Readings For The 4th Sunday of Advent / B

First Reading
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16

The kingdom of David shall endure for ever before the Lord.

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

When King David was settled in his palace,
   and the Lord had given him rest from his enemies on every side,
   he said to Nathan the prophet,
   “Here I am living in a house of cedar,
   while the ark of God dwells in a tent!”
Nathan answered the king,
   “Go, do whatever you have in mind,
   for the LORD is with you.”
But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
   “Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord:
   Should you build me a house to dwell in?’

“It was I who took you from the pasture
   and from the care of the flock
   to be commander of my people Israel.
I have been with you wherever you went,
   and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.
And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth.
I will fix a place for my people Israel;
   I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
   without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
   since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
I will give you rest from all your enemies.

The LORD also reveals to you
   that he will establish a house for you.
And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
   I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
   and I will make his kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
   and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
   your throne shall stand firm forever.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29

R. :

R. (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
   through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever;”
   in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
   I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
   and establish your throne for all generations.”

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
   my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
   and my covenant with him stands firm.”

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading
Rom 16:25-27

The mystery kept sacred for long ages has now been manifested.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
To him who can strengthen you,
   according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ,
   according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages
   but now manifested through the prophetic writings and,
   according to the command of the eternal God,
   made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith,
   to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ
   be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Lk 1:38

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 1:26-38

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
   to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
   to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
   of the house of David,
   and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
   “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
   and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
   “Do not be afraid, Mary,
   for you have found favor with God.

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
   and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
   and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
   and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
   and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
   “How can this be,
   since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
   “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
   and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
   will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
   has also conceived a son in her old age,
   and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
   for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

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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