This Week's Sunday Mass

December 16, 2018: Third Sunday of Advent

Presider: Fr. Mark Payne
Parish: Chaplain, Heart of the Nation
Choir: GaudeteThe Lord be with you. And with your spirit.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke. Glory to you o Lord.
The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, "Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise." Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, "teacher, what should we do?" he answered them, "Stop collecting more than what is prescribed." Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?" He told them, "Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages." Now the people were filled with expectation and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, "I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
John's one of my favorite figures, especially during Advent, his strong voice being out there preparing all of us for the coming of the Lord. And that's exactly what he's doing. He's preparing us. But I want to join with the crowd. I want to join with the tax collector. I also want to join with the soldiers. And I would like all of us to join together and say to the Lord, "What do I need to do to prepare for Jesus' coming?" and I'm sure in the midst of the season, we're running about busily trying to get packages and presents all wrapped and get all set for Christmas. Maybe still decorating a little bit here and there and all the gatherings and all of the parties that we have, do we take a moment to ask the question that was asked by the crowd by the tax collector or the soldier, “What do I need to do to truly prepare my heart for the coming of our Lord?” Maybe for some of us and for our viewers maybe it’s time as we are recuperating from a sickness or recovering from a surgery to be grateful, to be grateful that all went well, to be grateful that all is well maybe it’s time to just quiet ourselves and actually take a little extra prayer time. Maybe we need to be kinder when we're standing in those busy lines waiting to be checked out. Practice a little more patience. A little more understanding. Maybe greet the people and share a joke or maybe a little more humor to be a little more uplifted. Yes, this is a special season but we can also in the midst of our busyness make it something that is little less special or maybe that we're not as grateful or maybe we miss really what the season is about. All together let us be challenged by John's words to the crowd, to the tax collector and to the soldiers what do I need to do to prepare for Christ's coming
Entrance: O Come Divine Messiah
Text: 78 76 with refrain; Abbé Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, 1663-1745; tr. by Sr. Mary of St. Philip, 1825-1904. Music: Trad. French carol, 16th cent.

Psalm: Cry Out with joy and gladness
© 2007 Brian McLinden

Preparation: My Soul in Stillness Waits
Type: Words and Music; First Line: For you O Lord, my soul in stillness waits / En el Silencio Te Aguardo
Tune: Marty Haugen b.1950
© 1982, 2005, GIA Publications, Inc.

Communion: I Myself Am the Bread of Life
Text: Rory Cooney, b.1952
Tune: Rory Cooney, b.1952
©1987, North American Liturgy Resources. Published by OCP Publications

Sending Forth: Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn
Text: Marty Haugen, b.1950
Tune: REJOICE, REJOICE, 9 8 9 8 8 7 8 9; Marty Haugen, b.1950
© 1983 GIA Publications, Inc.

Penitential Rite:
© 2007 Brian McLinden

Mass Setting: Mass of a Holy Father
© 2007 Brian McLinden

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