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Liturgical Leaflet for an Active Participation in the Celebration of the Eucharist

21 December 2017 CHRISTMAS NOVENA Sixth Day Year B

In Praise of Mary,
The Mother of the Lord

T odays Gospel brings us to meditate on the second Joyful

Mystery: Marys Visitation to Elizabeth. The two holy women
have been the recipients of Gods special favor: the gift of
a child. For Elizabeth, her child is a most unexpected gift in her
old age; for Mary, her child is an even more precious gift: the
very Son of God.
Together with Elizabeth, we greet and proclaim Mary as
the Mother of our Lord and the Woman of Faith. In this
Eucharistic celebration, let us open our hearts to welcome Jesus,
who is brought to us by his Most Holy Mother to be our Brother,
Savior, and Model.

abeth and her son, John. Lamb of God, Son of the Fa-
Lord, have mercy! ther, you take away the sins
All Lord, have mercy! of the world, have mercy on
Entrance Antiphon P Lord Jesus, at your visit, us; you take away the sins
(To be recited only when no Entrance Elizabeth was filled with of the world, receive our
Hymn is sung.) the Holy Spirit. Christ, prayer; you are seated at the
have mercy! right hand of the Father, have
The Lord and Ruler will mercy on us. For you alone
be coming soon, and his All Christ, have mercy!
name will be called Emman- P Lord Jesus, you are our are the Holy One, you alone
uel, because he will be God- Lord and Savior. Lord, are the Lord, you alone are
with-us. have mercy! the Most High, Jesus Christ,
All Lord, have mercy! with the Holy Spirit, in the
Greeting glory of God the Father.
P May almighty God have Amen!
P Blessed be God our Fa- mercy on us, forgive us our
ther who gave us His only sins and bring us to everlast-
Son through the Blessed Vir- ing life. Collect (Opening Prayer)
gin Mary. May His grace and AllAmen!
peace be with you all. P Hear in kindness, O
All And with your spirit! Lord, the prayers of your
Gloria people, that those who rejoice
Penitential Act AllGlory to God in the at the coming of your Only
highest, and on earth peace Begotten Son in our flesh,
P The Lord Jesus wants to people of good will. We may, when at last he comes
to come to us as he went to praise you, we bless you, in glory, gain the reward of
Elizabeth through the Virgin we adore you, we glorify eternal life.
Mary. Let us examine our- you, we give you thanks Through our Lord Jesus
selves and see if we are prop- for your great glory, Lord Christ, your Son,who lives
erly disposed to receive him. God, heavenly King, O God, and reigns with you in the
(Pause) almighty Father. unity of the Holy Spirit, one
P Lord Jesus, your pres- Lord Jesus Christ, Only God, for ever and ever.
ence brought joy to Eliz- Begotten Son, Lord God, All Amen!
God is the Lord, the people he tation, our attention turns to
has chosen for his own inheri- Mary Most Holy and Eliza-
tance. R. beth, with Jesus as the source
* Our soul waits for the Lord, of their shared joy. Together
1st Reading Zep 3:14-18 with them, let us pray:
The happiness of Jerusalem who is our help and our shield,
originated from the presence of for in him our hearts rejoice; in All Lord, open our hearts to
the Lord. This foreshadowed his holy name we trust. R. You!
the joy experienced by Eliza- Gospel Acclamation C For the Universal
beth in receiving the visit of Church: May she ever more
Mary Most Holy who was car- All Alleluia! Alleluia! appreciate the role of women
rying in her womb the Savior O Emmanuel, our King in the Christian community
of the world. and Giver of Law: and constantly defend their
come to save us, Lord our
R A proclamation from God! dignity. Let us pray! R.
the Book of the Prophet Alleluia! Alleluia! C For all wives: May they
Zephaniah be instruments of sanctifica-
Shout for joy, O daughter Gospel Lk 1:39-45 tion for their husbands and
Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! We continue our medita- promoters of harmony and
Be glad and exult with all your tion on the Joyful Mysteries of joy in the home. Let us pray!
heart, O daughter Jerusalem! our salvation. Todays Gospel R.
The Lord has removed the passage makes us reflect on the
preciousness of Gods gift to C For all mothers: May
judgment against you, he has they raise their children in
turned away your enemies. us in the person of Jesus, the
blessed fruit of the womb of the holy fear and love of the
The King of Israel, the Lord, Lord, and be an inspiration to
is in your midst, you have no the Virgin Mary.
them in the fulfillment of their
further misfortune to fear. P The Lord be with you! duties. Let us pray! R.
On that day, it shall be All And with your spirit!
said to Jerusalem: Fear not, C For all the women who
O Zion, be not discouraged! P A proclamation from the have vowed their lives to the
The Lord, your God, is in your holy Gospel according to Lord: May they always be
midst, a mighty savior. He will Luke faithful to their commitments
rejoice over you with gladness, All Glory to you, O Lord! and mirror to the lay faithful
and renew you in his love. He Mary set out in those days the splendor of an undivided
will sing joyfully because of and traveled to the hill coun- love. Let us pray! R.
you, as one sings at festivals. try in haste to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house C For all girls: May they
The Word of the Lord! be loving daughters to their
All Thanks be to God! of Zechariah and greeted
Elizabeth. When Elizabeth parents, treasure purity and
Responsorial Psalm Ps 33 heard Marys greeting, the a spirit of dedication to the
infant leaped in her womb, good of others. Let us pray! R.
R Exult, you just, in the and Elizabeth, filled with the
Lord! Sing to him a new C Let us pray in silence for
Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud our personal intentions.
song! voice and said, Most blessed (Pause) Let us pray! R.
R. M. Velez are you among women, and
blessed is the fruit of your P Lord God, may we pre-
F C/E Dm Dm/C womb. And how does this hap- pare ourselves for the coming

pen to me, that the mother of Christmas the way Elizabeth
my Lord should come to me? prepared herself for the birth
E--xult, you just, in the Lord! For at the moment the sound of John, and Mary for the
Bb C F
of your greeting reached my birth of Jesus, our Lord and

ears, the infant in my womb Savior who lives and reigns
leaped for joy. Blessed are for ever and ever.
you who believed that what All Amen!
Sing to him a new song!
was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.
* Give thanks to the Lord on
the harp; with the ten-stringed The Gospel of the Lord!
lyre chant his praises. Sing All Praise to you, Lord Jesus
to him a new song; pluck the Christ!
Preparation of the Gifts
strings skillfully, with shouts
of gladness. R. Homily P Pray, brethren . . .
All May the Lord accept the
* But the plan of the Lord sacrifice at your hands, for the
stands forever; the design of Prayer of the Faithful praise and glory of his name,
his heart, through all genera- P As we meditate on the for our good and the good of
tions. Blessed the nation whose joyful mystery of the Visi- all his holy Church.

21 December 2017
Prayer over the Offerings vide enduring protection for
P Be pleased, O Lord, to your people, so that, being
accept the offerings of your subject to your glorious maj-
Church, for in your mercy esty in dedicated service, they
All Our Father . . . may know abundant health in
you have given them to be of- P Deliver us, Lord
fered and by your power you mind and body.
All For the kingdom, the Through Christ our Lord.
transform them into the mys- power, and the glory are
tery of our salvation. All Amen!
yours, now and for ever.
Through Christ our Lord.
All Amen! Sign of Peace
Preface of Advent II Breaking of the Bread
P The Lord be with you! All Lamb of God, you take P The Lord be with you.
All And with your spirit! away the sins of the world: All And with your spirit!
P Lift up your hearts! have mercy on us. (2)
Lamb of God, you take P Bow your heads and
All We lift them up to the pray for Gods blessing.
Lord! away the sins of the world:
P Let us give thanks to the grant us peace. (Pause)
Lord our God! May almighty God keep
All It is right and just! Communion you from all harm and
P Behold the Lamb of God, bless you with every
P It is truly right and just, behold him who takes away the good gift.
our duty and our salvation, sins of the world. Blessed are All Amen!
always and everywhere to those called to the Supper of P May His grace strengthen
give you thanks, Lord, holy the Lamb. you to withstand the hard-
Father, almighty and eter- All Lord, I am not worthy ships of life.
nal God, through Christ our that you should enter under AllAmen!
Lord. my roof, but only say the P May He make you stead-
For all the oracles of word and my soul shall be fast in faith, joyful in
the prophets foretold him, healed. hope, and untiring in
the Virgin Mother longed love all the days of your
for him with love beyond Communion Antiphon life.
all telling, John the Baptist (To be recited only when no Com-
munion Hymn is sung.) AllAmen!
sang of his coming and pro-
claimed his presence when Blessed are you who have P May almighty God bless
he came. believed, that what was spo- you: the Father, and the
It is by his gift that already ken to you by the Lord would Son, and the Holy Spirit.
we rejoice at the mystery of be fulfilled. AllAmen!
his Nativity, so that he may P Go in peace to love and
find us watchful in prayer and Prayer after Communion serve the Lord in your
exultant in his praise. P Lord, may participation neighbor as Mary did.
And so, with Angels and in this divine mystery pro- All Thanks be to God!
Archangels, with Thrones
and Dominions, and with all
the hosts and Powers of heav- S P E C I A L
en, we sing the hymn of your
glory, as without end we ac-
All Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of hosts. Heaven and
earth are full of your glory.
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Christmas Novena Sixth Day


M arys visit to Elizabeth was quite a pleasant

surprise for the elderly lady who had barricaded
herself within her house from the moment she had
stand how the Mother of the Messiah had deigned to
honor her with her visit. But that was beside the point,
for she knew full well, by now, that the Lords ways
discovered that she had gotten pregnant in her old age. are inscrutable. What mattered was Mary. And for her,
That was her second pleasant surprise in six months. Elizabeth had still another compliment: Blessed are
(The first, of course, had been her discovery that she you because you believed that what was spoken to
was expecting a child, despite her being beyond the you by the Lord would be fulfilled!
normal age of childbearing, and especially because she These few sentences, uttered by Elizabeth under
had been barren all her life.) the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, make of her the first
But Elizabeths greatest surprise came from learn- and most enthusiastic of Marys devotees. Her words
ing that her young relative had been chosen by God were not an empty compliment but the humble and
to be the mother of the promised Messiah. Probably, God-inspired acknowledgment of Marys dignity and
like just about everybody else, Elizabeth was convinced worth.
that the Messiah would be born of some queen and in a Those who claim to believe that the Bible is the
royal palace, while Mary was a simple, poor village girl word of God should take the episode of the Visitation
who lived in a despised corner of Northern Palestine. very seriously. Unfortunately, most of them fail to do so.
But rather than lead to doubt or deny the fact that They actually systematically ignore this episode as if it
Mary had indeed received such a sublime privilege and were one of the many apocrypha which are the fruit of
mission, Marys Good News brought Elizabeth to greet popular exaggeration. Clearly, these poor brothers and
her young cousin with the enthusiastic acclaim: You sisters are blinded by prejudice against Mary Most Holy,
are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the Mother of the Lord. This is a very serious handicap.
the Child that you bear in your womb! That was not We should pray that the same Holy Spirit who inspired
a simple human conclusion. It was the Holy Spirit who Elizabeth may also work on them and bring them to
had enabled Elizabeth to realize the loftiness of the repeat with love what old Elizabeth proclaimed with joyful
dignity which such motherhood bestowed on Mary. admiration, and which the Church has been praying for
In her humility, the elderly lady just could not under- the past two thousand years. Jess P. Balon

Advent/Christmas Trivia


he Misa de gallo is a liturgical hybrid. The Liturgy The Misa de gallo fits in well with the Filipino
prefers celebrations by octaves, or by eight inclination towards sacrificial suffering. Not that we
consecutive days. In fact, the second phase are a sadistic people. But we treasure more gifts
of Advent, 17-24 December, is precisely that. It is obtained through some pain yung pinaghirapan!
an octave meant to heighten the aware- Thus we are fond of dawn processions
ness of the first coming of the Messiah and the penitential celebrations of the
some two millennia ago. The Misa de Semana Santa.
gallo keeps this basic preparation for Participation in these novena
Christmas orientation but lengthens Masses has always been popular. In
itself into a novena, beginning on the fact, to allow the farmers who usually
16th of December. would have to till the soil at a very
The tradition was begun by the Span- early hour, the Spanish padres held
ish frailes. The nine-day Masses were a these Masses early enough so as
golden opportunity to catechize the faith- not to interfere with the farmers daily
ful, many of whom like those of today schedule. So it was that as the cock
were not so regular for Sunday Mass. crowed on the first watch, the village
More importantly, the novena Masses churchs campanillas called the faithful
were in thanksgiving for the gift of faith for the 4:00 AM Mass. Thus the novena
for these islands which alone had been converted Masses got their name Misa de gallo!
to it. The Misa de gallo was a national petition to Source: Bajo las Campanas
remain steadfast in the Catholic faith. Fr. John Cabrido, SDB

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