The Family assigned to light the ADVENT CANDLES assembles in the front seat.
The 3 candles that were lighted the previous Sundays are lit before the Procession begins.
CM As we await Christ’s coming let us sing our Gathering Song:
The Ministers begin the procession; Presider kisses the altar.
He may go to his Chair – as usual – or he may decide to stand near the Wreath.
Sanctuary Assistants with Clear Book and Microphone are in attendance.
Other Ministers proceed to usual places.
Sign of the Cross
Greeting (based on 2nd Reading)
To God, who alone is wise,
may glory be given through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.
And may the Lord be with you.
Assigned family ascends steps and lights the 4th candle on the ADVENT WREATH
While they do this the Presider says slowly:
On this, the final Sunday of Advent,
as we light the candles of our Advent wreath,
let us pray that we, like Mary,
may welcome the coming of Christ into our hearts
and become instruments
of the coming of the reign of God in all its fullness.
The family now returns to their seat.
It is more appropriate that the Presider return to his chair for the remaining prayers.
Introduction and Litany of Praise
As the birth of a child draws near, attention focuses on the mother.
Since we are nearing the celebration of the birth of Christ,
it is no surprise to find that Mary is at the center of today’s Gospel.
Let us now call out to the Son of Mary, the Son of the Most High God.
You came as Son of David to establish the reign of God;
Lord, come and save us.
All Lord, come and save us.
You come as Son of Mary to be Emmanuel, God-with-us:
Christ, come and save us.
All Christ, come and save us.
You will come as Son of God to bring creation to fulfillment:
Lord, come and save us.
All Lord, come and save us.
Here in our midst, O God of mystery,
you disclose the secret that was hidden for countless ages.
For you we wait;
for you we listen.
Upon hearing your voice
may we, like Mary, embrace your will
and become a dwelling fit for your Word.
Grant 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.
P As we await with confidence the coming of the Savior, let us open our hearts and make known to him our needs.
CM Our response is: Come to us, Lord Jesus!
- Like the Virgin Mary, may the People of God throughout the world be ready to welcome Christ the Savior into their hearts this Christmas. We pray:
- That, like Mary, our answer will always be ‘Yes’ to the will of God in our lives. We pray:
- May the poor and disadvantaged, the lonely and abandoned, experience the Lord’s consolation through the efforts of the people who minister to them with compassion and love. We pray:
- For those parents in our community awaiting the birth of their child. Like Mary, may they joyfully ponder God’s power and goodness.
[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]
P May your Son at his coming dispel the darkness of our hearts and of our world. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
God of those who hope, through these humble signs of bread and wine we will recognize your Son Jesus Christ as our God-with-us.
Help us to welcome him also in people who are in need and to hear his constant call in the events of everyday life, that he may stay with us now and forever. AMEN.
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Patiently awaiting the Lord whose coming is near,
let us rejoice as we lift up our hands and pray:
“Glory to him
who is able to give us strength to live according to the Good News”
We bless God as we pray:
Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from the blindness
that prevents us from seeing the plight of those who are in need.
Open our ears to their cries for help.
Enable us to prepare in joy and hope
for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
“The young woman is with child
and shall bear a son
and shall name him Emmanuel.”
Lord Jesus, look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live forever and ever.
Exchange of Peace
As children of the God of peace,
let us offer one another a sign of reconciliation and peace.
Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
If this Prayer will be used, the CM and Projectionist must be prepared.
Now let us break the bread of life
remembering the words of Jesus:
“See, I am coming soon.” (Rev.22:7)
And let us answer:
All “Maranatha! Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus, come!” (1 Cor. 16:22)
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus,
the Son of the Most High,
the Son of Mary.
Blessed are we to receive him, our God-with-us.
Prayer after Communion
You fill the hungry with good things
and send the self-satisfied away empty.
In this Eucharist you have filled us
with the word and bread of life.
As Christmas draws near
may we hunger for the coming of Jesus, your Son,
who is Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.
You believe that the Son of God once came to us.
You look for him to come again.
May his coming bring you the light of holiness
and the peace of his blessing. AMEN.
May God make you steadfast in faith, joyful in hope,
and untiring in love all the days of your life. AMEN.
May God the Holy Spirit,
by whose power the Virgin Mary conceived the Savior,
reveal to you the path from darkness to light. AMEN.
And may… and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
Go, and with Mary prepare for the coming of the Lord.
The Lord’s coming is close at hand.
Go forth in peace to prepare his way.