Study, Pray, Serve: 4th Sunday of Advent

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Here are some of the key themes that we see in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Micah 5:2-5a

  • Bethlehem is prophesied as the birthplace of the Messiah.
  • The one to be born will stand firm and shepherd the flock, drawing strength from God and bringing peace to the ends of the earth.

Psalm – 80:2-3,15-16,18-19

  • “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”
  • We call upon God for help, protection and salvation.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 10:5-10

  • Christ offers the sacrifice of his body for our sins.
  • In carrying out the Father’s will he consecrates us to God.

Gospel – Luke 1:39-45

  • Mary travels to meet Elizabeth, who is filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Elizabeth then proclaims that Mary is blessed to be the mother of the Lord.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent


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