SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE  BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
December 8, 2021
GATHERING SONG
ON JORDAN'S BANK

1.

On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh.
Awake and harken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings!

2.

Then cleansed be every life from sin:
make straight the way for God within,
and let us all our hearts prepare
for Christ to come and enter there.

CONFITEOR
GLORIA

I confess to almighty God
and to you,
my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts
and in my words,
in what I have done and
in what I have failed to do,

[Pray while striking
the breast three times.]
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;

therefore I ask
blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you,
my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me
to the Lord our God.

REFRAIN

Glory! Glory to God in the Highest.

Glory! Glory to God in the Highest.

And on earth peace
to people of good will.

VERSE 1

We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you.

We give you thanks for your great glory.

Lord God, Heavenly King,
O God Almighty Father.

VERSE 2

Lord, Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.
You take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

You take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.

You are seated at the right hand
of the Father, have mercy on us.

VERSE 3

For you alone are the Holy One,
You alone are the Lord.

You alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ

With the Holy Spirit,
in the glory
the glory of God the Father.

REFRAIN

Glory! Glory to God in the Highest.

Glory! Glory to God in the Highest.

And on earth peace
to people of good will.

Amen.

FIRST READING
Genesis 3:9-15, 20

After the man, Adam,
had eaten of the tree,

the Lord God called to the man
and asked him, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you
in the garden; but I was afraid,
because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”

Then he asked, “Who told you
that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had
forbidden you to eat!”

The man replied, “The woman
whom you put here with me
she gave me fruit from the tree,
and so I ate it.”

The Lord God then asked the woman,
“Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered,
“The serpent tricked me into it,
so I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said
to the serpent: “Because you have
done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals and from
all the wild creatures; on your
belly shall you crawl, and dirt
shall you eat all the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you
and the woman, and between your
offspring and hers; he will strike
at your head, while you strike at his heel.”

The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the
mother of all the living.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

REFRAIN

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous deeds.

SECOND READING
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

Brothers and sisters:


Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us in Christ with every
spiritual blessing in the heavens,

as he chose us in him, before
the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish
before him. In love

he destined us for adoption to himself
through Jesus Christ, in accord
with the favor of his will,

for the praise of the glory
of his grace that he granted
us in the beloved.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose
of the One who accomplishes all things
according to the intention of his will,

so that we might exist for the praise
of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

REFRAIN

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

VERSE

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.

 

REFRAIN

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL:
Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,

to a virgin betrothed to a man
named Joseph, of the house
of David, and the virgin’s
name was Mary.

 

And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

But she was greatly troubled
at what was said and pondered
what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.

Behold, you will conceive in your
womb and bear a son, and you
shall name him Jesus.

He will be great and will be
called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him
the throne of David his father,

and he will rule over the house
of Jacob forever, and of his
Kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be, since I
have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you. Therefore the
child to be born will be called
holy, the Son of God.

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son
in her old age, and this is
the sixth month for her
who was called barren;

for nothing will be
impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the
handmaid of the Lord. May it be
done to me according to
your word.” Then the angel
departed from her.

NICENE CREED

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things

visible and invisible.

I believe in one

Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten

Son of God,
born of the Father

before all ages.
God from God,

Light from Light, 
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,

consubstantial with the Father;
through Him

all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

 

and by the Holy Spirit

was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was. crucified

under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death

and was buried, 
and rose again

on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.


He ascended into heaven 
and is seated at the

right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the

Father and the Son,
who with the Father

and the Son is adored

and glorified,
who has spoken

through the prophets.

 

I believe in one, holy,

catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism

for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection

of the dead
and the life of

the world to come. Amen.

  

  

  

APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by

the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried;

he descended into hell;

on the third day he rose again

from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand

of God the Father almighty;

from there he will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and life everlasting. Amen.

PRESENTATION
COMFORT, COMFORT,
O MY PEOPLE

1.

Comfort, comfort, O my people,

Speak of peace, now says our God;

Comfort those who sit in darkness,

Mourning ’neath their sorrows’ load.

Speak unto Jerusalem

Of the peace that waits for them;

Tell of all the sins I cover,

And that warfare now is over.

2.

Hark, the voice of one who’s crying

In the desert far and near,

Bidding all to full repentance

Since the kingdom is now here.

O that warning cry obey!

Now prepare for God a way;

Let the valleys rise to meet him

And the hills bow down to greet him.

HOLY

Holy! Holy! Holy!
Lord God of Hosts.

Heaven and earth

are full of your glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna,

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He

who comes in

the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, Hosanna,

Hosanna in the highest.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION

We proclaim Your death,
O Lord, and profess Your
resurrection until You
come again.

AMEN

Amen.

 

OUR FATHER

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day

our daily bread.

And forgive us our

trespasses, as we

forgive those

who trespass 

against us.

And lead us not

into temptation.

But deliver us

from evil.

For the kingdom,

the power and

the glory are

yours, now

and forever.

LAMB OF GOD

Lamb of God,

You take away the 

sins of the world.

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,

You take away the 

sins of the world.

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,

You take away the 

sins of the world.

Grant us peace.

COMMUNION
 
WE ARE MANY PARTS

 

REFRAIN
We are many parts,
we are all one body.
And the gifts we have
we are given to share.
May the Spirit of love,
make us one indeed.
One, the love that we share;
one, our hope in despair,
one, the cross that we bear.

 

1.
God of all, we look to you,
we would be your servants true,
let us be your love to all the world.

[REFRAIN]

 

2.
So my pain is pain for you,
in your joy is my joy too,
all is brought together in the Lord!

[REFRAIN]

YOUR MERCY
LIKE RAIN

REFRAIN
Let me taste your mercy
like rain on my face;
here in my life,

show me your peace. 
Let us see with our
own eyes your day breaking bright.

Come, O Morning,

come, O Light!

1.

What God has spoken
I will declare:
Peace to the people of God
everywhere. God's saving presence
is close at hand:

glory as near as our land!

[REFRAIN]

2.

Here faithful love and truth
will embrace; here peace and justice

will come face to face,

God's truth shall water the earth
like a spring, while justice
will bend down and sing.

[REFRAIN]

RECESSIONAL HYMN:
WAIT FOR THE LORD

1.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home:

2.

Beneath the shadow of thy throne,
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.