25 November – St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr (Wednesday before Advent): Livestreamed Mass at 7am
Introit – Loquebar de testimoniis tuis (Ps 119:46, 47, 1)
I have spoken of thy testimonies, even before kings, and was not ashamed: and my delight hath been in thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly.
(Ps) Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way: and walk in the law of the Lord. Glory be … As it was … I have spoken…
O God, whose dwelling-place is in the pure of heart: grant we beseech thee; that we who venerate the memory of the Martyr Catherine, thy faithful bride, may have grace to follow the example of her holiness and courage; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The First Reading – Revelation 15:1-4
I, John, saw another portent in heaven, great and wonderful, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.
And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and wonderful are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the ages! Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord? For you alone art holy. All nations shall come and worship you, for your judgments have been revealed.”
Gradual – Dilexisti (Ps 45:7)
Thou hast loved righteousness: and hated iniquity.
V. Wherefore God, even thy God: hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness.
Alleluia – Diffusa est gratia (Ps 45:2b)
Alleluia. Alleluia. Full of grace are thy lips: because God hath blessed thee for ever. Alleluia.
Holy Gospel – Luke 21:12-19
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”
26 November – Thursday next before Advent – Year II: Livestreamed Mass at 7am
Introit – Dicit Dominus (Jer 29:11, 12, 14; Ps 85:1)
Thus saith the Lord, I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: ye shall call upon me, and I will hearken unto you, and will bring again your captivity from every nation.
(Ps) Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be… As it was… Thus saith…
Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people: that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The First Reading – Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a
I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendour. And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul and hateful bird.”
Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So shall Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and shall be found no more; and the sound of harpists and minstrels, of flute players and trumpeters, shall be heard in you no more; and a craftsman of any craft shall be found in you no more; and the sound of the millstone shall be heard in you no more; and the light of a lamp shall shine in you no more; and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall be heard in you no more; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.”
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” Once more they cried, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
Gradual – Liberasti nos (Ps 44:8, 9)
It is thou, O Lord, that savest us from our enemies: and puttest them to confusion that hate us.
V. We make our boast in God all day long: and will praise thy Name for ever.
Alleluia – De profundis (Ps 130:1)
Alleluia. Alleluia. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Alleluia.
Holy Gospel – Luke 21:20-28
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to fulfil all that is written. Alas for those who are with child and for those who are nursing in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”