Mass Lyrics & Readings

November 28/29 First Sunday of Advent


Entrance Hymn – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns and lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high, who orders all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.

Penitential Rite

(Repeat after cantor)
Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison

Gloria (Omitted on Sundays of Advent)

Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te,
benedicimus te,
adoramus te,
glorificamus te,
gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam,
Domine Deus, Rex caelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.

Domine Fili unigenite, Iesu Christe,
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris,
qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis;
qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram.
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.

Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus,
Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu: in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

READING I ~ IS 63: 16B-17, 19B; 64: 2-7

You, LORD, are our father,
our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,
while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM ~ 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19

R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

READING II ~ 1 COR 1: 1-9

Brothers and sisters:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always on your account
for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Show us Lord, your love;
and grant us your salvation.

GOSPEL ~ MK 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”


OFFERTORY ~ O Lord of Light

O Lord of light, who made the stars,
O Dawn by whom we see the way,
O Christ, Redeemer of us all,
Make haste to listen as we pray!

In lowliness you came on Earth
To rescue us from Satan’s snares:
O wonderous love that healed our wounds
By taking on our mortal cares!

To pay the debt we owed for sin
Your painful cross was named the price;
From Mary’s Virgin shrine you came,
A spotless Lamb for sacrifice.

But now you reign, the King of kings
Adored in highest majesty;
Your very name commands respect
From pole to pole and sea to sea!

Great Judge before whom all shall stand,
Have pity on your children’s plight;
Rise up to shield us with your grace,
Deliver us from Satan’s might!

To God the father and the son
For ages of eternal days,
Together with the spirit, be
All glory honor might and praise!


Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus dominus deus sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine domini. Hosanna in excelsis.


We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.Amen


Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis.Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis.Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona nobis pacem.

COMMUNION HYMN ~ Wake, O Wake and Sleep No Longer

Wake, O wake and sleep no longer,
For he who calls you is no stranger;
Awake, God’s own Jerusalem!
Hear, the midnight bells are chiming,
The signal for his royal coming;
Let voice to voice announces name!
We feel his footsteps near,
The bridegroom at the door, Alleluia!
The lamps will shine with light divine
As Christ the Savior comes to reign.

Zion hears the sound of singing;
Our hearts are thrilled with sudden longing.
She stirs and wakes and stands prepared.
Christ, her friend and Lord and lover,
Her star and sun and strong Redeemer,
At last his mighty voice is heard.
The Son of God has come
To make with us a home: sing Hosanna!
The fight is won, the feast begun;
We fix our eyes on Christ alone.

Glory, glory, sing the angels,
While music sounds from strings and cymbals;
All humankind, with songs arise!
Twelve the gates into the city,
Each one a pearl of shining beauty;
The streets of gold ring out with praise.
All creatures ’round the throne
Adore the holy One with rejoicing.
Amen be sung, by every tongue
To Crown their welcome to the King.

CLOSING HYMN ~ O Come Divine Messiah

O come, divine messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Dear Savior, haste;
Come, come to Earth, dispel the night and show your face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.
O come, divine messiah the world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph, and sadness flee away.