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Actual Sermon Preached to the Congregation by
Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.
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First Sunday of Advent


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Epistle for the 1st Sunday of Advent
Romans 13:11-14.


The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 13, Verses 11-14.

Brethren, knowing the season; that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep.  For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed.  The night is passed, and the day is at hand.  Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day:  not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy:  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.

Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Advent

Luke 21:25-33.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
 

The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Luke Chapter 21, Verses 25-33.

At that time, Jesus said to His Disciples:  there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves.  Men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved.  And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty.  But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.

And He spoke to them in a similitude.  See the fig tree, and all the trees:  When they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh;   So you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the Kingdom of God is at hand.  Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled.  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.

Please be seated.

“It is now the hour for us to rise from sleep.” (Romans 13:11)
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
 
Today, the First Sunday of Advent, is the first day of the new Liturgical Ecclesiastical Year.  The Penitential Season of Advent, which begins today, is designated as a time of preparation for the worthy celebration of the Christmas festival.  This is why the Catholic Church admonishes all of us to begin this preparation today, addressing the words of Saint Paul to us:  “It is now the hour for us to rise from sleep.” (Romans 13:11).

How many of you have let the last Liturgical Ecclesiastical Year pass by in the deep sleep of sin?  Today is your opportunity to take advantage of what the good God has given to you - another opportunity to make your New Year’s Resolution to rise from such a dangerous and pernicious sleep - a sleep of death - because Mortal Sin means death to the Soul and every Soul in the state of Mortal Sin is in the state of Spiritual death.

Therefore, NOW, today, humbly and meekly ask the good God to give you the Graces necessary to really begin the work of your salvation because the Soul you save must first be your own Soul! Today, being the first day of the new Liturgical Ecclesiastical Year, is also the first day of the penitential season of Advent which should be a season of holiness for each and every one of us which season should be sanctified by doing good works - the real living of a life-style of Virtue.  So cast off the life-style of vice - which is the death of the Soul -  and replace it with the life of the Soul - Grace and Virtue - by truly living the life-style of Virtue and by corresponding with the Actual Graces the good God gives you.

Today one is subjected to a number of television ads, not only from the manufacturers of various exercise and sundry gym equipment which hype the benefits of physical exercise with their products, but to various nutritional supplements, as well as other health-related advertisements.  But is not the Soul a greater thing than the body?  So, instead of getting excessively focused on exercising your body, (physical exercise is good and necessary, but it must be balanced) try to sanctify Advent by Spiritual exercises that focus on exercising your immortal Soul by:

 1) The practice of Prayer.
 2) The practice of Penance.
 3) The practice of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy to your neighbor.
1.  Sanctify Advent by the Spiritual Exercise of the Practice of Prayer.

Have you ever read an autobiography or a biography of a real Saint who never prayed?  Very unlikely!  Consider the Old Testament Scripture which tells us about David.  He himself says:

“I have laboured in my groanings, every night I will wash my bed: I will water my couch with my tears.” (Psalm 6:7).
In the New Testament, one finds Saint Paul, who shut himself up in a room in Damascus, and spent three days and three nights in prayer, neither eating nor drinking.  By the way, since this procedure can be very harmful to one's body, We must recommend that you do not do this, especially for three days and three nights.  Concerning Saint Paul, we read:
“And he was there three days, without sight, and he did neither eat nor drink.  Now there was a certain Disciple at Damascus, named Ananias.  And the Lord said to him in a vision:  Ananias.  And he said: Behold I am here, Lord.  And the Lord said to him:  Arise, and go into the street that is called Strait, and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus.  For behold he prayeth.” (Acts 9:9-11).
Then there is an even greater example in Saint Mary Magdalen, who retired into a cavern near Marseilles, France - part of ancient Gaul, where she devoted thirty years, until the end of her life, to exercises of prayer, penance, and devotion.

The Catholic Church also desires that each and every Catholic practice the Spiritual exercise of Prayer, beginning especially during Advent.  This explains why the Mass Celebrant, near the end of the Mass, says:

Benedicamus Domino.  (Let us Bless the Lord).
Liturgically, the Catholic Church suggests that Catholics follow the custom of the early Catholics of the First Century who, on penitential days, did not leave the House of God immediately after Mass, but instead remained for a time in earnest prayer.

2.  Sanctify Advent by the Spiritual Exercise of the Practice of Penance.

Prayer and Penance go together, and are inseparable.  Consider how there never was a true penitent who was not also zealous in prayer.  The Spiritual theme for the beginning of the new Liturgical Year is proper Spiritual preparation which includes the exercise of a Prudent Penance. The first Advent of four thousand years ago was a time of Penance. For this reason God exhorted the people so often to do penance.

Here are a few examples:

God tells us that He ignores the prayers of those who are stained with sin and who do not do penance:

“And when you stretch forth your hands, I will turn away My eyes from you: and when you multiply prayer, I will not hear: for your hands are full of blood.  Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from My eyes, cease to do perversely.” (Isaias 1:15-16).
Today this means:
1) To stop committing sin.
2) To have the sins you have committed washed away in the Sacrament of Penance.
From time to time, people ask why are their prayers not answered?  Why are the intentions of their Masses and Novena(s) not answered?  Sometimes (but not always) the reason is the one given above in Isaias 1:15-16.

The solution to the above problem is to turn away from the habit of committing sin, especially the sin of one’s predominant fault:

“When He said: Return ye, every one from his evil way, and from your wicked devices, and you shall dwell in the land which the Lord hath given to you, and your fathers for ever and ever.  And go not after strange gods to serve them, and adore them: nor provoke Me to wrath by the works of your hands, and I will not afflict you.” (Jeremias 25:5-6).
And, if this has been the problem, by doing this, God will once more begin to answer your prayers, to grant your intentions of your Mass(es) and/ or your Novena(s)!

Recall how Saint John the Baptist preached Penance:

“And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.  And saying:  Do Penance:  for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the Prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.” (Matthew 3:1-3).
Christ Himself teaches:
“Unless you shall do Penance, you shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3).
The Catholic Church exhorts each of us to do Penance, and for this reason she forbids the solemnizing of Marriage during Advent, and uses the color of purple for the liturgical vestments which is the color of Penance.  Because, from our childhood, all of us have frequently offended God by sin, Penance is absolutely necessary for each of us.  Because it is by Penance that we prepare the way into our hearts for our Divine Saviour, Jesus Christ.

3.  Sanctify Advent by the Spiritual exercise of the practice of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy are actually another form of the exercises of Penance. Christ became man and appeared upon earth as a poor, helpless child.  Christ lived for only thirty-three years - always in poverty and suffering, and at last died on the cross. He made all of these sacrifices to atone for our sins, to reconcile us with God, and to restore us to His friendship.

What self-less love on the part of our Redeemer! Should not His Love - Charity (a Supernaturalized Love) - and His Mercy, motivate each of us to practice true Christian Charity, in the imitation of Christ, towards our own family members, towards our friends, towards our co-workers, and towards all others, most especially by performing the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy according to our ability and our state in life?

For example, if God sees that we are charitable and merciful towards the poor and needy, assisting them in their necessities, He will show us mercy and lead us to true Penance as well as to the Sacrament of Penance where He can pardon us of our sins.

But even in the Old Testament, which was only “a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things” (Hebrews 10:1), the Archangel Saint Raphael said to Tobias:

“Prayer is good with fasting and alms more than to lay up treasures of gold.  For alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life everlasting.  But they that commit sin and iniquity, are enemies to their own soul.” (Tobias 12:8-10).
What are the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy?  They are self-explanatory.  Here is a list of the chief Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy:

The chief Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

1) To admonish the sinner.
2) To instruct the ignorant.
3) To counsel the doubtful.
4) To comfort the sorrowful.
5) To bear wrongs patiently.
6) To forgive all injuries.
7) To pray for the living and the dead.
The chief Corporal Works of Mercy are:
1) To feed the hungry.
2) To give drink to the thirsty.
3) To clothe the naked.
4) To visit the imprisoned.
5) To shelter the homeless.
6) To visit the sick.
7) To bury the dead.
Resolutions

1.  For your resolutions of Sanctifying Advent by the Spiritual Exercise of the Practice of Prayer, humbly and meekly ask the good God for His Graces that, during this Advent season, you can pray with greater zeal and fervor than you have before.  In practical, realistic terms, this means that if you have been careless in saying your morning and evening prayers, your prayers before and after meals, your daily Rosary, wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, etc., now resolve to be responsible and punctual in saying them without excuses.  Try to set a realistic daily schedule to follow for when to devoutly recite your Rosary each day.

IF possible, IF it is available in your area deep in the modern-day Catacombs, piously assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Catholic Traditional Mass on all Sundays and Holydays, and even on week-days whenever possible.  But, for those of you who do not have local access to a valid Catholic Mass offered by a valid Catholic Priest or Prelate in the Catacombs of today, because all that is available in your area are the invalid, and illegal, and anti-Catholic Satanic NEW "masses", a.k.a. the Novus Ordo, a.k.a. the Novus Ordo Rite, which both totally destroyed and replaced the valid and legal pre-1944 Catholic Rite of Mass, which pre-1944 Catholic Missal was totally destroyed during, and especially after, the Convention of anti-Catholic Infiltrators, a.k.a. Synod Vatican 2, or, if you have some "priest" and/or "bishop" using the phony imitation, that fake "2nd Missal of 2nd John 23rd", a.k.a. the anti-Catholic "1962 Missal" of WORMWOOD (pretending it contains the source of Sanctifying Grace) - which is used for the deceptive and misleading and anti-Catholic "indult masses", then, as an alternative:

1) Piously recite your Rosary and/or:
2) Prayerfully and devoutly read the Mass from your pre-1944 Catholic Missal, or at least:

3) Get on the internet and go to Our website for the Ordinary of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is at:   http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m104.html   and piously read the Prayers for the Ordinary of the Mass.

4) On Sundays and Holy Days, you can go to the Sermon's web page at:
http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-ms-01.html
and click on the link to take you to the Sermon web page for the current Sunday or Holy Day, and read both the Epistle and Gospel for that day, and then read the Sermon for that day.

After this, return to the Ordinary of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is at:  http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m104.html   and piously continue to read the rest of the Prayers for the Ordinary of the Mass.

       5)  Make a Spiritual Communion.

You should also consider reciting the Angelus three times a day, morning, noon, and evening - or, at least, once a day - because the principal mystery of Advent, the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, is commemorated in this prayer.

As often as possible spend some time in Spiritual Reading which helps to “recharge”, so to speak, your spirit which can become tired or discouraged or negative during the season of Advent.  In practical terms, always be realistic in setting your daily schedule for your Spiritual Reading.  Because some of you have excessive demands on your time, set at least 5 minutes per day, for every day, for your Spiritual Reading.  For those of you who have more time available, set your schedule accordingly.

2.  For your resolutions of Sanctifying Advent by the Spiritual exercise of the practice of Penance, prayerfully consider those penances which should be performed during Advent, as, for example:

Perform the Penance of cleansing of your conscience from sin by the Grace of a good Confession. Those of you who have heretofore lived in the state of sin should now do Penance, most especially those who know they are guilty of one or more Mortal Sins. All those in the state of sin, especially Mortal Sin, should worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance, and only after that, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass during this Holy Season of Advent.

However, IF you do not have a valid Catholic Mass available, at least make a Spiritual Communion.  Some people do this several times a day.  We recommend doing it when you first arise for the day and the last Prayer you say at the end of the day.

Perform the Penance of both interior and exterior mortifications.

Those of you who do not have access to valid Sacraments by valid Catholic Priests and/or Prelates, at least get into the habit of making a Perfect Act of Contrition - sorrow for sin not because of the punishment such sins have incurred, but rather sorrow for sin because such sins have offended God Who is Charity - Supernaturalized Love.

Interior mortifications include:

a)  Curbing of one’s passions.

b) The extirpation of one’s inordinate inclinations, most especially those of:

 aa) vanity;
 ab) pride;
 ac) worldly-mindedness;
 ad) materialism;
 ae) avarice/greed;
 af) uncharitableness;
 ag) anger;
 ah) pagan secularism;
 ai) egotism;
 aj) selfishness.
Exterior mortifications include:
a) The diminution of meat and drink.

b) The guarding of the senses, especially the eyes, the ears, and the tongue.

c) Abstaining from worldly enjoyments.

d) Reducing the total time spent on non-essential telephone calls and cell phone calls by at least 50%.  And never be on cell phone calls whenever you are driving.  It is not only illegal, but very dangerous and some people have been killed because of this unsafe act.

e) Reducing the total time spent on non-essential text-messaging by at least 50%.  Never do text-messaging whenever you are driving.  It is not only illegal, but very dangerous and some people have been killed because of this unsafe act.

We must all practice these interior and exterior mortifications, partly to prevent future sins, partly to satisfy for the temporal punishment due to sins already committed.

3.  For your resolutions of Sanctifying Advent by the Spiritual exercise of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, especially to the poor, remember that, because. Charity covereth a multitude of sins, give alms to the poor and perform various Works of Mercy for the poor, as it is written:

“Be prudent therefore, and watch in prayers.  But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for Charity covereth a multitude of sins. Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring, as every man hath received Grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold Grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it, as of the power, which God administereth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to Whom is glory and empire for ever and ever.” (1 Peter 4:7-11).
If you deprive yourselves during Advent of your favorite delicacies, of your favorite TV program, of your favorite form of recreation, which are not necessary to keep body and soul together, you should be able to save at least some scant amount of money?  Then take what you have saved and give it to a poor person whom you know, not to those whom you do not know such as those who call you on the telephone asking for a donation because too often they are criminal scams.

Once again, here are the chief Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy:

The chief Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

1) To admonish the sinner.
2) To instruct the ignorant.
3) To counsel the doubtful.
4) To comfort the sorrowful.
5) To bear wrongs patiently.
6) To forgive all injuries.
7) To pray for the living and the dead.
The chief Corporal Works of Mercy are:
1) To feed the hungry.
2) To give drink to the thirsty.
3) To clothe the naked.
4) To visit the imprisoned.
5) To shelter the homeless.
6) To visit the sick.
7) To bury the dead.
Resolutions


The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers


It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)


Let us now review our resolutions:

For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to Sanctify Advent by the Spiritual Exercise of the Practice of Prayer, by the Spiritual exercise of the practice of Penance, and by the exercise of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.



Conclusion

It is now the hour for us to rise from sleep.” (Romans 13:11).


  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.




The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
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R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Pray her Traditional Rosary daily.
The Rosary will really make a
Powerful difference in Your Life!

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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