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Liturgical Readings for : Sunday, 28th November, 2021
Today's Readings
Léachtaí Gaeilge

The First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture theme
The Advent spirit of waiting and longing for the Lord reminds us of the daily call to holiness.
We are to be found blameless when he comes, living lives of honesty and integrity.
We are to avoid the temptations to escapism from the true meaning of life.


A reading from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah             33:14-16
Theme: I will make a virtuous Branch grow for David.

See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – Family tree
when I am going to fulfil the promise I made to the House of Israel

and the House of Judah:

In those days and at that time,
I will make a virtuous Branch grow for David,
who shall practice honesty and integrity in the land.
In those days Judah shall be saved
and Israel shall dwell in confidence.
And this is the name the city will be called:
the Lord-our-integrity.’

The Word of the Lord              Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 24
Response                               To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

1. Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.           Response

2. The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.      Response

3. His ways are faithfulness and love
for those who keep his covenant and will.
The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him;
to them he reveals his covenant.    Response


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians     3:12-4:2
Theme: May the Lord confirm your hearts in holiness when Christ comes.

May the Advent 1Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.

Finally, brothers and sisters, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live: the life that God wants, as you learnt from us, and as you are already living it. You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.

The Word of the Lord             Thanks be to God.

Gospel  Acclamation         Ps 84:8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.


The Lord be with you.                                      And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke     21:25-28, 34-36           Glory to you, O Lord.

Your liberation is near at hand.

2nd coming 2Jesus said to his disciples:
There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’

‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.’

The Gospel of the Lord.      Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.