we may ponder God’s invitations to us and give our full yes to all that God asks of us so that we may bring forth God’s saving presence in our world, We pray to the Lord Lord, hear our prayer For a listening heart: that our hearts may be stilled and quieted so that we may hear the Word of God as it comes to us in word, event and experience each day, We pray to the Lord. Lord hear our prayer For an end to the Covid pandemic: that God will heal the sick, strengthen the caregivers, and guide the distribution and administration of the vaccines, We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer For all who are isolated or alone, particularly those who are homebound or away from family and friends: that Christ may fill their emptiness and open our hearts to reach out to them and reunite them with loved ones in the New Year, We pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer For the Spirit of Healing: particularly for those inscribed in our Book of the Sick,

that God will strengthen their minds and bodies, and restore them to wholeness, We pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer For all who have died this week, that God will welcome them into the eternal banquet to live in God’s presence forever, We pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer For the prayers we now offer for all parishioners, including Audrey Chavez and JR Gutierrez, and for the repose of the souls of Rev. Bernard Bush, Samantha Faye Arenas, Richard Ives, Frank Petroni, and Rita Sanchez, We pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer Good and gracious God, we make known to you our needs and our desires those we speak aloud, and those we speak in the silence of our hearts we ask that you grant them for we ask them through Christ, our Lord. Amen Normally, we would take up our offertory at this time. As we know, we are not able to do so but I would encourage you take the moment today or in the coming days, to go ahead and make your donation, either do it online, you can do it on the screen that you’re looking at right now, just scroll down and follow the link there, or you can go to our parish website or the diocesan website You can also put it in the mail or drop it off at the parish office We thank you in advance for your generosity and continue to we remind you how thankful we are for your generosity, as well Pray, my sisters and brothers that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his holy Church May the Holy Spirit, O Lord, sanctify these gifts laid upon your altar, just as he filled with his power the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through Christ our Lord. Amen And the Lord be with you And with your spirit Lift up your hearts We lift them up to the Lord Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. It is right and just It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ For all the oracles of the prophets foretold him, the Virgin Mother longed for him with love beyond all telling John the Baptist sang of his coming and proclaimed his presence when at last he came It is by his gift that already we rejoice at the mystery of his Nativity, so that he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in our praise And so, with the Angels and Archangels, with the Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and the Powers of heaven we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we now acclaim You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness

Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion he took bread and giving thanks broke it gave it to his disciples saying take this all of you and eat of it for this is my Body which will be given up for you In a similar way, when supper was ended he took the chalice and once more giving thanks he gave it to his disciples saying, Take this, all of you and drink from it for this is the Chalice of my Blood the Blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me And let us proclaim the mystery of our faith As we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you Humbly, we pray that by partaking of the Body and the Blood of Christ we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit Remember, Lord, your Church spread throughout the world; bring her to the fullness of charity together with Francis, our Pope, Oscar, our Bishop and all the clergy and religious Remember also, our sisters and brothers who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all who have died in your mercy Welcome them into the light of your face; have mercy on us all we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God with the Blessed Joseph, her spouse, with the Blessed Apostles and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ Through him and with him and in him, O God almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours forever and ever And together now, let us pray for the coming of God’s kingdom as Jesus taught us Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you

look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen May the peace of the Lord be with you always And with your spirit Let us offer each other a sign of that peace Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed And let us pray Having received this pledge of eternal redemption, we pray, almighty God that, as the feast day of our salvation draws ever nearer so we may press forward all the more eagerly to the worthy celebration of the mystery of your Son’s Nativity For he lives and reign for ever and ever. Amen Mass in the Courtyard Make reservations via the parish website Christmas Schedule Make reservations via the parish website Thank you in advance, and I hope that you have a great day Remember to keep your distance, wash your hands, wear your mask, and we’ll get through all this together Have a great day May the Lord be with you And with your spirit May almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen Our Mass here today has come to its end. May we go in peace to love and to serve our Lord. Thanks be to God