November 19th, 2017
SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
First Reading Zephaniah 1.7,12-
14The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter, the warrior cries aloud there. 15That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. 17I will bring such distress upon people that they shall walk like the blind; because they have sinned against the LORD, their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. 18Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD’s wrath; in the fire of his passion the whole earth shall be consumed; for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Psalm or Canticle Psalm 90.1-
R May the favour of the Lord, the Lord our God be upon us.
1 Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the earth and the world were formed, *
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. R
3 You turn us back to dust and say: *
‘Turn back, O children of earth.’
4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday, *
which passes like a watch in the night. R
5 You sweep them away like a dream; *
they fade away suddenly like the grass.
6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered. R
7 For we consume away in your displeasure; *
we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.
8 You have set our misdeeds before you *
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance. R
9 When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
our years come to an end like a sigh.
10 The days of our life are three score years and ten,
or if our strength endures, even four score; *
yet the sum of them is but labour and sorrow,
for they soon pass away and we are gone. R
11 Who regards the power of your wrath *
and your indignation like those who fear you?
12 So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. R
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5.1-
Gospel Matthew 25.14-
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Invitation to Confession (All Saints to Advent; Any Saint 2) ©The Archbishops' Council
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