Readings: Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

First Reading

First Reading: 1Samuel 1:24-28

Hannah gives thanks for the birth of Samuel.

In those days,
Hannah brought Samuel with her,
          along with a three-year-old bull,
          an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
          and presented him at the temple of the Lord in Shiloh. 
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
          Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
          “Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
          I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the Lord. 
I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted my request. 
Now I, in turn, give him to the Lord;
          as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the Lord.”
She left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm

Responsorial Psalm: 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd

R./ My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“My heart exults in the Lord,
          my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
          I rejoice in my victory.”
R./ My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“The bows of the mighty are broken,
          while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
          while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
          while the mother of many languishes.”
R./ My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“The Lord puts to death and gives life;
          he casts down to the nether world;
          he raises up again.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich,
          he humbles, he also exalts.”
R./ My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.  

“He raises the needy from the dust;
          from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
          and make a glorious throne their heritage.”
R./ My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

Holy Gospel

Gospel Reading: Luke   1:46-56

The Mighty One has done great things for me.

Mary said: 
           “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
                    my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
                    for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
          From this day all generations will call me blessed:
                    the Almighty has done great things for me,
                    and holy is his Name.
                    He has mercy on those who fear him
                    in every generation.
          He has shown the strength of his arm,
                    and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
          He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
                    and has lifted up the lowly.
          He has filled the hungry with good things,
                    and the rich he has sent away empty.
          He has come to the help of his servant Israel
                    for he remembered his promise of mercy,
                    the promise he made to our fathers,
                    to Abraham and his children for ever.”
Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
          and then returned to her home.