Readings for 4th Sunday of Advent / A

First Reading
Is 7:10-14

Behold, the virgin shall conceive.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
   let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
   “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
   Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
   must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
   the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
   and shall name him Emmanuel.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.

R. :

R. (7c and 10b) Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory.

The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
   the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
   and established it upon the rivers.

R. Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory.

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
   or who may stand in his holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
   who desires not what is vain.

R. Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory.

He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
   a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
   that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.

R. Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory.

Second Reading
Rom 1:1-7

Jesus Christ, descended from David, is the Son of God.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
   called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God,
   which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
   the gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
   but established as Son of God in power
   according to the Spirit of holiness
   through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
   to bring about the obedience of faith,
   for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
   among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
   to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
   and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Acclamation
Mt 1:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and thay shall name him Emmanuel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 1:18-24

Jesus will be born of Mary, the betrothed of Joseph, a son of David.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
   but before they lived together,
   she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
   yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
   decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
   the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
   “Joseph, son of David,
   do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
   that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
   because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
   Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
   and they shall name him Emmanuel,

   which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
   he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
   and took his wife into his home.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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