December 3, 2010

A Litany for the Second Sunday of Advent

Posted in Advent tagged , , at 5:00 am by davebayne

Litany
“See I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
Praise be to the Lord, because God has come and redeemed the people.
“A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make the paths straight.’”
Praise be to the Lord, because God has come and redeemed the people.
“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.”
Praise be to the Lord, because God has come and redeemed the people.
“All humankind will see God’s salvation.”
Praise be to the Lord, because God has come and redeemed the people.

Today we light two candles on the Advent Wreath. The first candle is the candle of hope; during Advent we wait in hope. The second candle is the candle of peace. Because the way was prepared, because God has come and redeemed the people, we can all be at peace.
Praise be to the Lord, because God has come and redeemed the people.

Prayer
Almighty God, we are thankful that you have sent the prophets to prepare the people to receive Jesus. We are thankful that you sent John the Baptist to cry in the wilderness that the Messiah was coming. We ask today that you help us prepare the world for Jesus. Where there are roadblocks of hatred and prejudice, help us remove them. Where there are barriers of indifference, help us to breach them with love. Where we humans have made things crooked, help us begin to straighten them out. We pray for the day when all humans will see God’s salvation. Amen.

Taken from: “Gathering Around the Advent Wreath: Readings for Advent and Christmas” by Charles Wiessner (2006)

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