Parish of Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane
Very Rev. John O’Donovan P.P. Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool, Cork – Mobile: 087 9144927 | Rev. Damian O’Mahony C.C. 1 Kilmorna He
ights, Ballyvolane, Cork.
Parish Offices: Blackpool 4300518 | Ballyvolane 4221977 | e-mail: info@blackpoolparish.com website: http://www.blackpoolparish.wo
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Parish Newsletter
December 22 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
The maiden is with child.
The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself
coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the hegiths above.’ ‘No,’ Ahaz
answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’
Then Isaiah said:
‘Listen now, House of David; are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too? The Lord himself, therefore, will give
you a sign. It is this; the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom
she will call Emmanuel, and name which means “God-is-with-us”.
This is the word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: Let the Lord enter! He is the king of glory.
The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.
[R]
Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things.
[R]
He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,

seek the face of the God of Jacob

SECOND READING
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
Jesus Christ, descendant of David, Son of God.
From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus who has been called to be an apostle, and
specially chosen to preach the Good News that God promised long ago through his
prophets in the scriptures. This news is about the Son of God, who, according to the
human nature he took, was a descendant of David: it is about Jesus Christ our Lord
who, in the order of the spirit, the spirit of holiness that was in him, was proclaimed
Son of God in all his power through his resurrection from the dead. Through him we
received grace and our apostolic mission to preach the obedience of faith to all pagan
nations in honour of his name. You are one of these nations, and by his call belong to
Jesus Christ. To you all, then, who are God’s beloved in Rome, called to be saints,
may God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send grace and peace.
This is the word of the Lord.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia!
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,
a name which means ‘God-is-with-us’.
Alleluia!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Jesus is born of Mary who was betrothed to Joseph, son of David.
This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph;
but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy
Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity,
decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel
of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, and said ‘Joseph son of David, do not be
afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by
the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because
he is the one who is to save his people from their sins: Now all this took place to fulfil
the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,
a name which means ‘God-is-with-us’. When Joseph woke up he did what the angel
of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

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