Sunday's readings

Entrance Antiphon

To you, I lift up my soul, O my God.

In you, I have trusted: let me not be put to shame.

Nor let my enemies exult over me;

and let none who hope in you be put to shame.



Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.


First reading                                                         Isaiah 63:16-17,64:1,3-8


A reading from the prophet Isaiah.


You, Lord, yourself are our Father, ‘Our Redeemer’ is your ancient name. Why, Lord, leave us to stray from your ways and harden our hearts against fearing you?   Return, for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your inheritance.   Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down!   – at your Presence the mountains would melt.   No ear has heard, no eye has seen any god but you act like this for those who trust him. You guide those who act with integrity and keep your ways in mind.   You were angry when we were sinners; we had long been rebels against you.   We were all like men unclean, all that integrity of ours like filthy clothing.   We have all withered like leaves and our sins blew us away like the wind.   No one invoked your name or roused himself to catch hold of you.   For you hid your face from us and gave us up to the power of our sins.   And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand.

The word of the Lord


Responsorial Psalm                                  Psalm 79(80):2-3,15-16,18-19


God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


O shepherd of Israel, hear us,

shine forth from your cherubim throne.

O Lord, rouse up your might,

O Lord, come to our help.


God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


God of hosts, turn again, we implore,

look down from heaven and see.

Visit this vine and protect it,

the vine your right hand has planted.


God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


May your hand be on the man you have chosen,

the man you have given your strength.

And we shall never forsake you again;

give us life that we may call upon your name.


God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.



Second Reading                                                            1 Corinthians 1:3-9

A reading from the first Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.    I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.

The word of the Lord.


Gospel Acclamation                                                                          Ps84:8

Alleluia, alleluia!

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy

and give us your saving help.



Gospel                                                                                    Mark 13:33-37

A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Prayer over the Offerings

Accept, we pray, O Lord, these offerings we make, gathered from among your gifts to us, and may what you grant us to celebrate devoutly here below gain for us the prize of eternal redemption.   Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.


Post Communion Prayer

O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.