First Sunday of Advent

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Entrance Antiphon

Unto you have I lifted up my soul. O my God, I trust in you, let me not be put to shame; do not allow my enemies to laugh at me; for none of those who are awaiting you will be disappointed. V. Make your ways known unto me, O Lord, and teach me your paths (Ps 24:1-4).

Act of Penitence

In the words of the psalmist, the longing of every human heart finds expression. “All my heart goes out to you, O my God, in you I trust” (Ps 24:1).

You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth (Ps 79:1).
Kyrie, eleison.

Stir up your might, and come to save us (Ps 79:2).
Christe, eleison.

Give us life, and we will call upon your name (Ps 79:18).
Kyrie, eleison.


Almighty God,
grant to your faithful, we beseech you,
the will to go forth with works of justice
to greet your Christ at his coming,
that they, being found worthy of the kingdom of heaven,
may be given a place at his right hand.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

General Intercessions

For the holy Church of God in every place;
that, walking in the light of the Lord,
she may look to the mountain that is Christ
and, by her ceaseless prayer, lift the the hearts of all men and women
to the radiance of a new Day,
let us pray in silence — for the Lord is near. (Pause for silence.)

For the peoples of the world
and for their leaders;
that swords may be beaten into plowshares
and spears into pruning hooks;
that nation may not lift up sword against nation
nor learn war any more,
let us pray in silence —for the Lord is near. (Pause for silence.)

For those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit,
and for all who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death;
that, waking from sleep, they may see the Sun of Justice
who rises with healing in his wings,
let us pray in silence —for the Lord is near. (Pause for silence.)

For those who suffer the absence of God
and the loss of spiritual desire;
that they may be gifted, during this Advent season,
with a return to prayer and with the joy of Christian fellowship,
let us pray in silence —for the Lord is near. (Pause for silence.)

For ourselves
on this day and in this blessed time of new beginnings,
that we may increase and abound in love to one another,
keeping watch at all times for the return of the Son of Man,
let us pray in silence —for the Lord is near. (Pause for silence.)

Collect at the General Intercessions

Stir up, O Lord, we pray You, Your strength,
and come among us,
that whereas through our sins and wickedness
we do justly apprehend Your wrathful judgments hanging over us,
Your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us:
Who live and reign with God the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever.


Almighty and ever-living God,
give us grace to wake from sleep
for the night is far gone, the day is at hand.
Open our eyes
to the dawn of eternal brightness,
that in the last day,
when Christ shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge both the living and the dead,
we may greet him with uplifted hearts
and stand in joy before the Son of Man
who is Lord forever and ever.

Offertory Antiphon

To You have I lifted up my soul: in You, O my God I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait for You shall be confounded (Ps 24:1-3).

Prayer Over the Offerings

Receive, Lord, the gifts we offer you
from among your own gifts to us;
may your power at work in the liturgy we celebrate now
be for us the pledge of your eternal redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.


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

Who in his first advent, having taken on the lowliness of our flesh,
accomplished the work you proposed long ago
and opened for us the way of eternal salvation;
so that when he comes again in the glory of his majesty
we may behold at last completed
the promised work for which we now keep watch and dare to hope.

And so with Angels and Archangels.
with Thrones and Dominations,
and with all the powers of heaven,
we sing a hymn to your glory
and ceaselessly proclaim:

Communion Antiphon

The Lord will bestow his loving kindness, and our land will yield its fruit (Ps 84:13)

Prayer After Communion

Lord, by the celebration of these mysteries,
grant to us who walk in the midst of passing things
to love the things of heaven
and to cling to what abides forever.
Through Christ our Lord.

Solemn Blessing

May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
give you strength to watch at all times,
teach you his ways,
and give you to walk in his paths.

May Christ, the Son of Man
who will come upon the clouds with power and great glory,
fill your eyes, even now,
with the radiance of his joyful light.

May the Holy Spirit overshadow you,
make you watchful in prayer
and joyful in the hope of the blessed advent
of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

And may the blessing of Almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
descend upon you, and remain with you forever.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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