Mass Readings for the Day

7 December – Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Introit –  In medio ecclesiae (Sir 15:5; Ps 92:1)
In the midst of the congregation he opened his mouth; and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: in a robe of glory he arrayed him.
(Ps) It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most Highest.  Glory be…  As it was…  In the midst…

Collect
O God, who didst set thy blessed Bishop Saint Ambrose in thy Church as a Doctor and defender of the Catholic faith and an example of apostolic fortitude: grant, we beseech thee; that aided by his intercession, we may escape the dangers of error, and never be ashamed to confess thy truth; 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 – Isaiah 40:1-11
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.  A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  
A voice says, “Cry!”  And I said, “What shall I cry?”  All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people is grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.  Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”  Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.  He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Gradual – Os iusti (Ps 37:31, 32)
The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgement.
V. The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings shall not slide.

AlleluiaAmavit eum Dominus (Sir 45:9)
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  The Lord loved him, and adorned him: he clothed him with a robe of glory.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 18:12-14
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “What do you think?  If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.  So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

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8 December – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Livestreamed Mass at 11am

Introit – Gaudens gaudebo (Is 61:10; Ps 30:1)
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord my God; yea, my soul shall be joyful and glad in him; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation: he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
(Ps) I will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou hast set me up: and not made my foes to triumph over me.  Glory be…  As it was…  I will…

Collect
O God, who in the foreknowledge of thy Son’s most precious death didst consecrate for him a dwelling-place by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: mercifully grant that she who was preserved from all defilement, may evermore pray for us, until we attain unto thee in purity of heart; through the same 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 – Genesis 3:9-15, 20
[After Adam had eaten of the tree,] the Lord God called to him and said, “Where are you?” 
And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
He said, “Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.”
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all wild animals; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Gradual –  Benedicta es tu (Jud 13:18; 15:9)
Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, of the Lord, the Most High God: above all the women upon earth.
V. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel: thou art the honour of our people.

The Second Reading – Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will, we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory.

Alleluia – Tota pulchra es (Song 4:7)
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  All fair art thou, O Ma-ry: nor is original sin found in thee.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Luke 1:26-38
At that time: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 
And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?”
And the angel said to her,
“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, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.  For with God nothing will be impossible.” 
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”  And the angel departed from her.