Entrance Antiphon: O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart. (Cf. Is 30: 19, 30)

Collect: Almighty and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance to his company.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

First Reading: Isaiah 11:1–10

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 72:1–2, 7–8, 12–13, 17

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. 

Second Reading: Romans 15:4–9

Gospel: Matthew 3:1–12

Prayer over the offerings:Be pleased, O Lord, with our humble prayers and offerings,
and, since we have no merits to plead our cause,
come, we pray, to our rescue
with the protection of your mercy.
Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Jerusalem, arise and stand upon the heights, and behold the joy which comes to you from God. (Bar 5: 5; 4: 36)

Prayer after Communion: Replenished by the food of spiritual nourishment,
we humbly beseech you, O Lord,
that, through our partaking in this mystery,
you may teach us to judge wisely the things of earth
and hold firm to the things of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.

Suggested Music


Entrance Antiphon: from the Ignatius Pew Missal 

Processional Hymn:  On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry

Responsorial Psalm: from the Ignatius Pew Missal

Alleluia: from the Ignatius Pew Missal 

Offertory: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (verses 1 & 2 only)

Communion Antiphon: From Ignatius Pew Missal

A Eucharistic Hymn is appropriate after communion.

Recessional: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

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