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Advent (Year C) Reading Guides

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_advent-candleThe Bible reading guides for the Sundays of the season of Advent are now available. Follow the links below:

Note that for this liturgical year, we will be following the Cycle for Luke. The first Sunday’s reading is the parallel of the Marcan gospel read on the 33rd Sunday of OT (B). Normally, we have readings based on the figure of John the Baptist for the 2nd and 3rd Sundays. The Catechism reminds us that Advent is a time for making our own the desire of John the Baptist to see the Lord. The fourth Sunday falls within the period December 27-24, which is a special period within Advent. This is the time when the liturgy takes on a more intense atmosphere with the "O" antiphons. This year, the theme of the fourth Sunday is based on the visit of Mary to Elizabeth. The mother of Redeemer, a type of the new Israel goes to Elizabeth, type of the old Israel, and announces to her the Good News.

Luke 21:25-28
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25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves;
26Men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved;
27And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty.
28But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.
Luke 3:1-6
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1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturea, and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilina;
2Under the high priests Annas and Caiphas; the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.
3And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins;
4As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
5Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight; and the rough ways plain;
6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Philippians 1:3-11
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3I give thanks to my God in every remembrance of you,
4Always in all my prayers making supplication for you all, with joy;
5For your communication in the gospel of Christ from the first day until now.
6Being confident of this very thing, that he, who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus.
7As it is meet for me to think this for you all, for that I have you in my heart; and that in my bands, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my joy.
8For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
9And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge, and in all understanding:
10That you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offence unto the day of Christ,
11Filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Luke 3:10-18
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10And the people asked him, saying: What then shall we do?
11And he answering, said to them: He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do in like manner.
12And the publicans also came to be baptized, and said to him: Master, what shall we do?
13But he said to them: Do nothing more than that which is appointed you.
14And the soldiers also asked him, saying: And what shall we do? And he said to them: Do violence to no man; neither calumniate any man; and be content with your pay.
15And as the people were of opinion, and all were thinking in their hearts of John, that perhaps he might be the Christ;
16John answered, saying unto all: I indeed baptize you with water; but there shall come one mightier that I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
17Whose fan is in his hand, and he will purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
18And many other things exhorting, did he preach to the people.
Philippians 4:4-7
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4Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice.
5Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.
6Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.
7And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Luke 1:39-45
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39And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.
40And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.
41And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
45And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
Hebrews 10:5-10
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5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith: Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldest not: but a body thou hast fitted to me:
6Holocausts for sin did not please thee.
7Then said I: Behold I come: in the head of the book it is written of me: that I should do thy will, O God.
8In saying before, Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin thou wouldest not, neither are they pleasing to thee, which are offered according to the law.
9Then said I: Behold, I come to do thy will, O God: he taketh away the first, that he may establish that which followeth.
10In the which will, we are sanctified by the oblation of the body of Jesus Christ once.

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