Readings For 3rd Sunday Of Advent

First Reading
Is 61:1-2a, 10-11

I rejoice heartily in the Lord.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The spirit of the LORD GOD is upon me,
   because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
   to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
   and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
   and a day of vindication by our God.

I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
   in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation
   and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
   like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
   and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the LORD GOD make justice and praise
   spring up before all the nations.

Responsorial Psalm
Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54

R. :

R. (Is 61:10b) My soul rejoices in my God.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
   my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
   From this day all generations will call me blessed:

R. My soul rejoices in my God.

The Almighty has done great things for me,
   and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
   in every generation.

R. My soul rejoices in my God.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
   and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
   for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

R. My soul rejoices in my God.

Second Reading
1 Thes 5:16-24

May you entirely, spirit, soul and body, be preserved blamesless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
   for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
   and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
   be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
   and he will also accomplish it.

Gospel Acclamation
Is 61:1 (cited in Luke 4:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has annointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

There is one among you whom you do not recognize.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
   so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
   but came to testify to the light.

And this is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him
   to ask him, “Who are you?”
   he admitted and did not deny it,
   but admitted, “I am not the Christ.”
So they asked him,
   “What are you then? Are you Elijah?”
And he said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
So they said to him,
   “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself?”
He said:
   “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
   ‘make straight the way of the Lord
   as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent.
They asked him,
   “Why then do you baptize
   if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John answered them,
   “I baptize with water;
   but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
   the one who is coming after me,
   whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
   where John was baptizing.

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.

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