Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Suggested Songs for December 9, 2012 Mass


December 9, 2012
2nd Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Liturgical Color : Purple/Violet

“They went out from You, O Jerusalem”

Important Ideas: Preparing the way, making the path straight, waiting, welcoming the coming One.
Note:   Instrumental solos are bawal kapag advent. Be subdued. Be moderate.
            No Gloria for this Season

Entrance…
1.     Andama ang Dalan, swak sa Gospel
2.     Umanhi Ka Mesiyas
3.     Purihin ang Panginoon (Isidro, Ramirez) Prioritize 3rd Stanza: “...Kaya’y Panginoo’y dinggin; ang landas Niya’y tahakin..”
4.     Halina’t Umawit (Flores, Villaroman)
5.     Let the valleys be raised (“Make the pathway straight and the highway run smooth”)
6.     Blest be the Lord (Schutte)
7.     City of God (Schutte). Suggestion. Change “has turned” into “will turn
8.     I Rejoiced (Foley)
9.     Let Heaven Rejoice (Dufford)
First Reading                                          Bar 5:1-9
Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;
put on the splendor of glory from God forever:
wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,
bear on your head the mitre
that displays the glory of the eternal name.
For God will show all the earth your splendor:
you will be named by God forever
the peace of justice, the glory of God's worship.

Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;
look to the east and see your children
gathered from the east and the west
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that they are remembered by God.
Led away on foot by their enemies they left you:
but God will bring them back to you
borne aloft in glory as on royal thrones.
For God has commanded
that every lofty mountain be made low,
and that the age-old depths and gorges
be filled to level ground,
that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.
The forests and every fragrant kind of tree
have overshadowed Israel at God's command;
for God is leading Israel in joy
by the light of his glory,
with his mercy and justice for company.
Responsorial Psalm                             Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.
R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. 
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. 
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those who sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. 
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. 
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Second Reading                                Phil 1:4-6, 8-11
Brothers and sisters:
I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you,
because of your partnership for the gospel
from the first day until now.
I am confident of this,
that the one who began a good work in you
will continue to complete it
until the day of Christ Jesus.
God is my witness,
how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer:
that your love may increase ever more and more
in knowledge and every kind of perception,
to discern what is of value,
so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ
for the glory and praise of God.

I would like to suggest na magandang awiting ang Aleluya Kami ay Gawin mong Daan dito…
Gospel                                         Lk 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

Homily/Reflection of the Readings (Dec. 9)

May the Holy Spirit open your hearts as you hear the message of God on this Second Sunday of Advent. Good morning my brothers and sisters in Christ. Being of one family in Christ, our door is always opened to those who hunger for spiritual strength through powerful Word of God.

Today's spiritual message that is discerned through the readings that we have just heard consists of informing us that we should continue to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ in our lives.

The First Reading [Bar. 5:1-9] is based on a prophetic song. In it, God promised to bring back His people from exile. As biblical history tells us, in 597 B.C., General Nebuzaradan captured Jerusalem and took the Jewish people into exile to Babylon. [2 kgs 25:11; Jer. 29:1-2]

In a way, this event is a picture of God's creation of man. Through the disobedience of our first parents, Satan became the prince of this world. Through sin, we were all called to experience a spiritual death that would deprive us of the eternal beatific vision of God. But, through the Blood of Christ, we have been freed from our exile. Jesus rightfully regained the earthly Kingdom after having been crowned as the King of kings during His triumphal entry in Jerusalem. [Mt. 21:1-11; Mk. 11:1-11; Lk. 19:28- 40; Jn. 12:12-9] Delivered from the grip of Satan through our faith in Christ and the gifts of a new heart, a new spirit and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Baptism, we have become members of the Body of Christ, the new earth on which Jesus has established His spiritual Kingdom.

The First Reading begins by stating, "Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God." What is the garment of our sorrow and afflictions? What does it mean to put on forever the beauty of the glory from God?

The garment of our sorrow and afflictions is death and suffering. For after Adam had disobeyed the God, the Lord said to him, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Through the sin of Adam, humankind was called to experience spiritual death in the eternal absence of the Divine Presence of God. But now, God manifested a special love for His creations. He no longer wanted to see them suffer. In His infinite Wisdom, He opened a new door to those who would welcome it. That door was opened through faith in Jesus Christ and the Sacrament of Baptism. As Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit." [Jn. 3:5]

That door involved receiving a new heart and spirit (becoming a new creation) of the "godly seed" [1 Jn. 5:9] and the indwelling Holy Spirit. "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" [2 Cor. 5:17] By being born again in spirit, one "puts on forever the beauty of the glory of God." [Bar. 5:1]

While our human nature is sinful because we have inherited the original sin, our spiritual nature is holy in nature. Through our spiritual nature, we have become true worshippers that worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. [Jn. 4:23-3]

The First Reading continues by stating, "Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God." "For God will give you evermore the name, 'Righteous, Peace, Godly Glory." To put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God is to live our faith in Christ by walking in harmony with our new creation. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, our souls received the first righteousness, God forgiving the original sin that we have inherited and all the sins that were committed prior to our receiving this Holy Sacrament. To maintain an ongoing righteousness, we are required to make use of the Sacrament of Confession that reinstates our state of grace. The Sacraments of Baptism and Confession are our robe of righteousness that comes from God. Through these precious Sacraments, we are justified before God through Jesus Christ.

The prophecy of Baruch continued by stating that God would bring His people back to Jerusalem. This has been fulfilled through Christ, through His crowning as King in Jerusalem, through His death on the Cross in Jerusalem for the redemption of mankind, through His glorious resurrection in Jerusalem, and through the coming of His Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on Pentecost Day for the institution of the Holy Catholic Church. Indeed, people have come from the East and West, the South and North, from all Nations and races, to join the Holy Church of Christ as the means of salvation through the fullness of the grace of God.

Through Christ, God has manifested His Divine mercy and righteousness to all of mankind. Through Jesus, God incarnated, is seen the light of His glory. "For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell," [Col. 1:19] the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Truly, christianity went out from you O Jerusalem. Mercy and righteousness went out from you O Jerusalem. The Kingdom of God on earth went out from you O Jerusalem.

Keeping in mind that our root is from Jerusalem, let us constantly pray for each other with joy in every one of our prayers. Through our participation in the sharing of the Gospel as instruments of the Holy Spirit, let us be confident that He will bring the good works of Christ to its completion before the final coming of the Lord at the end of the world.

In the meantime, may our love overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help each other so we may do what is best, so that in the day of Christ, we may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

During today's Gospel Reading, [Lk. 3:1-6] we heard the words of John the Baptist, "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth: and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

These words parallel the words of the First Reading from the Book of Baruch and the prophecies from the Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah. These words admonish the people to prepare for the end of their exile for the salvation of God is at hand. As we know today, these prophetic words have been fulfilled through the death, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ.

This week, let us reflect upon our spiritual ancestors, our saintly brothers and sisters, who have gone out from Jerusalem so we may share in the joy of the Gospel of Christ. Let us reflect upon their message which has become our message. Have we prepared ourselves to celebrate the past coming of the Lord that is commemorated on Christmas day? Have we prepared ourselves to appear before the Lord should death suddenly come upon us? And, if the end of the world was to happen today and Jesus was to return at that moment, have we prepared ourselves for that great moment? 

Let us, each according to our own spiritual needs, embrace the necessary steps that are necessary to ensure that we have prepared ourselves for whichever may come first in our lives so the glory of God may be manifested through our humble obedience and servitude.

Offertory…
1.     Mugna Sa Dios
2.     Nagahalad Kami
3.     Daygon Ikaw Ginoong Dios
4.     Pag-aalay ng Puso
5.     Narito Ako, Panginoon
6.     Ang Tangin Alay
7.     Dwelling Place
8.     All That I have (Hangad)

Communion…
1.     Si Hesus ang Dalan, literally pwede siya sa Gospel
2.     Kinabuhi mo, Kinabuhi Ko
3.     Adlaw’g Gabii
4.     Ang Mabuhay sa Pag-ibig (Tabuena, Hontiveros) 
5.     Bawat Sandali (Gan, Francisco)
6.     Likhain Mong Muli (Alejo, Francisco)
7.     Maging Akin Muli (Aquino) Nos. 3 and 4 are both admittedly Lenten, but if you study the lyrics applicable siya sa Gospel. 
8.     Halina Jesus Aming Mananakop 
9.     Panginoon Masdan Mo
10.   In Him Alone (Francisco)
11.   One Thing I Ask (Tirol)
12.   Turn to Me (Foley)
13.   Patience People (Foley)
14.   The Face of God (Francisco)

Recessional…
1.     Umanhi Ka Ayaw Paglangan
2.     Pagpangatagak na Yamog
3.     Tanda ng Kaharian ng Diyos (Morano, Francisco)
4.     Sumigaw sa Galak (Que) 
5.     The Lord is my Light. Prioritize Stanza 2: “Your face, Lord, I seek.”
6.     Let there Be Peace on Earth (Miller, Jackson)
7.     Cry out with Joy
8.     Wait for the Lord

Have a blessed week po sa lahat… J

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