Presider’s Page for 12 December (Third Sunday of Advent)

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) “Sing a New Song Unto the Lord”; “Maranatha”; “Christ Be our Light”; “O Come O Come Emmanuel”.

Opening Comment
We’re just halfway through Advent. Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer.

Penitential Rite
Entering into that spirit of joy, we recall the sins that hold us back from the celebration: I confess…..

Alternative Opening Prayer (from the 1998 ICEL Missal)
Almighty God,
you sent your Son into a world
where the wheat must be winnowed from the chaff
and evil clings even to what is good.

Let the fire of your Spirit
purge us of greed and deceit,
so that, purified, we may find our peace in you
and you may delight in us.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Zephaniah 3:14-18 Zephaniah appeals for joy. The Lord is in the midst of the people, so there is no need for fear.
Philippians 4:4-7 Be happy, says Paul, and be tolerant: the Lord is very near.
Luke 3:10-18 John the Baptist announces the Good News, and declares he is not the Messiah.


Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our prayers to God, our strength and our salvation.

  1. For all who follow Christ, that we may be joyful (pause for 10 seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  2. For those who hungry in our world — that we may share with them (pause for 10 seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  3. For the homeless people in Ireland — that they may never be forgotten (pause for 10 seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  4. For refugees and those who are far from home — that they may find comfort at Christmas (pause for 10 seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  5. For families affected by COVID — that things may get better for them (pause for 10 seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.
  6. For the people in hospital and in ICU — that God may be close them (pause for 10 seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.

The Presider prays for all who have died: for our friends whose life in this world is over (especially N and N), that eternal salvation may be theirs (pause for 10 seconds and pray quietly). Lord, hear us.

Conclusion (by the Presider) God our saviour, we rejoice in your mighty deeds, give us your help, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

may the continual offering of the eucharistic sacrifice
carry out the mystery of our redemption
and accomplish your saving work among us.
Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He is the one foretold by all the prophets,
whom the Virgin Mother awaited with love beyond all telling,
the one whose coming John the Baptist heralded,
and whose presence he proclaimed.

This same Lord invites us to prepare with joy
for the mystery of his birth,
so that when he comes
he may find us watchful in prayer,
our hearts filled with wonder and praise.

And so, with angels and archangels,
with all the heavenly host,
we proclaim your glory
and join their unending chorus of praise: Holy, holy, holy….

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III (from 1998 ICEL Missal, with Advent interpolation)
Lord, you are holy indeed,
and all creation rightly gives you praise.
All life, all holiness comes from you
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
by the working of the Holy Spirit.
From age to age you gather a people to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure offering may be made
to the glory of your name.

[And so, Lord God, in joyful expectation
we celebrate the advent of your Christ;
and, raising up our heads to behold
the redemption that is near at hand
we humbly pray:]

By the power of your Spirit sanctify these gifts
we have brought before you,
that they may become the body + and blood
of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
at whose command we celebrate this eucharist.

On the night he was handed over to death,
he took bread and gave you thanks and praise;
he broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:

When supper was ended, he took the cup;
again he gave you thanks and praise,
gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

The mystery of faith…..

Calling to mind, Lord God
the death your Son endured for our salvation,
his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven,
and eagerly awaiting the day of his return,
we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.

Look with favour on your Church’s offering
and see the Victim by whose sacrifice
you were pleased to reconcile us to yourself.

Grant that we who are nourished by the body and blood of your Son
may be filled with his Holy Spirit
and become one body, one spirit in Christ.

Let him make us an everlasting gift to you,
that we may share in the inheritance of your saints,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with the apostles, the martyrs,
[Saint Finnian], and all your saints,
on whose constant intercession we rely for help.

Lord, may this sacrifice
which has made our peace with you
advance the peace and salvation of all the world.
Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth:
your servant Pope Francis, our Bishop N.,
all bishops, priests, and deacons, all ministers of your Church,
and the entire people your Son has gained for you.

Merciful Father,
hear the prayers of the family you have gathered here before you,
and unite to yourself all your children
now scattered over the face of the earth.

Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters
and all who have left this world in your friendship.
We hope to enjoy with them your everlasting glory,
through Christ our Lord,
through whom you give the world everything that is good.

Through him, with him, in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.

We implore your mercy, O Lord,
that the power of these divine mysteries may free us from sin
and prepare us for the approaching feast of Christmas.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord.

Solemn Blessing for the Season of Advent (from 1998 ICEL Missal)

Bow your heads for God’s blessing.

May God the almighty and merciful
bless you by the light of Christ’s coming,
and enrich your lives with every grace.  R. Amen.

May God make you steadfast in faith,
joyful in hope,
and untiring in love all the days of your life. R. Amen.

May God reward you with eternal life
when our Redeemer comes again in glory. R. Amen.



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