December 9 — St. Juan Diego (transferred)

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 Juan Diego was born in 1474 with the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin” (“Talking Eagle”) in Cuautlitlán, today part of Mexico City. He was a gifted member of the Chichimeca people.
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to him first on 9 December 1531.
He died in 1548 and was buried in the first chapel dedicated to La Virgen de Guadalupe.
We light the Second Candle on the Advent Wreath.
Signing our lips with a small sign of the Cross we say or sing:

 

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

Blest is the One who comes in the NAME of our God

~Hosanna in the highest!

 

 

ADVENT MORNING HYMN

All may sing or alternate the verses of an Advent Morning Hymn—

A herald’s voice is calling out, rebuking darkness with a shout:

Throw all those nightmares far away, Christ comes with dawn to wake the day!

 

The lazy mind, the sordid heart, are roused to waken with a start;

Come watch the New Star at its rise; it shines upon the morning skies.

 

The Lamb is sent from heights above, to show this people how to love;

So let us rise, fling off the night, and join Christ in the ways of light.

 

Though greed and loneliness appear to have an upper hand this year,

Give us a voice that all may hear the Good News that your Reign is near!  Amen.

 

 

PSALMODY

Antiphon

O happy herald of Zion go up, go up to a high mountain.

Cry out and shout to all the cities:

“Here is your God, who comes with pow’r.  Alleluia.

Psalm 95/96

Sing a new song to Adonai!

Sing it and bless God’s Name!

Sing it everyone, and everywhere!

Proclaim God’s help every day,

Tell every nation about the triumph!

God’s glory and wonders among the peoples.

 

A God so great deserves all praise,

and the dread of all other gods,

far too many value their worthless idols

but it was Adonai who made the heavens;

to God belong majesty and power

and splendorous beauty in the temple.

 

Proclaim Adonai, O families of nations,

Praise the glory of God’s power

Praise the glory of the Holy Name.

Bring gifts to offer in the temple,

worship with reverence and awe,

O Earth, join us in praise.

 

Tell it among the nations:

“Adonai reigns with justice!

As the firmness of Earth is not swayed,

nothing will sway the justice of God.

 

Let heaven and Earth be glad,

the  sea and its creatures render praise;

the fields and their animals exult,

the trees and their birds sing for joy,

at the presence of Adonai who comes–

who comes to reign on Earth.

 

With justice God will set Earth aright;

with truth restore the world to right order!

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love.

As always before

so now and evermore. Amen.

O happy herald of Zion go up, go up to a high mountain.

Cry out and shout to all the cities:

“Here is your God, who comes with pow’r.  Alleluia.

 

 

 

READING   Isaiah 29: 18-21

Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings;
Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news!
Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah:
Here is your God! Here comes with power ADONAI ELOHIM,
who rules with a strong arm;
Like a shepherd Adonai feeds this flock;

with gentle arms gathers the lambs,
and carries them while leading the ewes with care.

 

Responsory

R. O take comfort, take comfort my people, says Adonai. Alleluia!  V. In his days Justice will flourish and profound peace.  Alleluia!

 

 

Gospel Canticle of Zachary                                                                        Luke 1:68-79

Canticle may be preceded and followed by an antiphon based on the feast of the day.

Gospel Antiphon:

There will be signs in the sun and in the moon,

then the powers of heaven will be shaken.

When these things happen, stand up!

Lift up your heads! because your salvation is near at hand!

 

 It  is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.

 

God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.

 

Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;

 

That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy 

For the rest of our days.

 

And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.

 

For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun has shown upon us

Illumines the darkness and dispels death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

 

There will be signs in the sun and in the moon,

then the powers of heaven will be shaken.

When these things happen, stand up!

Lift up your heads! because your salvation is near at hand!

 

 

Intercessory Prayer

 

In ancient times you freed those enslaved in Pharaoh’s empire;

Liberate us today, from our slavery to self-centeredness and greed.

 

In ancient times you fed people in the desert with manna from heaven;

Use us today to feed migrants and refugees fleeing from poverty and war.

 

In ancient times you gave thirsty people water springing from a rock;

Quench our thirst today, as we join the struggle for justice.

 

In ancient times you revealed your truth at Sinai with the precepts of the covenant;

Give us the strength this day, to fulfill the whole law with your Love.

 

Gathering our prayers and praise into one, we pray as Jesus taught the disciples:

Our Father …

 

Closing Prayer & Blessing

O Wondrous Love, Holy Source of all that is, we praise you on this special feastday remembering the life and the legends of  St. Juan Diego.  As you called him to reveal the love of the most holy Virgin Mary for your people, grant that by following the counsels our Mother gave at Guadalupe, we may be faithful in serving you in all people and in caring for the whole of creation.  For yours is the glory and power of Love, now and forever.  Amen.

 

May the peace of the Holy ONE which surpasses all understanding + guard our hearts and our minds in Jesus-our Emmanuel. Amen.

 

Let us bless Adonai.   ~ Thanks be to God.