Next Sunday is the 4th and final Sunday of Advent. In this Mass, we meditate on our thirst for the coming of Christ: in the introit, we ask God to rain down upon us the Savior and the Gospel is a text on making straight the ways of the Lord. Then, as we move into offertory, the Mass takes on a decidedly Marian character as we turn our meditation explicitly to the Virgin Mother in whose womb is contained the Creator of the world and the Savior of the human race.
Ant. Drop down, ye heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth open and the Savior bud forth.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.
V. Glory be…
Ant. Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Ant. Behold! A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son; and she shall call His name Emmanuel.