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First Sunday of Advent

Prayer for the Morning

Let us shout with joy at the presence of the Lord,

for he comes!

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!

 

Hymn

 

When you shall come, O Lord,

Wrapped in your glory bright,

Then shall the earth in terror quake,

The sun withhold his light.

 

When you shall come, O Lord,

Then to your judgment-bar,

E’en as a mighty stream, shall flow

The sons of men from far.

 

When you shall come, O Lord,

Then shall the books be spread,

And from their secrets you shalt judge

The living and the dead.

 

When you shall come, O Lord,

Then save me by your pow’r,

Let not the flames of wrath o’ertake

Your servant in that hour.

 

When you shall come, O Lord,

In mercy let me stand—

No guilt upon my conscience laid—

Approved, at your right hand.

 

Psalm 29:1-6, 10-13

 

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Lk 21:27)

In the apocalyptic tradition, the signs of Christ’s coming at the end of time are terrifying spectacles of nature. In the sacramental vision, the signs of Christ’s coming in daily life are the kind of acts of love described in the Word of God for this morning’s prayer. Let us be vigilant to see Christ in whatever good is done for us and to make him manifest in the good we do for others.

 

O give the Lord, you sons of God,

give the Lord glory and power;

give the Lord the glory of his name.

Adore the Lord in his holy court.

 

The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,

the Lord on the immensity of waters;

the voice of the Lord, full of power,

the voice of the Lord, full of splendor.

 

The Lord’s voice shattering the cedars,

the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon;

he makes Lebanon leap like a calf

and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

 

The Lord’s voice flashes flames of fire.

 

The Lord’s voice shaking the wilderness,

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh;

the Lord’s voices rending the oak tree

and stripping the forest bare.

 

The God of glory thunders.

In his temple they all cry: “Glory!”

The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;

[the] Lord sits as king for ever.

 

The Lord will give strength to his people,

[the] Lord will bless his people with peace.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-17

 

We urge you, brothers, to admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.

Be vigilant at all times. (Lk 21:36)

 

Canticle of Zechariah

 

When these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. (Lk 21:28)

 

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…

 

Intercessions

 

With joyful hope, we pray:

R/Come and rule the world with justice!

Where sin and evil rule: R/

[Where] hatred and division prevail: R/

Where peace is broken: R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

O Lord of justice, your coming overthrows all that is not ruled by you. Fill us with expectation and transform our hearts and lives, so that we may welcome you when you come. You live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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