Second Sunday of Advent
Prayer for the Morning
In the Lord’s day justice shall flourish:
come, let us adore him!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
The King shall come when morning dawns
And light triumphant breaks;
When beauty gilds the eastern hills
And life to joy awakes.
Not, as of old, a little child,
To bear, and fight, and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun
That lights the morning sky.
The King shall come when morning dawns
And light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! thy people pray:
Come quickly, King of kings.
Wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,/ bear on your head the mitre/ that displays the glory of the eternal name. (Bar 5:2)
Robed in majesty, might, and power, the Lord promises to extend his mantle of justice over all the world. Safe in his shadow, armed with his promise, let us sing songs of joy as we await his coming in glory.
The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed;
the Lord has robed himself with might,
he has girded himself with power.
The world you made firm, not to be moved;
your throne has stood firm from of old.
From all eternity, O Lord, you are.
The waters have lifted up, O Lord,
the waters have lifted up their voice,
the waters have lifted up their thunder.
Greater than the roar of mighty waters,
more glorious than the surgings of the sea,
the Lord is glorious on high.
Truly your decrees are to be trusted.
Holiness is fitting to your house,
O Lord, until the end of time.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Isaiah 61:1-3
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,/ because the Lord has anointed me;/ He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,/ to heal the brokenhearted,/ To proclaim liberty to the captives/ and release to the prisoners,/ To announce a year of favor from the Lord/ and a day of vindication by our God,/ to comfort all who mourn;/ To place on those who mourn in Zion/ a diadem instead of ashes,/ To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,/ a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.
God will show all the earth your splendor:/ you will be named by God forever/ the peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship. (Bar 5:3-4)
Canticle of Zechariah
Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;/ put on the splendor of glory from God forever. (Bar 5:1)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
The promised day of the Lord is always today. In hope, let us pray:
R/Come, Lord, do not delay!
You are enrobed with majesty; might and power are yours:
– come and establish your kingdom over all the earth. R/
You bring healing to the brokenhearted, liberty to captives, comfort to those who mourn:
– come and fill the world with your glory. R/
You keep the promises you have made:
– prepare all hearts to receive you with joy. R/
O God of glory, you have sent your only Son into our midst to bear us in joy into your presence. Waken those whose faith slumbers; stir up those whose love has waned into indifference; rouse to fullness of life those who have abandoned their journey toward you amid the hardships they have met along the way. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.