FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT — Year B

First Reading Isaiah 63:16-17, 19, 64

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

You, God, are our avenger;

Our Redeemer Forever is Your name.

Why do You let us wander, O God, from Your ways,

and let our hearts grow too hard to fear You?

Return to us for the sake of Your children,

the tribes of Your heritage.

Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,

in Your presence the mountains would shake,

while You work miracles we could not hope for,

such as our ancestors had not heard from of old-

no ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen,

any God but You

doing such deeds for those who wait for You!

Would that You find us doing right,

that we were mindful of You in our ways!

Behold, You are angry, and we are sinful;

We have sinned for so long-how can we be saved?

All of us have become unclean and soiled,

all our good deeds are polluted.

We have all withered like leaves,

and our guilt carries us away like the wind.

No one calls upon Your name,

there is none who cling to You,

for You have hidden Your face from us

and delivered us into the hands of our sins.

Yet, O God, You have fashioned us;

we are the clay and You are the potter;

we are the work of Your hands.

The Word of God recorded in the book of the prophet Isaiah.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT — Year B

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 80

R: Restore us, O God, and we will be secure when You smile upon us.

Hear me, O Shepherd of Israel,

enthroned on the cherubs, shine out,

Rouse Your power,

and come to save us!

R: Restore us, O God, and we will be secure when You smile upon us.

Please, Adonai Sabaoth, relent!

Look down from heaven, look at this vine.

Visit it,

protect what Your own right hand has planted.

R: Restore us, O God, and we will be secure when You smile upon us.

Safeguard those You have chosen,

those You have made strong.

Never again will we turn away from You;

restore us, O God.

R: Restore us, O God, and we will be secure when You smile upon us.