Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Thursday March 26, 2020 - #Eucharist in Lent


Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Lectionary: 247
Reading 1EX 32:7-14
The LORD said to Moses,
“Go down at once to your people
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
for they have become depraved.
They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
sacrificing to it and crying out,
‘This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
The LORD said to Moses,
“I see how stiff-necked this people is.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.”
But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
“Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
with such great power and with so strong a hand?
Why should the Egyptians say,
‘With evil intent he brought them out,
that he might kill them in the mountains
and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?
Let your blazing wrath die down;
relent in punishing your people.
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
and all this land that I promised,
I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’“
So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.

Responsorial Psalm106:19-20, 21-22, 23

(4a)  Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They forgot the God who had saved them,
who had done great deeds in Egypt,
Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
terrible things at the Red Sea.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Then he spoke of exterminating them,
but Moses, his chosen one,
Withstood him in the breach
to turn back his destructive wrath.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Verse Before The GospelJN 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

GospelJN 5:31-47

Jesus said to the Jews:
“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.
“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses,
in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses,
you would have believed me,
because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe my words?”

Saint March 26 : St. Margaret Clitherow : Patron of Businesswomen, Converts, Martyrs












St. Margaret Clitherow MARTYR Feast: March 26

Born:
1556 as Margaret Middleton at York, England
Died:
25 March 1586 at York, England
Canonized:
25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI
Major Shrine:
The Shambles, York
Patron of:
businesswomen, converts,  martyrs
Martyr, called the "Pearl of York", born about 1556; died 25 March 1586. She was a daughter of Thomas Middleton, Sheriff of York (1564-5), a wax-chandler; married John Clitherow, a wealthy butcher and a chamberlain of the city, in St. Martin's church, Coney St., 8 July, 1571, and lived in the Shambles, a street still unaltered. Converted to the Faith about three years later, she became most fervent, continually risking her life by harbouring and maintaining priests, was frequently imprisoned, sometimes for two years at a time, yet never daunted, and was a model of all virtues. Though her husband belonged to the Established Church, he had a brother a priest, and Margaret provided two chambers, one adjoining her house and a second in another part of the city, where she kept priests hidden and had Mass continually celebrated through the thick of the persecution. Some of her priests were martyred, and Margaret who desired the same grace above all things, used to make secret pilgrimages by night to York Tyburn to pray beneath the gibbet for this intention. Finally arrested on 10 March, 1586, she was committed to the castle. On 14 March, she was arraigned before Judges Clinch and Rhodes and several members of the Council of the North at the York assizes. Her indictment was that she had harboured priests, heard Mass, and the like; but she refused to plead, since the only witnesses against her would be her own little children and servants, whom she could not bear to involve in the guilt of her death. She was therefore condemned to the peine forte et dure, i.e. to be pressed to death. "God be thanked, I am not worthy of so good a death as this", she said. Although she was probably with child, this horrible sentence was carried out on Lady Day, 1586 (Good Friday according to New Style). She had endured an agony of fear the previous night, but was now calm, joyous, and smiling. She walked barefooted to the tollbooth on Ousebridge, for she had sent her hose and shoes to her daughter Anne, in token that she should follow in her steps. She had been tormented by the ministers and even now was urged to confess her crimes. "No, no, Mr. Sheriff, I die for the love of my Lord Jesu", she answered. She was laid on the ground, a sharp stone beneath her back, her hands stretched out in the form of a cross and bound to two posts. Then a door was placed upon her, which was weighted down till she was crushed to death. Her last words during an agony of fifteen minutes, were "Jesu! Jesu! Jesu! have mercy on me!" Her right hand is preserved at St. Mary's Convent, York, but the resting-place of her sacred body is not known. Her sons Henry and William became priests, and her daughter Anne a nun at St. Ursula's, Louvain.
Her life, written by her confessor, John Mush, exists in two versions. The earlier has been edited by Father John Morris, S.J., in his "Troubles of our Catholic Forefathers", third series (London, 1877). The later manuscript, now at York Convent, was published by W. Nicholson, of Thelwall Hall, Cheshire (London, Derby, 1849), with portrait: "Life and Death of Margaret Clitherow the martyr of York". It also contains the "History of Mrs. Margaret Ward and Mrs. Anne Line, Martyrs". [Note: St. Margaret Clitherow was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970. IMAGE SOURCE GOOGLE IMAGES 

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#BreakingNews Latest Death Toll from COVID-19 with Spain's Deaths surpassing China's - Olympics Postponed and Prince Charles Infected


According to the John Hopkins University the total number of confirmed cases in the world has risen to 460, 250 people. There have been over 20,000 deaths world wide. Italy reports 683 more coronavirus death with the death toll in Italy at 7,503. and with 74,386 infections.
The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy reported a sharp fall in the number of deaths compared with the day before, but remained in a critical situation, with a total of 4,474 deaths and 32,346 cases.

Spain's death toll surpassed China's with over 3,000 deaths.
Spain, meanwhile, has recorded more than 700 deaths over the past 24 hours, surpassing China in the total death toll, making the country now second to only Italy.
In, England, Prince Charles has found infected with the Coronavirus. There are over 8,000 cases and over 400 deaths. (according to the WHO)

In India, 1.3 billion people have joined the global lockdown triggered by the outbreak as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern at the acceleration of the pandemic in the United States. On Wednesday, Russia also ordered non-essential workers to stay home next week.

In the US, the White House and Senate leaders of both parties have struck an agreement on $2 trillion measure to aid workers, businesses and a healthcare system strained by the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Over 113,000 of the 454,000 people diagnosed with the disease have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. More than 20,500 people worldwide have died from COVID-19.

Here are the latest updates:

The British government has ordered 10,000 ventilators designed by vacuum cleaner company Dyson, the BBC reported.

"Dyson have received uk govt order for 10,000 ventilators designed and made from scratch. Will also produce an additional 5,000 of which 1000 will be donated to uk. 4,000 to other countries," BBC Business Editor Simon Jack said on Twitter. Dyson's ventilators will be available in early April, Jack added
- Finland restricts movement to and from capital region
The Finnish government has issued a three-week blockade of the Uusimaa region around Helsinki, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Finland, to prevent people from travelling and spreading the virus to other parts of the country.

By Wednesday, authorities had counted three deaths and 880 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Finland, most of them in the capital region.

Hong Kong cracks down as China lifts restrictions


Coronavirus cases in Ireland top 1,500, two more deaths
The total confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland has risen 1,564 from 1,329 a day earlier, with two more deaths reported to bring the number of fatalities to nine, the health department said.

 Wimbledon could be postponed or cancelled: AELTC
This year's Wimbledon Championships could be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT) has said.


French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged "massive investments" in the country's public hospital health system, close to a breaking point as it copes with the coronavirus outbreak which has already caused 1,331 deaths in the country.


- Qatar to shut money exchange and transfer services from March 26
Qatar has announced it will temporarily close all in-person money exchange and transfer services from March 26 to limit the spread of the coronavirus.


Pentagon halts all overseas movement for US forces for up to 60 days
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order halting all travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus through the ranks of the military, he told Reuters news agency.

Esper said in an interview that the order applied to all US forces, civilian personnel and families, but noted that there would be some exceptions. One exception would be the drawdown under way in Afghanistan, which Esper said would continue.

 New York Governor: NYC hotel to offer free rooms to medical workers

Over 30,000 cases of the infection have been confirmed in New York State, the epicentre of the outbreak in the US, where over 60,000 people have been infected.


The WHO fully supported the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the organisation has said.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said it had been a "difficult but wise decision" taken so as to safeguard the health of athletes and spectators.

"We provide public health advice. The decision to postpone the Olympics was made by the IOC and the Japanese government, wholly and solely," Michael Ryan, WHO's top emergencies expert told a news conference. "But we fully support that decision."
Edited from a report by Aljazeera and BBC - Screenshot from John Hopkins University

Have an Impossible Request? Try this 9 Months Novena for the Annunciation of Mary - honoring Jesus' months in the Womb















9 MONTH NOVENA FOR

IMPOSSIBLE REQUESTS

(This Novena honours the nine months during which Our Lady carried Our Blessed Lord in her womb.)

"Hail, Holy Queen, 
Mother of Mercy, 
our life, our sweetness and our hope! 
To thee do we cry, 
poor banished children of Eve; 
to thee do we send up our sighs, 
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. 
Turn then, most gracious advocate, 
thine eyes of mercy towards us; 
and after this our exile, 
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. 
O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen." 

V - Pray for us, most holy mother of God.
R - That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

"Virgin of the Incarnation, 
a thousand times we greet thee, 
a thousand times we praise thee 
for thy joy when God was incarnated in thee. 
Because thou art so powerful 
a Virgin and Mother of God, 
grant what we ask of thee for the love of God." 

State your first intention.
Repeat above and then state your second intention. 
Repeat above and then state your third intention. 


CONCLUSION:

After the above prayers and intentions, say the Memorare. Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother. To thee do I cry, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Hail Mary... Blessed and praised be the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, in Heaven, on earth and everywhere. AMEN.

Pope Francis quotes St. John Paul II saying "Respect, defend, love and serve life, every life, every human life!" at Audience - Full Text + Video


POPE FRANCIS

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Library of the Apostolic Palace
Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Twenty-five years ago, on this same date of March 25, which in the Church is the solemn feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, St. John Paul II promulgated the Encyclical Evangelium vitae, on the value and inviolability of human life.

The link between the Annunciation and the "Gospel of life" is close and profound, as St. John Paul stressed in his Encyclical. Today, we find ourselves relaunching this teaching in the context of a pandemic that threatens human life and the world economy. A situation that makes the words with which the Encyclical begins even more demanding. Here they are: "The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Welcomed by the Church every day with love, it must be announced with courageous fidelity as good news to men of all ages and cultures" (n. 1).


Like any Gospel announcement, this too must be first of all witnessed. And I think with gratitude to the silent testimony of many people who, in different ways, are doing their utmost to serve the sick, the elderly, those who are lonely and most destitute. They put the Gospel of life into practice, like Mary who, having accepted the angel's announcement, went to help her cousin Elizabeth who needed it.

In fact, the life we ​​are called to promote and defend is not an abstract concept, but always manifests itself in a person in flesh and blood: a newly conceived child, a poor marginalized person, a lonely and discouraged patient or in a terminal state, one who has lost his job or is unable to find it, a refused or ghettoized migrant ... Life manifests itself in people.

Every human being is called by God to enjoy the fullness of life; and being entrusted to the maternal concern of the Church, every threat to dignity and human life cannot fail to affect its heart, in its maternal "bowels". The defense of life for the Church is not an ideology, it is a reality, a human reality that involves all Christians, precisely because they are Christians and because they are human.

The attacks on the dignity and life of people unfortunately continue even in our era, which is the era of universal human rights; on the contrary, we are faced with new threats and new slavery, and legislation is not always to protect the weakest and most vulnerable human life.

The message of the Encyclical Evangelium vitae is therefore more relevant than ever. Beyond emergencies, such as the one we are experiencing, it is a question of acting on a cultural and educational level to transmit to future generations the attitude of solidarity, care, hospitality, knowing full well that the culture of life is not an exclusive heritage Christians, but belongs to all those who, striving for the construction of fraternal relationships, recognize the value of each person, even when he is fragile and suffering.

Dear brothers and sisters, every human life, unique and unrepeatable, is valid for itself, constitutes an invaluable value. This must always be announced again, with the courage of the word and the courage of the actions. This calls for solidarity and fraternal love for the great human family and for each of its members.

Therefore, with St. John Paul II, who made this encyclical, with him I reaffirm with renewed conviction the appeal he made to all twenty-five years ago: "Respect, defend, love and serve life, every life, every human life ! Only on this path will you find justice, development, freedom, peace and happiness! " (Enc. Evangelium vitae, 5).
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APPEAL

Soon, at noon, we Pastors of the various Christian communities, together with the faithful of the various confessions, will gather spiritually to invoke God with the prayer of the Our Father. We join our voices of supplication to the Lord in these days of suffering, while the world is severely tried by the pandemic. May the Father, good and merciful, grant the concordant prayer of his children who with confident hope turn to his omnipotence.

I also renew my invitation to participate spiritually, through the media, at the moment of prayer that I will preside over the day after tomorrow, at 18h00, in the churchyard of St. Peter's Basilica. Listening to the Word of God and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Urbi et Orbi Blessing will follow, with the plenary indulgence attached.

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I cordially greet you, the Italian-speaking faithful. I encourage you to always be confident in the mercy of God and generous with your neighbor, especially in these times of uncertainty.

I address a special thought to young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. Today, solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, I entrust everyone to the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. She, who said that "yes" in Nazareth, help you every day to say your "yes" to the Lord, who calls you to welcome him and to follow him in all the concrete situations in which you find yourself living. God bless you.

FULL TEXT + Image Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

Wow Flash Mob Sings Breathtaking Ave Maria on the Solemnity of the Annunciation @CatholicUniv


At lunch time a flash mob was organized by students of the Theological College, John Paul II Seminary, the Catholic University of America Undergraduate and Graduate Schools, and several professors and choral groups. It was to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25, 2019.
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Pope Francis Joins Everyone in the World to Pray the 'Our Father' "..to beg mercy for humanity severely tested by the Coronavirus" Full Video


INTRODUCTION OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PRAYER OF
OUR FATHER

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

today we have met, all Christians in the world, to pray together with the Our Father, the prayer that Jesus taught us.

As confident children we turn to the Father. We do it every day, several times a day; but right now we want to beg mercy for humanity severely tested by the coronavirus pandemic. And we do it together, Christians of every Church and Community, of every tradition, of every age, language and nation.

Let us pray for the sick and their families; for health workers and those who help them; for authorities, law enforcement and volunteers; for the ministers of our communities.
Today many of us celebrate the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of the Virgin Mary, when in her "Here I am", humble and total, the "Here I am" of the Son of God was mirrored. We too entrust ourselves with full trust to the hands of God and with one heart and one soul we pray:

Our Father in Latin
Pater noster qui es in coelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum; adveniat regnum tuum, fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie: Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris: et ne nos inducas in tentationem: sed libera nos a malo. Amen  Translation: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
Source: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/speeches/2020/march/documents/papa-francesco_20200325_recita-padrenostro.html

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass on Solemnity of Annunciation and says “We are before a mystery” Full Video


MORNING CELEBRATION BROADCAST LIVE
FROM THE CHAPEL OF CASA SANTA MARTA

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Introduction to Mass

Today, feast of the Incarnation of the Lord, the Sisters Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who direct, have been serving in the Dispensary of Santa Marta for 98 years, and have been here at Mass, renewing their vows together with their sisters in every part of the world. I would like to offer Mass today for them, for their Congregation that always works with the sick, the poorest, as here for 98 years, and for all the sisters who are working at the moment looking after the sick and also risking their lives and giving the life.

Homily

The evangelist Luke (cf 1,26-38) could only know this [event] from the story of the Madonna. Listening to Luca we listened to the Madonna who tells this mystery. We stand before the mystery. Perhaps the best thing we can do now is to reread this passage thinking that it was Our Lady who told it.

[reads the text of the Gospel again]

At that time, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city in Galilee, called N├ízaret, to a virgin, betrothed to a man from the house of David named Joseph. The virgin was called Maria. Entering her, she said: "Rejoice, full of grace: the Lord is with you." At these words she was very upset and wondered what sense a greeting like this made. The angel said to her: "Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have found grace with God. And behold, you will conceive a son, you will give birth to him and you will call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High; the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father and will reign forever over the house of Jacob and his kingdom will have no end. " Then Mary said to the angel, "How will this happen, since I know no man?" The angel replied: "The Holy Spirit will descend on you and the power of the Most High will cover you with his shadow. Therefore the one who will be born will be holy and will be called the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, in her old age has also conceived a son and this is the sixth month for her, who was called sterile: nothing is impossible for God ». Then Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord: let it be done to me according to your word." And the angel turned away from her.

This is the mystery. Now the sisters will renew their vows.

Prayer to make spiritual communion

People who cannot approach Communion make spiritual communion:

“At your feet, O my Jesus, I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart that sinks into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor abode that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in the Spirit. Come to me, my Jesus, and that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it".

Ancient Prayer that is Said Every Day in Honor of the Annunciation - The Angelus Explained

The Annunciation honors the moment when Jesus became flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary after she accepted. Some call this a "Little Christmas," and it is celebrated on March 25; exactly 9 months before Christmas. The Angelus prayer, which commemorates this moment, was first mentioned in the 1200s by a Franciscan. This ancient prayer is now recited at 6am, 12pm and 6pm daily in honor of the Annunciation. King Louis the XI of France ordered it to be recited 3 times daily, in the year 1472. The Holy Father, recites the Angelus publicly almost every Sunday at 12pm at the Vatican.  Pope Paul VI promoted this devotion in his Apostolic Exhortation - Marialis Cultus http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19740202_marialis-cultus.html
Image: 1644 (ca) Philippe de Champaigne : Annunciation 

Here is how to pray the Angelus:
V/. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R/. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us, sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen
V/. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R/. Be it done unto me according to your Word.
Hail Mary…

V/. And the Word was made flesh,
R/. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…

V/. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pope Francis asks All to Join Worldwide 'Our Father' Prayer at 12pm Rome Time and throughout the Day


During the Angelus prayer Pope Francis said in these days of trial, while humanity is trembling with the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to Heaven. I invite all the heads of the churches and the leaders of all the Christian communities, together with all the Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Most High, Almighty God, while simultaneously reciting the prayer that Jesus Our Lord has taught us.
So I invite everyone to do it several times a day, but, all together, to recite the Our Father next Wednesday 25 March at noon, all together. 
On the day when many Christians remember the announcement to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord listen to the unanimous prayer of all his disciples who are preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ.
With this same intention, next Friday March 27, at 6 pm, I will preside over a moment of prayer on the churchyard of St. Peter's Basilica, with the square empty. As of now, I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the media. We will listen to the Word of God, raise our supplication, adore the Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end I will give the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, to which the possibility of receiving the plenary indulgence will be attached.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Solemnity of the Annunciation - Wednesday March 25, 2020


Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Lectionary: 545

Reading 1IS 7:10-14; 8:10

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!"
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel,
which means "God is with us!" 

Responsorial PsalmPS 40:7-8A, 8B-9, 10, 11

R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, "Behold I come."
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
"In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!"
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
in the vast assembly.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Reading 2HEB 10:4-10

Brothers and sisters:
It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
take away sins.
For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said:

"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, 'As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.'"

First he says, "Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in."
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, "Behold, I come to do your will."
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this "will," we have been consecrated
through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Verse Before The GospelJN 1:14B

The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us;
and we saw his glory.

GospelLK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"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, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.