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Reading I: Micah 5:1-4a
Responsorial Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Reading II: Hebrews 10:5-10
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

Lord, let us cry out in joy
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Luke 1:39-45

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb.

Treasures spilling over;
secrets pouring out
in sheer delight.
The women
hug and,
baby
leaps
for
joy.

Holy
 Spirit,
fill us too
with yourself.
Teach us to love
and let us cry out in joy,
since our Lord has come to be
 within us and within all humankind.
Let our spirits
jump for
 joy.


THE FIRST READING

Micah 5:1-4a

You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth … one who is to be ruler in Israel.

A king will come from tiny Bethlehem.
His strength will be God’s.
His majesty, God’s.

His
blessing
will reach the
 ends of the earth
 for he shall be called
 Prince of Peace.

And how will we know him?

He will be wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.

O Jesus,

make our strength, like Bethlehem’s,
lovingly quiet within your
presence.


THE SECOND READING
Hebrews 10:5-10

Behold I come to do your will.

Not holocausts and sin offerings, but
one perfect yes to God.
One body,
 once
for
 all.

Christ,
you are humankind’s
most sublime Amen to the Father,
and most wondrous
gift to
 us.

Anne Osdieck         
Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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