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Suggested Mass Line-Up for December 4, 2011 Mass (2nd Sunday of Advent)

December 4, 2011
Second Sunday of Advent Year-B
Liturgical Color: Purple

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We are in the season of Advent, the season of waiting and hoping, waiting and hoping for God, waiting and hoping for the Second Coming of Jesus. As much as we are waiting and hoping for God, can you imagine how much more God is waiting and hoping for each of us, waiting and hoping that we will turn to him during this season of grace, Advent? We have heard so often of God’s love. Do you ever think about God’s love searching for you, longing for you, wanting no hindrance or obstacle between you and him? Mmmm... Come and think of it...

Entrance:
1.      Andama ang Dalan, which is swak sa gospel
2.      Umanhi ka Mesiyas
3.      Balang Araw (Borres, Francisco)
Suggestion ko lang ‘toh; anyone can very well disagree: Palitan yung ‘Narito na’ng Manunubos, luwalhatiin ang Diyos!’ into ‘Darating na’ng Manunubos, luwalhatiin ang Diyos!’ (JR Medina)
4.      Purihin ang Panginoon. (Prioritize 3rd Stanza: “...Kaya’y Panginoo’y dinggin; ang landas Niya’y tahakin..”)
5.      All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford). Change all “has come” to will come.(JR Medina)
6.      Seek the Lord (especially Stanza 1) (O’Connor) 
Advent is not only about anticipation for the Christ’s first coming. It is also about preparedness for the Second Coming. (Traces of 32nd and 33rd Sundays in Ordinary Time.)(JR Medina)

Kyrie:
  1. Kaloy-I Kami Ginoo
  2. Maawa Ka (Francisco-Reyes)
  3. As We Prepare

For Advent, there should no Gloria. Omit Gloria.

First Reading:
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
The prophet Isaiah speaks to someone tasked to comfort Israel, to save Jerusalem, because their sins have been expiated, for the Lord is coming. A voice cries out in the desert, crying out, “Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed. 

Responsorial Psalm:
Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12,13-14
 Lord, let us see Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation. 

Second Reading:
2 Peter 3:8-14
In the 2nd Letter of Peter, we are asked to conduct ourselves in holiness and devotion, to be without spot or blemish, because the Lord does not delay in His promise; it’s just that for the Lord one day is worth a thousand years, and a thousand years, a day. The day of the Lord was compared to a thief who comes suddenly; the heavens will pass away, and the earth will be found out. We await the new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 

Alleluia:
  1. Ang Ginoo, Among Kahayag (D12)
  2. Aleluya! Ang Pulong Mo (D9)
  3. I just want to mention that this is a very good Sunday to sing the Alleluia that runs: Aleluya! Aleluya! Kami ay gawin Mong daan ng Iyong pag-ibig, kapayapaan, at katarungan. Aleluya! (Reinforces G No. 3: Make straight His path; make us the path) 
  4. Alleluya (Francisco-Arboleda-Reyes)
Lighting of the 2nd Candle in the Advent Wreath: 
1. Hailina, O Jesus (Isidro/Que). 
2. Halina, Hesus (Javellana, Hontiveros)

Gospel:
Mark 1:1-8
Enumerate ko na lang yung mga consequential lines sa Gospel na ito; ang dami kasi eh.
1. Behold, I am sending My messenger ahead of you. 
2. He will prepare Your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert
3. “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths”
4. John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 
5. One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of His sandals. 
6. I have baptized you with water...He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

Important Ideas: Preparing the way, making the path straight, waiting, welcoming the coming One, Baptism

BTW I think instrumental solos are bawal kapag advent. A little moderation and be subdued po.

The line-up during 1st and 2nd Sundays of Advent would pretty much 90% similar; sa 2nd Sunday, ideal lang mag-add ng some song about John the Baptist and making straight the way, the path. 
(JR Medina)


PERSONAL REFLECTION:
Adam and Eve were hiding in the garden after eating the apple so God went searching for them? Let us listen to an excerpt of the 1996 Advent Pastoral Letter of Cardinal Desmond Connell of Dublin (then Archbishop),
“Adam and Eve are nowhere to be seen. They have gone into hiding after doing what he told them they were not to do. They have lost themselves in the shadows. How strange this seems. Do we not sometimes complain that God is hiding from us? That he is nowhere to be seen? If our hearts had not known the burden of sin we would never have wanted to hide: we would be out in the open and ready to walk with God. And then God asks a question: ‘Where are you?’ He is the one who begins the search. Does this not seem strange as well? We think of ourselves as searching for God and forget that it is he who is searching for us. Why should he bother to do so? Simply because he loves us. He has been searching in every century - throughout Old Testament times until he came at last with a human heart that could suffer for want of our love. ”
“[Jesus] invites us to come out of hiding and to walk with him: his suffering has earned us forgiveness of sin. “Where are you?” It is the question we may be asking ourselves as the dark side of the society we are shaping is making us fearful. Where are we indeed? Have we ignored God’s word on the difference between good and evil…? Are we willing to come out of the dark place in which we are losing ourselves?”
We can see this intimacy that God wants between him and us in the first reading today,
He is like a shepherd feeding his flock,
gathering the lambs in his arms,
holding them against his breast
and leading to their rest the mother ewes. (Isa 40:11)
Imagine being held in the arms of God and leaning against his breast! This is the intimacy God wants between you and him. So during this season of Advent, let us ask ourselves is there anything keeping us and God apart? Is any sin of any kind in our lives keeping us separated from God? During this season of waiting for the Second Coming of Jesus, can we also look into our hearts and turn from sin to God asking forgiveness? You may say you have no sins and when you go to Confession you have to make up sins to tell the priest. Are you really that holy? There were only two people on this earth who had no sin, Jesus and Our Lady. If you say you have no sin are we expected to think that you are Jesus or Our Lady? If we say we have no sin do we not mean that we have allowed our consciences to go dead so that now we sin but are not even aware of it?
In the first reading we heard a beautiful prophecy about God liberating the Jews from captivity in Babylon,
“Prepare in the wilderness
a way for the Lord.
Make a straight highway for our God
Across the desert.
Let every valley be filled in,
Every mountain and hill be laid low,
Let every cliff become a plain,
And the ridges a valley;
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” (Isa 40:3-5)
That prophecy has great meaning when we apply it to our own hearts. It is in our own hearts that we need to prepare a way for the Lord. It is in our hearts that we need to make a straight highway for God. It is the valleys of sin in our own hearts that are to be filled with God’s mercy and healing, and the mountains and hills of pride in our own hearts that are to become low. God is searching for us and wants to hold us against his breast.
The second reading today gives us a warning. God is patient with us now in order to give us time to repent but the time for repentance will not last. 
The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises...rather is he being patient with you, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to repentance. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and melt away, the earth and all that it contains will be burned up. Since everything is coming to an end like this, what holy and saintly lives you should be living while you wait for the Day of God to come, and try to hasten its coming...So then, my dear friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live blameless and unsullied lives so that he will find you at peace. (2 Pet 3:9-12,14 NAB)
We are living now in this time of mercy when we have an opportunity to repent. Let us receive as much grace as we can from God during this time of Advent. The Lord has no limits to what he wants to give us, it is we who put limits on what he wants to give us. The Lord is waiting to receive you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to take you in his arms and hold you close to his breast. Let us pray as much as we can during this season of Advent. During this season of Advent we think in a special way of Our Lady, pregnant with Jesus. Pray to her and ask her to help you prepare your heart for Jesus. So during Advent, as well as other types of prayer I recommend the Rosary to you in a special way.
Christmas will lack its full meaning if we do not prepare in our own hearts a way for the Lord. It is in our hearts that we need to make a straight highway for God. It is the valleys of sin in our own hearts that are to be filled with God’s mercy and healing, and the mountains and hills of pride in our own hearts that are to become low.
“Prepare in the wilderness
a way for the Lord.
Make a straight highway for our God
Across the desert.
Let every valley be filled in,
Every mountain and hill be laid low,
Let every cliff become a plain,
And the ridges a valley;
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” (Isa 40:3-5)
God is searching for us and wants to hold us against his breast.
He is like a shepherd feeding his flock,
gathering the lambs in his arms,
holding them against his breast
and leading to their rest the mother ewes. (Isa 40:11)
 Will you allow him to pick you up and hold you?

Offertory:
  1. Gasa sa Gugma (Koro Viannista) good choice
  2. Daygon Ikaw, Ginoong Dios
  3. Gasa Namo Kanimo
  4. Pag-aalay ng Puso (Minsan Lamang) (Nemy & Que) as advent (at least the earlier part) has an eschatological notion. Traces of 32nd and 33rd Sundays in Ordinary Time yata ito. (JR Medina)
  5. Unang Alay (best choice)
    We can instantly make this song have an Adventish notion: The last line originally runs: “...Ngayo’y nananalig, nagmamahal sa ‘Yo.” Sing instead, “Ngayo’y umaasa, naghihintay sa ‘Yo.” You then reinforce the message re: anticipation.
    Now if your choir sings the Koda, you deliver one solid message if you sing: “Ngayo’y nananalig (umaawit), dumudulog (sumasamba), umaasa (naghihintay) sa ‘Yo.” 
    I will be so excommunicated by Fr. Rey Magnaye.
    (JR Medina)
  6. Dwelling Place (“May Christ find a dwelling place in our hearts”) (Foley)
  7. Prayer for Generosity (Arboleda)
Sanctus:
1.      Santos (Mass III Villanueva)
2.      Santo, Santo, Santo (Francisco-Arboleda-Torres)
3.      Holy, Holy, Holy (Dufford-Schutte)

Acclamation:
1.      Si Kristo atong Handumon (Cebuano version of Si Kristo ay Gunitain)
2.      Si Kristo’y Namatay (Hontiveros)
3.      Memorial Acclamation (Marcelo-Fenomeno)

Amen:
1.      Amen Pagdaygon ang Dios
2.      Dakilang Amen (Francisco)
3.      Amen Alleluia (Bayogos)

Pater Noster:
1.      Amahan Namo
2.      Ama Namin (Francisco-Arboleda-Torres)
3.      Our Father (Pat-Martell)

Doxology:
1.      Kay Imo Man
2.      Sapagkat Sa’yo ang Kaharian (Francisco-Arboleda-Torress)
3.      For The Kingdom

Agnus Dei:
1.      Kordero sa Dios (Pastorella version by Fr. Villanueva)
2.      Kordero ng Diyos (Hontiveros)
3.      Lamb of God (Folk)

Communion:
1.      Panahon na Karon sa Pagbag-o, literally Christians repent during Advent and Lent season. So this is a good choice
2.      O Dios, Ikaw Haduol
3.      Andani, Pag-andam sa Ani, the main keyword is Pag-andam. For his coming we should prepare.
4.      Ginoo, Sayud Ka sa Tanan (Ad-7)
5.      Awit ng Paghilom. (I’d like to believe and comment that Stanza 2’s “sa daang matuwid” calls to mind G No. 3. Ganunpaman, I acknowledge that many people would say that this is a song more apprpri8 for the liturgical season of Lent.) Tsaka “Hanap-hanap Ka ng puso”
6.      Liwanag ng Aming Puso: Lentish but (“...sa amin manahan Ka...”) 
7.      O Halina, O Hesus (Isidro & Que)
8.      Panginoon Masdan Mo (Isidro & Que)
9.      Hiram sa Diyos. The first two weeks of Advent are very eschatological.
10.  Pananatili (“yayakapain ang landasin...Mo” is again terno sa G No. 3)
11.  Panginoon Aking Tanglaw (Ramirez)
12.  Panginoon, hanggang kailan? (Isidro, Ramirez)
13.  Panginoon Masdan Mo (Isidro & Que)
14.   Sa Dapit Hapon (Tabuena & Hontiveros) Sing stanza 1 repeatedly.
15.   Patience People (Foley) 
16.  The Face of God (Francisco)
17.  Let the Valleys be Raised (Schutte)
18.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
19.  The King of Glory (Jabusch)
20.  Empty Space (Foley) “So You may one day see my face” pero some consider this for the Sacred Heart mas apt. Bagaman mas nauugnay ito sa Kabanal-banalang Puso, this is taking it one step further: If we are anticipative and waiting so much, we might as well wait for the right One. Besides, this song could even help in increasing the longing. My own opinion lang ang last sentence; I’d love it if you’d disagree para natu3 tayo lahat thru exchange of reasonable reasons. ??Ang panget ng English ko, but you get what I mean.
21.   In Him Alone
22.  God of Silence (Francisco)
23.  Holy Darkness “As we await You” pero some consider this for the Easter Vigil mas apt.
24.  Hosea (Norbet) Lentish mas kilala, pero if you consider its links to eschatology...
25.  Love is the answer (Hannisian)
26.  One Thing I Ask (Tirol)
27.  This Alone (Manion)
28.  We Remember (Haugen)
29.  Turn to Me
30.  Breath of God: On the one hand, the Holy Spirit was indeed both in 1R and G No. 7. Besides, not too many people would outrightly consider this song as exclusively for Pentecost. 
However, I don’t think that this song should be used indiscriminately for all the Sundays of Advent; cguro 2nd Sunday of Advent lang, kasi the Holy Spirit is indeed the love of God the Father for the Son, and of the Son for the Father, i.e., the love that transpires between them: When the Father sees the Son Whom He loves so much, Siya ay napadidighay, at ang nadidighay is the Holy Spirit. Thus, the Holy Spirit is the breath of God, the breath of love, “hininga ng pag-ibig.” (But take note that this does not happen in the time continuum, for the Godhead is not immersed in a time line.) Pero palayo na ito sa thread. My more important point is this: I believe that Breath of God does not deliver the appropriate message on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of Advent.

Recessional:
1.      Pagpangatagak na Yamog
2.      Bayan magsiawit na (Aquino)
3.      Tanda ng Kaharian ng Diyos (Morano & Francisco)
4.      Halina, Jesus, aming Mananakop (Isidro, Que) 
5.      A Time Will Come for Singing (Schutte) 
6.      Wait for the Lord
7.      Life Forever More (Ellerton & Francisco)
8.      The Lord is my Light. Prioritize Stanza 2: “Your face, Lord, I seek.”

Hope this will help…Have a nice weekend everyone J

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