Advent Week Three - Cycle B
Third Sunday of Advent
December 13, 2020
First Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-2a, 10-11
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1: 46-48, 49-50, 53-54 (Isaiah 61: 10b)
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24
Gospel: John 1: 6-8, 19-28
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Gaudete Sunday is the mid-point of the Advent season. The readings are clarion calls to recognize, rejoice in and celebrate the goodness of God. God anoints us with His Spirit to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, release to prisoners and to announce a year of favor. St. Paul urges us to rejoice, pray always and give thanks because the God of peace desires to make us perfectly holy.
During some quiet time this week, recall the amazing things God has done for you and how you have been blessed by God.
The Canticle of Mary (Magnificat) (Luke 1:46-55)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.