Program for 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass

The 1st Sunday of Advent

Rev. Vince Fernandez, celebrant

November 29, 2020 – 10:30 am

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Liturgy of the Word
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Communion Rite


Choral Prelude on Wachet auf by J. S. Bach

Introductory Rite

All stand as the ministers process to the front of the church.


A version with the music printed can be found below the text.

1. Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.

2. Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

3. Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4. By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Tune: STUTTGART, 8 7 8 7; Christian F. Witt, 1660-1716; Harm. By Kenneth D. Smith

 Blessing and Lighting of the Advent Wreath

The celebrant will process to the Advent Wreath, and prepares those present for the blessing:

My brothers and sisters, today we begin the season of Advent.
We open our hearts to God’s love as we prepare to welcome Christ into our lives and homes.
The candles of this wreath remind us that Jesus Christ came to conquer the darkness of sin
and to lead us into the light of his glorious kingdom.
Let us pray.

Then, with hands outstretched, the celebrant says the prayer of blessing:
Lord God,
your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior,
who enlightens our hearts
and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.

Pour forth your blessings upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath;
may their light reflect the splendor of Christ,
who is Lord, for ever and ever. R. Amen.

The first candle is then lighted, as the choir sings the Introit (Entrance Antiphon).


To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul:
Come and rescue me, Lord, in you I take refuge.
V. Let not my enemies exult over me; let none who hope in you be put to shame.
V. O Lord, make me know your ways; teach me your paths.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end. Amen. 

Psalm 24(25):1-3
Music: Aristotle A. Esguerra


All make the Sign of the Cross as the priest says:
In the name + of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.
The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.

 Penitential Act

The priest asks the faithful to call to mind their sins, saying:
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Then all recite together the formula for general confession:
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

The absolution by the Priest follows:
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
R. Amen.


Kyrie eleison. R. Kyrie eleison. (Lord, have mercy)
Christe eleison. R. Christe eleison. (Christ, have mercy)
Kyrie eleison. R. Kyrie eleison. (Lord, have mercy)

Music: Mass XVII (for the Sundays in Advent)


When the Kyrie is concluded, the Priest, with hands joined, says:

Let us pray.

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,
one God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

All are seated for the readings from scripture.

The Liturgy of the Word

 First Reading

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

You, LORD, are our father,
our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,
while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.

The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Music: Howard Hughes (refrain); Joseph Gelineau, SJ (verses)

The psalm is intoned by the cantor, and all repeat it.

R. Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.

V. O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.

R. Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.

V. God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.

R. Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.

V. YMay your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again;
give us life that we may call upon your name.

R. Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.

 Second Reading

1st Corinthians 1:3-9

A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers and sisters:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always on your account
for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 Gospel Acclamation

Psalm 85:8

All stand as the deacon asks the priest for his blessing to proclaim the Gospel.
Meanwhile, the cantor intones the Gospel Acclamation, and all repeat it:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

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

R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


Mark 13:33-37

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark. R. Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

The Gospel of the Lord. R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

After the Book of the Gospels has been returned to its place, all are seated for the homily.

 Profession of Faith (Nicene Creed)

All stand as the priest introduces the 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,
At the words that follow, up to and including and became man, all bow.
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.

 The Universal Prayer (Prayers of the Faithful)

After each petition, all respond Lord, hear our prayer.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

 Offertory Motet

O King, and desire of all nations,
Thou cornerstone, who hast made both one;
Come, and save us, whom thou made from the clay.
Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Text: O Rex Gentium, Advent antiphon for 22 December
Music: John Stainer (1840-1901)

 Prayer over the offerings

All stand as the priest asks God to bless the offerings of bread and wine:
Pray, my brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
R. 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.

Accept, we pray, O Lord, these offerings we make,
gathered from among your gifts to us,
and may what you grant us to celebrate devoutly here below
gain for us the prize of eternal redemption.
Through Christ our Lord. 
R. Amen.

 Preface Dialogue

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts. R. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. R. 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 Christ our Lord.
For he assumed at his first coming
the lowliness of human flesh,
and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago,
and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,
that, when he comes again in glory and majesty
and all is at last made manifest,
we who watch for that day
may inherit the great promise
in which now we dare to hope.
And so, with Angels and Archangels,
with Thrones and Dominions,
and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim:


Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Music: Missa Orientalis

All kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer.

 The Eucharistic Prayer
 Memorial Acclamation (Mysterium Fidei)

Priest: The mystery of faith.


Priest: Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours,

Holy Communion

 The Lord’s Prayer

All stand as the priest introduces the Lord’s Prayer:
At the Savior’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

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. Who live and reign for ever and ever. R. Amen.

The peace of the Lord be with you always. R. And with your spirit.

 Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.

Music: Missa Orientalis

The priest genuflects and takes the host and presents it to the people, saying:
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.
R: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

 Communion Antiphon

The Lord will show his kindness, and our land will yield its fruit.
V. I will hear what the LORD God speaks; he speaks of peace for his people and his faithful,
and those who turn their hearts to him.
V. His salvation is near for those who fear him, and his glory will dwell in our land.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end. Amen.

Psalm 84(85):12, 9, 8
Music: Aristotle A. Esguerra

 Communion Motet

In the stillness of our darkness,
In the shadows of the night;
Earth is waiting for the promise,
Longing for the coming light.

Once before he came in blessing,
Still he comes, our hearts to win;
Come, Lord Jesus, come in glory,
Let your heaven on earth begin.

Come, Almighty, to deliver,
Let us all thy grace receive;
Suddenly return, and never—
Nevermore our presence leave.

Light of Light shine through our darkness,
Turn our night to radiant day;
Come, Lord Jesus, come in glory,
Open all our hearts to praise. Amen.

Text: compiled by Mark Schweizer
Music: Mark Schweizer

 Marian Antiphon

Loving mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again,
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before,
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners.

 Prayer after Communion

A period of silent prayer follows. Then, all stand as the priest says:

Let us pray.

May these mysteries, O Lord,
in which we have participated,
profit us, we pray,
for even now, as we walk amid passing things,
you teach us by them to love the things of heaven
and hold fast to what endures.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

 Solemn Blessing and Dismissal

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.

The priest may optionally use this formula for Solemn Blessing, in which case the deacon says Bow down for the blessing, while the priest continues:

May the almighty and merciful God,
by whose grace you have placed your faith
in the First Coming of his Only Begotten Son
and yearn for his coming again
sanctify you by the radiance of Christ’s Advent
and enrich you with his blessing. R. Amen.

As you run the race of this present life,
may he make you firm in faith,
joyful in hope and active in charity. R. Amen.

So that, rejoicing now with devotion
at the Redeemer’s coming in the flesh,
you may be endowed with the rich reward of eternal life
when he comes again in majesty. R. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever. R. Amen.

The deacon chants: Go in peace. To which the people respond: Thanks be to God.


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