FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
From “The Saint Andrew Daily Missal” (1937)
At Christmas Jesus will be born in our hearts, for at that time the
anniversary of His birth will be celebrated. He refuses nothing, to
the prayer of the Church, His spouse, and thus He will grant to our
souls the same graces which He gave the shepherds and the wise Kings.
Christ will come again also, at the end of all time, to “condemn the
guilty to the flames, and to call the just with a loving voice to
heaven” (Hymn for Matins).
The whole of to-day’s mass is a preparation for this double Advent of
mercy and justice. Some parts of it can be applied equally to either
(e.g., the Introit, Collect, Gradual, Alleluia), while others refer
to our Divine Redeemer’s lowly birth, and others again, (e.g. the
Epistle and Gospel), to His coming in the splendour of His power and
majesty. The same welcome will be given to us by our Lord when He
comes to judge us, as we give to Him now when coming to redeem us.
Let us prepare for the Christmas feast by holy prayers and
aspirations and by reforming our lives, that we may be ready for that
last great assize upon which depends the fate of our soul for all
eternity. And all this with confidence, for those “who wait upon the
Lord will never be confounded” (Introit ; Gradual ; Offertory).
In former times, on this First Sunday of Advent, all the people of
Rome made the station at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, to assist at
the solemn mass which the Pope celebrated, surrounded by his clergy.
This particular Church was chosen because it is Mary who gave us
Jesus and because relics of the crib in which the Blessed Mother
placed her Divine Child are preserved in this Church.
Every parish priest says Mass for the people of his parish.
Prayer to Obtain Favors
Hail and blessed be the hour
And moment in which the Son of God
Was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
At midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
To hear my prayer and grant my desires,
Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
And of His Blessed Mother. Amen
(To be recited fifteen times a day from the Feast
of St. Andrew (Nov. 30) until Christmas)
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