2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT – B

Introduction

The Family assigned to light the ADVENT CANDLES assembles in the front seat.

The candle that was lighted the previous Sunday is lit before the Procession begins.

CM    As we await Christ’s coming on the Second Sunday of Advent, let us sing our gathering Song.

Please STAND

The Ministers begin the procession.

Presider kisses the altar

He may go to his Chair – as usual – or he may decide to stand behind the Wreath.

Sanctuary Assistants with Clear Book and Microphone are in attendance.       

Other Ministers proceed to usual places.

Sign of the Cross

Greeting

P
Praised be Jesus our Lord
whose coming is announced by John the Baptist!
May you prepare for Jesus a straight path,
and may his peace and love be with you.

All        And also with you.

Lighting of Candles

Assigned family ascends the steps and lights the 2nd Candle on ADVENT WREATH.

While they do this the Presider says slowly:

P
As we light the Advent wreath,
let us pray that God’s power may prepare our hearts and our world
for the advent of the kingdom,
the dawning of God’s day of righteousness and peace.

The family now returns to their seat. 

If the Presider has been standing near the ADVENT WREATH he may now return to his chair

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

 A
In today’s liturgy we hear again the lonely voice of John the Baptist
urging us to prepare a way for the Lord.  Let us create a space in our minds and hearts so that the Lord can come to us in this Eucharist.

[pause]
John began his mission with a call to repentance.
Jesus repeats his call to us today.     [pause]

You sent John the Baptist as a herald to announce your coming:

Lord, have mercy.

You tell us to show by our actions that we are indeed repentant:

Christ, have  mercy.

You send your Holy Spirit to change our hearts and give us life:

Lord, have mercy.

B
Today, the voice of John the Baptizer comes to us out of the wilderness
calling us to a change of heart to prepare for the one who is to come.
In joyful expectation, let us call out to the Christ, who is our salvation.

[pause]            

You came as herald of the good tidings of God’s mercy.
Lord, come and save us.

Lord, come and save us.

You come to baptize in the Holy Spirit a people to be your own:
Christ, come and save us.

Christ, come and save us.

You will come to establish a ‘new heavens and a new earth’
where righteousness will be at home:
Lord, come and save us.

Lord, come and save us.

Opening Prayer

A
With tender comfort and transforming power
you come into our midst,
O God of mercy and might.

Make ready a way in the wilderness,
clear a straight path in our hearts,
and form us into a repentant people,
that the advent of your Son
may find us watchful and eager for the glory he reveals.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
O God of all consolation,
to us who journey as pilgrims through time
you have promised new heavens and a new earth.

Open our eyes to the One who comes into our midst,
that by lives of holiness and service
we may hasten the coming of that day
and be found at peace when at last it dawns.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was, who is and who is to come,
your Son who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                    GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       Let us entrust ourselves and our concerns to the God of all consolation, who feeds his flock and gathers the lambs in his arms.

CM      Our response is:  Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Please repeat:

  1. That those who minister to the flock of Christ may seek out the lost, bandage the wounded, and make the weak strong.  We pray:
  2. That political leaders and inspired people in our communities may strive to level the mountains of injustice and fill the valleys of poverty, and so bring about a just society.  We pray:
  3. That in the Church and in the world there may be prophets to give a voice to the voiceless, and hope to the hopeless.  We pray:
  4. For all peoples committed to building up of the new heavens and the new earth; that we will always hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people.  We pray:
  5. That the leaders of nations may listen to the voice of the Spirit at work in the world and look for ways and means to find solutions to terrorism and war.  We pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P       Almighty God, stir up our hearts to prepare the way of your beloved Son, so that when he comes we may be found watching and waiting. This we ask through the same Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the Gifts

Grant, O Lord,
that the gifts we present
may be pleasing in your eyes.
Make us watchful and faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may find us active in his service
and joyful in his praise.
We ask this in the name of the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A
With trust in God, let us pray the prayer of Jesus our Lord:

B
Our time of slavery is ended;  God has come to save us. We need have no fear then, if we claim God as Our Father:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us Lord, from every evil
and give us dedicated men and women
to work for that peace
which is the sign of the presence of your Son on earth.
Turn our hearts to you and free us from sin,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Through Isaiah, the Lord says:

“Comfort, O comfort my people.
Do not fear.
Here is your God!”

Inspired by these words, Lord Jesus,
we look forward to the time
when there will be peace and unity in your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

The Baptizer pointed the way to Christ.
Let us acknowledge Christ in each other as we offer a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

 If this will be used, the CM and Projectionist must be ready

P
Now let us break the bread of life
remembering the words of Jesus:

“See, I am coming soon.”  (Rev.27:7)

And let us answer:

All     “Marana-tha!

Come, Lord Jesus, come!”   (1 Cor. 16:22)

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God.
It is he who is coming to save us.
Blessed are we who have been invited to the supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Lord, God of hope,
in this Eucharist we have again celebrated
the coming of your Son in our midst.
Let this brief encounter with him
refresh and restore us
that we may become humble road-signs
to a justice, a peace, a dignity and joy
that far surpasses our powers.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Blessing

May the God of consolation open our hearts to welcome him.    AMEN.

May God remove all that hinders us from receiving him with joy.    AMEN.

May we hasten the coming of the day of God.   AMEN.

And may God bless you,

+  the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.    AMEN.

Dismissal

A
All through the coming week
let us do our part in preparing the way for the Lord.

B
Go forth in peace to prepare the way of the Lord.

Download printable file here: 2nd Advent – B -2017

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